Recent Opportunities

  • Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) 2019 Conference

    Arlington | Dates: 31 Oct – 03 Nov, 2019

    Announcing SACRPH 2019 in Northern Virginia

    Thursday-Sunday, October 31 – November 3, 2019
    DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington DC – Crystal City
    Arlington, Virginia

    In 2019, SACRPH will host its biennial conference in Northern Virginia, a region with a wealth of planning history. This includes early historic preservation efforts (Alexandria), postwar planned communities (Reston), bruising desegregation battles (housing, schools), major military installations (Pentagon, Langley), booming edge cities (Tysons Corner), and immigrant-led transformations (Vietnamese, Salvadoran, South American). The region has plenty for planning historians to contemplate and confront.

    The conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington DC – Crystal City, is easily accessible via public transit (METRO), Washington National Airport, and Dulles International Airport.

  • Painting Toward Architecture: The Work of Harry Seidler

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Aug – 05 Sep, 2018

    On View August 22-September 5, 2018
    Opening Reception August 22 | 6:00pm
    S. R. Crown Hall
    North Core 

    Painting Toward Architecture is a touring exhibition examining the work of Australia’s most prominent twentieth century architect, Harry Seidler. 

    The exhibition features a comprehensive survey of Seidler's projects, including residential, commercial, and civic works realized in Australia, Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Many of these were the product of his long-lasting creative collaborations with progressive architectural visionaries such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Pier Luigi Nervi. Seidler is also noted for his collaborations with famed twentieth century artists, including Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, and Frank Stella, also on view in the exhibition. 

    Painting Toward Architecture is curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky and developed by New York-based Curatorial Project Inc. in collaboration with Penelope Seidler. Belogolovsky has produced over fifty exhibitions, is a contributing writer for ArchDaily, and has lectured at universities and museums in more than thirty countries. 

  • AASLH Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

    Chicago | Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2018

    Workshop Description

    Reinventing the Historic House Museum is a one-day symposium designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations by historic house game-changers and local historic site administrators, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at a historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium.

    Why should I attend?

    Reinventing the Historic House Museum goes beyond basic questions about Historic Houses to delve deeper into core issues regarding relevance, funding, and preparing for the future.

    Here are some of issues and challenges that participants from the previous workshop have discussed:

    • How to use the house’s history to tell the larger story of the city and county, as well as the house.
    • Moving town museum into a historic house, so how to interpret both the house/family and town collections? How to renovate the house for museum purposes.
    • What are the best ways to preserve the collections when we have no environmental controls (tarnishing of silver, textiles, rugs, photographs)?
    • How to raise funds to maintain buildings at a state-owned site.
    • Finding new ways to interpret the house to keep it engaging and interesting.
    • How to change community perceptions of the site/museum.
    • Attracting funding, developing maintenance plans and building attendance at a very rural location.
    • Balancing long-term thinking versus everyday demands.
    • Balancing preservation/conservation with being more available/access/education.
    • Need to take a look at the bigger picture of operations and management.
    • How to educate the board about the challenges and needs of museums.
    • How do I better prepare students for careers in museums (particularly historic sites)?


    FORMAT: In-person group workshop 

    LENGTH: One day (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) 

    DATE: Friday, October 12, 2018 

    LOCATION: Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60616 

    MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event. 

    COST: $30 per person

    This workshop is made available at a reduced cost thanks to the gracious generosity of our funders and sponsors. 



    Topics include:

    What You Ought to Know about Opportunities and Threats
    Led by Max van Balgooy, Principal, Engaging Places, LLC
    Historic house museums face numerous challenges but figuring out which ones are serious or benign, urgent or important, temporary or long-term, isn’t easy. Max van Balgooy will present his analysis of the most important Opportunities and Threats facing historic sites in America based on the latest social and economic research, with a discussion on how they may relate to your house museum.

    Reinventing the Historic House Museum
    Led by Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

    The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the rewards and challenges facing historic house museums today. Historic sites are looking for creative and sustainable ways to make themselves relevant to their communities. What is very exciting now is that many sites have risen to this challenge using different models and ways of interpreting to look beyond traditional models. The presentation will look at specific ways and examples of how historic houses have engaged with their communities, implemented creative forms of interpretation and programming as well as ways to earn income all to become more sustainable.

