Recent Opportunities

  • PastForward 2018

    San Francisco | Dates: 13 – 16 Nov, 2018

    PastForward is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places.

    At the PastForward 2018 conference, we'll feature iconic San Francisco, but also show you a progressive city that is tackling climate change and urban density while maintaining its cultural landscape and intangible heritage—issues that will resonate with preservation practitioners across the country.

  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Summer Fellowship

    Norfolk | Dates: 21 May – 21 Aug, 2018

    The Chrysler Museum of Art is seeking a current graduate student or recent recipient of a graduate degree to serve as a Summer Fellow for Summer 2018. The Summer Fellow will provide research and assistance for a forthcoming exhibition and catalogue devoted to the architecture of Thomas Jefferson and Andrea Palladio. Working closely with the project curators, the Fellow will carry out object research, manage checklists and loan requests, coordinate catalogue submissions, and other project related duties as assigned. The fellowship is for a term of 10—12 weeks to commence around May 21, 2018 and carries a stipend of $5,000—$6,000.




    Carry out primary source and image research related to exhibition objects


    Assist with checklist development and management


    Develop and maintain research and object files


    Assist with publication management to include image requests and research for the publication


    Assist with organization of scholars’ colloquia


    Carry out correspondence related to the exhibition, to include catalogue authors and colleagues at lending institutions




    B.A. Required, Current Graduate Student or recent recipient of Graduate degree (M.A.) in Art History, American Studies, Architectural History or related discipline preferred


    Excellent written, oral, and editorial skills


    Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail


    Reading and writing in Italian preferred


    Excellent computer skills required


    Previous museum experience preferred


    Strong knowledge of early American history, architectural history, and/or Italian architecture




    Please send a cover letter explaining your interest and preparation for the fellowship and a CV or resume to: Corey Piper, Brock Curator of American Art  




    Applications due March 12, 2018, with notifications expected early April, 2018.

  • Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music and Film (NEH Summer Institute)

    Amherst | Dates: 17 Jun – 14 Jul, 2018

    NEH Summer Institute: June 17-July 14, 2018

    This NEH Institute for college and university teachers seeks to break new ground in the study of culture during the Cold War, applying a sustained interdisciplinary examination into the role of arts and artists to the case of East German society. Please note: it is not necessary to speak German to participate in this program.

    Drawing on the latest research in art history, musicology, film studies, history and German studies, the Institute seeks to: re-evaluate debates about artistic freedom and censorship; consider relations between high and low (popular), as well as official and alternative arts cultures; and establish the importance and timeliness of revisiting this period of recent history in today’s college classrooms.

    The Institute will also offer college teachers across disciplines the chance to critically assess a wide selection of materials that present a dynamic and compelling historical perspective on issues being raised in classrooms today: the role and reach of the state; freedom of expression, individual rights and protest; surveillance and secret police; the role of race and gender in art and politics; wealth and the power gap; cultural canons and the role of cultural heritage. Four full weeks are required to do justice to the complex questions being addressed in the Institute, as well as to the wealth of musical, artistic, and cinematic materials that bring this history to life and form the basis for evaluating the questions at hand.

    Newer scholarship on the arts under socialism seeks to re-appropriate the field by bringing contemporary interests and research questions to bear upon it. Such work is yielding more nuanced and in-depth insights into how the arts functioned in socialist society, which highlight commonalities as well as differences between socialist and capitalist modernity. Because the different disciplines we engage exhibit significant interpretive differences—and the experience of East German artists working in different media was also quite varied—the Institute expects to break new ground by challenging conventional assumptions about periodization and socialist ideology and cultural policies.

