Recent Opportunities

  • The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House Louis Kahn

    Philadelphia | Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2017
    The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House Louis Kahn

    An exclusive evening at two landmark homes

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia


    Please join us for an elegant evening at the Vanna Venturi House designed by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House designed by Louis I. Kahn, located only a half-block away from each other in Chestnut Hill. This unique evening – never before done – showcases the work of Philadelphia’s own world-class architects in the setting for which they were designed, as homes.
  • CFP: Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD) - Measured

    Dates: 13 Sep, 2017 – 01 Feb, 2018

    Measurement is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. Through measurement, one gains a more complete understanding of what is intended to be produced and how to produce it. Designers test ideas through digital and physical analyses, and communicate design intent through dimensioned drawings. Even after construction, predicted performance is measured against actual effects in post-occupancy evaluations. In this sense, measurement is a way to negotiate between the built construct and the ideals, performances, and evaluations that frame it. Thus, measurement is a form of translation and assessment that is both quantitative and qualitative.

    Technology plays a vital role in the mediation between design ideas and their physical manifestation. Increasingly more precise digital design, analysis, and fabrication processes allow for more efficiency in architecture, a goal driven in part by the desire to curb waste and lessen the negative impacts of construction.  Through this measured approach, structures and systems can be lighter and perform better, thereby enhancing environments and experiences. Similarly, measurements of admired built constructs can help to establish new design goals. In this way, the act of measuring can be aspirational.

    Yet through stipulations ranging from statistical tolerance and standard deviation to verify in field, the discipline acknowledges the lack of absolutism in measurement, which is not always easy or even possible. With new material assemblies, for example, their performance may be difficult to assess without physical testing. On the other hand, an optimized daylighting design might not consider the variety of occupants’ habits, complicating performance analysis. Consequently, some have argued that measurement, especially in terms of optimization, can be a hindrance to design and the designer’s intuition about aesthetic experiences. So, like simulation, measuring is not always clear-cut. Some measurements require deep knowledge for interpretation and comparison. Similarly, depending on the context, there may be a small tolerance for inaccuracy, whereas other times there is a wide acceptable range. This suggests there is both a science and an art to measurement.

    This issue of TAD seeks scholarly submissions and primary research concerning measurement in technology, architecture and design. Have new forms of measurement caused us to rethink architecture?  How is quantitative research translated qualitatively? What are the frameworks, standards and scales that impact measurement in research? Have engagements with other disciplines caused us to measure or evaluate architecture differently? Through examining these and other questions, Measured intends to provide a forum for expanding the discourse on measurement and its implications for architecture and design.

    Submit manuscripts at

  • LGBTQ Heritage - Change Over Time/Spring 2019 Issue

    Dates: 13 Sep, 2017 – 05 Jan, 2018
    In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the LGBTQ community at large is among the least represented in our national, state, and local designation programs. To date, only fourteen of the more than 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places have been listed for their primary association with LGBTQ history. This underrepresentation has prevented effective advocacy and educational opportunities, leaving potentially significant sites and histories unappreciated, uncelebrated, and potentially endangered.

    Over the past five years there has been growing recognition of the importance of LGBTQ place-based history by cultural heritage professionals, historians, and advocates. Place-based heritage provides a unique opportunity to illustrate the richness of LGBTQ history and the community’s contributions to American culture. Examples include historic sites associated with arts and architecture, important social centers such as bars and LGBTQ organization locations, places related to oppression and protest, and residences of notable figures.

    This issue of Change Over Time, published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, will explore questions related to LGBTQ cultural heritage: What are the challenges in identifying an often invisible and, at times, transient and denied history? How can historians and preservationists ensure for diverse representation of LGBTQ communities? How does one address significance and architectural integrity when recognizing LGBTQ sites that are often architecturally undistinguished and frequently altered?

    We welcome contributions from US and international contexts on a range of topics: researching and documenting LGBTQ place-based sites; exploring rural, urban, and suburban LGBTQ narratives; approaches for categorization of resource types and cultural significance; challenges related to official recognition of LGBTQ-related sites; and solutions for interpretation and educational opportunities.

    Submissions may include case studies, theoretical explorations, evaluations of current practices, or presentations of arts- or web-based projects related to LGBTQ cultural heritage.

    Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 5 January 2018. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by 19 January 2018. Final manuscript submissions will be due mid May 2018.

    Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See Author Guidelines for full details at, or email Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong at for further information.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Symposium, Friends of Cedar Rock

    Quasqueton | Dates: 14 – 14 Oct, 2017
    Presentations by:

    Lon Arbrgust, president of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy on: "Yes it's a warehouse but it's designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"

    Mark Hertzberg, Dir. of Photography of the Journal Times (ret.) on: "Fred P. Jones and Penwern: Frank Lloyd Wright on Delevan Lake"

    Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1:00PM-4:00PM at the American Legion hall, 110 S. Water St., Quasqueton, Iowa 52326
  • Call for Papers Footprint #23: The Architecture of Logistics

    Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017
    Call for Papers Footprint #23
    Theme: The Architecture of Logistics
    Editors: Francesco Marullo and Negar Sanaan Bensi

    Neoliberalism is a many-headed monster. It can hold different drives without altering its internal coherence. It grows through crisis and instability. Within its flexible order, drastically opposite forces are able to coexist and mutually stimulate each other: globalisation expands at the same pace as nationalist and populist movements; the circulation of people increases alongside the intensification of migratory policies; shared economies and collaborative consumption develop apace with the multiplication of copyrights and patents; common knowledge and resources proliferate as does the parasitism of private entrepreneurship.
    Integrating differences within a homeostatic system of economic competition, the monster of neoliberalism turns whatever it devours into commensurable and exchangeable quantities. Any equivalence becomes possible. Any juxtaposition becomes profitable. Any connection becomes valuable. However, the further this dismembered body enlarges, while assimilating new forces and exchanges, the more it needs to improve its nervous and circulatory system to stay alive: boats, containers, trucks, warehouses, department stores, harbours, train yards, airports, cargo terminals, communication centres, satellite stations, and all the material conditions that improve flux and trade while ensuring the integrity of commodities across its distant limbs.
    This issue of Footprint meditates on logistics and its architecture of exchange as the essential lymph of neoliberalism. Registering and managing the circulation of people, goods and information across the planet, the architecture of logistics could be considered the litmus paper from which one could read and understand territories, populations and societal assemblages. Using textual and visual materials, our ambition is to unfold the multivalences of the logistical apparatus, dissecting its buildings and spaces, its technologies and labour relations, its historical evolutions as well as its future projections.
    Footprint 23, to be published in Autumn 2018, accepts both full papers (6000–8000 words) and review articles or visual essays (2000–4000 words). Authors interested in contributing are requested to submit an extended abstract to the editors before 1 December 2017 (1500 words for full papers, 700 words for review articles and visual essays). Please also include a short bio (300 words). A guide to Footprint’s preferred editorial and reference style is available at Authors of the papers are responsible for securing permission to use images and copyrighted materials.
    The editors will select papers that they consider thematically relevant, innovative and demonstrating an explorative academic level. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before 15 January 2018. After the first selection round based on the abstracts, authors will be asked for full essays. The deadline for selected contributions is 1 April 2018, after which the essays will enter a double-blind peer review process. Please note that the ultimate selection for publication will not be based on the abstracts but on the peer review procedure. For submissions and all other inquiries and correspondence, please contact editors Francesco Marullo and Negar Sanaan Bensi at
    The full text of the call for papers and previous issues of Footprint are available at

    Vicenza | Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017
    31st international seminar on architectural history
    Vicenza, Palladio Museum, 7-9 June 2018

    Even more than for painting and sculpture, fundamental ingredients are required for the existence of architecture: time, continuity, and money. Specifically, the largest oeuvres are tied to political will or to transgenerational visions which are often put into jeopardy by the long construction time-lines.

    For this reason, large projects, both bold and visionary, were not built and remained projects on paper, or interrupted by the changing fortunes of individuals, families, or institutions, or by politics. The reasons were often traumatic, like the death of the architect or patron, natural disasters, or the onset of war. They were sometimes precipitated by economics, or derived from a misalignment with the course of history, either becoming obsolete or, by contrast, being too far ahead of their time. They were sometimes too complicated or overly ambitious to be fully executed. Sometimes, however, a failure is the impetus for subsequent successfully realized projects.

