Recent Opportunities

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  • Clarke House Lecture: Unearthing Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 31 Mar, 2015

    Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 7:00pm
    Free admission
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Have you ever wondered what remnants of Chicago history lie buried right beneath your feet?  Join Eric Nordstrom, owner of Urban Remains, for this exciting, fast-paced review of recent digs at several locations throughout the city including the former site of the John Kent Russell house (c. 1855), a near west side parking lot, and Wolf's Point.  Erick will share discoveries he has made in long-abandoned privy pits and explain what layers of prior generations' trash reveal about the developement of the city we know and love today.

  • The Apartment Building in Portland, 1900–1930: an Introductory Survey

    Portland | Dates: 07 Mar, 2015

    In 1904, the category “apartment houses” first appeared in the Portland City Directory. While only four buildings were listed, the new term signified the emergence of a new building type, one that differed from the boarding houses, hotels, and other multi-dwelling units of the time.

    Within a few years, Portland’s explosive growth pushed this new form of housing to be an integral part of the city’s urban landscape. By 1910, 90 apartment houses were advertised in the directory, and by 1930 there were 750! Even so, the rise of the apartment building remains a less studied part of Portland’s architectural history.

    This presentation by Ed Teague is an introduction to the history of Portland’s apartment buildings from the early 20th century to the Depression Era. Ed will explore the factors that influenced the evolution of this building type, such as improvements in materials, advances in construction and transportation systems, and the growth of the real estate industry. Moreover, the presentation will illustrate the skill and versatility of Portland’s leading architects as they expanded their design portfolios to include a new kind of housing.

    Ed Teague is the head of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon.

  • Film and Architecture: Two Shared Worlds

    Portland | Dates: 28 Feb, 2015

    What does Alfred Hitchcock have to do with a schoolhouse, albeit one that has attributes of the Victorian period? Furthermore, what are Mayan temples doing in Los Angeles? To find the answers to these questions we’re going to the movies… via architecture!

    Using brief clips from selected films, AHC Education Committee member, walking tour docent, and retired architect, Bob Hermanson will explore the role of architecture in film. This program is sure to be an exciting adventure into realms of make believe, while also situated in the real world of concrete and glass cities. Along the way you’ll learn some of the vocabulary of film and architecture, as well as the art of storytelling and the fascinating, and architectural, role of film “sets.” The clapperboard is ready…let’s go to the movies!!!

    Bob Hermanson has taught architecture at several universities in the US and in Paris. As a practicing architect he has worked in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Depoe Bay, Oregon.

  • Old House Revival Tour

    Portland | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    After 16 years, more than 4,200 tour-goers, and well more than 100 kitchens visited, our long-running and very successful Kitchen Revival Tour is being transformed in 2015 into the Old House Revival Tour!

    The redesigned tour will still offer the opportunity to see great kitchens in vintage homes, but will also showcase other spaces that demonstrate Portlanders living in older homes; paying respect to the past while also making them their own. Our goals are to highlight ideas and resources for preserving original building materials, restoring spaces lost to previous remodels, and creating new spaces that are sensitive to the architecture of the home. Tour-goers might see a restored bathroom or original mid-century basement bar, a unique Arts & Crafts dining room, or a refurbished wrap-around porch. All living spaces in homes from the late 1800s through the 1970s will be considered for the tour. We hope that you will join us on April 11, 2015 as we begin this new era for our most popular education program.

    We are accepting nominees for this year’s tour through February 2, 2015. For more information about the Old House Revival Tour, please call Val Ballestrem, Education Manager, at the AHC (503) 231-7264 or email 

  • David Adjaye exhibition

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016

    With over 50 built projects across the world, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism. This exhibition—the first devoted to Adjaye—offers an in-depth overview of the architect’s distinct approach and visual language through a dynamic installation design conceived by Adjaye Associates.

    Capturing a significant moment in Adjaye’s career, this exhibition spans projects from furniture and housing to public buildings and master plans and features drawings, sketches, models, and building mock-ups. In addition, a specially commissioned film featuring interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators including an international roster of artists, the exhibition curators, and other influential figures in the art world, helps bring the projects alive and makes clear the important role that Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today.