  • SESAH Annual Conference

    Manhattan | Dates: 03 – 06 Oct, 2018
    Manhattan, Kansas
    October 3-6, 2018

    The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) will host its 2018 Annual Conference, October 3-6, in Manhattan, Kansas, with Kansas State University serving as our host. SESAH members will convene our annual "family reunion" at the School of Architecture building for a program of engaging keynote talks, papers, presentations, and the awards ceremony. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour architectural landmarks in Manhattan and Topeka. Details coming soon at
  • SAH Study Day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Washington | Dates: 29 Sep, 2018
    Save the date. More information coming soon.
  • Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

    Dates: 01 Feb – 26 Sep, 2018
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for community college faculty. The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges.
    “Community colleges are a vitally important component of the higher education ecosystem in the United States and of the academic humanities in particular,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “Not only do a substantial proportion of undergraduates experience their first or only encounters with college-level humanities in community college classrooms, but community college faculty produce important humanistic knowledge, scholarship on teaching and learning, and innovative methods of classroom teaching and community engagement. These fellowships aim to support and valorize the research endeavors of these teacher-scholars.”
    These fellowships deepen ACLS’s commitment to extending the reach of its programs to humanities scholars from a broader range of institutions as the organization approaches its centennial in 2019. Last fall, the Council announced that it was expanding the number of awards offered in its central ACLS Fellowship program with the goal of increasing support for scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. The program is also part of a larger Mellon Foundation initiative. Since 2014, Mellon has made 12 grants in support of humanities faculty at community colleges.
    ACLS will award up to 26 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships in 2018-19, which will be the first of three competitions funded by this grant. The research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to be supported by this program may have a wide range of outcomes, including scholarly or pedagogical articles, book chapters, or books; course plans and textbooks; exhibitions and community/campus events; online resources, etc. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000, which may be used flexibly as salary support, research funds, or for any other activity that advances the proposed project.
    Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria are available online at The application deadline is September 26, 2018.

  • #SOSBrutalism

    Dates: 29 Jan, 2018 – 29 Jan, 2019
    #SOSBrutalism is a growing database that currently contains over 1000 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, it is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy. This is an unprecedented initiative: #SOSBrutalism is open to everyone who wants to join the campaign to save Brutalist buildings! It is a powerful tool that allows fans of Brutalism to communicate with one another across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and so on.

    #SOSBrutalism has also led into an exhibition which has been jointly organized by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Wüstenrot Stiftung. It is now on display at the DAM, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, until April 2, 2018.

  • Call for Sessions: Universities Art Association of Canada/l’association d’art des universités du Canada

    Waterloo, ON | Dates: 25 – 27 Oct, 2018
    Universities Art Association of Canada/l’association d’art des universités du Canada
    Conference - 2018 – Congrès October 25-27 octobre, 2018
    Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario
    Call for Session Proposals
    We invite the submission of session proposals for the annual UAAC-AAUC conference, to be hosted by the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo,  We hope to offer a range of sessions, round tables, and panels that reflect UAAC’s diverse constituents, in terms of membership and scholarship. Sessions, round tables, and panels are invited that interrogate historical and contemporary art history, visual and material culture, creative studio practice, design practice, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practice. We particularly welcome sessions that focus on areas that have not been strongly represented at previous UAAC conferences, such as Indigenous scholarship and practices, scholars, artists/theorists dealing with race(ism), immigration, diaspora, and, more recently, Medieval and Early Modern studies.   
    Proposals (which can be in English, French or an Indigenous language) should include a title; a 150-word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair/s. The deadline for submission to is February 1, 2018.
    Only members of UAAC-AAUC may chair or co-chair and/or present papers in conference sessions. Nonmembers who propose sessions will be required to become members in the event that their proposals are accepted.  
    We welcome proposals from permanent and contractual academic staff, independent scholars, artists and curators, and graduate students in terminal degree programs. Sessions that include a mixture of graduate students and faculty/independent researchers are also encouraged.
    Please note that only ONE proposal will be accepted per member, whether that proposal is for a single or jointly chaired session, roundtable or workshop.
    We invite you to visit the UAAC website at to find out about the conference and membership.  
    Please submit proposals using the attached form to Fran Pauzé, at by February 1, 2018.
  • The AHRA Review of Book (Architecture & Culture Journal)

    Dates: 31 Jan – 30 Jun, 2018

    The AHRA Review of Books

    Vol. 7, Issue 2


    When Architecture & Culture, the Journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, was first launched in November 2013, the intention was to include book reviews.  We have a designated editor for book reviews, and we have sporadically published essays that review books, when those essays concern the theme of a particular journal issue.  What we have not done is to dedicate a regular section of the journal to book reviews, or to solicit new books from publishers (who send them, regardless). 

