The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce the members of the SAH Membership Committee. Working with SAH Membership Director Anne Bird and SAH staff, the Committee will identify and help recruit potential members, provide input on membership messaging, and advise on membership issues. Committee members will also consult with SAH’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Committee and help SAH with outreach to new communities of people who share a passion for the history of the built environment.
Adeyemi Akande is an art and architectural historian with the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interest covers the arts, architecture and material cultures of pre-20th-century Africa and its diaspora. Akande is a former Getty International travel grant recipient and SAH’s 2016 H. Allen Brooks fellow. He is a renowned art and architecture photographer and recently, he begun exploring the use of short documentary videos as an effective means of teaching history. Akande has been a member of SAH since 2013.
George Flaherty is an associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus on the modern and contemporary art, architecture and film of Mexico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and their diasporas in the United States. He is the author of Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the '68 Movement (University of California Press, 2016), and is writing a book on cultural exchange between Mexico City and Harlem in the 1920s and 30s. His research has been supported by Getty Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Social Science Research Council, and Society of Architectural Historians. Flaherty has been a member of SAH since 2006.
Sarah Rogers Morris
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. Rogers Morris holds an MA in the history of design, decorative arts, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center and a BA in art history from New York University. Her writing has been featured in a variety of scholarly and popular web and print publications, including Future Anterior, Architect's Newspaper, and Pin-Up. Rogers Morris has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade, including at the Graham Foundation, Mies van der Rohe Society, and most recently, as executive director of the Chicago Women in Architecture Foundation. As a non-profit leader, her areas of expertise include fundraising, membership cultivation, and board governance. Rogers Morris has been a member of SAH since 2016.
Nancy S. Steinhardt, Chair
Nancy S. Steinhardt is professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent books are: Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011), Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200–600 (2014), China’s Early Mosques (2015), Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Lectures (2017), Chinese Architecture: A History (2019), and The Borders of Chinese Architecture (2021). Steinhardt is a recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, American Council of Learned Societies, Getty Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Social Science Research Council, American Philosophical Society, Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, Van Berchem Foundation, and Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art. In 2019 she received the Distinguished Teacher of Art History Award from the College Art Association and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Pennsylvania. She does fieldwork in China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia. Steinhardt is a member of more than 20 professional organizations. She is a member of the board of directors or advisory board of the Society of Architectural Historians, American Center for Mongolian Studies, China Institute, and the architectural programs of Tongji University in Shanghai and Southeast University in Nanjing. Steinhardt has been a member of SAH since 1978.
Adedoyin Teriba is an assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture & urbanism at Vassar College. His research interests focus on the built environments of setters/migrants of African Descent in West Africa from the 18th century to the present day; architecture and ontology; as well as the ways in which folklore, orality, language and critical regionalism in architecture intersect. Teriba is also interested in how “indigeneity” in architecture is perceived and constructed. He took 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 publications are “Style, Race and Architecture of a Mosque of the Òyìnbó Dúdú (White-Black) in Lagos Colony, 1894,” in Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020) and “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). Before becoming a historian, Teriba worked as an architect in the United States and Nigeria and is still committed to making a difference in the professional world, especially in West Africa. Teriba currently serves on the SAH Board and has been a member of SAH since 2007.