SAH 2020 Annual International Conference

Seattle, Washington | April 29–May 3

Cinerama

FAQ

If you do not find an answer to your question here, please contact us at info@sah.org or 312.573.1365. 

REGISTRATION
What does the registration fee include?  
What does the day rate include?
Will I receive a confirmation of my registration? 
When will early registration open?
Why should I register early?
How do I add events to an existing registration?
Can I register more than 1 person at a time?
Who can attend the SAH Annual International Conference?
I am a member of the Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH. Can I register at the SAH Member rate?
I am not a member of SAH, but my co-worker is a member and cannot attend. Can I use their membership to register at the member rate?
If I have to cancel my registration, what do I need to do?
When can I register for tours? 
What if I can’t use a tour or special event ticket?
Do you offer a Day Rate registration?
How do I receive credit for AIA/CES Learning Units? 

HOTEL & TRAVEL
What hotel has been reserved for the conference?
Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my room reservation?
What if my travel plans are unexpectedly interrupted or canceled?
Will transportation be provided during the conference?
Do you need a letter of invitation for your employer or to obtain a visa?

CONFERENCE VENUE
Is Wi-Fi available at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel?

TOURS
When can I register for tours?
Can I register more than one person at a time?
Is there a wait list for sold out tours?
What if I can’t use a tour ticket? Can I get a refund?
Where do I meet my tour group?
How is tour capacity determined?

SESSION CHAIR & SPEAKER INFORMATION
Session Chair and Speaker Agreement
Session Chair Guidelines


REGISTRATION


What does the full conference registration fee include?

The conference registration fee includes the following:
  • Printed program book 
  • Attendee badge
  • Access to all paper sessions and roundtables
  • Conference attendee roster 
  • Opening Social Hour
  • Business meeting
  • Introductory address
  • Exhibit area access
  • Awards ceremony
  • Eduard F. Sekler Talk
Registered attendees will have the opportunity to register for a variety of receptions and tours. Please note that reservations are required for some events, even those included in the registration fee. This allows us to estimate the number of attendees so that we can provide enough seating and food and beverages. 

Please see the Registration page for conference events that require registration or ticket purchase.

What does the Day Rate include?
Day Rates include access to all paper sessions and roundtables for the Day Rate purchased (either Thursday OR Friday).

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration? 
After registering online, you will receive an email confirmation at the address indicated in your member profile. If it does not appear within one hour of registration, please make sure it did not get routed to your junk mail or spam folder. For registrations paid by check, please allow two weeks for processing. Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you via email upon processing. Conference registration and ticket purchases cannot be confirmed until full payment has been received and processed at the SAH office. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 312.573.1365, or info@sah.org.

When will early registration open?
Early registration will open at 3 pm CST on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Registration rates will increase on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Why should I register early?
Registration fees increase on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Registering early will save you money and also helps SAH determine how many members will be attending the conference. This helps us plan to have enough food for the receptions, buses for the events and tours, and chairs for the sessions. Tours sell out quickly, so we recommend registering as soon as possible to secure tickets for specific tours.

How do I add events to an existing registration?
Follow these steps:
  • Log onto the SAH website
  • Visit the Registration page
  • Select “Register Now”
  • Under event tasks, select “Register Now”
  • On the registration fee page, be sure to select “Registration Fee Already Paid” so you are not charged the basic rate again and are only charged for the events that you select.
  • Proceed with your order.
Can I register more than one person at a time?
Due to the limitations of our system, you can only register one person at a time for the conference. Our system requires a separate registration for each individual. Tickets for tours and public events will be sold through Eventbrite, and you may purchase multiple tickets at a time.

Who can attend the SAH Annual International Conference?
The SAH Annual International Conference is open to all who share an interest in the history of architecture, landscapes, art, urbanism, sustainability, and design. SAH membership must be current through May 3, 2020, to participate in the conference. If you have not yet joined or need to renew your membership, you can register for the conference as a new or renewing member. If your membership expires between your conference registration and the dates of the conference, you will not be able to attend until you renew your membership.

I am a member of the Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH. Can I register at the SAH Member rate?
MDR/PNW Chapter members who are also current members of SAH may register at the SAH Member rate. Those who are not current SAH members may register at the MDR/PNW Chapter Member rate, which includes a 1-year electronic SAH membership at a 20% discount. 

I am not a member of SAH, but my co-worker is a member and cannot attend. Can I use their membership to register at the member rate?
Individual membership in SAH is not transferable to others. Non-members can register for the conference by choosing the rate that includes a one-year membership. Institutional (library) members may designate up to two employees of their department to register for the conference. The institution’s membership must be current through May 3, 2020, and the department members must be approved in advance by the main contact of that institution’s membership. 

