Recent Opportunities

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers, Durham NC 1-4 June 2016

    Durham | Dates: 27 Aug – 30 Oct, 2015
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals and applications for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships for its 35th Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2016. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring African-American life, including slavery, the rise of a black middle class, the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship of race and the built environment; the transformation and industrialization of agricultural landscapes; and the architecture of institutions, including churches, schools, and hospitals. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Please include the paper title, author’s name, and email address, along with a one-page c.v.. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2016, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 4th. THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2015. Abstracts should be emailed to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Annmarie Adams, at For general information about the Durham conference, please visit the conference website at or contact Claudia Brown at Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships: VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • 2016 AASL Conference: Call for Proposals

    Seattle | Dates: 26 Aug – 15 Sep, 2015
    The Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2016 AASL Annual Conference, which will be held in Seattle March 11-13, 2016. This conference is an exciting opportunity, as it will include programming cross-listed with the 2016 ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference. Conference programming will include lightning talks, conference papers, and tours. Lightning talks are 6 minutes with a maximum of 12 slides; papers,15-20 minutes. At this time, we are issuing a call for both the lightning talks and conference papers. Through a survey issued at the end of the 2015 conference, members of AASL identified important issues for the professional practice. Building upon this survey, the committee is soliciting proposals for papers and talks that address one of the following topics while tying the discussion back to the ARLIS/NA+VRA Joint Conference theme, Natural Connections. Spaces Renovation - Embedded Librarians – Maker Spaces – Library as Learning Lab – Closing Branches & Sharing Resources Architecture School Collections Documenting Student Work – Institutional Repositories – Born-Digital Architectural Records – Special Collections & Archives Digital Scholarship Digital Humanities – Student Work – Exhibits & Projects – Digital Repositories, Asset Management, & Metadata Outreach & Collaboration Grants – Interdisciplinary Opportunities – Partnerships –Community Engagement Instruction Information Literacies – Research Assistance – Curriculum Development & Mapping – Supporting Traveling Studios Accreditation + Assessment Tenure & Promotion – Alt-metrics – Measuring Impact – Alternative Skills for Librarians Additionally, the Programming Committee seeks proposals that celebrate Seattle’s built environment. Proposals for either presentation format should not exceed 250 words. The submission deadline is September 15, 2015. Please use this Google Form to submit your proposals: If you have any questions regarding submission, please contact the 2016 Programming Committee at: We hope you take this unique opportunity to present at the 2016 AASL Conference. Remember, the selected proposals will be part of sessions cross-listed with the ARLIS/NA + VRA joint conference. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at the conference! Sincerely, The 2016 AASL Conference Programming Committee Jessica Aberle, University of Texas at Austin Beth Dodd, University of Texas at Austin Mar González Palacios, Conference Chair, Canadian Centre for Architecture Katie Pierce Meyer, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2016 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historic Preservation Projects)

    Dates: 25 Aug – 30 Nov, 2015
    Society for History in the Federal Government Invites Nominations For the 2016 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historic Preservation Projects)

    The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display. The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2016, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic preservation project completed in 2014 or 2015. The award for historic preservation is given for achievement in preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 at the annual meeting of the SHFG.

    Eligible Entrants
    • Any agency or unit of the federal government
    • Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, for eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government
    • Members of the Society for History in the Federal Government
    Criteria for Evaluation ·         

    • Exemplary practices that serve as models for future federal activity   
    • Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government
    • A high level of technical expertise in the field of historic preservation
    • Excellence and thoroughness of historical research
    • Appropriate application of historical research to historic preservation
    • Innovative strategies or techniques
    • Successful application of appropriate preservation standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties or other appropriate standards.
    Submission Requirements
    The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the Powell Prize Committee. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using MS Word or PDF format that can be viewed on standard equipment.  Supplemental hard copies are acceptable.  Applications may be submitted via CD/DVD or thumb drive. 

    All submissions must include the following information:
    • Name of the nominated project or activity
    • Project contact person(s) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • Name of the nominator, if different from the contact person, and the nominator's address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • A description of the project or activity, including discussion of its scope and purpose and the names of any co-sponsors (one thousand words or less)
    • A discussion of how the project addresses the evaluation criteria.
    • Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include:
      1. CDs, DVDs
      2. Photographs (digital or supplemental hard copies);
      3. Other media such as plans, elevations, brochures, or news clips.
    • All submitted material becomes the property of SHFG.

