Recent Opportunities

  • INTERIOR – INFERIOR – IN THEORY? Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory

    Berlin | Dates: 20 Nov, 2017 – 15 Jan, 2018

    Abstracts for academic papers and topic proposals are sought for the international conference
    INTERIOR – INFERIOR – IN THEORY? Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory
    Berlin, Germany - May 17-18, 2018

    Deadline: Jan 15, 2018
    Notification of acceptance 15.2.2018    

    The conference brings together interior design researchers and educators from different countries to discuss contemporary theoretical positions within/about the discipline.
    What constitutes interior design/interior architecture? How may interior design's relationship to architecture and design be defined and reflected theoretically? How is this discipline, which for decades has been classified as "emerging“ or "relatively young", taught, researched and understood professionally in different countries? How has this changed over time?

    Taking theory building to be one of the most important acts of defining a discipline, the conference wants to draw connections between interior design theory and its historiography, historical research in interior design/interior architecture, and disciplinary conceptions as they are embodied in interior design programs and professional institutions in different countries.

    Given interior design’s status as an "emerging“ discipline, often taught only at universities of applied sciences or, in some countries, not even established as a university subject, the title "Interior – inferior – in theory?“ refers to the notion that interior design lacks a historically grown body of research and, especially, a theory of its own, and instead largely relies on architecture and design theory.
    Instead of continuing to draw on related discipline’s definitions, which result in a definition ex negativo, the conference aims to support the current trend of establishing a body of theory for the discipline that is its own.

    Proposals for paper presentations on the first day of the conference may address but are not limited to one of the following subject areas:    
    - THEORETICAL EXPLORATIONS OF INTERIOR DESIGN/INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: What distinguishes interior design theory from architecture and/or design theory? How do existing research on the interior and its broad range of subjects relate to the concept of interior design as a discipline? To what extent do these support or challenge the notion of a theory for the discipline?
    - HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE DISCIPLINE: How has interior design/interior architecture evolved over the last century? How does it relate to the rise and fall of 20th century modernism and where does it stand today?
    - REFLECTIONS ON EXISTING INTERIOR DESIGN RESEARCH: How can interior design research be re-read theoretically? Do its research methods and/or findings affirm, challenge or dissolve the notion of interior design/interior architecture as a distinct discipline?
    - RELATING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES WITHIN THE INTERIOR DESIGN/INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: Researchers, educators and professional institutions hold different types of knowledge and potentially contradictory ideas about the discipline. What types of knowledge and ideas about the discipline can be identified in different places and specific historical periods? Which theoretical insights may be gathered from connecting and confronting these to/with each other?                         
    We particularly welcome contributions that outline ways, in which interior design theory may be distinct from other related fields like architecture and design, or that discuss how a more defined notion of interior design theory might challenge the conventions imposed by those disciplines.

    For academic papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words for a 20-minute presentation and a short CV (max. 75 words) until 15.1.2018 to

    The call for topics invites interior educators, researchers, and members of professional institutions to suggest topics that they would like to present and discuss with other participants on the second day of the conference. This day will be dedicated to current themes and topics, which are related to the conference's concern with interior design theory and discipline building, and to fostering new activities and cooperation, exchange and discussion across national boundaries, research areas and occupational backgrounds. The second day thus extends the above-mentioned subjects, yet in a different format.

    The follow-up discussion raises current topics of interest for discussion with the interior design community. Contributions may take on two different formats; one for individuals and one for small panels. The latter may e.g. present and discuss a topic from an international point of view or from different occupational perspectives (education, research, profession, etc.):
    - INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS: one speaker, one 10-minute presentation plus discussion.
    - GROUP PROPOSALS: three speakers, three 10-minute presentations plus discussion.

    For topic proposals, please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a short CV (max. 75 words) until 15.1.2018 to

    Graeme Brooker, Royal College of Art, UK
    Carola Ebert, BAU International Berlin, Germany
    Imma Forino, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, European Council of Interior Architects, Estonia
  • Awards Honoring Avery Curator Janet S. Parks & the Durst Family for their Archival Contributions

    New York | Dates: 19 – 19 Dec, 2017
    This year the New York Preservation Archive Project ( is honoring two awardees who embody the preservation and curation of archives at the 2017 Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit ( On December 19th the Archive Project will present a 2017 Preservation Award to Janet S. Parks for 36 years of archival stewardship as Curator of Drawings & Archives at Avery Library. A second award will honor the devotion to archival stewardship displayed by the Durst Family. The benefit will also feature a presentation by Kate Ascher on the use of archives in her writings, which include the seminal The Works: Anatomy of a City.

    Since its creation two years ago, the Archive Project’s Preservation Award has honored outstanding contributions to the documentation, preservation, and celebration of the history of preservation in New York City. This year the organization turns its attention to those New Yorkers who exemplify archival stewardship through their work in preserving the history of preservation and New York City’s architectural and archaeological past. Archives hold our city’s stories, and without these honorees this history would be lost, moldering in dumpsters or forgotten to the public. At this year’s Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit, join in celebrating the work of our 2017 honorees, whose efforts have allowed New Yorkers to tell the built history of our city in perpetuity. 

