Recent Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow with The Digital Piranesi

    Columbia | Dates: 17 – 31 May, 2019
    The University of South Carolina (Columbia) invites applications for a position of postdoctoral research fellow with The Digital Piranesi (, an interdisciplinary, collaborative digital humanities project. Awarded an NEH grant for 2019-2021 from the Division of Preservation and Access, The Digital Piranesi  is based at the University of South Carolina (Columbia), where the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections owns a rare full 29-volume set of Piranesi’s complete works. The project aims to make this interdisciplinary material accessible in a complete digital collection and, in an interactive digital edition, to illuminate and enact many of the graphic features of his innovative designs. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to Art History, History of Architecture, Classics, Comparative Literature, European History, Italian, Library and Information Science) is required to start work.
  • VAF Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship Awards

    Dates: 17 May – 01 Sep, 2019

    To honor founding member Orlando Ridout V, who died in 2013, the Vernacular Architecture Forum has established a fieldwork fellowship in his name. Orlando, a mentor to so many of us, asked that donations in his memory be made to the VAF to support students’ and VAF members’  fieldwork training and activities. To fulfill his request, the Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship was created, combining contributions to the Ridout memorial fund with the former Fund for Fieldwork, established by a generous gift from long-time VAF member Thomas Carter in 2012.

    The Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship will support and encourage students and VAF members in their field-based research and documentation projects, and in their efforts to learn and conduct fieldwork through apprenticeships, field schools, and continuing education and training projects.

    The guidelines for the Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship allow all VAF members, as well as students participating in field school programs, to apply to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee for monies to support their field-based projects and training opportunities.

    Support is available in five categories:

    1. Field school directors (VAF members) may apply for grants of up to $1000 to support their programs and/or provide financial aid to participants;
    2. Students participating in field schools or other training opportunities may apply for stipends of up to $500 to attend such programs (prior VAF membership not required);
    3. VAF members may apply for grants of up to $500 to support continuing education and professional training activities.
    4. VAF members may apply for grants of up to $1000 for support of fieldwork activities related to the pursuit of academic degrees;
    5. VAF members may apply for grants of up to $1000 to support fieldwork activities not related to fulfillment of academic degree requirements;

    Projects that explore and document cultural diversity are especially welcome.

    Grants to Field School Directors   

    Grants of up to $1000 are available to field schools organized and directed by VAF members.  These awards may be applied to program costs and/or stipends to participants at the discretion of the field school director.

    Application Process 

    Completed applications by field school directors should be submitted electronically to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee between January1 and September 1, 2019, to support programs that will be run during 2019 or over the winter intersession period of 2019-2020; a decision will be rendered in a timely manner after receipt of the request.  The application should define the scope, methodology, objectives, and expected outcomes of the field school. A final report will be submitted to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school describing the outcomes and impacts of the field school; if the funds were used to provide scholarships to individual participants, a list of the students who received the scholarships and amounts awarded should be included.  In addition, individual field school participants who received scholarship awards from the Field School Director should submit a brief report (up to three written pages, images, video, etc.) directly to the Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school discussing how the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship enabled them to obtain an understanding of fieldwork and how it will contribute to their future work/career. 

    Grants to students participating in field schools or other training opportunities

    Grants of up to $500 are available to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who will be participating in field schools or other training opportunities.  Prior membership in the VAF is not required.  A one-year student membership to the VAF will be provided to grantees if they are not already members. 

    Application Process 

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the student applying to or accepted to a field school during 2019 or during the winter intersession of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Applications should be received by the Committee at least one month prior to the start of the field school.  The cut-off date for receiving applications is December 1, 2019.  The application must include a description of the field school/training program to which the applicant has applied (name and location of the program, director, dates); a description of what expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, field school director, or employer; copy of the letter/email of admission to the field school; and a brief essay on what the applicant hopes to learn, why the particular training is important, and how it might influence the applicant’s later academic and professional career.  If the applicant applies to the VAF for support to attend a field school prior to receiving notification of admission, such notification must be submitted before the grant can be awarded.

    The grantee will provide a brief, but substantive, report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the field school about the field school experience and how it has benefitted the grantee and increased his/her understanding of the importance of fieldwork as a research activity.

    Grants to VAF members to support continuing education and professional training activities.  

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $500 to support continuing education and professional training related to fieldwork.

    Application Process 

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant at least one month prior to the start of the program.  Applications will be accepted between January 1 and December 1, 2019.  The application must include a description of the program to which the applicant has applied (name and location of the program, director, dates); a description of what expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; copy of the letter/email of admission to the program; and a brief essay on what the applicant hopes to learn, why the particular training is important, and how it might influence and/or further the applicant’s career.  If the applicant applies to the VAF for support to attend an educational/training program prior to receiving notification of admission, such notification must be submitted before the grant can be awarded.

    The grantee will provide a brief, but substantive, report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the educational/training program describing how it has benefitted the grantee,  increased his/her understanding of the importance of fieldwork as a research activity or ability to conduct such work, and the future benefits that the acquired knowledge/experience will bring to their work.  If possible, be specific about how the new knowledge will be applied.

    Grants to VAF members for support of fieldwork activities related to the pursuit of academic degrees    

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $1000 for support of fieldwork activities that are related to the achievement of an academic degree.

