Recent Opportunities

  • 2017 Japan Study Grants at the National Library of Australia

    Canberra | Dates: 30 Aug – 30 Sep, 2016
    Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants opened on 1 July and close 30 September 2016

    The National Library offers annual Japan Study Grants supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund. The Grants were established to support scholars and researchers resident in Australia whose work would benefit from access to the rich Japanese language and Japan-related collections of the National Library. Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks.
  • Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation at University of Kentucky

    Dates: 29 Aug, 2016 – 29 Aug, 2017
    The Department of Historic Preservation in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky is pleased to announce a new online graduate certificate in Historic Preservation beginning the fall 2016 semester. The 12-credit certificate has been distilled to provide practitioners in a broad range of fields with an understanding of historic preservation that will enhance existing careers and open new doors for all those with an interest in the built environment.

    Two courses are required and two courses can be selected from the list of electives to serve the needs of people with a wide variety of backgrounds. A brief description of the certificate courses and when they will be offered is listed below. One feature of the new certificate is Field Methods in Historic Preservation, an optional course that provides 5-day, intensive hands-on experience using different types of preservation technology and producing professional reports.

    Through a grant from the University of Kentucky eLearning, we are providing a limited number of scholarships to people taking the first course this fall.
    Because we are offering this certificate at short notice, the UK Graduate School will process applications in time for fall enrollment. Interested students should apply immediately. The Graduate Certificate Program does not require GRE scores or official transcripts.

    Please apply at:

    For more information, contact Dr. Allison Carll White, Chair of the Department of Preservation, at 859-257-7663 or
  • National PastForward Preservation Conference

    Houston | Dates: 15 – 18 Nov, 2016
    We want to see you in Houston this November 15-18 for PastForward ... and we want you to save by registering by September 15! Your participation at PastForward is important to the success of the conference. Questions you raise during the more than 40 unique educational sessions, discussions you have after the marquee TrustLive presentations, and the collaboration and sharing of experiences with fellow attendees at networking events such as the Opening Reception at Sam Houston Park, make for an overall successful conference and a stronger preservation movement. Registration rates increase after September 15 – register today and save! Full conference details can be found at

    Interested in the issue of livability within our cities? Learn about the PastForward livability track, which features a keynote presentation by Rick Lowe, activist-artist and founder of Project Row Houses, a community-based and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s Third Ward.
  • Hingham 92nd Historic House Tour

    Hingham | Dates: 02 – 02 Oct, 2016
    Visit 9 antique houses in Hingham Massachusetts at the Hingham Historical Society's 92nd Annual Historic Homes tour October 2, 2016. Farmhouse capes and Victorian beachside getaway cottages are featured in this year's tour along with a variety of lovingly restored vintage cars. Hingham's tour houses date from the 1740s through the 1920s. The tour explores the early history of Hingham as a small working community of farmers, tradesmen and mariners to its heyday in the late 1800s as a summer resort community and home to Melville Garden. As an early amusement park, Melville Garden boasted restaurants, zoo animals, bowling alleys, ice cream pavilions and other amusements all nestled in a garden like setting that afforded sweeping views of Boston Harbor. The Garden attracted thousands of visitors from Boston who came by steamship and railroad to escape the crowds and pollution of city summers. Also featured on this year's tour is the childhood home of artist Polly Thayer Starr, handsomely restored by the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, which is also in the process of restoring the gardens, originally designed by Henrietta Marquis Pope.

    Time 11-5pm
    Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
    cost $35; $40 day of tour
  • Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

    Paris | Dates: 07 Sep – 04 Nov, 2016
    Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition tracing the work of Australia’s most prominent architect of the 20th century, Harry Seidler; it examines his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. Dozens of featured projects—from single family houses to multi-story residential and office towers to civic, sports, and cultural centers, as well as important government commissions realized in Australia, Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Hong Kong—bring to focus Seidler’s 12 long-lasting creative collaborations with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon; and photographer Max Dupain. The exhibition was developed by New York-based Vladimir Belogolovsky of non-profit Intercontinental Curatorial Project in collaboration with Penelope Seidler.

    Surprise and Delight—these are the two key feelings that strike anyone who experiences Seidler’s architecture, no matter how familiar one might be with his work. His forms are never illogical, yet they are always remarkable and beautiful, so much more so as they are achieved through the economy of means. The architect’s houses and towers are thoroughly referential in their sources of inspiration and yet they are unmistakably Seidleresque. Above all, Seidler’s architecture has become an integral part of the Australian identity.

