Recent Opportunities

  • Made in York

    York | Dates: 16 Aug – 12 Nov, 2017
    These products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far-reaching. Made in York celebrates the wealth of this Georgian city’s inventive and enlightened output through the long eighteenth century (1670-1830).

    York’s pages of history are strewn with astronomers, mathematicians, horologists and zoologists through to world-class scholars, celebrated painters, sculptors, architects and cabinetmakers. This is the story of those people who made this city a crucible for enlightened thought, intellectual creativity and a centre for exquisite craftsmanship throughout the Georgian age.

    York nurtured some of the greatest names such as Grinling Gibbons, Thomas Chippendale, Laurence Sterne, John Goodricke, John Flaxman and Joseph Rose, leaders in each of their metiers. But behind these icons are some lesser-known pioneers; Made in York rediscovers their rich and eclectic legacy, and the rare objects and often forgotten triumphs that they have left for future generations.

    For the first time, this landmark exhibition will be showcased throughout the townhouse, vividly animating both Fairfax House’s beautiful period rooms and its exhibition gallery.
  • Panel Discussion: Chicago's New AIA Fellows

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 24 Aug, 2017

    AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of "FAIA" after an architect’s name is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3% of AIA members have this distinction. Join us for a discussion with some of Chicago’s newest AIA Fellows about career development, advancing the profession of architecture, what AIA Fellowship is and how they got there.


    4:30 pm               door and cash bar open (cash, credit card, or charged to a Cliff Dweller member’s House Account)

    6:15 pm               buffet dinner ($35; reservations required)

    7:00 pm               presentation (no charge; reservations requested)

    Reservations: by e-mail to or by phone to 312/922-8080. Reservations can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner is by cash, credit card, or charged to a Cliff Dweller member’s House Account.

    Discount parking is available after 4:00 pm in the garage at 17 East Adams Street: enter on Adams between Wabash Avenue and State Street. Ask for a discount coupon at the Cliff Dwellers check-in desk.


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  • Craft: A case study - the Mackintosh Building Restoration Project The Glasgow School of Art

    Glasgow | Dates: 11 – 11 Sep, 2017

    Part of Doors Open Day. 

    Booking opens via Eventbrite on 23 August at 10am

    Places limited. Booking essential. 

    A series of talks from the craft men & women responsible for the painstaking work being undertaken to restore the world famous Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art.

    The restoration project draws on a number of highly skilled building and decorative crafts people. These talks are an opportunity to hear from the craft operatives themselves about the challenges faced to conserve, restore and rebuild the Mackintosh Building.

    The afternoon will be a fascinating tour through many of the disciplines essential to the project with presentations rich in anecdote drawn from experience on the job. Mackintosh’s relationship with practicing craftsmen underpinned the genius of his design and each talk will reveal the skills and expertise that were originally required to deliver the art school Mackintosh envisaged.

    Click here to find out more about the Mackintosh Building Restoration Project

  • Conservation Philosophy: A case study - The Mackintosh Building Restoration Project The Glasgow School of Art

    Glasgow | Dates: 11 – 11 Sep, 2017

    Part of Doors Open Day. 

    Booking opens via Eventbrite on 23 August at 10am

    Places limited. Booking essential. 

    A lecture and panel talk discussing the conservation philosophy guiding the work undertaken to conserve, restore and rebuild the Mackintosh Building, returning it to use as a working art school.

    The Mackintosh Building inhabited since its construction by The Glasgow School of Art is widely recognised as a work of art in its own right. Through its many years of use the building has developed a unique patina and undergone a number of alterations and additions.

    The recent fire and subsequent restoration raises a number of considerations concerning the integrity of the original design, the history of the building and its adaption for future use.

    This lecture and panel talk is an opportunity to discuss this ever present dichotomy facing the conservation and restoration of buildings in use drawing on the unique and precious Mackintosh Building as a case study. 