    Application Process

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant between January 1 and December 1, 2019, and at least one month prior to the start of the project.  The application must include a description of the fieldwork project to be undertaken (nature of the resource(s) to be studied, methodology, expected outcomes and impact, project timeline); a description of expenses the grant will cover; the applicant’s CV; and a letter of support from a faculty member or academic advisor.

    The grantee will provide a brief, but substantive, report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the project.  The report should describe the contributions made by the project with regard to fieldwork methods, deeper investigation of specific resources, and professional development of the participants.

    Grants to VAF members for support of fieldwork not related to pursuit of an academic degree  

    VAF members may apply for grants of up to $1000 for support of non-academic research projects involving fieldwork related to a publication, exhibition, etc., or for preservation-related fieldwork such as documentation of threatened resources. 

    Application Process

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee by the applicant between January 1 and December 1, 2019, at least one month prior to the start of the fieldwork project.  The application must include a brief essay describing the resource(s) to be studied, the reasons for undertaking the fieldwork, methodology to be employed, expected outcomes and impacts; the applicant’s CV; if partnering with an organization, please describe the organization and include a letter from the organization describing their involvement and any contributions they might make (financial or otherwise); at least one letter of support for the project.

    The grantee will provide a brief, but substantive, report (up to three written pages, photo essay, video, or other presentation) to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee within three months of the completion of the project describing the outcomes and impacts of the project on the resource, community, and/or their own understanding of and ability to conduct fieldwork.  The report should describe the contributions made by the project with regard to fieldwork methods, deeper investigation of specific resources, and professional development of the participants.

    Reports submitted by grantees to the VAF Ridout Fieldwork Fellowship Committee maybe submitted at the discretion of the Committee Members for posting on the VAF web page, blog, or newsletter (VAN).

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, East Asian Art History

    Chicago | Dates: 17 May – 10 Jun, 2019

    Postdoc. Fellow, East Asian Art History, University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL, September 01, 2019

    Application deadline: Jun 10, 2019

    The Center for the Art of East Asia and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year position as a

    Postdoctoral Fellow at the rank of Instructor.

    We seek a scholar in East Asian art history who will further his/her own research at the University of Chicago. The holder of this position 1) is required to be in residence, 2) conducts research in a stated field of concentration under the mentorship of a faculty member, 3) participates in regular colloquia and workshops in the Center and Department, and 4) teaches one course each year. This position is expected to begin September 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is benefits-eligible and may be extended for an additional year upon satisfactory review.

    This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.


    Applicants must have completed all requirements for receipt of the PhD degree prior to the start of the appointment and must have no more than five years of cumulative experience working in a research university following receipt of the PhD.


    Application Instructions

    Complete application materials include a cover letter, a project proposal including statement of research and teaching interests, CV with a list of publications, a sample dissertation chapter, 1-2 additional writing samples, dissertation abstract and table of contents, and the names and contact information of three individuals familiar with the work of the applicant from whom letters of recommendation may be requested. All materials must be submitted at the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website at no later than the application deadline of June 10, 2019. For questions, please email Katherine Tsiang at

  • The Physical City

    Dallas | Dates: 28 – 28 May, 2019

    May 28, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    UTDallas Center for BrainHealth 
    Brain Performance Institute
    2200 W. Mockingbird Ln.

    The Physical City will consider our growing elderly population and how Dallas can address its elders’ needs and benefit from their wisdom and experience

    Registration is encouraged, but not required. Your registration allows us to send you logistical information and
    helpful details shortly before the festival. Please note that it does not guarantee you a seat. Seats are first-come, first-served as available for each program on the day of the festival.


    Emi Kiyota, Ph.D. is the founder of Ibasho, socially-integrated, sustainable communities that value their elders. She is an environmental gerontologist and a consultant who implements person-centered care in long-term care facilities and hospitals globally. Her current interest is to create socially-integrated and resilient cities where elders are able to live in their communities and be engaged. She has published journal articles and book chapters and serves on the board of directors of Global Aging Network. She has been awarded fellowships to investigate this topic including the Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.


    Mark Lamster is award-winning architectural critic of The Dallas Morning News, a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a 2017 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His acclaimed biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House, was published in November 2018 by Little, Brown.


    Sandra Bond Chapman is Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas and Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT-Dallas. She is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan.

    Lawrence W. Speck is a Senior Design Principal for Page, an architectural firm, with offices in six cities across the U.S. He is also a well-known design educator, having been a faculty member in schools of architecture at M.I.T, University of Western Australia, and University of Texas at Austin. He served as Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin 1992-2001.

    Leonard Volk graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover in 1945, from Yale
    University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in 1949, and from MIT with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1959. He practiced architecture for thirty years, and led a volunteer career working on community goals, neighborhood improvement, and affordable housing. Since retiring from architecture, he has focused on personal photography, working on a backlog of images accumulated since 1950 and adding more.

  • Mike Block Solo Show at Frank Lloyd Wright's Charnley-Persky House

    Chicago | Dates: 22 – 22 May, 2019
    Mike Block continues his inaugural tour of classic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties, this time at the Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, IL on May 22, 2019. Mike will be performing a mixture of classical, folk, and original music for cello and voice. There will be a limited seating capacity for this unique and intimate performance setting, so don't miss out on this special evening!