    Here, we broach the issue of book reviews by foregrounding the suggestion that to review is more than to formulate a critique of something, it is “to look at or to examine again … to look back upon” (Collins English Dictionary).  Our interest is to re-view the book review, to study its different roles and explore its possibilities for architecture’s various modes of production, dissemination and reflection.


    We seek inquiries into one or more of the following:
    • the deliberate return to a book, whether a ‘key text’ or a book previously overlooked
    • the re-view of a review, or the conversation between reviews
    • the practice of reviewing and its significance for the reviewer, the reviewed, and for architectural practice
    • the review of books not only by architects or explicitly about architecture, but from other disciplines – books that, through review, are brought into architecture’s orbit 
    • the review not only of a book’s text or its visual content of, but more broadly of what it is that a book can do and how within architecture’s different kinds of practice


    Submissions may be essays, short of long, or they may respond to books in alternative ways – through poems, for instance, or conversations, blogs, or other reflective constructions.  They may focus on buildings that consider books, where the building itself constitutes a book review.  They may be predominantly verbal, or alternatively visual or aural.  Our intention is to look back and to speculate upon the future of the role of the book in and through architecture, not to assume that “this will kill that”, as Victor Hugo suggested of book versus building, but to consider the way in which the review of books is caught up in architecture’s culture, and inspires, conspires and collaborates with architecture’s various productions and practices.


    Editors:   Stephen Walker and Diana Periton


    Deadline for submissions:  30th June 2018


    Papers should be submitted electronically via the journal’s website at

    or its electronic submissions system at


  • EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

    Canterbury | Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2018

    Biennial Conference, Centre for European Architecture, Kent School of Architecture (UK)


    From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories


                Cultural landscape refers to landscapes shaped by humans through habitation, cultivation, exploitation and stewardship, and has influenced thinking in other fields, such as architecture. Generally, architecture has been subsumed within cultural landscape itself as a comprehensive spatial continuum. Yet standard architectural histories often analyse buildings as isolated objects, sometimes within the immediate context, but typically with minimal acknowledgement of wider spatial ramifications. However, buildings may become spatial generators, not only in the immediate vicinity, but also at larger geographic scales. ‘Buildings’ in this case include architectural works in the traditional sense, as well as roads, bridges, dams, industrial works, military installations, etc. Such structures have been grouped collectively to represent territories at varying scales.

                In the context of this conference, the term ‘territories’ is appealed to rather than ‘landscape’, for the latter is associated with a given area of the earth’s surface, often aestheticized as a type of giant artefact. Territories by contrast are more abstract, and may even overlap. Discussions in this conference may consider varying territorial scale relationships, beginning with the building, moving to the regional, and even to the global. For example, at the level of architectural detailing, buildings may represent large-scale territories, or obscure others, themselves acting as media conveying messages. How tectonic-geographic relationships are represented may also be considered. Various media, primarily maps but also film and digital technologies have created mental images of territories established by buildings, and are all relevant to these discussions. Geopolitical analysis may provide another means towards understanding how architecture makes territories. Governments are often the primary agents, but not always, for religious and special interest groups have played central roles. Mass tourism and heritage management at national and international levels have reinforced, or contradicted, official government messages. Organisations dedicated to international building heritage, such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also are implicated in such processes.

                Paper proposals may cover anytime period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed.



    Conference organisers: Dr. David H. Haney, and Dr. Luciano Cardellichio.


    Conference webpage address:


    Paper abstracts: 150-200 words in length.

    Paper abstract submission due date: 5th February, 2018.

    Paper selection announcement date: 31st of March, 2018.

    Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images):


    Conference dates: 28th and 29th of June, 2018

    Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK

    Venue: The Cathedral Lodge:

    Daily Schedule: to be published

    Conference Fee: £140 per person. Includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days.