    Click here to find out more about the Mackintosh Building Restoration Project

  • Architectural Heritage Conference

    luxor | Dates: 05 – 08 Feb, 2018
    Following the success of the first international conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage“, the second version of the conference will take place in Luxor & Aswan, Egypt on the 5th of February, 2018 till the 8th of February, 2018. Scientific research will foster the attempt to improve the know-how in the field. Expected results include a better understanding of the problems facing architectural heritage, the development of policies favoring its conservation, the definition of practical guidelines and the organization of training and awareness activities.
  • States of Disrepair / Acts of Repair: The Ethical Imperative

    Denver | Dates: 15 Aug – 20 Sep, 2017
    All our objects, buildings, and things share the same fate: they lose their sheen as soon as they go out into the world. Yet the design disciplines and professions tend to privilege the new, idealizing the building or product as the designer intended it to be, uncompromised by the elements and the inevitable wear and tear from use and misuse.

    What if we, as designers and as citizens, paid attention to how our objects and buildings fare in the world: how they weather, patina, age, deteriorate, break down, and fall apart; how we keep them going by maintaining, servicing, adapting, and repairing them?

    What would we learn from the many acts and operations -- large and small, by-the-book and ad hoc -- of repair and of maintenance: from work-arounds, quick-fixes, and improvisations to concerted efforts to preserve, restore, and reuse? What could we learn from the labor -- the protocols, skills, ingenuity, persistence, and hard work -- involved in repair and maintenance, labor that class and vocation render invisible to most university-trained architects and professionals?

    What could we learn from instances of repair and maintenance in the past as well as in disciplines, practices, and situations beyond normative architectural practice: from roadside repair shops, online collectives, DIY home repair, and a feminist “ethics of care” to “design for remanufacturing”, “failure modes and effects analysis”, closed loop supply chains, and the struggle for “right to repair” legislation?

    Could this looking and learning inform the way we design our buildings and our environments? Could an ethos of repair and repairing contribute to the way we conceptualize and practice architecture today? Could, for example, “designing for repairability” help us acknowledge the agency of the user/owner or the contingency and entropy of what we design and specify? Could mainstream architectural discourse and practice learn from preservation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptive reuse -- topics once central to morally-charged disciplinary debates that are now specialty topics or their own disciplines?

    This session invites papers that look at how maintenance and repair figure within historical and contemporary architectural discourse and practice, as well as papers that speculate upon how they could inform it in the near future.

    In order to sponsor a rich exploration of this topic, the session welcomes a broad range of methods and approaches. For example: case studies of exemplary projects as well as vernacular and craft practices; close readings of design contracts as well as specifications for materials and assemblies; theoretical or historical analysis of approaches to repair and disrepair (Viollet-le-Duc, Morris, Ruskin, Brand, Leatherbarrow, Otero-Pailos, among others); comparative accounts of how different disciplines (anthropology, archeology, art history), allied professionals (architectural engineers, building surveyors), corporate firms, or building trades approach repair; speculative design pedagogies that problematize breakdown, maintenance, and repair . . .

    Information on the conference (15-17 March in Denver, Colorado), submission requirements, and the online submission process can be found on the conference webpage
  • 2017 Bruno Zevi Prize for an Historical-Critical Essay

    Dates: 09 Aug – 31 Oct, 2017
    With a view to developing and disseminating the teachings of Bruno Zevi and his method of critical and historical inquiry, the Bruno Zevi Foundation annually holds an international competition to award a prize for an historical-critical essay offering an original analysis of an architectural work, theme or architect of the past or present.
    The competition is divided into five sections corresponding with the following themes:
    – the key role of space in architecture
    – the ancient sources of modern language
    – history as a methodology of architectural practice
    – the modern language of architecture
    – landscape and the zero-degree language of architecture.

    See website for additional rules and submission guidelines.
  • Hive

    Washington | Dates: 10 Aug – 04 Sep, 2017

    The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.

    Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns.