    Dates: 17 May – 30 Oct, 2019
    The Bauhaus school, whose centenary of its birth falls this year, despite the short duration of the time span in which it was active (1919-1933), it earned a fame that today get closer to the myth, thanks above all to an extremely innovative and democratic pedagogical methodology. Yet one of the most advanced European societies of the time, which included scientists as Albert Einstein, sociologists as Georg Simmel, philosophers as Walter Benjamin, musicians as Arnold Schönberg and writers as Bertolt Brecht, was really ready to a school which offered identical opportunities to males and females students? On paper, yes, as the Bauhaus statute stated. But de facto the Bauhaus female students were "channelled" towards those disciplines in which the collective imaginary mostly recognized the role of a woman. "We are absolutely against giving them an architectural education" wrote Walter Gropius in 1921 about women. Therefore, Architecture was substantially forbidden to women. In fact, although women constituted about a third of those enrolled in the Bauhaus, and in the first year the number of female students even exceeded the number of male students, the girls attended mainly the Weaving workshop. For a long time the Bauhaus masters failed to force all the girls to enroll in the female class, so much so that in the early years their presence in the Carpentry, Book binding and Ceramics workshops was conspicuous. Iimportant woman master there was only one, Gunta Stölz, a splendid ‘priestess’ of textile. The textile was experienced and taught as a synthesis between artistic expression and technical skills, at long last united for generating a product which was at once an object of art and design. However there are many other great exceptions, which today appear as rule of an artistic season that can rightly be defined as epic, for the long-term message that it was able to carry, and which is still reified in contemporary schools of art and architecture. The women of the Bauhaus were able to shape a leading role in the construction of artistic methods and practices that in the future will become the founding means of a new approach in relation to the art-technique-industry relationship as well as in the pedagogical methodology. Able of creating a room on one’s own, as Virginia Wolf put it, they claimed for the woman the possibility of contributing to a cultural development that until that moment struggled to offer open field to the female gender. Splendid exceptions are Anni Albers, never overshadowed by the gigantic figure of her husband Josef Albers, or Marianne Brandt who obstinately chose the 'Metal' workshop, thus realizing some industrial design objects that are now icons of Modernism, or the photographer Lucia Moholy-Nagy, not at all intimidated by the surname of her husband, master of the Bauhaus. Female students who will become protagonists of the Twentieth century culture, in many cases successfully exporting the Bauhaus model to other countries, especially in the United States, but also in Japan as Yamawaki Michiko did, thus dictating many of the guidelines that characterize the 1900s. Skillful ambassadors of beauty and innovation, finally they were free to express their creativity up to the fullest. There are also dramatic stories of those who had a tragic fate like Otti Berger, a victim of barbarism in the mincer of Auschwitz. And yet today all the women of the Bauhaus deserve an important historiographical rehabilitation that highlights in this highly celebratory year their contribution to the success of the school established in Weimar, short and visionary just like the Weimar Republic, and its heritage. This book intends to celebrate them through critical essays that are not just a tribute, but a due act towards those who knew how to give an innovative contribution to visual and design culture, thanks to a strong and clear message, resourceful and farsighted, that still reverberates in contemporary society and indeed still characterizes its most creative components.
  • CFP: “Conserving the Painted Past” Symposium

    South Portland | Dates: 16 May – 01 Jun, 2019
    The Center for Painted Wall Preservation,, invites proposals for its “Conserving the Painted Past” Symposium slated for April 3-5, 2020 in South Portland, ME.
    The purpose of the Symposium is to address the preservation and conservation of extant walls with paint decorated plaster, including murals, freehand brushstroke and stenciled plaster walls from 1800-1860. These extraordinary treasures of folk art demonstrate beautiful craftsmanship and convey a deep sense of place. By bringing together presentations on recent and current case studies, the CPWP hopes to encourage and inform responsible practices for ensuring the survival of these vital pieces of our cultural history.

    Proposals are now being accepted for compelling visual presentations of treatments and/or case studies. Presenters should be directly involved in projects they present. PowerPoint presentations should not be longer than thirty minutes.

    Topics may include: • building assessment • stabilization of buildings with painted walls • plaster repair • changing materials • conservation vs. preservation • paint analysis • conservation treatments • ownership of paint decorated plaster walls • grant-writing for painted wall preservation

    The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019. Please send a brief synopsis (250 words or less) of your proposal along with your resume. Email proposals sent as attachments are encouraged. Proposals should be sent to or to The Center for Painted Wall Preservation, c/o Linda Lefko, 1342 Anthony Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527
  • Celebrating and Safeguarding the Glories of Syrian Culture

    New York | Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2019

    “Celebrating and Safeguarding the Glories of Syrian Culture, Architecture, and Design” is a conversation with distinguished Syrian architect Majed Abdulsamad and former Syrian resident George Batah about the role of the architect in reconstructing communities devastated by conflict, the depth of meaning to the structures that have withstood the test of terror, and the richness of Syrian architecture and design. 
    A celebratory Syrian tea will follow, with traditional music performed by singer Faraj Abyad, musicians Maurice Chedid and Zafir Tawil and dervish dancers. Traditional tea and desserts to be served.

    This program is hosted in conjunction with Syria Before the Deluge and as part of Roadmaps Festival, an annual artistic and humanitarian cultural event. Each year, the festival brings together artists, humanitarians, journalists, and intellectuals to explore a current crisis through film, music, art, performance, food, and discussion. The goal of the festival is to premier new works that stir collective consciousness and inspire meaningful action. The 2019 Festival theme is Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty: Finding Catalysts for Progress.

    George Batah, Executive Director, Syrian Youth Empowerment 
    Majed Abdulsamad, Urban Designer, Global Designing Cities Initiative (Initiative by Bloomberg Philanthropies)

    Tickets for this event are available here.