    Submission of Entries and Deadline

    Please send a complete copy of each nomination to each of the committee members below postmarked no later than November 30, 2015.  Materials should be mailed via FedEX or similar courier so that submissions can be tracked by the sender and recipient if necessary.  Applicants may email questions to committee members but must not email application materials.

    1. Liz Petrella, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, 1201 Eye Street, NW, 6th floor, Washington, DC 20005, or

    2. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Blvd, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502

    3. Virginia Parks, Cultural Resources Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 20555 SW Gerda Lane, Sherwood, OR 97140 or

    Further information on awards presented by the Society for History in the Federal Government is available at
  • Big Data in Architectural Historiography

    Dublin | Dates: 22 Aug – 01 Sep, 2015
    European Architectural History Network, Dublin, June 2016 In line with the current discussions of the "digital humanities", and in the context of political critiques of big data urbanism as potentially undemocratic, this session aims at rethinking, discussing and developing architectural research based on large data sets. We encourage submissions of papers which address both historical examples of the use of large data sets for architectural production since the late 19th century and in a global perspective as well as contemporary scholarly uses of “big data” for analysis of historical and contemporary built environments.
  • SAH 2016 Annual International Conference

    Dates: 06 – 10 Apr, 2016


    The SAH 2016 Annual International Conference will engage participants from around the world with the rich, evolving legacy of the Pasadena/Los Angeles region’s built environment. With the scheduled completion of the Metro Expo Light-Rail Line west to Santa Monica in early 2016, Pasadena will be connected to Downtown LA and the rest of Los Angeles County. This infrastructure, building on historic right-of-ways, will provide new ways to see the broad range of the region’s architecture and urbanism. 

    Featured speakers include UCLA professors Eric Avila, specialist in racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation, and Dana Cuff, author of Architecture: The Story of Practice, and regional paper sessions including “Los Angeles Infrastucture: Design, Aesthetics, Publics,” “Styles, Revival Styles, California Styles,” and “Reappraising California Counterculture.”  

    The SAH Los Angeles Seminar will bring together constituencies of historic conservation, design professionals, and the community at large to examine SurveyLA/HistoricPlacesLA (the online comprehensive citywide historic resource developed by the City of Los Angeles together with the Getty Conservation Institute) and contemplate its local/global implications and possibilities.

    Conference Chair: Ken Tadashi Oshima, SAH 1st Vice President, University of Washington
    Local Co-Chairs: Linda Hart, Independent Scholar and Kevin McMahon, Southern California Institute of Architecture

    Visit the website for more information.
  • The New American House: A Lecture on Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 03 Sep, 2015
    Join us for a lecture led by Stuart Cohen FAIA, a practicing architect and author of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw. 

    Howard Van Doren Shaw designed stately country houses in and around Chicago—from affluent Lake Forest, Illinois, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Indiana—between 1894 to 1926, a period in American architecture that spanned the Gilded Age, the adoption of Beaux-Arts classicism as the ideal for civic architecture, the invention of the skyscraper, and the beginning of modernism. 

    Tickets: $15 for ICAA members; $25 for general public
  • World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (Cambridge, MA, 14-16 Sept 16)

    Dates: 20 Aug – 30 Sep, 2015
    World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities: WSSD-U-2016

    14-16 September 2016
    Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

    The 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016) will be held at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, on 14-16 September 2016. The theme of the event is: "Designing Tomorrow?s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation". As usual, the wide spectrum of sustainability will be covered at the event, whose co-hosts are Dr Julie Newman (MIT Office of Sustainability) and Prof. Walter Leal (HAW Hamburg and Manchester Metropolitan University).

    The World Symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education series, started at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, is the world?s leading series of events specifically focusing on sustainability in a higher education context.

    The event, held bi-annually, aims to offer a platform via which academic, technical and support staff concerned with sustainability issues at universities may meet, interact and exchanges ideas and information. The event is also aimed at promoting innovative approaches, methods and projects, thus furthering the cause of sustainability at universities. It encompasses, teaching, research, campus greening and  extension. WSSD-U-2016 is expected to have up to 250 participants from over 30 countries.

    Papers on issues related to citizenship are especially welcome.

    The deadlines are as follows:

    * Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30th September 2015
    * Deadline for the  submission of papers: 30th January 2016
    * Deadline for the  submission of revised papers: 30th March 2016

    All papers will be peer-reviewed. The accepted ones will be published either at IJSHE (special issue)
    or in books, as part of the World Sustainability Series, published by Springer, one of the world?s top 5 scientific publishers. Books published as part of the series ( are peer-reviewed, and fully indexed. They have already provided a valuable addition to efforts towards career development and tenure, serving  both young academics and well-established researchers, from across the world.