    Since October 2012 the exhibition has shown in over a dozen world cities, including Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Sydney.

    When :
    7 September – 4 November 2016
    Open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
    Free entry 

    Where :
    Australian Embassy to Paris (designed by Seidler himself from 1973-77 with his former mentor Marcel Breuer's firm as the French project architect)
    4 rue Jean Rey
    75015 Paris 
    Metro station Bir Hakeim (line 6)
    RER Station Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER c)
  • Conference on Illinois History

    Springfield | Dates: 06 – 07 Oct, 2016
    The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for October 6-7, 2016, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State.  The conference includes 24 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, archaeology, baseball, historic preservation, race, immigration, and the Civil War.  Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics.  TEACHERS: For information about earning CPDUs, please contact the ALPLM Education Department at 217-558-8935.

    The program can be viewed at:

    Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or

    For a printed copy, contact or 217-524-6045.
  • Call for Presenters - "Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West"

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2016
    The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) invites interested parties to submit proposals for presentations to be considered for the symposium, "Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West", taking place March 23-25, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    The central theme of the symposium is “western sites, materials and conditions”. The theme will highlight the regional contexts that are unique to the American West, namely the climatological, geological, and historical aspects that shape the cultural resources and conservation approaches in this region.

    The two-day symposium will include paper sessions, tours, and a keynote address. Paper sessions will consist of three, 30-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

    Potential Topics of Interest
    • Seismic challenges: changing requirements, novel approaches and lessons learned
    • Regional approaches to controlling deterioration mechanisms: moisture, temperature fluctuation, wind, salts, pollution
    • Local materials and methods of construction: earthen architecture, logs and timbers, stone, mortars
    • Mining, industry, ranching and transportation or farming heritage
    • Cultural site stewardship: religious, government, private, traditional cultural properties 
    Submittal Requirements

    • Please submit abstracts by email with the subject line, “Proposal – Mesa to Mountain 2017”
    • Along with the Abstract, please provide the following in a MSWord.doc or pdf file as an attachment:
          > Name and contact information
          > Title of presentation
          > Abstract, under 400 words
          > Biographical statement, under 200 words
    • Submit proposals to: Kristen Olson,
    • Submittals deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016
    • Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be made by Friday, October 21, 2016. Confirmation of speaker acceptance will be required by Friday, November 18, 2016.
    • Presenters will receive a discounted conference registration.
    For more information, please contact: Kent Diebolt,, or Don Hartley,

    For More Information, go to:

    Western Chapter: 
    Rocky Mountain Chapter: 
    Northwest Chapter:
  • Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Friends of Downtown presents South Grant Park

    Chicago | Dates: 07 – 07 Sep, 2016
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016
    5:30pm  8:30pm
    The Cliff Dwellers 
    Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Friends of Downtown Presents South Grant Park Charrette

      Friends of Downtown, Perkins + Will and Site Design Group convened a charrette July 13th 2016 at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago to assemble and engage local stakeholders and begin a conversation about the future of South Grant Park.

      “Chicago’s Front Lawn”, a local and national treasure and a central focus of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 master plan for the city, has seen major projects completed in the last decade, guided by the Grant Park 2002 framework plan. Improvements to the South end of grant park have been few compared to the north edge comprised of Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.

      Proposed development in the south loop area over the next decade brings an opportunity to engage the community and local stakeholders on improvements to keep Grant Park a local, national and international destination. Major stakeholders and facilitators proposed several projects for the future which seek to balance neighborhood and regional use, increase circulation and wayfinding and create a unique identity for South Grant Park.

      Adam Lund is President of the Friends of Downtown and an Architect and Urban Designer at Perkins + Will. Adam’s work focuses on creating sustainable, beautiful and socially equitable projects across a variety of scales from individual buildings to neighborhoods. He received the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Young Architect award in 2014 and is a member of the Cliff Dwellers. 

      Committed to transformative place-making, Andrew Broderick is a Senior Planner focused on helping neighborhood, campuses, and cities make important decisions that impact their future built environment. As a certified urban planner, he thinks comprehensively about issues such as demographics, capital investment, land/space use, sustainability, public open space, transportation, and infrastructure. 

