Call for Nominations to the SAH Board for 2023–2026

by SAH News | Jun 02, 2022

Deadline July 31, 2022

The SAH Nominating Committee seeks nominations and self-nominations for five new SAH Board members including a Graduate Student who also will chair the Graduate Student Advisory Committee, and one officer position for Treasurer. They will begin their term at the conclusion of the Montréal annual conference in 2023. Board members will serve a three-year term, April 2023–April 2026, renewable for a second three-year term, for a maximum of six years. The Treasurer serves a one-year term, renewable for an additional five one-year appointments, for a total of six years. 

Position Descriptions

All Board members are expected to fully engage with their oversight and fiduciary responsibilities by attending in-person and virtual board meetings, serving on committees helping SAH implement the SAH IDEAS diversity and inclusion initiative, and ensuring SAH furthers its ongoing educational mission. Board member expectations can be found in the SAH Board Participation Policy. While it is difficult to estimate the time commitment for Board positions, it is safe to say that on average five hours per month would generally cover committee work, with an additional five hours during April and November when Board meetings are held.

The time commitment for an SAH Officer, such as the Treasurer, is significantly greater than that for Board members. The Officers of SAH are often in touch with the SAH President and/or office on a daily basis, to create and implement virtual programs, organize and implement the SAH Annual International Conference, respond to issues in the built environment on a national and international scale, work with staff to manage the budgets, finances and investments of SAH, advise on legal questions, and much more. With both planning meetings and implementation of programs etc., the Officers of SAH devote on average eight hours per week, sometimes more, to SAH work. For additional information about the responsibilities of the SAH Officers, please refer to the SAH Bylaws (ARTICLE VIII - Officers on page 20).

Likewise, the Graduate Student board member, who also will chair the Graduate Student Advisory Committee of five, will be involved in planning and running a broad range of activities for SAH and its graduate student community and the time commitment can vary from 1–4 hours per week. These activities could include the Graduate Student Lightning Talks, online writing workshops, book clubs, discussions, keynote speaker conversations, and panels on research methodology and professional development publishing.

Creating Greater Equity and Accountability at SAH

SAH is actively working toward creating a more equitable organizational structure that is inclusive and whose leadership represents the wide range of perspectives in the field of architectural history at large. To that end, SAH welcomes the nominations and self-nominations of candidates who will add racial, ethnic, gender, national, and expertise diversity to the SAH Board; those who are working outside the tenure track, including contingent faculty; and those who are working outside the academy. Nominees should represent the diversity of the field of architectural history and contribute to a more inclusive discipline.

Nominations of emerging scholars and independent and non-affiliated historians of architecture, landscapes, planning and related disciplines are welcome. Nominations of practitioners in architecture, historic preservation and related fields are also encouraged, as are nominations of professionals such as people in business, law and investments who chose architectural history as their avocation. All nominees should reflect a commitment to excellence in the field of architectural history.

Governing Structure of SAH

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is governed by two branches of one board: an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors. The Executive Committee is composed of five, sometimes six, elected Officers: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary, and one appointed Officer, the Executive Director of SAH. Serving in tandem with the Executive Committee is a Board of Directors that is constituted by a body of 15 voting members and a shifting number of non-voting Ex-Officio members who represent SAH’s publications, committees, chapters and Affiliate Groups. All voting members of the governing body are selected from a pool of nominated and self-nominated candidates that are reviewed by an SAH Nominating Committee appointed by the SAH President. The Nominating Committee deliberates about the current expertise needed on the SAH Board and prepares a list of finalists to be presented to the SAH Board as an information item at their November meeting and formally voted into office by the SAH membership at large at the Annual Business Meeting in April. Nomination and selection to serve on either the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors is a formal acknowledgement of several potential factors, including one’s contributions to scholarship or excellence within their chosen field, one’s long-term service to the organization, or one’s potential to diversify the future impact and oversight of the organization.

How to Apply

To submit a nomination or self-nomination, please complete the SAH Board Nomination form in the SAH Online Portal. Nominations will be confidentially compiled in the SAH office and forwarded directly to the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is made up of five individuals who have been nominated or self-nominated to serve on the Committee through an open call. The five individuals are appointed by the President of SAH. Based on the Board positions that will be open, the makeup of the current Board, and those who will be rotating off, the Nominating Committee reviews the nominations and self-nominations and, through a deliberative process, selects the candidates who will best serve the priorities outlined in the call for SAH Board Nominations. Those priorities might include identifying individuals who will add racial, ethnic, gender and ability diversity to the Board; professionals with financial or legal expertise; architects, attorneys, and historic preservationists; graduate students, adjuncts and contingent faculty; independent scholars, etc. The Nominating Committee members have conversations with the top candidates to ensure that they would like to serve, that they support the mission of SAH, and that they understand the time commitments and responsibilities of serving on a not-for-profit Board. Once the slate of board members has been finalized, it is shared as an informational item with the current Board at their November meeting. The slate is then presented to the SAH membership at large who vote either by electronic proxy ballot or in person at the Annual Business Meeting in April. The new Board members begin their service at the end of the SAH Annual International Conference in April.

The nomination form requests the following information:

  • name and email address of the nominator
  • name, affiliation (if applicable), email address and phone number of the nominee
  • nominee's qualifications
  • explanation of why the nominee should be considered for the SAH Board
  • confirmation that nominator has reached out to the nominee to ask if they will serve
  • nominee's statement of intent (no more than 500 words; please see criteria below)
  • nominee’s CV

You will receive an email confirmation once you submit your nomination. If you do not receive an email within one hour, please call the SAH office at 312-573-1365 to let staff know that you didn’t receive a confirmation.

Nominations will be considered on the following criteria and the candidate’s statement should address them:

  1. Achievements in scholarship, teaching, leadership, or other professional work relative to the candidate’s career stage and circumstances.
  2. Potential to diversify the board with expertise, perspectives, and professional connections that would complement those of current members.
  3. Capacity and desire to support the mission of SAH with regards to participation, recruitment, funding, and being an ambassador for the organization.

We greatly appreciate your recommendations and interest as we continue to build a strong and diverse Board.


The deadline for submitting nominations is July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm CDT.

If you need help accessing the portal, please contact us at or 312-573-1365.


Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

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