    Expressions of interest to attend WSSD-U-2016, intially consisting of a 200 words abstract  with all contact details from the authors, should be sent to the Symposium?s team by the  30th September 2016 at:<>. Only 250 delegates will have access to WSSD-U-2016, and selection will be made on a "first come first served" basis.

    Further details can be seen at: (the site will be constantly upgraded, as the =organisation of the event develops).
  • Radical Heritage, Art and Culture (London, 1-3 July 16)

    London | Dates: 20 Aug – 14 Sep, 2015

    a strand of


    1-3 July 2016
    Queen Mary University of London, UK

    This international event will explore radical approaches to the past and histories of radical ideas and action through workshops, lectures, panels, performances, screenings, workshops and exhibitions.

    For this strand (D) we are particularly interested in cultural initiatives that are wholly or partly situated outside of established heritage organisations, that offer alternative or counter narratives, or that experiment with new forms of producing and articulating history. We invite academics, activists, artists, and practitioners of all kinds to contribute proposals for short papers, workshops, walks, displays, and performances that critically reflect on themes including but not limited to those listed below:

    Radical forms of heritage
    Uses of the past
    Radical and alternative forms of classification
    DIY heritage projects: who, how and why?
    Walks as public history
    Digital heritage
    Mainstreaming radical histories
    Cultural interventions
    Art and activism
    Counter narratives
    Democratisation of heritage

    If you would need more information or would like to informally discuss proposals for the strand, please contact Kathleen McIlvenna

    Please send a 250 - 500 word proposal, marked Strand D and including a description of the format and content of the proposed paper, session, workshop, meeting, screening, or performance to Katy Pettit, Raphael Samuel History Centre administrator (<>) by Monday September 14th. Proposers will be notified by November 30th.

  • 4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016) (Singapore, 25-26 Apr 16)

    Dates: 20 Aug – 16 Nov, 2015
    4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016)

    25 - 26 April 2016

    Full Paper Submission Deadline 16 November 2015 Final Paper (Camera-Ready) Submission Deadline: 29 January 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 February 2016 Late Registration Deadline: 18 March 2016 Conference Dates: 25 - 26 April 2016


    Advances in Architecture and Civil Engineering are the order of the day with the rapid industrialization and urbanization seen in developed and developing nations. Innovative design and construction practices are challenging tasks to the architects and engineers to meet the ever growing demands of society. The conference is the premiere forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The conference will bring together leading researchers, architects, engineers and scientists in this domain of interest from around the world.

    The themes of the conference are:
    ? Infrastructure Design for Regions in Rapid Development ? Infrastructure Design for New Vertical Cities ? Infrastructure for new Cities and Landscapes ? Design for Urban Infrastructure: Parks, Buildings, Streets and Systems


    Prof. Mark S. T. Anderson
    Professor of Architecture
    Department of Architecture
    College of Environmental Design
    University of California, Berkeley
    USA Assoc. Prof. Peter Anderson
    Department of Architecture
    California College of the Arts

    Dr. M. Hank Haeusler
    Discipline Director, Computational Design Australian School of Architecture and Design UNSW Built Environment University of New South Wales Australia


    The Conference Proceedings Print ISSN: 2301-394X, E-Periodical ISSN: 2301-3958 will be indexed by Ulrichsweb, EBSCO, CrossRef, Proquest and will be submitted to Scopus, ScienceDirect and Cabell's Directories amongst others, where applicable.

    Journal: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET) (Print ISSN: 2251-3701, E-periodical: 2251-371X). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JET on a complimentary basis (free-of-charge). GSTF JET is hosted and published on Springer?s Open Access publishing platform - Global Science Journals (GSJ). In addition, it will be indexed by CAS, EBSCO, CrossRef, ProQuest, Ulrichsweb, Cabell's Directories and will be submitted to Google Scholar, IndexCopernicus, ScienceDirect, amongst others.

    Call for Papers

    Book Selected authors will be invited to contribute book chapters in "Future Construction: New Technologies in Architecture and Civil Engineering" to be published by GSTF and WSPC. This book will be co-edited by Assoc. Prof. Mark S. Anderson, of University of California, Berkeley and Assoc. Prof. Peter Anderson, of California College of the Arts

    Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

    ACE 2016 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

    Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.