    Hive’s form recalls other built and natural structures such as Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy, vernacular Musgum mud huts in Cameroon, and the curvature of a spider’s web. By utilizing the catenary shape, each chamber will balance structural forces and support its own weight, while attaining a height that enables a unique acoustic signature. The tall yet intimate forms allow visitors to inhabit the installation at the ground level and to experience it from the Museum’s upper-floor balconies, providing a variety of exciting perspectives.

    Explore how a structure can modify and reflect sound, light, scale, and human interaction. Hive’s smaller chambers feature tubular instruments ranging from simple drum-like tubes to chimes suspended within the space. Each chamber has a unique acoustic properties that will affect the instruments’ tone, reverberation, and reflection as well as visitors’ perceptions. The large main chamber is topped by a soaring dome that filters the natural light of the Great Hall and creates intricate light and shadow patterns in the space. Just outside the installation, Philadelphia-based design educator Alex Gilliam’s notched cardboard Build It! Disks provide a hands-on cooperative building activity.

  • Thomas A. Kligerman: The New Shingled House

    Chicago | Dates: 07 – 07 Sep, 2017

    Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the ICAA, the AIA/Chicago Area CRAN, and Pella Crafted Luxury are pleased to welcome Thomas A. Kligerman. Tom was raised in Connecticut and New Mexico, and spent years in France and England as a student. These experiences sparked his interest in the rich history of domestic architecture, gardens, and landscapes. Before co-founding Ike Kligerman Barkley, Tom worked for Robert A. M. Stern Architects and received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and his Master of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture.

    He is passionate about the design process, and loves studying and creating architectural models. He serves on the boards of a number of charitable and educational institutions, including his current role as the President of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.  

    Tom will talk about the lasting appeal of the shingle style house, the work of his firm, and the cultural influences of architecture from his travels to Cuba, Italy, and beyond. After his lecture at the Pella Crafted Luxury showroom he will sign copies of his book, The New Shingled House.    

    Cost/Reservations: Free. RSVP Required. 

    Location: Pella Crafted Luxury, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 100, Chicago, IL
  • The Franciscans in Mexico: Five Centuries of Cultural Influence

    Washington | Dates: 13 – 14 Oct, 2017

    13-14 October 2017

    Mexican Cultural Center, Washington, DC, USA

    A Program of the Early Americas Working Group of Washington, D.C.

    Generations of scholars have studied the multi-faceted experiences of the Franciscans in Mexico and the ways in which the Franciscan order shaped New Spain and the early Mexican republic. This conference examines the range of Franciscan influence and analyzes new scholarship that focuses on the multiple discourses with which friars engaged native peoples, creole populations, the vice-regal authorities, and other actors throughout the Spanish empire.  The conference brings together junior and senior scholars to study the long Franciscan experience in Mexico on the eve of the commemoration of the quincentenary of the Spanish—and thus the Franciscan—presence in Mexico.

    The conference further honors the work of the eminent historian Fr. Francisco Morales, OFM, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday in September 2017.   Morales’s studies of the Franciscans in Mexico and his promotion of the field have encouraged the work of several generations of historians of colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico.  With this in mind, our program includes scholars whose research applies the methodologies of linguistic, social, and cultural history to the study of Nahua-Franciscan relations. Morales was one of the pioneers of this interdisciplinary approach during his years as a scholar at the Academy of American Franciscan History and in subsequent years as director of the Biblioteca Franciscana in San Pedro Cholula, Mexico (the library is housed in the Convento de San Gabriel, one of the first Franciscan churches in Mexico).

    All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.