    More information is below and on the event webpage:
  • Exporting Socialism, Making Business? Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period

    Erkner (near Berlin) | Dates: 20 Nov – 20 Dec, 2017

    21-22 June 2018, IRS Erkner

    After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and solidarity arose.

    Against this background and referring to the growing scholarly interest for the multi-layered and multi-centred exchanges between the Global South and socialist as well as capitalist countries, we would like to investigate this issue in relation to architecture and constructing industry from an interdisciplinary perspective of architectural, urban and economic history as well as postcolonial studies and heritage preservation. 

    The conference focuses around five aspects:

    I. Designing 
    • What actors, institutions and networks worked on international architectural and urban planning projects on micro-, meso- and macro-scale? Which motives can be outlined? How was the challenge of designing in the abstract handled?
    • Which means and languages of architectural representation were chosen for international projects? How was this issue perceived from different perspectives (socialist, non-aligned, western)?
    • What role did ‘tropical architecture’ as a concept and subject in architectural teaching play?

    II. Circulating
    • What were the geographies, temporalities and typologies of international architectural and urban planning projects?
    • How were ideas, knowledge and actors (such as experts and construction workers) circulated?
    • Which dynamics of bilateral and multilateral investments can be identified?

    III. Appropriating
    • How were international projects adapted to different local circumstances (e.g. on climatic, cultural or economic level)?
    • Which local tensions arose due to the international projects? Where and how were the foreign investments contested? By whom?
    • How has been the international architectural heritage from the post-war era handled over the last decades? 


    IV. Feed-back mechanisms

    • What were the repercussions of international involvement on the architecture and urban planning in home countries?
    • How did the actors reflect upon the international involvement?
    • How were abroad projects presented in the experts’ discourse and in the media?

    V. Framing
    • How were architectural projects influenced by the Cold War politics and economy (e.g. intra-block cooperation, power imbalance)? What was the ideological context of the architectural exchange (e.g. between different socialist countries around the world)?
    • Which role(s) assumed the CMEA and other international organisations in the construction industry?
    • Which concepts are relevant to the investigation of architectural projects (e.g. ‘multiple modernities’)? How can they be challenged?

    Both case studies and cross-cutting analyses are welcome. We strongly encourage submitting papers shifting the perspective to the non-European actors and their involvement in architectural projects.

    Paper proposals (abstract of max. 450 words + short CV) should be addressed to both Dr Andreas Butter ( and Dr Monika Motylinska ( until December 20, 2017.

  • MILLENNIUM: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s

    New York | Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 01 Apr, 2018

    Today, the southern tip of Manhattan is one of the fastest growing urban districts in the country: a bustling mixed-use area that has combined its traditional role as America’s financial capital—and third-largest business district in the country—with a skyrocketing residential population, massive media companies and tech start-ups, nearly fifteen million tourists a year, and an impressive collection of cultural attractions, parks, and pedestrian enclaves. In many ways lower Manhattan has become a model of a 21s-century environment of living, work, and play – a dense urban fabric with rich history and innovative architecture, as well as expansive waterfront landscapes. 
    This new diversity of Downtown's economy and populations is surprising, not just because it follows the catastrophe of 9/11, but because not long ago—just twenty years, in fact—lower Manhattan was a different and far more troubled place, one whose very future seemed in doubt, buffeted by profound economic change, and wrenched by complex, often contradictory forces that seemed at once to be accelerating the area’s long decline, even as they nurtured sprouts of renewal and growth.
    new multimedia exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum, Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s, running through April 2018, vividly recaptures this strange and formative time in the history of New York’s historic commercial hub, through a striking combination of architectural drawings and models, archival and contemporary photographs, original posters, maps, sketches, renderings, and other documents of the era.  Together they offer a portrait of a time and place that, though recent in historic terms, seems oddly remote—due in large part, of course, to the tragic, world-changing event that brought the period to a sudden, unexpected close: the destruction of the World Trade Center, and loss of nearly three thousand lives, on September 11th, 2001. 

    Focusing on the years just before that unimaginable moment, the exhibition tells a fascinating, sometimes poignant story of decline and rebirth.  It is a story framed by the area’s decades-long losing battle against the gleaming postwar power of midtown Manhattan, which, through the 1990s, continued to siphon away lower Manhattan’s major corporations and financial institutions, leaving its inventory of older buildings more than one-quarter empty, and many of its once-grand banking halls and storefronts hauntingly silent.
    But Millennium also recounts another side to the story, presenting the variety of intriguing, often provocative projects—large and small, built and unbuilt—advanced by architects, planners, developers, and civic-minded activists. Aware that the century and millennium wound down and a new era beckoned, these projects began to rethink downtown Manhattan and plant the seeds for its resurgence in the decades to follow.  