    Dr. Richard Hyde
    Professor, Architectural Science
    Associate Dean Research
    Editor in Chief: Architectural Science Review Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning The University of Sydney, Australia

    Prof. Mark S. T. Anderson
    Professor of Architecture
    Department of Architecture
    College of Environmental Design
    University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Assoc. Prof. Peter Anderson
    Department of Architecture
    California College of the Arts

    Prof. Steve Garrity
    Hoffman Wood Professor of Architectural Engineering Institute for Resilient Infrastructure School of Civil Engineering University of Leeds, UK

    Dr. Arumugam Sathasivan
    Assoc. Prof. Department of Civil Engineering University of Western Sydney, Australia

    Dr. Amir Fam
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative and Retrofitted Structures Chair of Undergraduate Studies Department of Civil Engineering Queen's University, Canada

    Dr. Lu Aye
    Associate Professor, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department of Infrastructure Engineering Melbourne School of Engineering The University of Melbourne, Australia

    Dr. Mohamed Shahin
    Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Civil Engineering Department of Civil Engineering Curtin University, Australia

    Assoc. Prof. Bill Wong
    Deputy Head of Department, Director of Teaching Department of Civil Engineering Monash University, Australia

    For a complete list of Committee
    Please visit


    For a complete list of GSTF Partner Universities, click here.
    Global Science And Technology Forum

    If arriving for the reception and viewing only, please use the Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street.

    Presented by the Architecture & Design Society
  • Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2015
    In celebration of Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye, Adjaye talks about his work with exhibition curator Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design. Afterward, enjoy a reception and an early exhibition viewing.

    6:00             Conversation
                        Rubloff Auditorium
                        Please use the Columbus Drive entrance.

    7:00–9:00    Reception and Exhibition Viewing
                        Griffin Court and Galleries 182–184, 283–285

    The conversation, reception, and exhibition viewing are free and open to the public, but registration is required—register today! For more information, please contact Jennifer Breckner at (312) 443-3631 or

    If arriving for the reception and viewing only, please use the Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street.

    Presented by the Architecture & Design Society
  • Building Art: Paul Goldberger on Frank Gehry

    Chicago | Dates: 07 – 07 Nov, 2015
    credit: Michael Lionstar

    SAH has partnered with the Chicago Humanities Festival to present Building Art: Paul Goldberger on Frank Gehry.

    For many, Frank Gehry is considered one of the most important living architects. To Chicagoans, his undulating Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is at the very heart of our city. Paul Goldberger, the New Yorker’s architecture critic and author of Why Architecture Matters, finds that understanding Gehry’s work and personal story holds undeniable appeal. In Building Art, Goldberger looks to the man’s immigrant grandparents, two marriages, and even his longtime therapist, to provide a context for his audacious and impressive structures. Architecture critic Lee Bey joins him in conversation.

    A book signing will follow this program.


    Paul Goldberger, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has also served as the architecture critic for The New Yorker. He began his career at The New York Times, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters, Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. He teaches at The New School and lectures widely around the country. He lives in New York City.

    Lee Bey is a writer, lecturer, and critic specializing in architecture, urbanism, and the role politics play in the creation of the built environment. He is on-air architecture contributor for Fox News Chicago and writes an architecture blog for public radio station WBEZ. For many years, Bey was architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. His weekly full-page column examined architecture, preservation, urban planning—and the accompanying political and civic pressures—in Chicago and the Midwest. Bey was deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and served, for a time, as director of governmental affairs for Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office.

    Saturday, November 7 | 3:30-4:30 PM
    UIC Forum, Main Hall C
    725 W Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL | 60607
    CHF Members: $9
    Public: $12
    Students and Teachers: $5

    Olinda | Dates: 17 – 30 Aug, 2015
    Extended deadline: August 30, 2015. The Center for Advanced Studies in Integrated Conservation (CECI) and associated institutions are pleased to invite researchers, practitioners, and experts in cultural heritage conservation to submit short papers and essays for discussion, intended toward composing the book 40 YEARS AFTER THE MANIFEST OF AMSTERDAM. The focus of this book is to promote analyses and reflections on the Manifest/Declaration of Amsterdam and its repercussions on the preservation of built cultural heritage. The publication will include papers tackling this main theme under the following, though not limited to, sub-thematic areas: • Conflicts between authenticity, integrity, and significance • Integrated conservation – theory and practice • Education as a component of citizenship building • Public policy – trends of patrimonialization
  • Chicago's Global History