    To pay the registration fee online, please click here:


    A conference publication containing selected essays is planned.


    Keynote Speaker Lectures:

    Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US): ‘Maps of monuments and scales of design: Strategic bombing and the postwar international order’.

    Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm): ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.

    Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel: ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.

    Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata: ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.

  • DEMHIST 2018 Conference - Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 18 Oct, 2018


    Modernity Meets History: Historic House Museums of Today for Tomorrow

    The 20th anniversary meeting of the International DEMHIST Committee, to be held in Chicago, October 14-18, 2018 will explore concepts of modernism and modernity as a paradigm for how we explore the collections, narratives, buildings, and public engagement strategies of historic house museums. This theme follows from the 2017 DEMHIST conference in London which met around the theme of “relevance.” 

    The conference will include a public lectures, and general sessions, a poster session, a key-note address, workshops, tours, receptions and excursions. 

     Attendees may arrive several days early and attend the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, October 13- 14, 2018.

    Call for proposals, including papers, sessions, posters, as well as hotel, lodging, and transportation information, will be made available on the  Chicago DEMHIST 2018 conference website at the end of January.  

    Sign up for updates HERE
  • Impressions 2.0, Leh Art+Design Program

    Leh | Dates: 15 – 24 Jun, 2018

    The Summer Program “Impressions 2.0” is a continuation of what was started in the summer of 2017. With a group of 12 people from across India, we travelled to Leh and 8 other sites around which has historical, social and cultural value, documenting, recording and experiencing Ladakh. We experienced the place and printed a zine called “What about Ladakh?” 

    in 2018, we are diving deeper into Leh, not looking it objectively only as a “beautiful place”, but rather trying to understand what are the issues of this “beautiful place”. What are the forgotten stories of Leh, which are buried under veils of modernism and beautification? 

    We plan to dwell in baazars, homes, shops, monasteries and mosques to reveal what was Leh? Our quest to find Leh will lead us to numerous oral stories and material memories. The childhood memory of a 70-year-old playing in Leh Bazar or letter from a long forgotten relative is important stories which we will seek. 

    We plan to create stories around “Found Objects” or “Fabricate 

    Objects” to tell a story. The participants will be encouraged to go out and meet numerous people in Leh, collect stories and objects which will be stitched together to create artworks. 

    The final output of the Summer program is planned to be in forms of printed documents like Zines, video recordings, sound, installations and public performance-based artworks.


  • Rock & Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    “Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. The field school is aimed at emphasizing the resilient nature-culture continuum through an approach that combines methods of anthropological fieldwork and architectural investigation. Through conversations with professional and local specialists, practical activities, local arts and crafts, theory and design, students will explore the ecology and the local resources in order to develop a new design methodology based on the relationship between nature and culture.

    This 4 weeks course will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Participants will observe and study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices. The program includes trips to small villages, significant heritage sites including the world famous San Pellegrino Terme and Bergamo. It also offers treks in the natural environment, through historical paths along streams, rivers, and canyons visiting medieval settlements. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa a charming village, north of Bergamo. The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 


  • Learning from Nature to Design Sustainable Environments

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 

  • Urbanism at Borders - Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

    Aberdeen | Dates: 05 – 08 Sep, 2018

    Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border. 

    Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

    Borders Research Issues 

    Typologies under investigations 

    Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues: 

    • Characteristics of social displacement at the borders 

    • Transient/temporal settlement 

    • Typologies and Form of Settlement 

    • Conflict and Cultural hybridity 

    • The architecture of weak forms on borderlines 

    • Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy 

    • A phenomenology of generic places 

    • Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation? 