    These include a host of major efforts by government agencies and established practitioners—ranging from the build-out of Battery Park City’s 92 acres of new and reclaimed Hudson River waterfront and the East River development of South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market, to sweeping city initiatives for the rezoning and landmarking of historic skyscrapers of the Financial District (today’s FiDi). A model and renderings show Skidmore Owing & Merrill’s startling unrealized proposal for a new New York Stock Exchange trading floor and tower. Beyer Blinder Belle’s work on a restored 19th century Stone Street, reclaimed from crack dealers, shows one of the areas most successful transformations to a pedestrian enclave. Plans for Frank Gehry’s post-Bilbao proposal for a vast new structure for the Guggenheim Museum above several East River piers illustrate exaggerated ambitions of the moment.

    No less intriguing are the series of smaller projects—sometimes built, sometimes not—by then-emerging architectural and urbanist figures such as Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, Machado Silvetti, Studio Asymptote (Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture), Peterson Littenberg, and James Sanders, which sought to radically reimagine existing downtown spaces—from Battery Park City, to Liberty Plaza, to the trading floor of the Stock Exchange – or introduce new institutions to the area’s mix.

    Two lower Manhattan cultural efforts, making their debut in these same years, round out the exhibition’s displays.  One is The Skyscraper Museum itself, which opened for business in 1997 with a series of pop-up exhibitions in the grand, but then-empty banking halls of Wall Street.  The other is an interpretive project that inspired the Museum’s entire Millennium project: Heritage Trails New York, a program of forty site markers and printed map, implemented in the late 1990s by the architect Richard D. Kaplan.  Heritage Trails New York was intended to encourage tourism in one of America’s most historic urban districts.  This important early public history project is represented not only through original materials on display, but through the Museum’s digital re-creation of the tours as they were in 1997, and as they would appear in 2017—thus allowing viewers to make a powerful and often moving comparison between downtown as it appeared in the last years before September 11th, and downtown today.  The Heritage Trails website and walking tour can be viewed at
    Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s will be on view at the Skyscraper Museum’s main gallery
     through April 2018. The companion website can be visited

  • Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd

    New York | Dates: 17 Nov, 2017 – 05 Mar, 2018
    November 14, 2017 - March 5, 2018

    Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd is an exhibition focusing on built and unrealized architectural projects by Judd, one of the most recognized artists of the 20th Century. The exhibition reveals how drawing and building cultures impacted his art and suggests how his work has influenced contemporary architecture.

    Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd details five selected built projects and proposals, both published and unpublished, for architecture designed between 1984 and 1994 within a threefold thematic framework, providing a window into Judd’s body of architectural work. The exhibition will include new representations of projects through both drawing and models, as well as photos of archival material, including drawings and models originally made by the curators, Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen, while assistants to Judd.

    Claude Armstrong, AIA, LEED AP, Armstrong + Cohen Architecture
    Donna Cohen, Associate Professor University of Florida, Armstrong + Cohen Architecture

  • Cosmism, a Superhumanity symposium at the Princeton University School of Architecture

    Princeton | Dates: 30 Nov – 01 Dec, 2017
    Cosmism, a Superhumanity symposium 
    November 30–December 1, 2017 

    Keynote address by Boris Groys: November 30, 6pm 
    Panels and film screenings: December 1, 10am–5:30pm 

    Princeton University School of Architecture 
    School of Architecture 
    Princeton University 
    Princeton, NJ 08544

    Within the framework of the exhibition ARE WE HUMAN? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years at Princeton University School of Architecture, Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, and e-flux Architecture are proud to present Cosmism, a Superhumanity symposium, featuring Robert Bird, Maria Chehonadskih, Beatriz Colomina, Boris Groys, Nikolaus Hirsch, Marina Simakova, Anton Vidokle, Mark Wigley, and Arseny Zhilyaev.

    Superhumanity draws from “The Obligation to Self-Design” (e-flux journal issue 0), a text by Boris Groys in which a genealogy of design is traced from the design of the soul and the design of the self to "the design of life as a whole," to respond to the theme of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—Are We Human?—by engaging with and departing from the concept of the “self.” Through its original 50 contributions (e-flux Architecture, September 2016–February 2017) and its continuations in Havana (Artista x Artista, March 2017) and Seoul (MMCA, October 2017), Superhumanity has sought to explore and challenge our understanding of “design” by probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously reshaped by the artifacts we shape and the thoughts we think. In this sense, we can look to Russian Cosmism as one of the most historically significant intellectual movements to have taken place over the past two hundred years in shaping collective self-consciousness and its utopian horizons.

    Russian Cosmism was a movement that called for material immortality and resurrection, as well as travel to outer space. It developed out of the spirituality of 19th century Russia and a strong fascination with science and technology. The doctrine of immortal life in infinite space captured the optimism of both science and the arts at the time. Since then, the utopian, science fiction-like thinking of the cosmists had a great influence on art, architecture, science, and politics in both pre-revolutionary and Soviet Russia.