If I have to cancel my registration, what do I need to do?
All cancellations MUST be in writing. Cancellations must be submitted to the SAH office at info@sah.org or via fax to 312.573.1141, or via mail to Society of Architectural Historians, 1365 N. Astor St., Chicago, IL 60610-2144.

Cancellations received on or before March 18, 2020, will be refunded the basic registration fee less a $50 administrative fee. (Tours and event tickets are non-refundable.) There will be no refunds after March 18. 2020. Refunds (less administrative fees) will be processed and mailed by June 1, 2020, to the address on the registration form.

Speakers and session chairs, please refer to the Speaker and Session Chair Agreement regarding cancellations. 

When can I register for tours? 
You may purchase tour tickets beginning at 3 pm CST on January 7, 2020. SAH members are urged to register as early as possible to reserve a spot on their preferred tour(s). Tour tickets will be sold through Eventbrite.

What if I can’t use a tour or special event ticket?
Tour and event tickets are non-refundable, but they are fully transferable. If you are unable to attend but another registered member can participate in your place, go ahead and either donate or sell the ticket. There will be a bulletin board at the SAH check in/information desk area where you may offer your tickets to another registrant. SAH will not broker your tickets on your behalf.
 
Do you offer a Day Rate registration?
Day Rate registration is available onsite only during registration hours and may be purchased for either Thursday, April 30, OR Friday, May 1. Limit one day pass per person.

Non-members are welcome and can pay the selected membership rate during registration. A single-day ticket includes a one-day conference badge and access to the paper sessions and midday programs for that day. Receptions and tours offered on the selected single day are available for additional purchase at the posted rates.

How do I receive credit for AIA/CES Learning Units? 
The Society of Architectural Historians is registered with the American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) to provide learning units for participation in various conference events including the Introductory Address, paper sessions, tours, Sekler Talk, and SAH Seattle Seminar. To receive the correct number of learning units for your transcript, please provide your AIA member number on the conference registration form. Upon check-in you will be given a participation form to be completed and returned to the SAH Check-In/Information Desk at the conclusion of the conference. 

HOTEL & TRAVEL


What hotels have been reserved for the conference?
The Renaissance Seattle Hotel is the official conference hotel. SAH members receive a discounted rate of $159 per night when booking in the conference room block. Attendees are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure accommodations at the conference rate. Book your stay at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my room reservation?
The Renaissance Seattle Hotel has its own individual cancellation policy. Please review that policy before making your reservation.

What if my travel plans are unexpectedly interrupted or canceled?
SAH strongly recommends you purchase travel insurance. We suggest that you speak with your homeowner’s insurance agent or investigate one of several travel insurance companies offering coverage. SAH does not recommend or endorse these agencies, but provides examples for your convenience.

Travelex Insurance Services – travelexinsurance.com
USI Travel Insurance Services – travelinsure.com

Will transportation be provided during the conference?
Ground transportation will only be provided for tours and events as noted in the program.

Do you need a letter of invitation for your employer or to obtain a visa?
If you need a letter of invitation for your employer or a letter to obtain a visa, it is SAH policy that you first register for the conference. After you register, please submit a request for a letter to Christopher Kirbabas at ckirbabas@sah.org. Please provide any details required for the letter.

CONFERENCE VENUE


Is Wi-Fi available at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel?
The Renaissance Seattle Hotel offers free wireless internet throughout the entire facility.

TOURS


When can I register for tours? 
You may purchase tour tickets beginning at 3 pm CST on January 7, 2020. SAH members are urged to register as early as possible to reserve a spot on their preferred tour(s). Tour tickets will be sold through Eventbrite.

Can I register more than one person at a time?
Due to the limitations of our system, you can only register one person at a time for the conference. Our system requires a separate registration for each individual. For tours and public events, which will be sold through Eventbrite, you may purchase multiple tickets.

Is there a wait list for sold out tours?
There is no wait list for tours that have sold out. There will be a bulletin board at the SAH check in/information desk area where attendees can post available tour tickets, but SAH will not broker tickets on your behalf.

What if I can’t use a tour ticket? Can I get a refund?
Tour and event tickets are non-refundable, but they are fully transferable. If you are unable to attend but another registered member can participate in your place, go ahead and either donate or sell the ticket. There will be a bulletin board at the SAH check in/information desk area where you may offer your tickets to another registrant. SAH is unable to broker your tickets on your behalf.

Where do I meet my tour group?

Tours will depart from the Lobby Level of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Look for the “Tours Meet Here” signs. Volunteers will check you in before turning you over to the tour leader(s). Times noted for each tour indicate the time the tour will depart from and return to the hotel.

How is tour capacity determined?
Tour capacity is determined by the maximum capacity the tour sites can accommodate, not by the number of seats on the motor coach/bus. Consideration is also given to ensuring that SAH members receive the highest quality tour experience. 
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