    Keynote Speaker:  Jaime Lara, Arizona State University

    Organizers:  Thomas M. Cohen, The Catholic University of America; Jay T. Harrison, Hood College; David Rex Galindo, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

    Contributors:  Pedro Ángeles Jiménez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Rose Marie Beebe, Santa Clara University; Steven W. Hackel, University of California, Riverside; Hilaire Kallendorf, Texas A&M University; Kristin Dutcher Mann, University of Arkansas, Little Rock; Karen Melvin, Bates College; Verónica Murillo Gallegos, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas; Manuel Ramos Medina, Centro de Estudios de Historia de México CARSO, Mexico City; Mathew Restall, Pennsylvania State University; Robert Senkewicz, Santa Clara University; Cecilia Sheridan, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Unidad Noreste, Monterrey; José Refugio de la Torre Curiel, Universidad de Guadalajara/Colegio de Jalisco; Jonathan Truitt, Central Michigan University

    Major Sponsors: Jay I. Kislak Foundation; Academy of American Franciscan History

    Institutional Sponsors:  Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary; Shirley Connor Hardinge Center for Global and International Studies, Hood College; Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

    Partners:  Early Americas Working Group of Washington, D.C.; Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress; National History Center

  • Romanesque Renaissance: Early Medieval Architecture as a Source for New all'antica Architecture in the 15th and 16th Centuries

    Florence | Dates: 22 – 23 Sep, 2017
    International conference
    Organized by Michael W. Kwakkelstein and Konrad Ottenheym
    Florence, 22-23 September 2017

    The revival of antique forms in 15th - and 16th -century architecture was, as is well known, above all a European phenomenon. This movement originated in Central Italy, but from the late 15th century onward, it spread to other centres in and outside of Italy. Sources of inspiration were not only the iconic Roman remains, which were catalogued in Serlio’s Book Three (1540) and Palladio’s Book Four (1570), but also local ruins and historic buildings in other parts of Europe. Some of these were of genuine antique origin (or even more ancient) others were in fact of late antique of even medieval date. For early modern humanists and artists it must have been difficult to distinguish Byzantine and Romanesque architecture from that of Roman antiquity. The scholarly concept of ‘Romanesque’ architecture and the stylistic tools enabling one to distinguish it from antique Roman architecture, date from the early 19th -century, not earlier. Traditional 20th -century art history mostly ignored buildings that were inspired by medieval sources. The present conference invites speakers to determine to what extent renaissance architecture inspired by medieval sources reflects an intellectual endeavour to produce all’antica architecture based on local sources. Questions that will be addressed include why patrons and architects preferred references to medieval sources above those antique, what did they know (or think they knew) of the history of these ancient buildings and what determined their choices?
  • Cass Gilbert: Life & Work in a Changing Region

    Saint Paul | Dates: 11 – 11 Aug, 2017
    Lecture given by SAH Member Kate Solomonson

    When Minnesota’s State Capitol opened in 1905, it was praised as the very embodiment of the triumph of civilization in the west. Recently, the building's restoration has surfaced new questions and concerns about whose histories are represented through the building and its art, and how. This makes it all the more important to turn back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to understand the conditions and values that inform the building’s design. This lecture considers these issues through the lens of the life and work of its architect, Cass Gilbert. The capitol was Gilbert’s first major public commission. How was he equipped to take on such a challenge? How did his earlier work relate to the capitol’s design? As western territories were colonized, promotional publications presented architecture--especially architect designed buildings--as both the beacon of civilization and the means and measure of its progress. The buildings Gilbert designed--from houses and churches, to commercial blocks and railroad stations, to the Capitol itself—contributed in both tangible and subtle ways to the ongoing social, cultural, economic, and political transformation of St. Paul and the Northwest. A note to Gilbertians: The lecture will include Gilbert’s first public structure, which was quite a spectacle in 1883.

    You can also see two excellent exhibitions in and near the Cass Gilbert Library: “The Life and Works of Cass Gilbert,” organized by the Cass Gilbert Society, and “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation.”
  • The impact of war on urban landscape: transformations and resilience in European cities (15th-18th centuries)

