SAH Announces Incoming Board Members for 2020

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The Society of Architectural Historians will elect six new officers and directors to the SAH Board at the SAH Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Seattle, Washington, during the Society's 73rd Annual International Conference. The nominated directors will succeed those whose terms expire at the close of the conference on May 3rd. Proxy ballots will be sent via email to SAH members in January 2020.

The following individuals will be newly elected to the SAH Board in 2020: 

Carla Yanni 

Carla Yanni, SAH Second Vice President

Carla Yanni is a professor of architectural history in the Art History Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Yanni is the author of three monographs, including Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). In 2019, she was honored with the Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award from Rutgers, a university-wide recognition for professors who creatively introduce their scholarship into the undergraduate classroom. She served as the jury chairperson for an international competition to re-design the historic core of the Rutgers campus in 2006. Her second book, The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States, won a Graham Foundation subvention grant and was named a 2007 “Book of Critical Interest” by the journal Critical Inquiry. Yanni was the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins University Press published her first book, Nature’s Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display. In 1997 she won SAH’s Founders’ Award for her JSAH article, "Divine Display or Secular Science: Defining Nature at the Natural History Museum in London.” She has taught at the University of New Mexico and the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. 
 Vyta Baselice

Vyta Baselice, Graduate Student Representative

Vyta Baselice is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the George Washington University, where she is completing a dissertation on the cultural and social history of concrete, titled “The Gospel of Concrete: American Infrastructure and Global Power.” Her research is centered on twentieth-century architecture and urbanism, with a particular focus on the manufacture and dissemination of construction materials and their effects upon built, social, and natural environments. She has received research fellowships from the Society of Architectural Historians, the National Academies of Sciences, and the Hagley Museum and Library. Prior to entering the PhD program, she earned her master’s degree in architectural history from University College London and a bachelor's in studio arts/architecture from Wesleyan University. 
 Jim Buckley

James M. Buckley, Board Member (until 2023)

James M. Buckley is an associate professor and holds the inaugural Venerable Chair in Historic Preservation at the University of Oregon, Portland. Buckley’s academic interests include the study of American vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. His forthcoming book, City of Wood: Redwood Lumber and the City of San Francisco, 1850–1929 (University of Texas Press, 2020), explores the architectural landscapes of Northern California as a product of industrial development of the region’s vast natural resources. He has written several articles on heritage conservation in minority communities, including a study of LGBTQ heritage conservation in San Francisco and an investigation of the cultural landscape of Latinos in California’s Central Valley. In 2015, he served as a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the Universidad Politécnica Madrid, studying new approaches for “urban regeneration” in historic neighborhoods in Spanish cities.

Buckley is an urban historian and a practicing city planner. He previously taught at MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, and, prior to that, worked for more than 20 years as a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a B.A. in art history and American studies from Yale, where he studied with Vincent Scully, and a master's degree in city and regional planning and a Ph.D. in architecture from U.C. Berkeley, where his advisors included Paul Goth and Dell Upton. Buckley is currently a board member of San Francisco Heritage and Restore Oregon and is a former member of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission.

 Samia Henni

Samia Henni, Board Member (until 2023)

Samia Henni is an assistant professor of history of architecture and urbanism in the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, at Cornell University. She is the author of the award-winning Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017; French edition, Editions B42, 2019), the editor of the second issue of the gta papers titled War Zones (gta Verlag, 2018), and the curator of Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris, Prague, Ithaca, Philadelphia, 2017–19). She received her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction, ETH Medal) from ETH Zurich and taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich, and Geneva University of Art and Design. Her teaching and research interests include the history and theory of modern architecture in relation to colonialism, displacement, gender, natural resources, and wars. Her current book project, Colonial Toxicity: The French Army in the Sahara, examines how the French military authorities transformed the Sahara territories, especially the Algerian Sahara, in the aftermath of the Second World War in order to extract and exploit natural resources and test France’s first nuclear bomb. She has lectured and published widely on French spatial colonial practices and military measures in North Africa, the French empire, and in France, as well as on the export of these policies to North and South America.
 Sarah Rogers Morris

Sarah Rogers Morris, Board Member (until 2023)

Sarah Rogers Morris is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies modern architecture and design with a special focus on architectural photography and the social and cultural history of Chicago’s built environment. Sarah holds an M.A. in the history of design, decorative arts, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a B.A. in art history from New York University. Her writing has been featured in a variety of scholarly and popular web and print publications, including The Architect's Newspaper and Pin-Up. Sarah’s master’s thesis, “Richard Nickel’s Photography: Preserving Ornament in Architecture,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Future Anterior by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013. Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade, including at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Mies van der Rohe Society, and most recently, as executive director of the Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation. As a nonprofit leader, her areas of expertise include fundraising, membership cultivation, and board governance.
 Adedoyin Teriba

Adedoyin Teriba, Board Member (until 2023)

Adedoyin Teriba is an assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism at Vassar College. His research interests focus on the built environments of setters/migrants of African Descent in Anglophone and Francophone West Africa from the 18th century to the present day; architecture and ontology; the psychology of architecture; the phenomenology of architecture; architecture and immigration in a global context; and the craft of writing about the history of architecture. Teriba is also interested in the ways in which “indigeneity” in architecture is perceived and constructed. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has been the recipient of grants from the Center of Arts and Cultural Policy Studies as well as the Program of Latin American Studies at Princeton University. His most recent publication is “Prolegomenon to a Civilization in the Motherland: The Diaspora’s Architecture & Societal Aims in Colonial West Africa,” in Design Dispersed. Forms of Migration and Flight (Bielefeld: Transcript Publishing House, 2019). Teriba has also worked as an architect in New York, New Jersey, and Lagos, Nigeria.


The full slate of officers and directors proposed for election on April 29, 2020, follows.


Officers to serve a one-year term (April 2020–April 2021)
Victoria M. Young, University of St. Thomas, President
Patricia A. Morton, University of California, Riverside, First Vice President
Carla Yanni, Rutgers University, Second Vice President 
Michael Gibson, Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Grayver, LLP, Treasurer 
Kathryn O’Rourke, Trinity University, Secretary 

Directors to serve a three-year term (April 2020–April 2023)
Vyta Baselice (Graduate Student Representative), George Washington University
James Buckley, University of Oregon
Samia Henni, Cornell University
Sarah Rogers Morris, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adedoyin Teriba, Vassar College

Nominating Committee:
Victoria M. Young, Chair, University of St. Thomas
Alison K. Hoagland, Michigan Tech
Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College Dublin
Patricia A. Morton, University of California, Riverside
Jonathan M. Reynolds, Barnard College




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