SAH 2018 Annual International Conference

SAH 2018 Saint Paul Conference
Society of Architectural Historians
71st Annual International Conference
April 18–22, 2018 | Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Society of Architectural Historians hosted its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 18–22, 2018. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world convened to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture of the Twin Cities. The conference included 48 paper sessions, roundtables and panels, architecture tours, workshops, networking receptions, special events, and more.


The conference program is available to view online as a PDF and in our free mobile guide. The program will be printed and all conference attendees will receive a copy when they check-in at the conference.

Public Events & Tours
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Sessions at a Glance

PS01  All Ado About Bomarzo
PS02  The Architecture of Commercial Networks, 1500–1900
PS03  Alternative Histories of the Pavilion
PS04  Architecture of Diplomacy and Defense
PS05  Life to Architecture: Uncovering Women’s Narratives
PS06  Global Concrete: Aesthetics, Technics, Politics, 1945–1975
PS07  Open Session
PS08  Michelangelo Architect: New Approaches
PS09  Thalassic Architecture: Medieval and Renaissance Italy and the Sea
PS10  Exploring “Form” across Geopolitical Divides
PS11  Architecture and Politics in Germany, 1918–1945 Reconsidered
PS12  The Audience for Architectural History in the 21st Century
PS13  Shaping Muslim Sacred Space in the Diaspora
PS14  Burnt Clay, Cross Cultural Experiences
PS15  Causes for Admiration: Objective Beauty in Architecture
PS16  Architecture of Finance: Commodities, Securities, and Urban Space
PS17  Climatic Landscapes
PS18  Modern Architecture and the Rise of the New South
PS19  Archive and Discourse: What Architecture Award Programs Tell Us
PS20  Digitizing Architectural Heritage: What Role History?
PS21  Graduate Student Lightning Talks
PS22  Histories of Architecture Against
PS23  Designing Homo sapiens: Architecture, Environment, and the Human Sciences
PS24  Infrastructure as Artifact
PS25  Constructing Memory in Ancient and Pre-Modern Architecture
PS26  Affordable Housing Design: Histories of Cross-Cultural Practices
PS27  Architectural Preservation in Asia
PS28  The Legacy of James Ackerman
PS29  Medieval Structures, Digital Tools, and Architectural Knowledge
PS30  Atmosphere and Architecture
PS31  Working with Mr. Gilbert: Cass Gilbert and His Collaborators 
PS32  Colonial Past in the Neo-Colonial Present
PS33  Fleeing the City? The Tragedy of the Commons in the 21st Century
PS34  Architecture and Disability
PS35  Reconsidering Renaissance Architecture and Urbanism
PS36  Visualizing Ruined Asias
PS37  Queer History at the Intersection
PS38  Contemporary Religious Architecture in Latin America
PS39  Architectures of the Slave Economy: Past and Present
PS40  Unheard Voices: New Interpretations of Minnesota’s Landscapes
PS41  The Architecture of the Political Realm beyond the Assembly Room
PS42  A Matter of Life and Death: Spaces for Healing in the Premodern Era
PS43  Caribbean Architectures from Emancipation to World Heritage
PS44  Temporal Junctures
PS45  Religion in Secular American Architecture
PS46  The Stagecraft of Architecture
PS47  Cold War Architecture
PS48  Open Session




MAR 31, 2017 – Call for papers opens

JUN 15, 2017 – Call for papers deadline

SEP 28, 2017 – Deadline for speakers to apply for Annual Conference Fellowships

SEP 28, 2017 – Registration deadline for speakers and session chairs

OCT 18, 2017 - Deadline for $100 off program book ad with exhibit space purchase

JAN 9, 2018 Early registration opens at 3 pm CST

FEB 15, 2018 - Deadline for program book ads

FEB 20, 2018 – Early registration closes

FEB 21, 2018 – Registration rates increase. Tours-only registration opens to the public.

APR 4, 2018 ​– Online registration closes

Sandy Isenstadt
SAH 1st Vice President
University of Delaware

Kristin Anderson
Augsburg University

Katherine Solomonson
University of Minnesota

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Christopher Kirbabas
SAH Director of Programs


If you are interested in conference sponsorship, please contact Carolyn Garrett. Download the 2018 Sponsor, Exhibitor & Advertiser Prospectus for information.



SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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