SAH Executive Director Search Committee

The Society of Architectural Historians invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. SAH has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with the search, and a position profile is now available on their search page. The SAH Executive Director Search Committee will provide regular updates on the process. If you have suggestions or concerns, please email the committee at

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Committee Members

Patricia Morton, a white woman with gray hair, wears black glasses, blue shit, gray scarf and black jacket
Patricia A. Morton, Co-Chair

Patricia A. Morton is Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department and Chair of the Urban Studies Program at the University of California, Riverside. She is author of Hybrid Modernities: Architecture and Representation at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition in Paris, which examines the representation of race at a world’s fair staged to celebrate colonialism. She has lectured and published widely on architectural history and race, gender and identity, including her essay, “Decolonizing the ACHAC Collection,” in Visualizing Empire: Africa, France, and the Politics of Representation edited by Dominic Thomas, et al (Getty, 2020). Her current project, Paying for the Public Life, uses written and built work by architect Charles W. Moore and his collaborators to trace publics and counterpublics in postwar United States. She is a past editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and is President of the Society of Architectural Historians.


Abby Van Slyck, a white woman with short brown hair, wears blue glasses, a black cardigan, and necklace
Abigail Van Slyck, Co-Chair

Van Slyck is the Dayton Professor Emerita of Art History at Connecticut College, where she served as director the Architectural Studies program and later as the College’s chief academic officer. She is the author of Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and American Culture, 1890–1920 and A Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Making of American Youth, 1890–1960. The latter won SAH’s Alice Davis Hitchcock Award as well as the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF).

In addition to her service as president of both VAF and SAH, Van Slyck’s work with SAH also includes two terms on the board, a stint as book review editor for JSAH, and six years on the executive committee. More recently, she chaired the SAH Data Project Advisory Committee and helped found the SAH Architectural Studies Affiliate Group. 


Mohammad Gharipour, a man with short brown hair, wears blue glasses, white shirt, blue tie, and black jacket
Mohammad Gharipour

Mohammad Gharipour is Professor and Chair of the Department of Built Environment Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. He has received prestigious awards and grants from several organizations including the Society of Architectural Historians, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, Foundation for Landscape Studies, Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture, American Institute of Architects, Fulbright, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and National Institute of Health. In addition to organizing and chairing numerous panels and conferences and publishing more than 140 papers, encyclopedia entries, and reviews, he has authored, edited, and co-edited thirteen books including Persian Gardens and Pavilions (I.B. Tauris, 2013), Synagogues in the Islamic World (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and Health and Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2021). Dr. Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the award-winning International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA), the co-founder of the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, and the Second Vice President of SAH.


Gabrielle Esperdy, a white woman with shoulder-length brown hair, wears a gray turtleneck and gray cardigan
Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she has taught since 2001. She studies intersections of modernism and consumerism in metropolitan landscapes and was the recent recipient of NJIT’s Board of Overseers Research Prize and Medal. Her books include American Autopia, which studies how architectural and urban discourse absorbed the ideals and concerns of the automobile and the territories of the car in the middle of the 20th century, and Modernizing Main Street, which documents efforts to revitalize retail corridors during the Great Depression. She has published widely on topics ranging from feminism and architecture to queer theory and urbanism and is currently a project researcher for Ed Rusha’s Streets of Los Angeles, a digital humanities initiative of the Getty Research Institute. She is Editor in Chief of SAH Archipedia and the Buildings of the United States book series.


Zeynep Kezer, a woman with cropped gray hair, wears black glasses and a khaki topZeynep Kezer

Zeynep Kezer is a Professor at the School of Architecture Planning at Newcastle University (UK). She is interested in examining how modern state-formation processes and nationalist ideologies play out in the built environment, informing everyday practices and identity formation. She has published in various academic and professional journals and is the author of The Making of Modern Turkey: State, Space and Ideology in the Early Republic (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). Her current work focuses on the violent transformation of Eastern Anatolia’s cultural landscapes during Turkey’s transition from empire to republic, especially as they affected the region’s Armenian and Kurdish populations. She is on the editorial boards of Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge), International Journal of Islamic Architecture (Ingenta), and will soon join The Commentaries (Taylor and Francis). She is also one of the founding editors of PLATFORM.