      Brad McCauley is the Managing Principal at site design group, ltd., who specializes in construction detailing and contract documentation. Through Brad’s extensive knowledge in transforming design into buildable projects, he has helped facilitate numerous award-winning public spaces for site design group, ltd.  Brad is actively involved in a number of professional and service organizations, including serving as the President-Elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter.
  • Garden and Landscape Studies Colloquium: Hubert Robert and French Garden Culture

    Washington | Dates: 27 – 27 Sep, 2016
    The Garden and Landscape Studies annual fall colloquium is a collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art. In conjunction with the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808, on view at the National Gallery of Art from June 26 to October 2, 2016, Dumbarton Oaks will host a one-day colloquium in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The colloquium will include a series of presentations on Robert’s work and its artistic and cultural contexts. We are particularly interested in highlighting Robert’s contributions to landscape architecture and garden design in the second half of the eighteenth century, important aspects of his activities that are often overlooked in discussions of his other artistic output.

    Please note there are limited seats available. Registration by September 15 is required and is first come, first served.
  • Unfinished Spaces Film Screening

    Chicago | Dates: 29 Sep, 2016

    Thursday, September 29, 2016. 6:00 p.m.
    FREE and open to the public but reservations are required

    MAS Context, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians, is pleased to present the screening of the film Unfinished Spaces. The screening is part of MAS Context’s 2016 Fall Talks series and it will take place at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654).

    “Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.”
    Fidel Castro (1961)

    In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Construction of their radical designs began immediately, and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians, and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later, the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and in decay. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

    Unfinished Spaces, a film directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray, features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.

    In 2014, Unfinished Spaces won the inaugural SAH Award for Film and Video, established by the Society of Architectural Historians to recognize annually the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment.

    The screening of this documentary is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians.

  • Docomomo US: Modernism in America Awards 2016

    New York City | Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2016
    6:30 PM
    Awards Presentation
    7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Cocktail Reception
    8:00 – 9:00 PM

    957 Third Avenue (at East 57th Street)
    New York City
    RSVP by September 15

    DOCOMOMO US is dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape, and design. Through advocacy, education, and documentation, we provide leadership and knowledge by demonstrating the importance of modern design principles including the social context, technical merits, aesthetics, and settings of these important pieces of American history.

    THE MODERNISM IN AMERICA AWARDS is the only national program that celebrates the people and projects working to preserve, restore, and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts, to increase appreciation for the period, and to raise awareness of the ongoing threats against modern architecture and design.
  • Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 08 – 08 Oct, 2016
    Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation 

    Many view the loss of Louis Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building in 1971 as the launch of the preservation movement in Chicago. But in 1966, a small group of individuals formed the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation to save H. H. Richardson's epochal Glessner House from demolition. That same year, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act and a new historic preservation movement gained traction in cities from coat to coast, including Chicago.

    Looking Toward the Future

    Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church as we present Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement. This day-long symposium event will celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.

    Tickets and Fees

    Members of Glessner House Museum, Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church receive reduced admission. Please select at time of purchase.

    Pre-paid reservations required.

    Full Day Package - $30 / $24 members

    Keynote & Afternoon Panel - $20 / $16 members

    Keynote Address Only - $10

    Optional Box Lunch - $10
  • 2016 Dubuque Heritage Festival

    Dubuque | Dates: 07 – 08 Oct, 2016
    In 1934, the City of Dubuque was awarded $200,000 from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to complete landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa. They turned to the young Prairie School landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, to design and then supervise the construction of landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park. Caldwell executed the first phases of his vision on the north side of Eagle Point Park in less than 18 months. He was let go in 1936 and returned to Chicago where he went on to become one of the last great masters of Prairie School landscape design.

    This year’s Dubuque Heritage Festival will focus on Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park leading to a deeper understanding of its history and design. There will be events and sessions for all ages and all levels of interest. Please join us!
  • PhD Scholarships in "Architecture and Territory"

    Reggio Calabria | Dates: 22 Aug – 02 Sep, 2016
    The School of Architecture - Department dArTe - at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria is currently offering 6 fully funded PhD Scholarships in 
    "Architecture and Territory"

    The goal of this International Doctorate is a postgraduate training and research framework that has the objective of enriching "the necessary skills for carrying out highly qualified research activities at public and private entities, liberal professions, paying contribute to the European Higher Education and Research'.
    The training course aims to provide the PhD students innovative tools in architectural research and the ability to manage the project at various scales: the territory, landscape, city and building.