    Looking at Russian Cosmism today opens up new perspectives on the Russian avant-garde as well as the ideology and politics of Russia to the present day. In his influential writings, Nikolai Fedorov (1829‒1903) demanded that the ultimate goal of technology must be to overcome death; all people who had ever lived on Earth must be brought back to life. The cosmists were also visionary pioneers of space travel. For Fedorov, the colonization of other planets would be the inevitable consequence of the lack of space after the resurrection of the dead. The institution of the museum also played a central role in Russian Cosmism, as the remains needed for the resurrection of individuals would have to be preserved there. Fedorov, like the painter and founder of Suprematism Kazimir Malevich, believed that after the death of God, the museum would be the only place where a transhistorical union beyond the grave was possible.
    Cosmism, a Superhumanity symposium, will focus on the key concepts, continuities, and impact of Russian Cosmism: from Nikolai Fedorov’s philosophy of the “Common Task” to the significance of Cosmist ideas for the architecture, art, science and philosophy of the Soviet era; from authors and artists of the Russian avant-garde who envisioned modern technology as the pathway to a society of universal happiness, to contemporary artistic positions indebted to Cosmism and Universalism.
  • Histories of Postwar Architecture Journal - Call for papers - 1968

    Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 28 Feb, 2018

    One in two HPA issues focuses on one single year in postwar architecture. 

    HPA Issue 2 will be on 1968

    This issue is edited by Micaela Antonucci, Sofia Nannini, Gabriele Neri and Matteo Sintini. 

    Authors are requested to send proposals limited to that chronological unit or significantly 
    related to any event occurred in that particular year. 

    Authors must submit directly full papers by
    February 1, 2018 

    Accepted authors will be noti ed by February 28, 2018 

    Publication is expected to be in July 1, 2018.

    Papers should be submitted using The guidelines for paper submission are available at

    Please, fill in the author’s profile with all the informations required as: 

    • Applicant’s name
    • Professional af liation
    • Title of paper
    • Abstract
    • 5 keywords
    • A brief CV (max 2,000 characters)

    Please submit the proposal in the form of MS Word (length between 20,000 and 80,000 characters). 
    The submitted paper must be anonymous. 
    Please delete from the text and file’s properties all informations about name, administrator etc. 
    Papers should clearly define the argument
    in relation to the available literature and indicate the sources which the paper is based on. 

    All papers received will go through a process of double-blind peer review before publication. 

    HPA also looks for contributions for the review section: 


  • Generosity: an international conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, UK

    Cardiff | Dates: 27 – 29 Jun, 2018

    GENEROSITY An international conference to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales, UK, from 27-29 June 2018

    GENEROSITY is associated with the act of giving or sharing more than is necessary, with gifting, with bravery, with notions of a benefactor and a recipient, and with a quality of being plentiful or expansive. From an architectural perspective, interpretations are many and various.  Alberto Perez Gomez writes of poïesis in architecture as ‘signifying the sort of technical making proper to humans: a poetic making in the sense that it always aimed at more than preserving life.’ Eileen Grey is more explicit, stating that ‘a house is not a machine-à-habiter. It is man’s […] continuation, his spreading out, his spiritual emanation.’  George Bataille, meanwhile, suggests that ‘everything conspires to obscure the basic movement that tends to restore wealth to its function, to gift-giving, to squandering without reciprocation…’

    From a stance of celebrating and questioning architecture’s potential for generosity, this call for papers invites academics and creative practitioners to explore ways in which architecture aspires to, or may be expected to, give more than is necessary. This could be considered within the current economic context of austerity or within the broader historic context of a discipline often working in frameworks focused on cost and quantitative measurement. Reflections are welcomed which critically examine themes of GENEROSITY as related to architecture and related fields, whether they be from a conceptual or theoretical position, embedded in everyday processes and expectations of practice, or from considerations of procurement, regulation, and policy. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

    Generosity and Delight

    Architects have long argued that good design demands qualitative as well as quantitative appreciation, and goes beyond the scale of a space or materials specifications etc. With time, attitudes to measuring value and good practice are re-articulated and new forms of generosity arise. This theme calls for papers that explore how the concept of generosity is achieved and how it changes in the built environment, whether this be through an exploration of new forms of communicative value, design of ornament, or other, alternative means of measuring such a construct.

    Generosity and Procurement

    The Artistic Directors for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2018) have announced that the festival will be concerned with ‘generosity, thoughtfulness and a desire to engage’. Meanwhile, the British Council call for proposals (2017) questioned: “How can British architecture demonstrate ‘generosity and thoughtfulness’ towards its users, citizens and the public?” If the state of the built environment is governed by developer’ appetites and procurement processes, how might generosity be better embedded in the commissioning, delivery or ownership of architecture and public space?