    Beginning with mythical constructions like the Tower of Babel, the seminar will explore interrupted or never executed architectural projects from ancient times to the present, across the great medieval cathedrals, from the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome to projects of urban scale, from the reconstruction of London in 1666 to Le Corbusier and the Algeri project.

    Christ of Thoenes (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome) had the original idea for the seminar, which is being developed by Guido Beltramini (Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza) and Howard Burns (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa).

    Each contribution, which will be read either in Italian or in English, cannot exceed 20 minutes (corresponding to circa 2500 words), which allows for about ten minutes of discussion afterwards. Those interested in participating should send an outline (250 words or less) and brief CV (no more than 100 words) to by November 1, 2017. Geographic area and time period are open, as long as the paper deals with architecture conceived with the intention of being constructed. Scholars may apply individually or propose a theme to be carried through in a single session by a group or team.
  • Cosmopolitanism, Citizenship, and the City (19th-21st centuries), EAUH 2018 International Conference Session

    Rome | Dates: 11 Sep – 05 Oct, 2017
    To be a citizen is to inhabit a city by being a member of a polis, a political community. To be cosmopolitan is to inhabit the world, to feel a sense of global belonging and to be at ease in many places and cities. Increasingly, then, scholarship in a range of disciplines is recognizing that cities have been the privileged sites through which practices of cosmopolitan citizenship are enacted: where formal and informal ways of being and thinking that seamlessly blend multiple cultural, linguistic and political influences into a whole that is greater than its constituent parts, are performed and sustained. However, what remains under-analyzed in recent scholarship is a more global perspective on how such cosmopolitan ways of thinking and being are embodied or commemorated in the built environment of cities through built works or ephemeral performances. Therefore, the session aims to unearth how urban planners, architects, scholars, artists, and ordinary citizens have created or documented such works and performances in different cities, whether in the form of buildings and infrastructures, public spaces, public art, or ephemeral events, as well as their visual representations (for example, archives, exhibitions, social media platforms, etc.). This session is interested in research on the relationships between cosmopolitan citizenship and the built environment and urban spatial practices from the 19th to 21st centuries. It encourages comparative research that juxtaposes and/or establishes parallels between built environments and practices in cities across different regions or countries – notably those outside of Europe or the United States of America – or that contrasts enactments of cosmopolitan citizenship in the same sites at different historical moments.

    Potential themes include:

    • Exemplars of cosmopolitan urban citizenship and forms of built environment in colonial and post-colonial contexts;

    • Citizenship, cosmopolitanism and digitally enabled forms of subjectivity and collective identity, or urban politics of place;

    • Official versus vernacular forms of cosmopolitan citizenship, contrasting formal culture and large-scale projects to everyday life and micro-sites;

    • The challenges of preserving cosmopolitan expressions of collective memory and social life in the face of the urban dynamics of modernizing ‘creative destruction,’ erasure, and forgetting;

    • Contestations of the denial of citizenship through the built environment and/or cases of vibrant urban spatial participation and cosmopolitan modes of resistance to exclusion and marginalization.

    Please submit abstracts of no more than 450 words through the conference website by October 5, 2017:

    Conference dates: August 29 - September 1, 2018
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowships

    Charlottesville | Dates: 07 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017

    The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities.

    The maximum fellowship stipend is $15,000 per semester. Fellowships are awarded for one semester or a full academic year. If you are selected to be a Fellow, you will have a private, sunny office a few miles from the University of Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities shares a scenic property with the Boar’s Head Inn. The property offers spacious lawns, shady spots, ample parking, and two ponds with resident ducks and geese.
  • 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Sep, 2017 – 07 Jan, 2018

    The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world. The main exhibition is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. We are particularly proud to premiere our opening in 2017 in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO.

    CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago. We invite you to participate in these extensive programs, including our educational sessions with the Chicago Architecture Foundation serving 15,000 young people; free tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

    The Make New History exhibition extends to off-site locations and is amplified through six community anchor exhibitions in the neighborhoods and two special project sites – plus installations, performances, talks, films, and more hosted by over 100 local and global cultural partners.