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Oct, 2015
    Leading Chicago architectural historians debate how global frameworks offer new perspectives on the city’s architectural and urban history, and, in turn, how the history of Chicago suggests new methods for scholarship on the built environment. This roundtable, organized by the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), brings together historians from major Chicago universities to reposition the city in a global context. Each participant will select and discuss one example of architecture, infrastructure, or urbanism. A discussion follows, led by Mark Jarzombek of MIT and Vikramāditya Prakāsh of the University of Washington.
  • City Abandoned: Selected Photographs by Vincent Feldman

    Philadelphia | Dates: 11 Sep – 31 Oct, 2015
    Based on his book City Abandoned, Philadelphia photographer and Pew Fellow Vincent D. Feldman, has selected 28 large-format black and white prints to illustrate the stories of local buildings erected in one age, then neglected in another. Also included in the exhibition will be several Feldman installations that address the on-going urban themes of monotony, migration, violence, and disaster. Friday, September 11, 5:00-7:00pm Exhibition Opening and Reception, with remarks by Vincent Feldman at 5:30. Free, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688. Saturday, September 19, 1:30pm Lecture by Vincent Feldman followed by book signing. Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688. Non-Members, $10. Online payment. Saturday, October 3, 1:00pm Gallery Talk by Vincent Feldman. Free, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688
  • Preserving DC's Jazz-Age Architecture

    Washington | Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2015
    Join us for a special August presentation examining DC's architecture from the 1920s and 1930s, Tuesday, August 18 from 6:30-8:30 at Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC.
  • Graham Foundation Funds Kevin Roche Documentary

    Dates: 11 – 12 Aug, 2015
    Today, The Graham Foundation announced its Grantees for 2015 and our documentary following the life and career of architect Kevin Roche, entitled "Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect" is delighted to be included on that list.
  • Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016
    The Art Institute announces the installation of a thought provoking mid-career survey of work by critically acclaimed architect David Adjaye, opening September 19, 2015, and running until January 3, 2016, in the only North American venue for this globally focused exhibition.
  • Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award 2015

    Dates: 12 Aug – 15 Sep, 2015
    The Marion Dean Ross chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer the 2015 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award. The purpose of the EWP Research Award is to further awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Awards range from $500 and $2000 in any given year and are awarded to from one to several recipients per year. Applications for the award are due by September 15, 2015. Last year the award went to a team of individuals who are preparing Archipedia entries for the national Society of Architectural Historians. This project documents the 100 most significant buildings and sites in each state, and makes this information available at: The award will help the team, which is based at Washington State University, provide small stipends that will help pay for expenses to photograph the entries. In 2013, the EWP award provided assistance with two research projects. One award was given to Professor Anne Marshall for her paper entitled, “Indigenous Architecture: Creating the Museum At Warm Springs,” and one was awarded to independent consultant Liz Carter for her research, “Mid-Nineteenth Century Dwelling of Oregon Black Pioneers: A Brief Historical Context.” Recipients of the EWP award are expected to make a presentation on their research at the following year’s Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross conference. This year the SAH MDR conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015. For an application form and more information, go to:
  • 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

    Chicago | Dates: 06 – 09 Nov, 2015

    November 6-9, 2015
    Chicago, IL

    To learn more and register, visit
    Advance Deadline: October 2


    • Attendees may choose from 134 education sessions and tours to earn up to 21 Professional Development Hours for LA CES. A significant number of programs will be approved by the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED AP certification maintenance, AIA, and APA/AICP.

    • We expect more than 6,000 professionals to attend, so networking and business development opportunities will abound.

    • Field sessions, including exclusive behind-the-scenes access, will provide attendees the opportunity to explore Chicago.  

    • More than 400 EXPO exhibits will feature the latest products and services for landscape architects and designers, and nearly half are new this year.

    • With a great new line-up of celebrity chefs and a new farm-to-table menu, the Edible Landscapes event is a one-of-a-kind, must-attend occasion!

    • Land8 and the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO present the Land8 Happy Hour. Students, emerging professionals, and all Annual Meeting attendees are invited to join in on this exciting night of music, food, drinks, and fun.

  • HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 12 Sep, 2015 – 02 May, 2016

    HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern (September 12, 2015–May 2, 2016), an experimental exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, looks back to mid-century Pittsburgh, and the arrival of modern architecture through large-scale urban redevelopment. The city’s ambitious planning program drew national planners and architects, as well as critics, into far-reaching conversations, influencing dozens of other cities in the process.