    Generosity and Participation

    In the vacuum of public sector inactivity, architects (among others) have been called upon to support community-led development, regeneration and invention. Such projects often follow unconventional programmes, and redefine the role of the architect – as facilitator, mediator or advisor. Papers are invited which critique the opportunities, risks and implications of generosity in co-production and participatory design.

    Generosity of Spirit

    Architecture is regularly criticised for being elitist, and overly focussed on a tiny fraction of the global population. Architects like Dominic Stevens and Alejandro Aravena have exploited the facility to share open-access information over the internet, providing housing designs or templates as freely available, open-source resources. While it is unclear what impact these ‘gifts’ will have on the global housing crisis, they are indicative of a generosity of spirit that has potential to reach the furthest corners of the planet. We invite papers that explore issues of ownership in design, or that identify and evaluate architecture or designers working outside of established boundaries or conventional definitions.

     Generation Generosity

    Against a backdrop of socio-political uncertainty, many young practitioners are responding directly to civic and social issues through self-initiated projects and research. Debates around architectural education, the value of practice based learning and the impact of tuition fees have contributed to a surge in self-directed projects amongst young practitioners. Such projects are often nimble, independently instigated and exploratory. We invite papers from postgraduates, young creative practitioners, tutors, and early career academics, to celebrate ideas that represent communality, reciprocal care and giving.

    Confirmed keynote speakers are:

    Professor Martin Bressani, Sir William C. MacDonald Chair and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Montreal


    Daisy Froud

    Architects of Change (AOC), London, UK


    Alastair Parvin

    Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, and a member of strategic design group 00


    Dr Chris L. Smith

    Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê, University of Sydney


    Nathalie Weadick

    Director, Irish Architecture Foundation


    Opening address at drinks reception: Sophie Howe Wales' Future Generations Commissioner for the The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act


    Abstracts of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation, a 3-minute film, or a workshop are invited on any topic related to themes of Generosity in architecture or related fields, and should be submitted for refereeing by 15 January 2018 to the email, using the template provided on the website.  We invite contributions from academics and creative practitioners. Authors will be notified of selection by 12 February 2018.  Following previous WSA conference publications Primitive, Quality, and Economy, we aim to publish an edited book of selected papers following the conference.

    A drinks reception will be held on the night of Wednesday 27 June and a conference dinner on Thursday 28 June. These will be included in the conference fee of £295 sterling. A reduced fee of £260 applies if payment is received by 31 March 2018. 


    Generosity is the fourth in a series of academic conferences held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, following Primitive, Quality and Economy, and is organised by Dr Mhairi McVicar, Dr Ed Green, Dr Charles Drozynski, Michael Corr, Professor Stephen Kite, and Zoe Berman. For more information, contact Helen Monks at 300 word abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018 to using the template on the website.  Registration will open on 12th February 2018 and additional information can be found on the conference website


    Ann Arbor | Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2018

    Call for Papers: NETWORKS OF POWER and KNOWLEDGE
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) 
    2018 Biennial Graduate Student Conference (March 9-10, 2018)

    Keynote Speaker: Kazys Varnelis
    Deadline: January 3, 2018

    The fourth biennial graduate conference of the Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning welcomes graduate student contributions on the theme of “Networks of Power and Knowledge.” This interdisciplinary conference engages the fields of architecture and planning, as well as neighboring fields from the humanities and social sciences.

    Knowledge in architecture and planning moves. It moves through networks of power and capital, through corporate establishments, governmental alliances, international organizations, transnational social movements, and media and technology. These networks of power deconstruct and restructure forms and relations of production—emergent and old. They also produce new social and material assemblages within which spatial knowledge is constantly re-visited and re-organized. The resulting socio-technical formations ultimately reconfigure both the products of, and knowledge within, the fields of architecture, planning, and affiliated disciplines. 

    How do we understand the networks of power and knowledge and the implicit human condition that sustains and transforms architecture and planning practices? At a juncture where our logic and systems of production are becoming digitized and automatized at an unprecedented pace, and when our understanding of the networks and technologies of information are increasingly inseparable from questions of hardware and software, of the accumulation and classification of electronic data, the human mediation of knowledge acquires a new significance. The global phenomenon of post-truth politics equally urges us to re-scrutinize the Foucauldian premise of “knowledge as power.” 

    In this highly networked era of the Anthropocene, we want to explore the interactions between people, ideas, institutions, infrastructures and material objects, especially as these pertain to architecture and planning knowledge, in order to reflect on issues including but not limited to: political economies, ecologies and geographies, poverty, inequality, warfare, mass re/dis-location of people, invasion and occupation of lands and territories.

    We invite graduate students at different stages of study in the U.S. and abroad. We welcome contributions spanning across history to the present, and encourage cross-cultural, cross-continental and interdisciplinary perspectives on the networks of power and knowledge within the built environment. 