    Rome | Dates: 29 Aug – 01 Sep, 2018
    Since the dawn of civilization cities had to deal with war effects through destruction, violence and fear. The deep change in artillery after the 14-15th centuries produced new impacts on the urban network and urban environment, far beyond architectural and technical transformations in warfare. In fact urban history, architectural history, military history and archaeology are correlated in this matter.
    Cities and their surrounding fields were affected by material destruction, which got more devastating as the caliber of firearms increased. How did cities recover after attack or war disaster, is the main question of this session. Though destruction was a condition to transform, not only these transformations faced many difficulties but also war scars could be either erased, concealed, exhibited or even simply left. We are interested in observing the traces that armed conflicts left in cities and the mechanisms that civil and military powers developed to recover from them. We aim to discuss these connections over the entire territory, in the framework of periods of conflict, in order to achieve a comparative approach encompassing several European cities, as we are interested in a transnational perspective.
    Historiography drew special attention to urban design solutions and the military engineers capacity to plan physical conditions in order to prepare a city to resist long sieges, including outworks in the surrounding areas, periodically adapted to the changes in the art of war. Yet, what really happened after military campaigns is somehow forgotten. Therefore the focus of this session will considerer both what happened in cities following the war campaigns, and how civil and military authorities proactively prepared the cities for them.

    We especially welcome papers that address (but are not necessarily limited to) the following topics:
    • methodology for the study of the scars of war in a city;
    • financial, management and design plans from city council and military institutions;
    • profile of the people in charge of the rebuilding processes, besides fortification military builders;
    • city council role in post-war cities;
    • nearby productive agricultural fields and water resources protection during war cycles;
    • comparative case-studies between regions or countries.

    Deadline for paper proposals submission: Oct 5, 2017
  • Getty Scholars Program 2018/19 on MONUMENTALITY

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Aug – 02 Oct, 2017

    Monumentality (Research Institute)

    The 2018/2019 academic year at the Getty Research Institute will be devoted to MONUMENTALITY. Monuments and the monumental address fundamental questions of art and architectural history such as size and scale. Applicants are encouraged to address monumentality in all of its distinct forms, as embodied by various cultures and powers throughout history. Research trajectories to consider include the role of monumentality as a tool for nation building, the subversive potential of monument making, and the monumental in buildings, sculptures, installations, murals, and even small-scale objects.
  • Getty Library Research Grants

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Aug – 16 Oct, 2017

    Applications for the 2018 Getty Library Research Grants are now available online at

    The deadline to apply is October 16, 2017.

    Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support to researchers of all nationalities whose projects demonstrate a compelling need to use Getty Research Institute materials, and whose place of residence is more than 80 miles from the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

    Please contact GRI Library Reference with any questions:

  • Special Collection on Digital Architectural History

    Dates: 08 Aug – 01 Oct, 2017
    For a Special Collection on Digital Architectural History, Architectural Histories, the open access journal of the EAHN, in collaboration with the Institute for the History and Theory of architecture at the ETH Zürich (gta), seeks proposals for contributions that set a new benchmark in digital publication in the field of the history of architecture and the built environment.

    The journal intends to offer a platform for articles that explore what a durable and truly digital architectural history could look like. Such history activates various forms of digital visualization, data collection and management, and digital research tools; it questions how these new means affect and shape the work of the historian; and it examines how this work is made available for assessment, consultation and debate. The aim of the issue is to arrive at accessible, sustainable and potentially interactive results that open up new critical perspectives in architectural history.

    Proposals should explain how digital tools are made to engage with historical questions, and how they facilitate assessment, communication and scholarly exchange. Proposals should specify which digital tools are employed and how, with special attention to accessibility (file size/platform), sustainability and interactivity. If the proposal entails the development of new tools, a brief and a budget should be specified, and it should be detailed how the tools will be implemented. In total, proposals should not exceed 1000 words, excluding the brief and budget.

    Selected proposals will have access to limited funding for research and development. Means will be granted according to the potential for innovation of the proposal. Authors will be invited to a take-off workshop hosted by the Chair in the History and Theory of Architecture (Maarten Delbeke) and the Institute of Digital Architectural History (Thomas Hänsli) at the gta.