    • The occupation of place: between reality and authorities 

    • Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media 

    • Quick solutions: the printed habitat 

    • New Social formation/Social Capital 


    Registration for the Forum: 

    1. Early Bird registration: £200 on or before 30 January 2018 

    2. Student registration: £100 on or before 30 January 2018 

    3. Student late registration: £150 after 30 January 2018 

    4. Late registration: £250 after 30 January 2018 

    5. Registration includes attendance in opening dinner, lunch/snacks for sessions, papers from the conference 

    6. Tour on 8 September 2018 (optional): City centre and Castle in Aberdeen (Coordinated and narrated by Professor William Alvis Brogden, author of ‘A City's Architecture: Aberdeen as 'Designed City'’) 

    7. Registration for the tour is mandatory on or before 5 September 2018 with £25 deposit that includes bus and snacks 

    Urbanism at Border Secretariat: 

    Helen Aggasild 

    Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 

    Robert Gordon University 

    Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East 

    Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ, Scotland, UK 


    Urbanism at Border Convenors & Editors: 

    Dr Quazi Mahtab Zaman, Aberdeen. 

    Dr Igea Troiani, Oxford,

  • The Other City

    Naples | Dates: 25 – 27 Oct, 2018

    The Other City
    History and image of urban diversity:
    places and landscapes of privilege and well-being, of isolation, of poverty, and of multiculturalism

    In modern and contemporary history, the city has taken account of social otherities’, namely of privileged classes, minorities, foreigners and immigrants, and of resulting cultural and religious diversity. The urban community has structured some parts of its fabric as places of political, military or class power, other parts as spaces for arrivals, for production and trade, but also for isolation, marginalization or remedy for catastrophe.
    In the modern age, the image of the other' city is often falsified or even denied by rulers and powerful people for purposes of political appearance or propaganda; and if, between the eighteenth and twentieth century, new methods of representation can reveal the structure and the urban landscape in their objectivity, the city portrait still shows the contradictions of a community that sometimes includes or even enhances the diversities, other times rejects them, betraying the malaise of a difficult integration.

    Macrosession A
    Inclusion and exclusion policies: reflections on the communication of the image of cities from modern to contemporary ages
    Annunziata Berrino, Gilles Bertrand

    Macrosession B
    The portrait of city and urban historical landscape as an affirmation/denial of isolation, contrast and diversity
    Alfredo Buccaro, Fabio Mangone

    Macrosession C
    Representation of urban alterity in historical and peripheral contexts
    Antonella di Luggo, Ornella Zerlenga

    Macrosession D
    The “other city. Interpreting and transmitting the identity of places between restoration and urban redevelopment
    Aldo Aveta, Renata Picone
    more info

  • Announcing the Publication of the SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 01 Dec, 2018

    Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting would like to announce the publication of the SAHANZ 2017 annual conference proceedings. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and held at the Shine Dome in July.

    The online version of the proceedings is  available at:

    Printed versions of the proceedings are available on a print-on-demand basis - please email John Ting at

  • GLI 2018 - Executive Education for Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 14 May – 23 Jun, 2018

    The renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

    This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Have questions about GLI 2018 and the application process? Join us for an informational webinar. Click here to learn more.

    Applications due January 24, 2018.
  • 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

  • Making Room: Housing for a Changing America

    Washington | Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 16 Sep, 2018

    The post-World War II suburbanization of America was driven by the housing needs of nuclear families, the nation’s leading demographic. In 1950, these families represented 43% of our households; in 1970, it was 40%.

    Since then, unprecedented shifts in demographics and lifestyle have redefined who we are—and how we want to live.

    Today, nuclear families account for 20% of America’s households, while nearly 30% are single adults living alone, a growing phenomenon across all ages and incomes. Supply, however, has been slow to meet the demands of this burgeoning market—or to respond to the needs of our increasingly varied mix of living arrangements: from roommates to single-parent, extended, and fluid families. Innovation has been constrained, often by deeply-rooted zoning regulations.

    A groundswell of action by housing entrepreneurs, however, is beginning to expand our options—making room for new models and design solutions. Looking beyond typical choices and layouts, they are offering alternatives at all levels of the market, from micro-units, tiny houses, and accessory apartments to cohousing, co-living, and beyond.

    Making Room: Housing for a Changing America explores these cutting-edge typologies through case studies and the presentation of The Open House—a flexible, 1,000-square-foot home designed for the exhibition by architect Pierluigi Colombo. The Open House features a hyper-efficient layout, movable walls, and multifunctional furniture, allowing the space to meet the needs of a variety of today’s growing but underserved households.


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