    The program is designed to develop the ability to control on issues of environmental and economic sustainability, energy efficiency, maintenance and management of the current questions of representation and architectural language.

    The project is conceived as a theoretical and operational spot integrating the contributions of the various scientific areas, in a complex vision that combines the most innovative research paths with layering of the territory and of the Italian and European cities. The exchange, interdisciplinary dialogue and international experiences are the necessary complement to achieve a research that is oriented to the city, territory, design, arts and architecture. 

    These results in the research thesis with original contributions oriented to investigate and develop operational control capacity regarding the issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, structural safety, restoration and regeneration intersecting with current questions of knowledge and advanced representation of built heritage.

    contact: "Angela Crucitti" <>; Professor Marina Tornatora (;
  • The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference Registration Announcement

    New York | Dates: 15 – 17 Mar, 2017
    The International Architectural Paint Research (APR) Conference will be held from March 15 - 17, 2017 in New York City on the historic campus of Columbia University. APR is a multi-disciplinary field, and this conference promises to bring together many members of this vibrant, creative community that includes historic paint analysts, scholars of historic interiors, art and architecture conservators, material scientists, decorative painters, preservation architects, and heritage managers. The 2017 APR conference will be the sixth in a series of increasingly influential and groundbreaking conferences that brings together professionals from around the world to share their latest findings related to the study, analysis, conservation, and replication of historic finishes in the built environment. With over 30 speakers from 14 different countries, conference topics are not limited to paints, and include architecturally engaged finishes such as wallpaper, gilding, plasterwork, and wood finishes. Previous APR conferences have been held in Stockholm, Sweden (2014, hosted by the Swedish National Heritage Board); Lincoln, England (2010, hosted by the University of Lincoln); and New York City (2008, hosted by Columbia University). Each conference has resulted in an illustrated volume of peer-reviewed papers published by Archetype Publications Ltd., one of the world’s leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history. Registration is now open at:
  • CFP: American Association of Geographers Conference (Boston, 5-10 Apr 17)

    Boston | Dates: 19 Aug – 14 Oct, 2016
    CFP: American Association of Geographers, 5 - 10 April, 2017, Boston (Massachusetts)

    Reconstructing Urban Natures?: Building Engagements between Green Urbanism, the Resilient City, and Urban Political Ecology. 

    Hannah Teicher, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT & Damian White, History, Philosophy and Social Science, RISD. 
    At first glance, the on-going debates about possible forms of an ecological urbanism in architecture and design studies, the rise of urban political ecology in geography and related fields, and literatures on “the resilient city” in planning would seem to have created a promising terrain of engagement for thinking about urban ecological futures. The fields of architecture, landscape and design studies are littered with numerous iconic proponents of urban ecological interventions from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities to Ian McHarg’s layered “design with nature”, from James Corner’s infrastructural parks as evolving fields to Mohsen Mostafavi’s optimistic atlas of “bright green” design proposals dubbed “ecological urbanism”. These proposals have served as inspiration to generations of ambitious designers. Urban planning scholars advocating “the just city” (Fainstein, 2011, 2015; Agyeman, 2013) and the resilient city (Vale, 2014; Jabareen, 2013) propose uneven development and distributive justice as lenses to frame planning interventions. Extending this, Wendy Steele (2012, 2015) argues that the climate-just city must account for marginalized human and non-human actors in the urban assemblage. Urban political ecologists from Matthew Gandy, Maria Kaika to Erik Swyngedouw, Alex Loftus and their cohort have exposed urban nature as a false binary, revealing how infrastructure mediates urban metabolism over space and time and explicating the structural power relations embedded in these processes. 