    Deadline for submission is 1 October 2017, authors will receive notification by 20 October 2017. The workshop will take place in January 2018. Publication of the issue should start in June 2018.
    Proposals should be submitted to the AH Editorial Team ( and Prof. Maarten Delbeke (
  • Mediating Architecture and its Audiences: the Architectural Critic

    Tallinn | Dates: 08 Aug – 30 Sep, 2017
    This session, to be held at the 5th European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Conference, in Tallinn, Estonia, June 13-16, 2018, interrogates the emergence of architectural criticism as a key site for the production, circulation, and transformation of architectural ideas and practices in the twentieth century. Abstracts are due by September 30, 2017.

    Responsible for bringing architecture into public discourse, architectural critics like Montgomery Schuyler, Lewis Mumford, Nikolaus Pevsner, John Summerson, Catherine Bauer, Jane Jacobs, Bruno Zevi, Ada-Louise Huxtable, and François Chaslin – to mention a few names of global significance – had transformative effects on the field. Each engaged a remarkable diversity of practices including historical scholarship and preservation advocacy, becoming leaders in cultivating public opinion and in fostering a resemantization of the relationship between the built and the textual. In many ways their practices were divergent, yet together they articulate the often overlooked gaps between the built, the projective, and the public.

    The investigation examines these transformative, yet little-studied figures, querying their historical role in the development of new audiences for architecture, their impact on the development of architectural journalism as a field distinct from the academy, and their influence on contemporaneous architectural practice. The session has potentially important ramifications for the history of architecture, cultural history, and histories of media. There is little existing scholarly literature on the topic, though recent research projects have begun to address the issue.

    The chairs encourage non-biographical and non-descriptive approaches to the topic, instead inviting scholars, architects, and critics to respond to historically specific questions such as:
    • How did the role of the architectural critic emerge, transform, and come to be highly specialized over the course of the twentieth century?
    • How has criticism adapted to its many media forms or engaged media systems beyond the textual?
    • What types of audiences does criticism engage or produce?
    • What historical relationships have criticism and journalism had with building practices and with scholarly production?
    • How does architectural journalism relate to political structures and institutions? What role has censorship played? How might we account for histories of repression of the architectural press?
    • What role does criticism play in non-Western contexts?
    • How have the dictates of journalism run counter to those of criticism? Where has the friction between criticism as an ethic or as an esthetic become apparent?
    • What becomes of the critic as the object of critique?
    • How has architectural criticism been treated historiographically, and what kinds of historiography might emerge from scholarly attention to architectural criticism?
    • What does it mean to make historical evidence of criticism?

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted directly to Maristella Casciato ( and Gary Fox ( by 30 September 2017. Please include your name, affiliation, title of paper, a C.V. of no more than five pages, home and work addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection no later than 31 October 2017.
  • Special Issue for International Journal of Islamic Architecture: Boundaries, Flows, and the Construction of Muslim Selves through Architecture

    Dates: 07 Aug – 30 Oct, 2017
    Special Issue: Boundaries, Flows, and the Construction of Muslim Selves through Architecture
    Thematic volume planned for June 2019
    Proposal submission deadline: October 30, 2017

    This special issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture takes as its starting point how a new sense of ‘boundary’ emerged from the post-nineteenth-century dissolution of large, heterogeneous empires into a mosaic of nation-states in the Islamic world. This new sense of ‘boundary’ has not only determined the ways in which we imagine and construct the idea of modern citizenship, but also redefines relationships between the nation, citizenship, cities and architecture. Whereas political debates today question the compatibility of Islam with the concept of the nation-state, the construction of the twentieth-century Islamic world was embroiled in debates around the nature of the modern state itself. Such debates oscillated between Islam as a political ideology and Islam as a personal belief system. These debates were often troubled by novel uses of ‘boundary’ in both physical and conceptual forms linked to the phenomenon of the nation-state. These boundaries were further challenged by flows of persons, materials, and ideas that destabilized the political configuration of the nation-state itself.