    In 1939, the Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association hired Robert Moses to solve problems related to congestion around the city’s downtown “point”, where its three rivers converge. His proposal, the “Arterial Plan for Pittsburgh”, was comprehensive. The Pittsburgh Press published his recommendations under the headline “Highways to Suburban Areas.” The plan led to the Penn-Lincoln Parkway and the city-bisecting highway, Crosstown Boulevard, and to the construction of Point State Park.

    In 1962, Jane Jacobs, a grassroots planner and critic of Moses, spent a week consulting in the city at the invitation of the University of Pittsburgh. She was known for leading neighborhood campaigns that opposed large-scale destruction of New York’s original Greenwich Village neighborhood. Upon her arrival, she received a driving tour of renewal projects around town, including the Lower Hill, which had recently been razed to construct the Civic Arena. At the conclusion of the tour she made a statement to the press: “Pittsburgh is being rebuilt by city haters.”

    The exhibition, in the museum’s Heinz Architectural Center includes abundant archival materials from the period, an active architecture studio, and a salon-style discussion space, unearthing layers of history and a range of perspectives.

    Architects-in-residence, the Boston-based studio over,under, highlight successive histories of pioneering architectural achievements, disrupted neighborhoods, utopian aspirations of public officials and business leaders, and Pittsburgh’s role as a model for the modern American city. These intertwined narratives shape the exhibition’s presentation, as does the assignment for its in-gallery architecture studio: the imaginative reuse of Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

    As a result, HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern is iterative, uncovering stories about this idealistic yet turbulent period throughout its seven-month run. In the 1950s and ’60s, Pittsburgh was held up in national conversations as a key example of a progressive American city for its urban revitalization projects. Many never-realized proposals would have radically altered the city’s urban fabric while others were only partially completed, creating problems in subsequent years. Today, many criticize Pittsburgh’s postwar projects for their destruction of neighborhoods and displacement of communities.

    These stories, addressed through photographs, films, drawings, documents, and other ephemera, reveal idealism and architectural ingenuity alongside public discourse and protest.

    The neighborhoods and projects in focus include Gateway Center, the Lower Hill, Allegheny Center, East Liberty, and Oakland. Significant architects include Harrison & Abramovitz, Mitchell & Ritchey, Simonds & Simonds, and Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). In addition, HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern examines unrealized proposals such as those by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Point.

    During fall 2015, architecture students from Carnegie Mellon University will investigate the legacy and potential of the stalled urban revitalization project at Allegheny Center. Students will analyze the sociological, political, and economic motivations for urban renewal; the causes for its shortcomings and successes; and assess the cultural and ecological impact of the current situation. They will then design various scenarios for adaptive reuse of the site. This work will take place in the largest of the Center’s galleries, where proposals will remain on view through May 2. In the spring, this gallery will function as a salon, with comfortable furniture for visitors and a lively program of discussions involving residents, architects, theorists, and urban planners, seeking to understand Pittsburgh today in light of its complex history.

    Ultimately HACLab Pittsburgh hopes to engage and better inform Pittsburghers and visitors alike about this complex and multi-layered city.

    HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern is the first in a new series of HACLab initiatives overseen by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture at the Heinz Architectural Center. Each Lab will see a team of design radicals investigate issues of architectural and planning in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. This experimental format reflects our constantly changing understanding of architecture and urbanism. Museum visitors are encouraged to return again and again to track the evolution of the research and participate in an evolving body of knowledge.

    About over,under
    over,under is a Boston-based practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic production and curation. The firm has designed projects in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. Previous exhibitions include Rethinking Boston City Hall (2007) and HEROIC (2009) at pinkcomma, Boston; IN FORM: Communicating Boston (2012), and Let’s Talk About Bikes (2012) at the Boston Society of Architects’ gallery BSA Space; and Design Biennial Boston (2008-). The over,under team for HAC Lab Pittsburgh includes Rami el Samahy, Chris Grimley, Kelly Hutzell, Michael Kubo, Ann Lui and Mark Pasnik. El Samahy is a faculty member at the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

    General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Carnegie Museum of Art
    Carnegie Museum of Art, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895, is nationally and internationally recognized for its collection of fine and decorative art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The collection also contains important holdings of Japanese and old master prints. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the longest-running surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as a living laboratory for exploring the rapidly changing field of photography. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at

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