    History of the Biennial

    The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs. The manifestation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, under the leadership of Michelle T. Boone, the inaugural 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial was presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation. Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, co-artistic directors, curated the 2015 biennial, entitled The State of the Art of Architecture. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and programming, the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial invited the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

  • Architecture Inside Out: Artist Talk with Tom Rossiter

    Chicago | Dates: 21 – 21 Sep, 2017
    Architecture Inside Out
    September 8, 2017–January 8, 2018
    Primitive Showroom & Gallery
    130 N Jefferson Street 

    Seeing the outside and inside of a building at the same time. Change over time. A life project. Architect and photographer Tom Rossiter, FAIA, will discuss his work at an exhibit of these special photographs at Primitive Showroom and Gallery. 

    Join us for the following events at the gallery: 

    Opening Reception
    Friday, September 8 | 5:00–8:00 PM

    Artist Talk
    Thursday, September 21 | 6:00–7:00 PM
    RSVP here—space is limited! 
  • International Symposium - Standard Architecture: From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM

    Frankfurt | Dates: 20 – 22 Oct, 2017

    International Symposium
    Standard Architecture
    From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM
    20 - 22 October 2017
    Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt am Main

    Standardization has played a key role in architecture and construction since the Enlightenment. It accelerates building production, reduces costs, and assures quality control, at least in theory. The classical modernists of the 20th century treated standardization and normalization as engines of social and technical progress. Even though concepts for mandatory, form-giving standards--like those proposed by Ernst Neufert--never established themselves, there are more standards today than ever before. Despite appeals to cultural specificity, standards shape processes and products all around the world through the digitization and rationalization of cognitive processes. With the introduction of BIM (Building Information Modeling), these processes are becoming increasingly relevant. At the same time, catastrophes like the Grenfell Tower fire in London or the collapse of the Savar building in Bangladesh are drastic examples of the failure of standards as a result of neoliberal policies. In the scope of the three-day conference at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, more than 30 international experts from a wide range of disciplines debate the cultures of standardisation from 1800 up to the present, focusing on the standardisation of design processes, construction processes and building components and their effects on architecture.

    Speakers will include:

    Georg Augustin (Augustin und Frank Architekten Berlin) Manfred Grohmann (Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt Main),  Alexander Klose (Author/ Container Researcher); Markus Krajewski (Universität Basel Professor für Medienwissenschaft), Antoine Picon (Harvard University, GSD, Director of Research), Alexander Rieck (Lava Architects), Monika -Thomas (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Nader Vossoughian (New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design), Georg Vrachliotis (KIT-Karlsruhe, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Matthias Witte (DIN-Normen-ausschuss Bauwesen)

    Detailled program at

    Standardized Design Processes

    Modernity has given rise to processes that rationalize, systematize, and accelerate the designing of buildings. More structures need to be built more quickly all the time. Designs are often executed by unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Buildings are being erected in disparate places around the world through the use of identical specifications. To make all this possible, design tools have been created that enable people to generate and implement a great number of design-related tasks simultaneously. Today, Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM) use standardized forms of information to automate planning and design and to supplement human with artificial forms of intelligence.  

    Standardized Building Elements 

    Ernst Neufert tried to standardize architecture at all scales, from the very small to the very big. Adopting paper formats as his model, he sought to systematize building components using (among other means) his octametric system of dimensional coordination. This project reached its climax in the 1970s, but lost a good deal of its currency in the years thereafter. Today, there are more standards than ever--and they often operate on a national and international level--but their influence on form-making has proven harder to trace. It goes without saying that they continue to shape the design of spaces that have a great number of technical needs and requirements (kitchens and offices, for example), as well as temporary buildings and storage facilities (containers and container ports, for example). 

    Standardized Building Processes

    While knowledge rested squarely with the individual producer in premodern societies, it can be said that it is anchored today in objectified rules and specifications, many of which are sanctioned by liability concerns and multi-national contractual agreements. Arguably, standardization ensures that products that are manufactured by different companies are in fact compatible. This is important where the manufacturing of building components is concerned.  According to some, however, it can also stifle innovation and compromise the exercise of know-how and common sense.  

    Drawing on the results of the symposium, ARCH+ will publish a special issue dedicated to the topic.