  • SAH Chicago Seminar

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Apr, 2015
    The Chicago Seminar continues SAH’s commitment to bringing together two important audiences—conference attendees and local participants, including students, practicing architects, and professionals in related fields. This half-day program addresses the history and future of Chicago waterways and issues of community and preservation in Chicago neighborhoods. Funded by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the seminar is anchored by a keynote address from professor Charles Waldheim of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who has written extensively on the history and future of Chicago urbanism.

    See website for more information.
  • Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 8

    Dates: 01 – 01 Mar, 2015
    Space, Alterity, Memory In recent years, public protest movements such as Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter have demonstrated the ways in which political power, economic and ethnic identity, and cultural memory are closely linked to questions of space. The assembly of non-hierarchical oppositional communities in Zuccotti Park, the mass demonstrations across American cities countering police-enforced racial segregation, and the construction of precarious counter-monuments to the victims of state violence (such as the recently-destroyed memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) exemplify how efforts to resist and commemorate are entangled with the unequally distributed access to public space in post-Civil Rights America. Analogous issues are at the fore throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa where new forms of local belonging and transnational immigration have revealed systematic patterns of racism and exclusion. Increasingly, public displays of xenophobia rely on essentialist notions of place and identity, which threaten fragile multicultural agreements. What happened to the utopic future of progressive cultural inclusiveness envisioned in our popular culture? Is this turn part of a cyclical longer history? What are the markers of state power, familial legacies, capital, fear and an empowered populace that allow for resistance and how do they manifest in the public arena whether virtual or real? This special issue of Shift takes a broad view of these recent developments by exploring the interrelationships of space, alterity/identity and memory in visual and material culture. We accept papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews from a range of visually-oriented disciplines that explore such issues as: The status of the public monument or assembly Ephemeral, archival and other non-monumental forms of public memorialization The fate of established art historical categories such as site-specificity or monumentality The figure of the migrant in visual culture/the relationship between art, migration and urban space The contestation and occupation of public and private space The architectural construction of race The city versus the nation as art historical or museological framework This journal is an online publication. All submissions should be sent by email to by 01 March 2015. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2015. For submission and style guidelines, please visit:
  • Extended Deadline (March 2, 2015) Hillwood's Scholar-in-Residence Program, Washington

    Dates: 29 Jan – 02 Mar, 2015
    Scholar-in-residence Program Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces a new scholar-in-residence program. PhD candidates or higher and any qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project's relevance to Hillwood's collections and/or exhibition program including, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections, as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation and will be reviewed by the selection committee. There are three potential types of awards: Type #1: 1- 2 weeks Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs. Type #2: 1-3 months Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay. Type #2: 3-12 months Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay. Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, a testament to the life of an important 20th century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Companies that later became General Foods, the Museum houses over 17,000 works of art. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion and accessories collections. As part of the visitor experience, and in conjunction with a robust offering of public and educational programs, the Museum presents two changing special exhibitions annually that bring together objects and thematic content that highlight the acknowledged strengths of its permanent collection. Scholars will have full access to Hillwood's art and research collections. The Art Research Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogs, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members. Application deadline: March 2, 2015 We will announce the award recipient(s) by March 17, 2015 For inquiries or to submit an application please contact one of the following: Wilfried Zeisler Associate Curator of 19th Century Art Kristen Regina Head of Archives & Special Collections
  • TEMPLA Summer School BARCELONA

    Barcelona | Dates: 30 Jan – 25 May, 2015
    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Episcopal, Canonical and Secular Memorial Devices in Medieval Cathedrals. Art, Architecture, Liturgy and Writing
  • Pilgrim Arts of the Eighteenth Century

