The David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019 has been awarded to Macarena de la Vega for her project “The Mental Life of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.”
De la Vega is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland and member of the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH). Her project is proposed to be an oral history of the past fifteen years in the life of SAHANZ, since the publication of Julia Gatley’s historical account, “SAHANZ: The First 20 Years, 1984-2004” (2004). She proposes to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand, interviewing selected longstanding members of the Society, and present her findings at the 2020 SAHANZ conference, and hopefully also as a SAHANZ book.
SAHANZ is the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia/New Zealand and is a partner organization of SAH. De la Vega joined SAH in 2018, has been a speaker at the 2019 Annual International Conference and a session chair at the 2020 Annual Conference. She is also a recipient of a 2020 Opler Membership Grant for Emerging Scholars.