    Please submit an abstract (300 words max.) along with a resume (250 words max.) to by January 3, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by January 10, 2018.

    While no travel stipend can be offered to accepted presenters, Taubman College extends free registration for this event to all participants. The events will take place over course of two days, with a commencing keynote address by Kazys Varnelis and a colloquium on the first day, followed by a day-long series of panels and breakout sessions with graduate students, Taubman College and U-M faculty.

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture 2018 Symposium: Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000

    Blacksburg | Dates: 16 Nov – 15 Dec, 2017

    The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center

    School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


    2018 IAWA Symposium – March 28-30, 2018

                Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000


    The IAWA invites abstracts for the 2018 IAWA Symposium - Women Inventors in Architecture 1700-2000

    Call for Abstracts: November 15, 2017 

    Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2017

    Selection announced: December 20, 2017


    For centuries, women in architecture have been involved in pushing the boundaries of architecture and architectural practice. Whether as registered architects, members and leaders of architectural firms, academics and scholars, or in any of the less conventional capacities, women have helped transform the discipline of architecture and the related design fields shaping the built environment. The 2018 IAWA Symposium invites abstracts that address specific women or gendered natures of architectural invention. We welcome papers that tackle subjects or inventions generated between the years 1700-2000, and that are international or domestic in scope. We seek papers that conceptualize architectural invention in its many guises, including (but not limited to) ideas, technology, form-making, modes of professional practice that present views into and histories of practices of women in architecture. We encourage abstracts that address how women’s practices have been expanded through invention, as well as how architectural practice has been expanded or impacted by inventions by women. 


    Please email 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to:

    Subject heading: 2018 IAWA Symposium


    Donna Dunay, FAIA

    Chair, Board of Advisors, International Archive of Women in Architecture Center

    School of Architecture + Design

    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia   


    The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center

    Founded in 1985, the mission of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) is to document the history of women’s involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving, storing and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, urban planners as well as the records of women’s architectural organizations, from around the world. The IAWA collects this information to fill serious gaps in the availability of primary research materials for architectural, women’s and social history research. These materials are held in Special Collections of the University Libraries. The Board of Advisors of the IAWA Center are a group of elected representatives from around the world, who oversee the research, publication, and publicity of the IAWA as well as identify potential donors (funds and work) for the archive.  The IAWA is dedicated to:


    Find and preserve the records of the pioneer generation of women architects, interior and industrial designers, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners, whose papers may be lost or dispersed if not collected immediately.


    Appeal to retired women from these professions who have played a part in the history of the professions to donate their papers to the IAWA.


    Appeal to active women architects, designers, and planners to save their papers and to consider donating them to the IAWA at a later date.


    Serve as a clearinghouse of information on all women architects, designers, and planners, past and present, and to encourage research on the history of women in these professions through seminars, exhibits, and publications.


    Foster cooperation between all libraries or archives containing data on, or collecting material on, women in architecture, design, and planning.


    The growing archive consists of sketches, manuscripts, books, individual projects, and the works of an entire career. Primary research materials (unique or original works) preserved in the Archive include architectural drawings, photographs and slides, manuscripts, models, and job files. To meet the need of serving as a clearinghouse of information about all women in architecture, past and present, the IAWA also collects secondary materials such as biographical information in addition to books and other publications and exhibitions. Through many significant and diverse donations the Archive is growing into a tremendous historical resource. The Archive currently now houses more than 400 collections and continues to grow in significance through donations from around the world.
  • AIA Chicago Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

    Chicago | Dates: 06 – 06 Dec, 2017
    Join us for the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party! We'll vote on the incoming 2018 Board of Directors, celebrate recipients of the Professional Excellence and Distinguished Service Awards, and cheers another great year with friends and colleagues.

    Wednesday, December 6 | 5:30–8:00 PM
    Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
    78 E Washington Street
  • Calls for submissions, Perspective, INHA

    Paris | Dates: 11 – 27 Nov, 2017
    Dear Colleagues,

    The next issue of the journal Perspective: actualité en histoire de l'art will focus on the theme "destroying". It will open the exploration to all fields concerned by this notion that transcends geographical, historical and cultural boundaries. In the artistic field, the destruction concerns just as much the reception as the creation of the art. This call for contribution intends to create a set of proposals exploring the proposed theme in its widest range, from monuments and architectural production ("communist monuments", etc.) to images (icons, etc.), including objects (readymades, self-destructive machines of Jean Tinguely, etc.), even the performances (Les "Colères" d'Arman", etc.).

    Perspective wishes to privilege diachronic studies with multiple forms and stakes. The proposals could go from the synthetic article focusing on a particular point of the theme (25,000 signs) to the historiographical assessment of a geographical territory, a singular figure, or even a precise historical period (45,000 characters). Perspective will take over the traduction work, so propositions will be reviewed by the editorial board regardless of language.
  • HILT: June 4-8, 2018

    Philadelphia | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2018
    The HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) Institute is excited to announce that our 6th annual meeting will be held June 4-8, 2018, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events.