    Saturday, 5/18, 3pm - 6pm
    Center for Architecture
    General Public: $35
    AIA Members: $25
  • Shia Studies Summer Course in Iran

    Qom | Dates: 17 – 20 Aug, 2019

    Shi’a Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major faith and a civilization. Shi’a Muslims account for approximately 15 percent of the total Muslim population in the world; Shi’ism has the greatest influence in the contemporary Iran where the Shia Islam is the official state religion, to which more than 90 percent of the population adhere.

    Organized by the University of Religions and Denominations, the Shi’a Intensive Course endeavors to enhance scholarly attention to Shi’a Islam and offer an original and insightful understanding of its history, doctrines, and practices. Combining the classical Shi’ite thought and the current political, social and religious concerns of Shi’ite society in Iran, this program aims to offer scholarly perspectives on challenging issues that affect contemporary Iran. 

    After eight general courses of Shi’a Studies, in the 9th International Course, we have decided to focus specifically on the Status of the Shi’a Seminaries and address topics such as: the history of formation and the course of changes in the seminary; seminary schools of thought; educational, teaching and propagational systems; the place of ethics and spirituality; characteristics of women’s seminaries; the status of Marja’iyyah (religious authority) and its socio-political status in the world. 

    The Shiʿa Intensive Course gives you the chance to develop your knowledge, expand your international experience, and study unique and interesting subjects focusing on Shi’ism, Islam, and Iran. The course provides 24 hours of specialized lectures by experts of the field (along with Q & A sessions and free discussion) per week.

    Taking part in URD’s Shiʿa Intensive Course is the perfect way to enjoy one of the world’s most unique cities, Qom. Our social programs let you experience the best of the city, while our class schedule provides plenty of opportunities to explore Shi’a Islam in Iran. You could even opt for an extra 4-day cultural tour to truly immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Iran has to offer.

    This program is accredited by the University of Religions and Denominations. Participants will attend pre-planned workshops and lectures presented in English, and a special certificate will be awarded to each participant upon successful completion and meeting program requirements. 


    • Accommodation
    • Visa guidance and help
    •  Meals
    • Access to lectures and seminars
    • Workshop material
    • Cultural tour to Iran's beautiful cities (optional)
    • Refreshments
    • In-city transport
    • Airport pick and drop
    • Certificate accredited by URD
  • Women's Studies Summer Course in Iran

    Qom | Dates: 17 – 20 Aug, 2019

    Iran is a Persian country in the heart of the Middle East and is considered one of the distinctive cultures of the world with its rich civilization and history; a country that is a suitable choice to get to know, not only in terms of thought and ideas but also in terms of art, nature, and social rites and customs. On the other hand, religious beliefs have always been considered as an important basis in culture and this country accepted Islam since the beginning of its emergence and currently ninety percent of the Iranian Muslim population is formed of Shi‘as; a direct encounter with an Abrahamic religion makes this opportunity of acquaintance more welcoming. The Iranian women have always had an important influence in the formation of this civilization and culture.

    The Islamic and Iranian Women’s Studies Intensive Short Course which has been organized by the University of Religions and Denominations, endeavors to explain the position of women according to Islam’s perspective and in Iran and also tries to address current women’s issues in the contemporary world with an evolutionary view and in this regard will answer the question of international scholars of this field.

    This 5-day course is formed of 11 specialized topics that will be presented in regards to women by experts of the field (along with Q & A sessions) and free discussion sessions along with the academic discussions as well as presentations by participants; a 4-day religious and cultural tour is another one of the merits of this course which, if you are inclined to partake in, will present an opportunity for you to visit historical, cultural and natural sites of Iran.

    The whole program is accredited by the University of Religions and Denominations. Participants will attend pre-planned workshops and lectures presented in English, and a certificate will be awarded to each participant upon successful completion and meeting program requirements.

    Course Topics

    • The Position of Women and Family in the Islamic Rights System
    • The Position of Women in the First 3 Centuries of Islam
    • The Change in Family with Emphasis on the Centrality of Women
    • Gender in Qurʼanic and Narrative Addresses
    • Women’s Social Activities in Contemporary Iran
    • Women’s Higher Education Process in Iran
    • The Position of Women in Iranian Arts and Literature
    • Islam and Feminism
    • The Position of Women in Islamic Mysticism
    • Free Discussion (methods of spouse selection, violence, health and safety, etc.)

    • Accommodation
    • Visa guidance and help
    •  Meals
    • Access to lectures and seminars
    • Workshop material
    • Cultural tour to Iran's beautiful cities (optional)
    • Refreshments
    • In-city transport
    • Airport pick and drop
    • Certificate accredited by URD
  • The 8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

    Doha | Dates: 10 – 11 Nov, 2019

    The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art
    8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

    November 10-11, 2019 in Doha, Qatar

    Conference Registration is now open at

    From medieval trade routes to the contemporary migrant crisis, the seas have served as both connective tissues and barriers between intellectual, political, and artistic traditions. Nowhere, perhaps, is this dual role more evident than within the visual cultures of the Islamic world. Stretching from centers around the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, to the coasts of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and with tendrils extending across the Pacific and Atlantic, these ethnically, linguistically, and socially variegated traditions were both united and divided by the seas and those who crossed them.