    Los Angeles | Dates: 20 – 20 Mar, 2015
    Pilgrim Arts of the Eighteenth Century. (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture session) American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting Los Angeles, Westin Bonaventure, 404 South Figueroa Street, San Fernando March 20th 2015, 4.15-5.45pm Program Session Chairs: Noémie Etienne, Institute of Fine Arts, and Meredith Martin, New York University and Institute of Fine Arts Speakers: 1. Multiple Hands: Workshop Practice and Masters of Eighteenth-Century French Painting David Pullins, Harvard University 2. Invitations to Travel: Circulating Pontiffs, Pilgrims and Pictures in the Bazaars of Early Modern India Dipti Khera, New York University and Institute of Fine Arts 3. Moving Across Media: The Mobile Image and Eighteenth-Century Sino-French Encounter Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4. A Vernacular Orientalism: Exoticizing Discourse and Amateur Japanning in the Northern Connecticut Frontier, 1725-35 Matthew Fisk, Boston Architectural College
  • 2015 Field Seminar | Architectures in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism

    Dates: 01 – 02 Sep, 2015
    See link above for more information.
  • Study Day at MoMA and United Nations Headquarters

    New York | Dates: 27 Mar, 2015
    See link above for more information.
  • Simulating Natures

    Philadelphia | Dates: 19 – 20 Mar, 2015

    This symposium explores how recent forms of media influence our understanding and formation of landscapes. It examines the substantial changes that have occurred within the digital realm over the last decade, focusing in particular on the development of computationally enabled imaging and modeling. How can we better engage the “invisibles”—biotic and abiotic interactions and flows—that exist outside of human creation but can only be understood through our systems of representation? This symposium considers emerging methods and vocabularies that engage this question; it looks to our allied fields—architecture, art, ecology, engineering, and philosophy—to seek points of convergence as well as to challenge our presumptions when designing with nature today.

    For details and to register, visit

  • Antoine Predock: Strata

    Albuquerque | Dates: 31 Jan – 13 Mar, 2015

    January 31 - March 13, 2015
    Opening Reception: January 31, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    In partnership with On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design opening events

    Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Strata, an exhibition of collages, works on paper, and architectural models by internationally acclaimed New Mexico architect Antoine Predock. Strata samples the expansive scope of this architect’s approach to design with a focus on his process works for the Tacoma Art Museum and selected projects in the Albuquerque area. This exhibtion is in participation with On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, an expansive collaboration celebrating the art of central New Mexico.

    Critical to the spirit of Predock’s work is the enigmatic quality of the desert. His large scale collages reflect diagrams of historical data often seen in exposed rock faces in New Mexican landscapes. These collages are a collection of visual information relating to each site. Clusters of images are stratified with quotes ranging from Jorge Luis Borges to Richard Serra and reveal the beginning phases of his conceptual process.

    Predock’s handmade clay models provide physical form to two dimensional ideas. Building on these forms, sophisticated three dimensional models are made. In spite of utilitarian function,these elegant models stand independently as abstract art objects. Process models of the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, Robinson Valley House and United Blood Services in Albuquerque are exhibited alongside corresponding works on paper. These renderings illustrate structure, space and the impulse to reflect the spirit of environment. His intuition regarding the elemental power of place resonates throughout initial design phases and completed projects.

    Antoine Predock is the recipient of the 2006 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 1985 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He was named a 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects International Fellow, an Honorary Fellow from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and National Academician in 2014, and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council in 2010. His most recent project, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, opened in September 2014 and has garnered much attention. Predock currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Albuquerque, NM.

  • CFP: Special Issue of American Jewish History dedicated to Material Culture

    Dates: 26 Jan – 01 Jun, 2015
    Call for Papers Special Issue of American Jewish History dedicated to Material Culture American Jewish History is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on material culture, guest-edited by Laura Leibman (Reed College). The journal offers articles on every aspect of the American Jewish experience and is the most widely recognized journal in its field. Founded in 1892 as Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, AJH is the official publication of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. This issue will address how Jewish American religion and culture is shaped through and by material objects. Objects discussed may be from any time period colonial to the present, and may include images, ritual artifacts, architecture, sacred space, art, popular culture, or other physical forms. Professor Laura Leibman would be delighted to speak to scholars about the possible fit of their work with the special issue. Proposals should include a 500 word abstract and an abbreviated CV. Manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words including footnotes. Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2015 Other deadlines: June 1, 2015 (first draft of accepted manuscripts); December 15, 2015 (final version of manuscripts). All submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) and will undergo peer review in keeping with the procedures of the journal. The issue will appear in 2016. Please direct all questions and proposals to Laura Leibman (
  • CFP: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) 2015 - VRA Session