Ana Maria Leon, a woman with dark shoulder-length hair, wears a necklace with red pendant, and black button-down shirt
Ana María León

Ana María León is an architectural historian. She studies how spatial practices of power and resistance have shaped the modernity and coloniality of the Americas. León serves on the boards of GAHTC and SAH and is co-founder of several collectives laboring to broaden the reach of architectural history including Nuestro Norte es el Sur and the Settler Colonial City Project. She teaches at the University of Michigan where she holds appointments in History of Art, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Architecture.


Sarah Rogers Morris, a white woman with cropped brown hair, wears a sweater with pearl embellishments
Sarah Rogers Morris

Sarah Rogers Morris is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago and was recently named as a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow. Her research on photographic surveys of infrastructure made for school children revises the history of American architectural photography by revealing its transnational formation and imperial origins between 1890 and 1940. Sarah holds degrees from the Bard Graduate Center and New York University. She 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. She serves on the board of the Society of Architectural Historians and volunteers as a room parent at her kids’ public school.


Rafico Ruiz, a man with wavy brown hair, wears a t-shirt and smiles at the camera
Rafico Ruiz

Rafico Ruiz is a researcher, educator and curator. His work addresses infrastructure building in the Arctic, post–global warming ice, and practices of settler accountability. He holds an ad personam PhD in Architectural History and Communication Studies from McGill University. Rafico is the author most recently of Slow Disturbance: Infrastructural Mediation on the Settler Colonial Resource Frontier, and the co-editor (with Melody Jue) of Saturation: An Elemental Politics, both published by Duke University Press in 2021. He is currently the Associate Director of Research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. At the CCA he is co-curating, with Joar Nango, Taqralik Partridge, and Jocelyn Piirainen, ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home, a June 2022 main gallery exhibition that will address Inuit- and Sámi-led understandings of architecture and sovereignty in the Arctic.

Anooradha Siddiqi, a woman with long brown hair, wears black glasses and a blue shirt
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is an architectural historian at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her work centers African and South Asian questions of migration, archives, heritage politics, and feminist and colonial practices. She is writing the book manuscripts Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement (Duke University Press, 2023) and Minnette de Silva and a Modern Architecture of the Past, and co-editing Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration (ABECCAAggregate, 2019–2022). She directs the Columbia University working group Insurgent Domesticities, co-chairs the University Seminar Studies in Contemporary Africa, and is working with the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi to develop an archive of arts and the city. Siddiqi has convened collaborative web/podcasts on “Caregiving as Method” (Society of Architectural Historians) and “Building Solidarities: Racial Justice in the Built Environment” (Barnard College/Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society). She serves on the SAH Board and the SAH IDEAS Committee.


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Ann Whiteside

Ann Whiteside is Assistant Dean for Information Services at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her focus is expanding use of digital resources in close collaboration with scholars and the use of technology to support teaching and research through the Frances Loeb Library. She is project lead for the GSD’s African American Design Nexus, a GSD community-driven network that highlights the important contributions of African American design leaders. Whiteside participates in library and scholarly societies that shape approaches to the changing needs and opportunities faced by higher education and research libraries. Her previous work with SAH includes serving as Project Director for the development of SAHARA and serving on the CAA-SAH Task Force that authored "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History", 2016. She is currently the ARLIS/NA Affiliate Liaison to SAH and Vice-President of the Association of Architecture School Librarians.


Carla Yanni, a white woman with cropped brown hair, wears a turquoise and white scarf and turquoise jacket
Carla Yanni

Carla Yanni is Distinguished Professor of architectural history in the Art History Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a social historian of architecture and the author of three monographs; the most recent, Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 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 is currently the First Vice President of the Society of Architectural Historians. 


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