     Inspired by Qatar’s distinctive location as part of international trade routes linking the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean, the eighth biennial Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, to be held in Doha November 10-11, 2019, will foster a lively, engaged, and critical discussion touching upon some of the most vital questions raised by these vibrant and rich interchanges of the arts. How did exposure to imported materials and ideas transform formerly local artistic traditions? What role did travel, diplomacy, and gift-giving play in crafting seemingly discrete forms and practices? How are the movements of people, shifting markets for labor, and the uneven distribution skills and techniques, bound up with the formation and metamorphosis of styles? How did the shipment of commodities and curiosities from distant places shape and change social, cultural, and religious institutions? What role do the objects created from such interactions have in enhancing cultural understanding or generating enmity and mistrust? And how has the ever-increasing pace of globalization effected such developments?

     Panels will explore these themes, with an eye to interconnectivity across geographic boundaries both within the world of Islam and beyond, embracing the full span of their visual and material cultures. Registration is free and open to the public. 

     Conference Co-chairs

    Radha Dalal, Assistant Director of Art History and Assistant Professor of Islamic Art, VCUarts Qatar

    Sean Roberts, Interim Director of Art History and Associate Professor of Pre-Modern Mediterranean Art, VCUarts Qatar

    Jochen Sokoly, Associate Professor of Islamic Art, VCUarts Qatar


  • 8.2 LGBTQ Heritage Issue Launch | Change Over Time Journal

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 May – 14 Jun, 2019

    Change Over Time is pleased to announce the launch of issue 8.2 LGBTQ Heritage. Published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, this issue explores the theoretical and practical dimensions of preserving a historically invisible and transient history. By employing a variety of disciplinary methods to identify, document, and interpret LGBTQ heritage, the contributors to this issue demonstrate inclusive conservation practices and challenge the architectural biases of existing preservation criteria. The digital version of this issue and all back issues are available through Project Muse, Web of Science, and EBSCO.

    In this issue:

    • LGBTQ Heritage (editorial), Ken Lustbader, Guest Editor
    • Beyond the Bar: Types of Properties Related to LGBTQ History, Susan Ferentinos
    • Emerging Strategies for Sustaining San Francisco’s Diverse Heritage, Donna Graves, James Michael Buckley & Gail Dubrow
    • Photo-Documenting the Lost Landscape of Lesbian Nightclubs in New York City, Gwen Shockey & Karen Loew
    • Twentieth-century Jewish LGBTQ London and the Rainbow Jews Heritage Project, James Lesh
    • A Gay Man Was Murdered Here: Space, Sex, and Antigay Violence in Boston, David White
    • Marking Time and the Critical Reading of Space, Mark Robbins

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  • Clark Fellowship in Digital Art History

    Williamstown | Dates: 15 May – 15 Oct, 2019
    This fellowship supports a Clark residency of one semester for a scholar at any stage of their career involved in a project that is either born-digital or has a substantial component that exists outside the publishing model of the monographic book. The project should contain not only a digital component but also a critical awareness of the methodological possibilities, problems, and questions in applying digital methods to art history today. This fellowship is particularly aimed at scholars working on material that is pre-1900.

    Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
  • The Great Pullman Strike Tour, 125th Anniversary

    Chicago | Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

    It was 125 years ago, May 11, 1894. Thousands of irate Pullman’s Palace Car Company workers laid down their tools and walked out the factory gates sparking what is still considered one of the most contentious labor uprisings in American history, the Great Pullman Strike. Be there July 13th to walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women who risked it all to challenge one of America’s most powerful corporate monopolies. Peel back the Gilded Age veneer of the “World’s Most Perfect Town” to reveal the lives of those deeply affected by the strike: the striking workers and their families who starved in the tenements of “Poverty Row,” those who strategized in the nearby taverns and halls of “Bumtown;” and those forbidden to strike: the long-suffering Pullman porters, forced to keep Pullman’s cars running in the face of peril.

    Join members of the Pullman National Monument Preservation Society for this two-hour guided walking tour. The tour route is approximately 2.5 miles. Afterward, come for a post-tour reception and dessert.

    Register online at
    Contact us via email at

  • Despina Stratigakos Talk: The Führer and the Decorator: Hitler’s Homes as Nazi Propaganda

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 20 Jun, 2019
    JUN 20, 2019 (6PM)
    Please RSVP

    Adolf Hitler’s makeover from rabble‑rouser to statesman coincided with a series of dramatic home renovations he undertook during the mid‑1930s. This talk explores the powerful role of Hitler’s residences as propaganda and how they bolstered the myth of the Führer as a morally upstanding and refined man. The speaker also reflects on the challenges of writing a book about Hitler’s interior decorator, Gerdy Troost.

    Despina Stratigakos is SUNY Buffalo’s vice provost for inclusive excellence and professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture. She is the author of three books that explore the intersections of power and architecture, including Where Are the Women Architects? (Princeton University Press, 2016), and Hitler at Home (Yale University Press, 2015). She is currently writing a book on the Nazis’ building plans for occupied Norway (forthcoming 2020). Stratigakos is a Graham Foundation grantee has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, and a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in New York.

    Related Graham supported projects:
    2015 grant to Despina Stratigakos for the publication Hitler at Home
    2010 grant to Despina Stratigakos for research on the publication Hitler at Home

    Image: Left: Heinrich Hoffmann, postcard of the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain home on the Obersalzburg, ca. 1936. Right: Heinrich Hoffmann, photograph of Hitler escorting a girl to his Obersalzburg house, from Hoffmann’s Youth around Hitler (1934).