    Hence, in this special issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture we invite papers that bring critical perspectives to our understanding of the interrelation between the accumulated flows and the evolving concepts of boundary in predominantly Muslim societies, and within the global Muslim diaspora. This special issue seeks to investigate how architecture mediates the creation and deployment of boundaries and boundedness that have been devised to define, enable, obstruct, accumulate and/or control flows able to disrupt bounded territories or identities. More generally, it proposes to explore how architecture might be considered as a means to understand the relationship between flows and boundaries.

    Questions of nationhood and boundary-making critically define the modern era. This is particularly true for global Muslim communities. Nation-building efforts have gone through phases of creativity and disillusionment ranging from the Israel-Palestine question, the creation and fragmentation of Pakistan as a spatiotemporal utopia, the Islamic revolution in Iran, to the post-oil prosperity in the Gulf countries, the repercussions of 9/11, the disenchantment of the Arab Spring, and the rise of South East Asian countries as global powerhouses. The plausible image of an ideal Islamic society vis-à-vis the nation-state has shifted along with these major transformations, and an incongruity between ideals and realities has informed resulting spatial expressions as well.

    This special issue seeks to explore alternative definitions of bounded identities, facilitating new approaches to spatial and architectural forms. ‘Boundary’ can be ‘hard’, such as the geopolitical boundaries regulated by states. These boundaries often result in conflicts over the ownership of territory and geological resources or even over history, authenticity, and the nature of the past. Yet boundaries can also be ‘soft’ such as those demarcated by religious, cultural, and linguistic differences among different Muslim factions, or associations of a Muslim population within a predominantly non-Muslim society or vice-versa. Through the transition from empires to nation-states, ‘boundary’ has acquired new ideological meanings in response to questions about Muslim selves and citizenship.

    The concept of boundary is further intricately entangled with the concept of flows. In the era of global flows of information, commodities, resources and people, boundaries work together with flows as two corresponding factors in constructing the spatial experience of Islamic societies. Several issues nevertheless complicate the relationship between boundaries and flows. For instance, Muslim diasporic movements, through voluntary migration seeking a better life elsewhere or forced displacement due to war, genocide or climate change, challenge our normative view of Islamic architecture outside of the normative Islamic world. The Muslim diaspora creates its own niches that confront and conform to complex global flows of socio-cultural dynamics, ranging from hate crimes and political resentments to a global awareness of diversity and minority.

    Against this context of global flows, several phenomena prompt us to rethink the relationship between architecture, urban planning and boundaries. For instance, the transnational flows of heterogeneous Islamic groups as radical as the Taliban and as moderate as Tablighi Jamaat problematize notions of national ‘hard’ boundaries. Or, while the contemporary media presents the international networks of madrasas and mosques as nothing more than a breeding ground of Islamic radicalism, other roles that these spaces play in serving as transnational nodes in an expanding spatial network remain largely unexplored. This special issue seeks to explore how architecture and urban discourses can shed light on these new forms of identity politics and resulting internal dissonances within Muslim and global communities. How, for example, could an architectural imagination bring a critical perspective to the idea of jihad, notions of the umma, and potentials for a pan-Muslim society?

    These questions also disrupt typical approaches to architectural history. The architectural forms of twentieth- and twenty-first-century nation building is often narrated through the pivotal forces of the Cold War, Bretton Woods financial policy, the emergence of development studies, and contested theories of modernization, Islamization, and postcoloniality. Within such a context, the global flows of ideas, money and technical expertise took place through intergovernmental agencies such as the United Nations, the European Union, Commonwealth and Muslim League, and the economic and political interest of funding agencies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, European Development Fund and USAID. These contested groups of international stakeholders aimed at creating local technical experts and cultivated architects as development agents. The constituent forces of boundaries and flows eventually materialized to disrupt these forces, as architectural and urban projects ranging from small-scale community development schemes such as low-cost housing and rural development programs to large-scale modernization efforts such as the establishment of nuclear research centers.

