SAH 2020 Virtual Conference

The Society of Architectural Historians presented the following roundtables during the SAH 2020 Virtual Conference. Videos of the roundtables that were recorded are linked below.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

Redevelopment and Reconciliation: Urban Planning and Northwest Indigenous Architecture

Moderator: Anne Marshall
, University of Idaho

Sponsored by the SAH Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter (SAH MDR)

With four Indigenous architects Douglas Cardinal (Blackfoot/Metis), Principal, Douglas Cardinal Architect, Daniel Glenn (Apsaalooke-Crow), Principal Architect, 7 Directions Architects/Planners, Brian McCormack, Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Principal, McCormack Landscape Architecture, Eladia Smoke (Anishinaabe), Principal, Smoke Architecture Inc., and Patrick Stewart (Nisga’a), Principal, Patrick R. Stewart Architect, this open discussion, guided roundtable provides an opportunity for active, in-depth discussion and interaction on the greater topic of post-colonization, reparation, and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. We seek to foster discussion of the critical issues relating to the design and planning that is currently happening in the Pacific Northwest in response to movements such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This roundtable will stimulate conversation on the concept of “decolonization” by examining past histories and current realities regarding design and Indigenous peoples while imagining a decolonized and more sustainable future. This roundtable has value for conference attendees in that it brings into conversation questions of decolonized planning and preservation within the Pacific Northwest.



Wednesday, May 20, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

SAH Heritage Conservation Committee Roundtable

Moderator: Bryan Clark Green
, Commonwealth Architects, SAH Heritage Conservation Committee Chair

Presented by the SAH Heritage Conservation Committee, this roundtable will include a recap of the advocacy efforts of the committee over the last year and will lead to an open conversation of recent preservation issues and controversies. Issues may include the preservation of modern and postmodern resources, the impacts of climate change upon historic resources, the challenge of underutilized and abandoned places of worship, and recent demolitions of historic high-rise building to allow for replacement by even taller buildings.



Thursday, May 21, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

SAH Chapter Delegates Meeting

Moderator: Virginia Price
, SAH Chapter Liaison

Delegates from the SAH chapters are invited to gather for discussion of their programs and relationship-building opportunities with the international SAH. Representatives from SAH, including SAH President Victoria Young, Executive Director Pauline Saliga, Director of Membership Anne Bird, Director of Programs Christopher Kirbabas, and Director of Communications Helena Dean, will be present and are interested in hearing about challenges you might be facing, initiatives and programs you have planned, and how we might work together to mutually support one another. 



Tuesday, May 26, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

The SAH Data Project Presents a Data-Driven Conversation about the Potential Future of Architectural History Research and Publishing

Moderator: Sarah M. Dreller
, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH Data Project Researcher)

Architectural history professors and students across American higher education spent the second half of Spring 2020 doing the best they could to teach and learn under extraordinary circumstances. Now that semesters and quarters are drawing to a close, though, many of these same people will turn more attention to navigating the various ways the pandemic is impacting their research and publishing plans. While architectural historians share a range of emergency teaching and learning challenges with other humanists, our field’s character-defining emphasis on in-person visits to sites and design archives is presenting special problems for historians of the built environment.

For this roundtable, some of the SAH Data Project’s preliminary data about architectural history research and publishing will form the starting point for a conversation about the project and the field overall. What is important for us to understand about past trends? How might current pandemic working conditions be affecting the data the project is gathering? What additional information might the project gather now to make this data useful in a post-pandemic future?

  • Eliana AbuHamdi Murchie, Hunter College
  • Vyta Baselice, George Washington University
  • Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware (SAH Data Project Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Amber Wiley, Rutgers University
  • Abby Van Slyck, Connecticut College


Wednesday, May 27, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

Asian American Architecture: Mapping the Field and Its Futures

Moderators: Gail Dubrow, University of Minnesota, Sean H. McPherson, Bridgewater State University, and Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University

The site of multiple intersections of great significance to the Asian diaspora in the
United States, Seattle has fostered both scholarship and community activism related
to the historic preservation of Asian American cultural landscapes. Seattle provides the historical context for this meeting to critically map the development and current state of the field of Asian American architectural history, and to chart interdisciplinary directions for its future transformation. We will discuss how scholarship integrated with political action continues to connect Asian American architectural history with the aspirations of Asian Americans for social justice.

  • Sujin Eom, Dartmouth College 
  • Lynne Horiuchi, Independent Scholar
  • Priya Jain, Texas A & M University
  • Min Kyung Lee, Bryn Mawr College
  • Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington
  • Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
  • Desiree Valadares, University of California, Berkeley


Thursday, May 28, 2020
9 am PDT / 11 am CDT

Minority Scholars Workshop: Navigating the Challenges in Publication

Moderators: Lynne Horiuchi
, Independent Scholar, and Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University

For all scholars, publishing is a major challenge as it is one of the ways to provide a wide audience for research and writing to impact the direction of particular areas of study or in specialties. For minority scholars, the challenges are access, open hostility and passive resistance, especially if they are writing on race or minority subjects. This workshop is designed to provide information for scholars for navigating structural discrimination in publishing that challenges minority scholars at different levels of scholarly development and possible multiple intersections of differences. While open to all scholars, the discussion will specifically focus on minority scholars with Executive Editor Masako Ikeda, University of Hawaii Press, to address questions. We will also form an advisory group for the SAH Minority Scholars Affiliate Group to create a sustained discussion.



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for its operating support.
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