    Registration begins on November 20. Please visit our website ( for more information.
  • Nonument / In search of hidden identities

    Ljubljana | Dates: 18 – 19 Jan, 2018
    Changes in the political and social structures of the 20th century have inherently shaped the way built environments of the era are perceived today. These changes call for a new approach to the evaluation, mapping, archiving and preservation of architecture, public spaces and monuments built in the 20th century. Whether it is architecture serving as a witness of traumatic events or infrastructural projects that have lost their function, decaying monuments that have lost their (original) meaning or utopian structures and forgotten public spaces – these built environments carry symbolic value within their narrative, but are not necessarily recognised as monuments.
    We propose the term Nonument to be used to describe the architecture, public spaces and monuments that have undergone a process of transformation within which they acquired a new meaning.
    The intention of the Nonument project is to open up space for reflection upon the ways of dealing with post-traumatic and conflicting Nonuments, such as the architecture of the 20th century totalitarian regimes, socialist monuments and public spaces in the post-socialist countries with the objective of finding ways to reclaim these built environments for the commons. The emancipatory potential of abandoned industrial structures and infrastructure projects is also an area of focus, along with examples of good practices in reusing these spaces within the community. The aim of the symposium is to consider architecture as a witness, and discuss buildings that ordinary people consider to be monuments because of the events that shaped their everyday lives. The search for new methods of preserving Nonuments for future generations and research within the communities are two topics that will be explored as well.

    Scholars, researchers, architects, urban planners, activists, artists and other interested speakers are invited to join us at the Nonument Symposium in Ljubljana. We are searching for papers on Nonuments to be presented in 20-minute lectures. The papers will be edited and included in the Nonument book, which will be published in May 2019.

    Scholars, researchers, architects, urban planners, activists, artists and other interested speakers are invited to join us at the Nonument Symposium in Ljubljana. We are searching for papers on Nonuments to be presented in 20-minute lectures. The papers will be edited and included in the Nonument book, which will be published in May 2019.

    Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
    ■ Memory and public space
    ■ Anthropology of space
    ■ Conflicting historiographies and public space
    ■ Ideology of space and time
    ■ Representative state-built projects from the 20th century
    ■ Socialist monuments in the post-socialist context
    ■ Shrinking of public space
    ■ Repurposing conflicting post-traumatic architecture and monuments
    ■ Architecture as a witness of historical events
    ■ Obsolete and forgotten infrastructural projects and their potential reuse
    ■ Utopia: New perspectives through transformation
    ■ Reclaiming architecture: examples of good practices

    How to apply?
    Submit the application form on the Nonument website.
    (Fill in your personal and contact data, choose a session, write an abstract of your paper - 500 words max. & biography.)
    Deadline for submission: 10 November 2017

    The conference is organised by MOTA - Museum of Transitory Art with Muzej in galerije mesta Ljubljane as a part of the international research project MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces.

    The official language of the symposium is English.

    The symposium organizers will subsidize the cost of accommodation and travel for non-Ljubljana participants.

    Nonument: In Search of Hidden Identities is a two-day symposium in Ljubljana and is part of the MAPS project.

    MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces is a research and art project devoted to a thorough rethinking of the architecture, public space and monuments of the 20th century.

    MAPS Partners: MOTA - Museum of Transitory Art, Дом на хумора и сатирата, Габрово / House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Tačka komunikacije, W24 - Das Stadtfernsehen, 64 U HRADEB, ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation
  • VRA Greater New York Chapter Travel Award

    Philadelphia | Dates: 27 – 30 Mar, 2018
    The Greater New York Chapter is pleased to offer a travel award to support attendance to the 2018 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, to be held in Philadelphia, PA from March 27-30, 2018. One award of $500 will be granted to a conference attendee residing, working, or studying in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Awards will be made in person at the conference in Philadelphia. Applicants are not required to be current members of VRA or the Greater NY Chapter.

    To apply for this award please fill out the online form (, which includes the following information:
    Contact Information
    Short description of your interest in attending the VRA conference (1-3 paragraphs) including information regarding any participation in the conference
    An estimated budget of conference costs, including institutional funding you will receive
    Preference will be given to those who do not receive full institutional funding, first-time attendees, or those who are participating in the conference as a speaker, moderator, committee member, or chapter officer.

    Deadline December 15, 2017. Award notification January 15, 2018.

    Please direct any questions to Zoe Waldron (

    Sincerely yours,
    Zoe Waldron
    VRA Greater NY Chapter
  • VAF 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

    Culver City | Dates: 04 Nov – 15 Dec, 2017
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum
    Call for Nominations: 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize
    Due December 15, 2017

    The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
    - based on primary research,
    - emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
    - breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
    - contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America.

    Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2016 through December 2017 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

    The deadline for the 2018 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2017.