    For more information on the exhibition, Spirit of the Waves , click here.

  • Call for Submissions: ACSA 108th Annual Meeting in San Diego

    San Diego | Dates: 09 May – 05 Jun, 2019
    ACSA 108TH Annual Meeting  –  OPEN
    MARCH 12-14, 2020 in SAN DIEGO, CA

    Authors may submit abstracts for papers or design projects. Submissions to the Annual Meeting will be accepted on all topics that contribute to architecture research and do not need to be tied to an overarching conference theme. While the Annual Meeting will have a theme for special focus sessions, workshops and keynotes, the peer-reviewed content presentations will not. Paper sessions will be organized through a bottom-up process based on submission content rather than a top-down approach where session topics are determined in advance in response to a theme.

    All submitting authors must have an ACSA database profile. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have an account, you can create an account HERE

    Abstract requirements:

    • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, excluding the abstract title and endnotes.
    • No more than 5 images may be submitted along with the abstract.
    • Omit all author names from the submission and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process.
    • Abstract must be written in English.
    • An author may present no more than two papers at the Annual Meeting. 
    • Papers must report on recently completed work, and papers cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a regional audience.

    The deadline for submitting an abstract to the Annual Meeting is June 5, 2019. Authors must submit through the ACSA online interface. All submitting authors must have an ACSA database profile. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have an account, you can create an account HERE

    Follow the steps below to complete your submission. The ACSA online interface will guide you through the remaining steps.


    1. Log in using your ACSA username and password. Click here if you forgot your password.
    2. Click the Enter Now button.  
    3. Select 108thAnnual Meeting from the dropdown menu and click Create New Submission. 
    4. Click Add Myself as Author and then add other authors, if applicable. 
    5. On the next page, fill in the text boxes for title and abstract. These are simple copy/paste text boxes.
    6. To add images, attach them by clicking Browse. 
    7. Select a primary and secondary topic including: Building Science & Technology, Design, Digital Technology, Ecology, Health, History, Theory, Criticism, Pedagogy, Practice, Society + Community, and Urbanism. that describes the focus of the research, scholarship or creative practice. To see full description of Annual Meeting Topics, see below.
    8. Add three additional ranked keywords based on ACSA’s research areas used in the Index of Scholarship.
    9. Select Either: Paper or Project
    10. On the Proofread page you have the opportunity to review your work before finalizing your submission. 
    11. Click Complete My Submission. You have completed your submission and should receive a confirmation email for verification.
    Following the double-blind review process, the Review Committee makes final acceptance decisions. All authors will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from their reviewers. Accepted abstracts will be invited to expand on their research and submit a full paper or project for a second peer-review.

    The Annual Meeting Committee will maintain topics year to year in order to address the diversity of our members scholarly, creative and pedagogic interests. This consistent and we hope inclusive list of topics will also ensure an annual venue for all members to submit to an ACSA conference. The chosen topics, described below, are intended to be encompassing, relevant and predictable and, at times, may overlap with each other.

    Building Science & Technology
    Emerging and traditional areas of building science and construction technology including, but not limited to topics such as: building enclosures; structures; energy; materials; heating, cooling, and ventilation; acoustics; lighting; water; and the environmental impact of construction and the operation of buildings.

    Processes of making architecture, including, but not limited to topics such as: fabrication; design-build; representation and media; discursive images; typologies including housing; design process; interdisciplinary or collaborative design; as well as built and unbuilt work.   

    Digital Technology
    Digital and computational processes related to design methods and contemporary architectural production that reflect on the potential of digital technologies in design research, practice and pedagogy including, but not limited to topics such as: computation; digital fabrication; generative design; robotics; responsive systems and environments; augmented and virtual reality; artificial intelligence; and machine learning.

    Interactions of architecture with our planet’s systems and more immediate ecosystems, including, but not limited to topics such as: life-cycle analysis; landscape architecture; resilience; adaptive reuse; biophilic design; and regenerative design.

    Architectural application of research findings and user-derived knowledge to tackle health inequalities and improve well-being outcomes across the spectrum of health vulnerabilities and building types, including, but not limited to topics such as: human comfort and productivity; quality of life and well-being; environmental and social determinates of health; indoor environmental quality; urban health; air pollution; light; strategies to temper water, moisture and temperature; safety; aging-in-place; and innovative healthcare environments.

    History, Theory, Criticism
    History, theory, or criticism as disciplines in their own right, or as tools to advance understanding of pedagogy, the profession, and design practices, broadly defined.  

    Methodologies and practice of teaching in architecture and design fields; the origins, strategies, and influences on students of different approaches to instruction and learning, including, but not limited to application of new tools, methods and methodologies in architectural education and the assessment and evolution of these, as well as student learning outcomes.

    Architecture’s professional focus and its intersection with construction and development, including, but not limited to topics such as: firm management and leadership; project management; interdisciplinary collaboration; ethics and professional judgement; legal issues; programming; accessibility; life safety; economics; construction; prefabrication and modular construction; building codes; and licensure. 

    Society + Community
    Community-engaged scholarship, also referred to as public interest design, including engagement in partnerships with non-profit organizations that support specific communities or social challenges, including, but not limited to planning; programming; housing; climate change; public facilities; public space; and other topics that address complex social relationships through architectural scholarship.