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 20 – 20 Apr, 2015
    Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) | October 21-24, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

    Visual Resources Association Affiliate Organization Sponsored Session
    "Reconfiguring Knowledge: Making the Digital Humanities Visual"
    Organizer and Moderator: John Taormina, Duke University


    How do digital technologies allow us to look at knowledge production differently in the arts and humanities? New technologies allow us to interrogate and disseminate visual information from multiple vantage points. Digital Humanities in the cultural heritage environment includes such activities as curating online collections, mining large cultural data sets, data visualization and representational technologies, information retrieval, digital publishing, gaming, multimedia, peer-to-peer collaboration, and GIS and cultural mapping. In this new collaborative, interdisciplinary, digital environment, visual resources specialists and librarians work side-by-side with faculty and students to develop and support Digital Humanities projects for teaching and research. The use of digital technologies as a means to synthesize, present, and communicate large amounts of information challenges the instructor and researcher to incorporate different ways to investigate works of art or develop new visual support tools. This session seeks to highlight the issues surrounding the support, development, dissemination, and preservation of Digital Humanities projects in the arts and humanities. Papers should address the transformational changes brought about by introducing digital technologies into the arts and humanities disciplines.

    Paper proposals should be submitted via the SECAC conference website ( The paper proposal deadline is Monday, April 20, 2015.
    John  Taormina 
    VRA-SECAC Affiliate Organization Liaison
    Duke University

    Dates: 27 Jan – 20 Mar, 2015
    KAPSULA is a listserv dedicated to engaged and evaluative art criticism. Entirely digital, the publication explores forms appropriate for web documents and aims to advance online art publishing.
  • NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

    New York, NY | Dates: 07 – 31 Jul, 2015
    Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material.
    The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture. The institute will focus on the material culture of the nineteenth century and use New York as its case study because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural
    commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact that go well beyond New York.
    We welcome applications from college teachers and other scholars with some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have never taught or studied material culture. Application materials and other information about content, qualifications, stipends, housing,
    etc. is available at 
    The application deadline is March 2, 2015.
    David Jaffee, Project Director
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    For more information, please contact:
    Zahava Friedman-Stadler
    Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
    38 West 86th Street
    New York, NY 10024
    212.501.3026 /
  • Sculpting the Architectural Mind - Neuroscience and the Education of an Architect

    Brooklyn | Dates: 06 – 07 Mar, 2015

    In recent years, architects have been mining new research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, object-oriented philosophy, and experimental biology for design concepts and for accounts of the new conditions of materiality. Architects borrow from these discourses to formulate and justify a wide range of design processes, especially digitally-driven ones. But we have failed to discuss how neuro-scientific knowledge can impact architectural pedagogy. A generation of architectural students has been trained in digital design tools, and younger students now generate nearly all of their design through digital media. What forms of design cognition has this change in representational systems yielded? Research from the sciences of the mind might help to unpack the implications of this shift.

    This conference considers the roles that applied neuroscience has played and might play in the education of architects. What cognitive skills should be developed through an architectural education, and how has the long history of exchanges between biological and neuroscientific knowledge generated current models for architectural design? Which insights from neuroscientifc research should architectural educators be aware of as they formulate pedagogic platforms? Given what we are learning about the role of the body and the hand in learning from recent mind-brain research, how can we best integrate training in digital tools with other tools that engage the body in the process of design? Finally, what impact might a new approach to the cognitive development of architectural students have on our built environment?

    The symposium is structured around invited presentations and panel discussions with neuroscientists, architectural theorists, historians, philosophers, and artists. Hosted by Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture in collaboration with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. It is free and open to the public.

    The conference is co-organized by Dan Bucsescu (Pratt), Michael A.Arbib (ANFA Liaison) and Ralph S. Steenblik. For information contact: Steenblik.

  • Michigan Barn Preservation Network Annual Conference and Membership Meeting

    East Lansing | Dates: 14 Mar, 2015
    “Keeping it Local”
    Michigan Barn Preservation Network
    Annual Conference and Membership Meeting