    There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

    Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at dupton (at)

    2018 Cummings Prize committee:

    Dell Upton, chair
    4169 Motor Avenue
    Culver City CA 90232

    Cynthia Falk
    4 Grove Street
    Cooperstown, NY 13326

    Will Moore
    226 Bay State Rd.
    Boston MA 02215

    More information is available at:
  • SSAC-SEAC 2018 Call for Sessions: Hard and Soft Histories

    St. John's, Newfoundland | Dates: 02 – 24 Nov, 2017
    Newfoundland is “the rock.” Its geography and climate
    are notoriously hard, but its people—known for their
    hospitality, language, and song—are famously soft.
    Likewise, buildings, cities, and landscapes form the
    physical fabric of our everyday lives, but they are also
    backgrounds to the cultural and social practices that
    take place there. This year the Society for the Study of
    Architecture in Canada invites proposals that reflect
    on hard and soft histories in order to explore how the
    Canadian built environment participates in shaping
    diverse identities, societies, and praxes.

    This year’s conference will be held at the base of
    Signal Hill, a National Historic Site overlooking the
    entrance to St. John’s Harbour. St. John’s is one of the
    oldest European settlements in North America. Since
    the 16th century, the city has served as the capital
    of England’s first overseas colony, the independent
    Dominion of Newfoundland, and now Canada’s tenth
    province. As always, our conference will feature paper
    presentations, tours, and a concluding banquet.

    The SSAC now welcomes proposals for sessions covering
    all aspects of the built environment in Canada,
    including buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure.
    Sessions may be historical or contemporary in scope.
    Scholars from any discipline whose work relates to
    the built environment in Canada are welcome to submit.

    A session proposal should include:
    • Name and one-page CV of proposed session chair(s)
    • Title and abstract of the session (maximum 200
    • Format of session: paper session, panel, discussion,
    debate, etc.
    • Names of possible or invited presenters (if known)
    • Any special physical or technical requirements for
    the session

    Please send session proposals to: no later than Friday,
    November 24, 2017. A call for papers will follow at
    the beginning of December.
  • PastForward Preservation Conference: Virtual Attendance

    Dates: 14 – 17 Nov, 2017

    If you can't make it to PastForward 2017 next month (Nov. 14-17), join as a virtual attendee.

    Livestreaming at PastForward is FREE and can be done in the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. The Opening Plenary and Closing Luncheon, as well as the TrustLive presentations focusing on preservation and health, technology, and creating vibrant, livable cities will be livestreamed. Sign up as a virtual attendee!

  • CFP: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe

    Ljubljana | Dates: 02 Nov – 31 Dec, 2017

    Ljubljana, May 8 - 10, 2018

    Deadline: Dec 31, 2017


    Practices, Circulation and Legacies: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe

    The City Museum of Ljubljana, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

    Since its very beginnings, professional as well as non-professional photographers have used photography in Central and Eastern Europe to record all aspects of life. Photography has thus participated in spreading and shaping knowledge about the region, its people, and the rest of the world. In spite of the central role photography has played in the diverse socio-cultural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, research on its history in this part of the continent is still little appreciated and remains understudied.

    The 2018 conference in Ljubljana will be the third in a series of international conferences initiated in Warsaw in 2016 with the aim of developing and promoting interdisciplinary studies about photography and its histories in the region.

    In 2018, we seek to enhance understandings of the mechanisms and realities that have influenced the development of local photographic practices and their relationship with uses of photography elsewhere. We also aspire to expand knowledge about social and cultural customs that facilitated the circulation and legacies of photographs throughout the medium’s history in the region. Paper proposals may therefore address a range of interrelated topics, including but not limited to:

    - The history and state of photographic collections/archives, the opportunities they present and the challenges they face

    - The history and state of local research practices and academic discourses on photography (research topics, theory and methodology)

    - The circulation of photographs and photographic images in public and private spheres and their impact on collective imaginations in Central and Eastern Europe (e.g. the uses of photography in art, media, politics…)

    We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations from scholars working in areas such as: photography, art history and theory, visual sociology, anthropology, museology, philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, visual and media studies, communications, and fine and graphic arts. 

    To propose a paper, please send your abstract (no less than 250 and no more than 300 words including the title) by the 31st December 2017 to

    In addition, please include a short biographical note of no more than 150 words with full affiliation, the title of your presentation and contact details as a separate document.

    The presentation will be given in English

    Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2018



    Marija Skočir (Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana) Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin) Marta Ziętkiewicz (Liber pro Arte, Warsaw) Petra Trnková (Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) Ewa Manikowska (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) Gil Pasternak (Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester)

  • Visualizing Renaissance Histories: A Symposium on Digital Narratives and the Study of 16th Florence and Venice

    St. Louis | Dates: 10 – 10 Nov, 2017
    A symposium on digital narratives and the study of sixteenth-century Florence and Venice. 
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