    Supported by Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau - BBSR/  BMUB (Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung / Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Wüstenrot Stiftung and Pfeiffer Stiftung

    Organized by the Department of Architectural Theory and Design, Prof. Philipp Oswalt, University of Kassel

  • 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Sep, 2017

    Landmarks Illinois will honor this year's nine award-winning historic preservation projects at our Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Ceremony Saturday, September 16. The event includes a panel discussion with public officials representing our award-winning preservation projects, an awards ceremony and a reception with all award recipients. The celebration is an inspiring evening that celebrates Illinois' historic treasures while inspiring others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources.

    Location: VenueSIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

    Time: 5-6 p.m.: Award Winner Panel Discussion; 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception
  • The Architecture of Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2017

    Saturday September 16, 2017
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    $25.00 per person
    $20.00 for members with coupon code

    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60616

    These exclusive tours, back by popular demand, will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic. Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch. 

    Tours held the third Saturday of each month through December.

    Pre-paid tickets required.
  • The Chicago "L" - Chicago's Biggest "Mover and Shaker"

    Chicago | Dates: 21 – 21 Sep, 2017

    Thursday September 21, 2017

    $10.00 per person
    $  8.00 for members with coupon code

    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Discover the Chicago “L” in all its grit and glory with Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L.”  The “L” has been running 24/7 for 125 years and its ridership continues to increase. See how it came to be and how it changed the region.  This PowerPoint presentation portrays the growth and development of Chicago’s most enduring icon.  Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 images and a couple of popular movie clips, Borzo’s rich historical presentation will inform and entertain. Travel through time. Mass transit never looked so good! 

    Copies of Borzo’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • The Power of Place: Preserving the Legacies of African American Settlements

    Washington | Dates: 20 – 20 Sep, 2017

    The Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present an event jointly sponsored with the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM).

    Landscape architect and National Humanities Medalist Everett Fly joins Alcione Amos, curator at the Anacostia Community Museum, for a discussion of the importance of preserving historic African American settlements. Focusing on Barry Farm, a community created in southeast Washington, DC, by the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, they ask why some settlements are preserved while others are not, and what the ramifications of this difference are for contemporary African American communities.

    Programs in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through their initiative in “Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities,” intended to foster the joint contributions that the humanities and the design and planning disciplines may make to understanding the processes and effects of burgeoning urbanization.

    September 20, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Anacostia Community Museum
    1901 Fort Place SE
    Washington, DC
    No RSVP required.
    Mention "Dumbarton Oaks" when you arrive.
  • Thinking Into The Future: Designing With Light

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 01 Oct, 2017
    The role of light in architecture has a long history. Light is a defining element in the creation of the built environment. A dynamic and ephemeral tool, it shapes the experience of architectural space like no other factor. Designing with Light explores how practitioners, historic and contemporary, have used light in architecture. Author and historian Mark Hertzberg will consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterful use of glass and natural light at the SC Johnson Administration Building. Hervé Descottes, co-founder of the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International, New York City will discuss the importance of lighting in the public realm. Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director at the Los Angeles-based design firm wHY, will share his experiences with light in designing museums and art galleries.

    Following an illustrated presentation by each speaker, participants will be joined by the Trust’s curator, David Bagnall, for a panel discussion and audience questions.

    Free, registration required.
  • Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2017
    This panel at the Chicago Architecture Biennial brings together speakers who will introduce methodological questions in writing architectural history. The topics include the role of visual evidence, legal evidence, narrative structure, and counter-narratives in the history of architecture. Speakers include: Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan; Michael Osman, UCLA; Daniel Abramson, Boston University; Zeynep Celik Alexander, University of Toronto; Timothy Hyde, MIT

    This event is organized by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group dedicated to advancing research and education in the history and theory of architecture. We generate, work-shop, present, and publish innovative scholarship from multidisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested in work that foregrounds the multiple ways in which one can understand architecture’s relationship to the world. The event is also supported by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

    Fee and open to the public. Sept. 16, 2017; 10 a.m. - noon; room 327, 37 S. Wabash Ave. (Sharp Building, SAIC), Chicago, Ill.