    Gradually, the flows of architectural philosophies regarding the meaning of Islamic architecture in contemporary time created their own sphere of intellectual debate within Islamic societies. Views were exchanged through symposia, professional meetings, architectural magazines and manifestoes. In addition to Euro-American pedagogical and professional establishments, a parallel educational infrastructure – the madrasa – also enabled formidable transnational flows of knowledge and people across the Islamic world.

    The focus of the contributions to this special issue of IJIA should follow these variant forms of disruptive flows and address the question of how architecture – defined broadly – creates nuanced definitions of Muslim selves. With an objective to better understand how, in the age of global capital, architecture mediates the forces that constitute flows and boundaries, the contributions should address architecture not only as the byproduct of socio-political forces, but also as the active promulgator of those forces.
    Themes that might be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. How might architecture be used to explore the ways in which the diverse formation of nationalism within Islamicate worlds cater to trans-local exchanges of ideas, ideologies, and human migration across geopolitical borders? Historically, how were different experiences of partition (i.e. in the Indian subcontinent or the Middle East) and nation-building efforts informed by architectural developments and urban planning?
    2. Who are the agents of the exchanges of architectural knowledge and expertise? How are the international flows of ideas, money and expertise defined in competition and collaboration between local and international professionals? In the global context, how do practicing architects tackle the challenges of boundaries? Questions to address include refugee housing or strategies for negotiating cultural identities of immigrant populations in a ‘foreign’ land.
    3. How could the architecture of the Muslim diaspora be used as a means to better understand Islamicate societies in the contemporary world? How is architecture located at the junction of the experience of war, genocide, migration, and partition? What might the architectural expression of a migrant Muslim community tell us about the politics of construction and destruction of the Muslim self?
    4. How do flows of discourse and expert knowledge navigate between institutions (universities, NGOs, intergovernmental agencies etc.) within and beyond Islamic countries? What is the role of architecture in that process? How do these flows work at the intersection of the training of ‘local’ experts in international institutions and thus contribute to the discourse on ‘modern Islamic architecture’?

    Essays that focus on historical and theoretical analysis (DiT papers) should be a minimum of 6,000 words but no more than 8,000 words, and essays on design and practice (DiP papers) can range from 3,000 to 4,000 words. Contributions from practitioners are welcome and should bear in mind the critical framework of the journal. Contributions from practitioners and scholars of art history, anthropology, diaspora studies, sociology, and geography and building construction are particularly welcome.

    Please send a 400-word abstract with essay title to the guest editor, Farhan Karim, University of Kansas (, by October 30, 2017. Those whose proposals are accepted will be contacted soon thereafter and requested to submit full papers to the journal by May 15, 2018. All papers will undergo full peer review.

    For author instructions regarding paper guidelines, please consult:

    Contact Info:
    Farhan Karim

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Architecture

    University of Kansas

    Contact Email:
  • Cass Gilbert: Life and Work in a Changing Region

    St. Paul | Dates: 11 – 11 Aug, 2017
    Dr. Katherine Solomonson presents a talk on Gilbert as part of the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Minnesota State Capitol.

    2 p.m. in the Cass Gilbert Room, State Capitol
  • Call for Proposals: Archeworks Agendas 02

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 08 Aug, 2017

    Archeworks seeks emerging leaders, change-makers and critical thinkers to submit proposals to present at Archeworks Agendas 02. Last year, we launched Agendas as a platform for sharing ideas and projects that inspire change in Chicago and beyond. It was a huge success! We were able to highlight work that challenges convention, approaches dilemmas, and/or defines new tools and methods. YOU can help us make this year even better!

    Presentations will be limited to 10-minutes followed by a moderated discussion. The event will culminate with a reception and opportunity to meet others with shared interests. If you would like to present at Archeworks Agendas 02 please submit a short description of your presentation (200 words) and 2-3 supporting images (jpgs) to by August 8, 2017.  A total of 5 presentations will be accepted and applicants will be notified by August 10 if their presentation is selected.  Agendas 02 will take place at Archeworks on August 24, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

    This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required. Please direct all questions to
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