    The role of architecture in the urban environment including the distinctions between private and public, individual and social spaces, incorporating buildings and public space in a variety of scales and densities, including but not limited to infrastructure and networks; smart cities; smart growth; new urbanism; urban design, geography, and planning; and transportation.

    Authors accepted to present at the conference will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper/project at the Annual Meeting before it is published. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the Annual Meeting in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings. 


    Sessions will be composed of both papers and projects, when possible, allowing for both scholarly and applied research to mutually demonstrate impact. Each session will have a moderator, who will coordinate with authors regarding session guidelines as well as the general expectations for the session in advance. Accepted authors will have approximately 15-minutes to present in a session at the Annual Meeting. ACSA reserves the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author fails to comply with guidelines, including deadlines and requests for submission of materials.


    Online Submission Site Opens March 27, 2019
    Abstract Deadline June 5, 2019
    Abstract Reviews June-July 2019
    Deadline for Full Papers September 25, 2019
    Paper Reviews Complete November 6, 2019
    ACSA 108th Annual Meeting March 12-14, 2020


    For questions please contact: 
        Eric Wayne Ellis                                            Allison Smith
        Director of Operations and Programs           Programs Manager                          
        202-785-2324                                               202-785-2324

  • CFP: JAE 74:1 H2O

    Dates: 09 May – 01 Aug, 2019

    JAE 74:1 H20


    Theme Editors:
    Alpa Nawre
    University of Florida, Gainesville

    Carey Clouse
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    August 1, 2019 - 5:00 pm

    As an expression of aesthetic luxury, water has found its way into architecture through reflective pools, festive fountains, and even suburban swimming pools. While deeply experiential, such treatment discounts the many pluralities and values that water holds. It is a natural resource, an ecosystem to be managed, and, even, a sacred element. From a celebratory role in one culture, water in another context, becomes a critical metric for human development. As an economy, it is a commodity to be sold, bought and fought for across personal, state and national borders. As the human race enters an epoch marked by critical water issues, how might its role and value be defined, re-defined and challenged through the built environment? Across scales, in projects ranging from modest to expansive, design reveals a culture’s attitude towards water. Indeed, values about water become subconsciously embedded in design proposals, reflecting a multiplicity of world-views. How, then, can deeply ingrained values about water be brought to the surface and challenged through the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning? How can designers question and then craft changes in socio-cultural, religious, environmental, political and economic values regarding water?
    From non-design criteria, values are developed that underpin the planning of cities, the designs of critical landscape infrastructure, conservation of aquatic habitats, celebratory public places, and the detailing of taps and toilets in buildings. When water is scarce, values underpin policies regulating rain-water and snow harvesting in private buildings. Values encourage massive expenditures for the unsustainable infrastructural footprints of many north-American cities just as resilient landscape infrastructure is dismissed as mere greenery. As sea-levels rise around the world, values surreptitiously dictate which communities will survive and which will decline. Values govern the massive habitat loss along the Gulf Coast as it succumbs to shipping corridors while the world casts a disapproving eye on the Arabian Gulf for its celebration of oil wealth through desert water follies. Values drive millions in India to visit one of the most polluted rivers in the world, just as the Army Corps of Engineers sets apart unsustainable riverine flood infrastructure as untouchable. And while some developed nations have the luxury of liking or disliking composting or low-flush toilets, many in developing countries have no choice. Water and its availability, quantity, quality, modality, price, management, and use affects public policies, federal budgets, capital markets, election campaigns, public health, food security, and housing. This issue of the Journal of Architectural Education asks, how can design progressively negotiate these many pluralities across scales and concerns?

    Submissions for JAE 74:1 may include interrogations or provocations, reflections or predictions, drawn from across a range of design disciplines, scope and scales. Scholarship of Design submissions may reveal, analyze and question values through theoretical or critical lenses. Design as Scholarship submissions may uncover and speculate ways in which designs of the built environment – from systems, processes, places to objects and details – challenge or perpetuate these values. We are particularly interested in historical precedents, manifestos, and anticipatory projections which undertake the kind of radical reframing towards water that may, in turn, inform future development in the Anthropocene.

    Please review the Author Guide prior to submitting your manuscript at:

  • Tenenbaum Minority Museum Education Fellowship

    Savannah | Dates: 09 May – 30 Jun, 2019

    Telfair Museums in historic Savannah, Georgia, is seeking applicants for the Tenenbaum Museum Education Fellowship to begin fall 2019. The paid fellowship is aimed to promote the museum’s strategic goals for education and audience development, improve diversity in museum professions, and provide valuable job experience and credentials for recent graduates in art education, art history, museum studies, or related fields entering the workforce. The fellowship is intended for a recent graduate who is a member of a group that is currently under-represented in museum professions, including individuals of African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent.

    The Tenenbaum fellow will provide general departmental support and work with the Senior Curator of Education as well as education and curatorial staff members on programs linked to a diverse series of exhibitions. The fellow will assist in the development of interpretive resources and evaluation related to major exhibitions, annual education programs (PULSE Art + Technology Festival and Juneteenth) and other educational initiatives (STEAM, Language Arts programs). The fellow will have the opportunity to engage with museum staff, community partners, visiting artists, and museum visitors, and will have the opportunity to write original interpretive content.

    The fellow will gain experience in planning and budgeting, and implementation and evaluation of a new education initiative, interpretive project, or public program during the course of the fellowship.

    The Tenenbaum fellow will be a paid a competitive full-time stipend and is eligible for regular full-time, non-exempt employee benefits. This is a one-year fellowship, renewable for up to two years. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    See website for requirements and application instructions.