    For more information, please visit or
  • CFP: Digital Heritage in Iberian Context: Between Practice and Critical Thinking

    Lisbon | Dates: 07 – 15 Sep, 2017
    Considering that digital technology is increasingly advancing and at the centre of daily life; taking into account that the former is adopting a prominent role in the study, preservation and divulging of Cultural Heritage to a wide-ranging audience; given the multitude of innovations that arise in digital technology almost daily; noting the limited application of digital heritage resources in Portugal, in contrast to what takes place outside our borders, in particular in Spain, we invite Iberian specialists to examine and discuss the relationship between these two seemingly different and distant universes, i. e. cultural heritage and digital technology. What is Digital Heritage, how to shape it, where to apply it, its purpose, whom it serves and who decides, that is what we will discuss during the working sessions of this International Conference.


    Digital Heritage: theoretical context and historiographic perspectives.
    The impact of the digital on archaeology and history: research policies and professional practices.
    Digital Heritage: potentialities and challenges in the areas of education and tourism.
    The place of the museum and the archive in the digital era: digital repositories, museum installations, virtual recreations/representations (3D, augmented reality, mixed reality);
    Digital heritage and the knowledge city.

    Official languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

    Official languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

    Abstract: 350 words

    keywords: 4

    Short CV: 300 words

    Name and affiliation

    PDF format

    Length of presentations: 15 min.


    Abstract submission: 15th September 2017

    Notification of acceptance: 30th September 2017

    Register: from 15th October 2017


    Secção de Arqueologia da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (Archaeological Studies Sector of the Geographical Society of Lisbon)

    Secção de Estudos do Património da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (Heritage Studies Sector of the Geographical Society of Lisbon)

    CHAIA – Centre for Art History and Artistic Research, University of Évora
  • Europe’s Own Islamic Architecture: Heritage, Contestation, and Necessity

    Dates: 07 – 30 Sep, 2017
    In 2009, a majority of the Swiss electorate voted against the construction of minarets on Swiss mosques – implying an acceptance of new mosques and by extension, of Muslims; but denying the buildings (and by extension, their users) their most distinctive and most visible trait. Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany party, meanwhile, has made it an on-going agenda to halt any new mosque construction altogether. In parts of Spain and Catalonia, despite high proportions of Muslim migrants and generally peaceable Christian-Muslim relations, conflicts over proposed mosques have erupted as well. At the same time, Palermo’s Norman-Arab architecture is consistently preserved as a marker of Sicily’s Muslim past; Córdoba’s La Mezquita Mosque is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center site and as such, garners high numbers of appreciative visitors; and Islamic architecture throughout the Balkans, extensive and varied as it is, remains beloved and in some cases, recently restored. Are mosques (the quintessential and most necessary Islamic structures) signs of danger, of possible radicalization within otherwise placid and overwhelmingly Christian cityscapes? Are they indications of distant and long-ago settled conflicts, reassuringly resolved in the course of the Crusades, their architectural traces neutralized into heritage or converted into sites of other worship?

    We will take as our premise that increasing numbers of mosques in Europe are inevitable, and that they present opportunities for meaningful design and simultaneous urban and social integration and differentiation. With that in mind, we invite papers addressing histories of European Islamic architecture, principally (although not exclusively) dating to the late 19th century and imperialism’s return of ‘the colonized’ to ‘the metropole’, as well as prospects for developing and future Islamic architecture in Europe. How will such projects be negotiated, locally and nationally? What architectural forms will they adopt: variations on historic Moorish, Arab, or Ottoman models? Or the currently more common Saudi model, often financed by a Gulf State? Will local syncretisms play a design role? How will funding and oversight shape individual projects? Our ultimate goal is to initiate an overdue, overarching discussion of the place of Islam in the built environment of Europe, today and in the future.

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 30 September 2017, to Mia Fuller ( or Please include your name, affiliation, title of paper, a C.V. of no more than five pages, home and work addresses, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. You will be notified of your proposal's acceptance or rejection no later than 31 October 2017.
  • LITERATURE, ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN SPACE '18 / II. International Conference on Literature, Architecture and Urban Space

    Istanbul | Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2018
    All papers will be published in proceedings e-book as DVD (with an ISBN number) and then in DAKAM's online library. A selection will be made in the relevant DAKAM journal that will be reviewed by Thomson&Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index
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