    Despite a certain commonality of topical focus and an eagerness to diagnose the impasse (Swyngedouw & Kaika, 2014), it is also striking how discussions between these areas remain uneven and sporadic at best. There would seem to be growing awareness of the deficiencies and aporias of each subfield but attempts at more reconstructive forms of critical appropriation and synthesis have been less apparent. These three approaches, one rooted in pragmatic intervention, one in ethical framing, and the other in political critique, largely talk past each other while all seeking remedies for the socio-environmental crises that threaten the urban natures of the Anthropocene. The most radical currents of urban political ecology offer stinging post-political critiques of all these literatures but then gesture towards alternative horizons which offer largely rhetorical resolutions to political questions. Assessing the state of design and planning oriented “sustainable cities” literature, Bruce Braun (2005) rightly notes a “limited understanding of the political projects necessary for change.” However, urban political ecology to date has shown a limited capacity to creatively appropriate the better insights emerging from planning and design literatures to move the debate forward.

    In this session, we would like to invite a wide variety of contributions from colleagues who are seeking to think about the design-politics of green urbanism, planning and urban political ecology. We would like to consider: 

    ·      Interventions which account for the intellectual/political and strategic impasses reached by green urbanism design/green urban planning/urban political ecology;

    ·      Papers which investigate ongoing pathologies and problems (from green gentrification to green governmentality) that are emerging with the materialization of green urban strategies across the planet;

    ·      Conceptual and political interventions which might point to more robust modes of integrating urban political ecology, green urban design and architecture, and planning for resilience;

    ·      Explorations of the utopian and dystopian geographies of historical and contemporary modes of eco-design and design activism –from counterculture ventures to contemporary forms of community design and architecture;

    ·      Examples and discussions of urban social movements and eco-urban social movements and other design activist movements that might help us productively rethink the design politics of urban ecological futures;

    ·      Ways of developing a more political and strategic design politics of urban sustainability.

    Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via email to Hannah Teicher and Damian White by 14 October 2016.
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 19 Aug – 30 Oct, 2016
    Call for Papers: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017 Deadline – October 30, 2016 The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring western American themes, including ethnic settlement, landscapes of ranching, mining, and agriculture, urbanization, religious expression, Native American identity, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes. Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved? Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public. Students and young professionals may also apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. 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. At least one session will be devoted to Field Notes – shorter papers (five to eight minutes in length) that introduce new techniques, innovations, and discoveries in documenting vernacular buildings and landscapes. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if it is a regular paper proposal or a shorter fieldwork proposal. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, 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, 2017, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 3rd. THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2016. The abstracts and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Daves Rossell, at For general information about the Salt Lake City conference, please visit the conference website at the or contact Alison Flanders 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.
  • Louis Sullivan Reconsidered

    Chicago | Dates: 13 – 13 Sep, 2016
    Louis Sullivan Reconsidered
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 
    5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum 
    40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 

    New York Architect Steve Bass puts the practical and theoretical work of early Twentieth Century American architect Louis Sullivan in the context of the Platonic tradition. We consider the famous maxim 'Form follows Function' to understand it does not necessarily mean what is has typically been taken to mean, but is rather a contemporary restatement of a Platonic cosmological vision. We will additionally look at Sullivan's book on ornament and find that far from hardheaded reductionism and functionalism, Sullivan calls overtly for a magical approach familiar to ancient and Renaissance esotericism. This presentation relocates Sullivan within the classical tradition rather than modernism, to which he is presently associated. 

    $15 ICAA & Driehaus Museum Members 
    $25 General Public
  • James Strickland Talk at Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2016
    James Strickland of Historical Concepts LLC, Atlanta will speak about the work of his firm, Thursday, September 22 at the Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom Suite 100 at the Merchandise Mart. The lecture is cosponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.  Reception at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00. RSVPs required at /events  

    James L. Strickland founded Historical Concepts in 1982. A graduate of Yale University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he began his career with real estate development in Florida, later moving back home to Georgia to establish a design build firm that built over 200 traditionally inspired homes in the Atlanta area. Looking to both the vernacular architecture of the region with its links to craftsmanship and available materials, and America’s Greco-Roman architectural heritage, the work of Historical Concepts adapts the forms of historic houses for contemporary living, preserving their traditional spirit and their idiosyncrasies. Strickland and his firm are among the most inventive architects designing traditional architecture today. Sharing his knowledge, experience, and passion for architecture, Jim has taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as guest critic at the Universities of Miami and Notre Dame. The work of Historical Concepts is the subject of Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, published by Rizzoli in 2012.
  • Architecture Intelligence

    Detroit | Dates: 18 Aug – 21 Sep, 2016
    Panel session to the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting: Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit," March 23-25, 2017, Detroit, Michigan

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