  • MAR Open Call for Papers :: Volume 6 (2019) 'Thinking Architecture'

    Dates: 09 May – 01 Sep, 2019

    Montreal Architectural Review

    Open Call for Papers :: Volume 6 (2019)
    Special Issue: Thinking Architecture
    Guest Editor: Dr. Lisa Landrum
    Closing Date: September 1st, 2019

    Thinking Architecture

    In Thinking in an Emergency (2011), Elaine Scarry exposes a fallacy: that in emergency situations thinking must cease for quick action to prevail. She returns to this false opposition of thinking and acting in the closing chapter of Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom (2016). While the thrust of her argument is that weapons of mass destruction are fundamentally incompatible with democracy, her underlying premise – that thinking does not oppose action but orients action – is significant for the democratic art of architecture. Deliberative thinking enables action in the right direction. This capacity for deliberation, which Aristotle called bouleusis and aligned with phronēsis (prudence or practical wisdom), is essential for good decision-making, where the goal is not simply to act, but to act well in the midst of particular complex situations.

    Scarry’s call for thinking resonates with Hannah Arendt’s insights on action and the faculty of judgment, as sketched in The Human Condition and The Life of the Mind; and as elucidated by Jacques Taminiaux in The Thracian Maid and the Professional Thinker (1997). At a time when architects are advocating for more immediate and impactful agency in view of global crises, and calling for less talk/more action, it is timely to patiently reflect on the agencies of careful and imaginative architectural thinking, and to recover thoughtful speech as a form of architectural action.

    This Call for Thinking, for the sixth volume of the Montreal Architectural Review, invites papers exploring crucial manifestations, modalities and milieus of architectural thinking.

    Contributions may probe any combination of the following themes, considered through analysis of specific discursive practices and/or built works from around the world and across time:

    • the inherently embodied, situated, social and material modes of architectural thinking;

    • ensemble thinking, or thinking in concert (and in tension) with plural agents in dramatic situations;

    • places for thinking, which, as Marco Frascari argued, enable quests for wonder, truth, justice, happiness and a beautiful life;

    • philosophical models for architectural thinking, such as interpretations of what Aristotle called in Nicomachean Ethics “architectonic phronēsis” [see MAR, vol. 2 (2015)]; and

    • habits of thinking fostered via architectural education. Alberto Pérez-Gómez has argued that the architectural education should focus not on solutions, but on “tactics for thought” nurtured through creative dialogue and critical debate. What are the best pedagogical strategies to cultivate these tactics for thought, so as to best prepare future architects to think and act well – even in an emergency?

    We hereby invite submissions related to the history and philosophy of architecture on the above theme in one of three formats: scholarly essays (5,000 – 7,500 words, including endnotes); book reviews (1,000 – 1,500 words); or discursive experiments in deliberative or poetic dialogue (1,000 – 1,500 words). Each submission should be accompanied by a 100-word biography, and, in the case of an essay submission, an abstract of not more than 300 words.

    The Montreal Architectural Review welcomes illustrated submissions but stresses the responsibility of the author in both providing the images and securing permissions to reproduce them. Please read the Review’s Copyright Notice before making a submission.

    Submissions must be made through the Montreal Architectural Review website:, where you will be asked to register and to complete the online submission process. A guide to the online submission process is available on our website. All submissions must be in English and adhere to the Montreal Architectural Review Author Guidelines, also available on our website. You will be asked to follow a Preparation Checklist before making a submission.

    Any queries should be made through the Montreal Architectural Review website.

  • DHS-EAHN Conference: Building Object Design Architecture

    London | Dates: 06 – 08 Jun, 2019
    This two-day conference will explore old, new and future interconnections between Design History and Architectural History. It will address the disciplines’ shared historiography, theory, forms of analysis and objects of critical enquiry, and draw attention to how recent developments in the one can have significant implications for the other. It will attend to areas of difference, in order, ultimately to identify new areas for discussion and set future agendas for research between the disciplines.

    The distinction between design history and architectural history is to some extent an artificial one, given the many ties between designed objects and designed spaces as well as between those who design and make the former and those who design and make the latter, but it follows certain disciplinary and professional developments. These are manifest, for instance, in the separate existence of the Design History Society and the European Architectural History Network, two of the sponsors of this conference.

    In one art historical tradition – Kunstwissenschaft, or the critical history of art – the objects of design and architecture (as well as fine art objects) which are now usually separated out as requiring specialist study, were considered of equal significance and requiring equal attention. It was this tradition that provided some of the founding figures for both present-day design history and present-day architectural history – Semper, Riegl, Panofsky, Pevsner, among them. (Even later figures like Reyner Banham might be understood as displaced products of this tradition). And the separation of expertise was also largely alien to the connoisseurial and antiquarian traditions.

    We can understand the turning away from these traditions of interdisciplinarity as an inevitable effect of emergent disciplinary identities as much as of worked-out theories. But there are untapped residues as well as new developments that may prove fertile ground for collaboration.

    What are we learning about materialities, about globalising perspectives, or about new forms of writing, for instance, that may benefit both disciplines? Furthermore, does the very separation of design and architectural history distort or falsely dichotomise their objects? Can their co-existence be worked into current rubrics for interdisciplinarity, or do older co-disciplines disqualify themselves?

    The conference is jointly supported by the Design History Society, the European Architectural History Network, and the Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck). Contact us at:

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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