    Each event will also include the perspective of a local historic site administrator as well as an onsite experience session at a historic house museum.

    Who Should Attend This Workshop

    Participants in this workshop have ranged from emerging professionals and volunteers, to academic historians and professionals nearing the end of their careers. All have seen the value in the class and have been able to implement change at their organizations. In short, anyone who is interested in developing the skills to make their historic house interpretation and management better for their audiences and their stakeholders should attend this workshop.

    Register  here


    Max van Balgooy is a national leader in historical interpretation and community engagement, with extensive experience in developing solutions in collaboration with volunteers, staff, trustees, residents, scholars, design professionals, business leaders, and elected officials.  A recognized researcher, author, and speaker on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing museums, historic sites, and cultural organizations, Max uses his skills as a facilitator and consultant for developing plans for business strategy, historical interpretation, public programming, marketing, and online media. He also operates Engaging Places, LLC, a design and strategy firm that “connects people and historic places.”

    Kenneth Turino is Manger of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country. Ken oversees community engagement projects throughout the six New England states and is responsible for the traveling exhibitions program at Historic New England. Prior to coming to Historic New England, Ken was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. He has worked at a number of historic houses including the Paul Revere House in Boston and is a Trustee of the House of Seven Gables in Salem. He frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites. These include the Nicholas House Museum, Boston, The Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, New Orleans, and most recently with Donna Harris on the future of the Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

  • Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation

    Columbus | Dates: 26 – 29 Sep, 2018
    Join us this fall in Columbus, Indiana 

    The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation,
    will take place September 26–29 and features four days of engaging programming,
    exclusive tours, morning and evening conversations with visionary leaders, and
    the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and
    innovative building products and services.

    Schedule of events

    Sept. 26 - Begin in Indianapolis with exclusive tours of the Design Gallery and the Miller House and Garden Archives at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and an evening reception and conversation. 

    Thursday, Sept. 27 - Experience a full day of sessions in Columbus, behind-the-scenes walking and bus tours created specifically for the 2018 symposium, and the Opening Night Party at Upland Brewing Co. 

    Friday, Sept. 28 - Sessions continue in Columbus with more behind-the-scenes walking and bus tours, and the AIA Trade Show.

    Saturday, Sept. 29 - Sessions continue in Columbus with more behind-the-scenes walking and bus tours, as well as the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize introductions, and a Closing Celebration.

    Register before August 17, 2018 before rates increase. For a full schedule of
    events, tours and opportunities visit the event website:
  • Think.Design.Build Conference - Doctoral Colloquium

    Berlin | Dates: 10 – 10 Sep, 2018

    The Institute for Architecture is currently organizing an international doctoral colloquium. The

    doctoral colloquium will be an integral part of the upcoming 2nd International Conference Think.

    Design. Build. 2 – Type, Typology and Typogenesis in Architecture, which will be held on

    November 8th and 9th on the campus of the Technical University Berlin. Twenty doctoral students

    in five small panels will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their research findings

    with the distinguished scholars of the conference who will chair the five panels.


    Excerpt from the conference description: Type, Typology, and Typogenesis in Architecture will

    address the process of type formation in contemporary architecture and urban design. The

    conference’s topic is more based on the notion of typology as the process of type formation, or

    typogenesis, and less on the common understanding of typology in terms of specific orders,

    classifications, uses and forms. Until recently, type formation was considered slow and

    evolutionary; the creative friction between the settings of existing buildings and new usage

    requirements has change the process of typogenesis considerably. Today, typogenesis no

    longer seems to be an evolutionary optimization process, but is a disruptive-revolutionary

    process of reinterpreting the existing. With a focus on type, typology and typogenesis, the

    conference will critically examine the three knowledge practices: thinking (concept/word),

    designing (drawing/model), and building (material/structure) in terms of their respective

    mediality, modes of action, and knowledge potential, as well as the correlation between these

    three levels of knowledge production.


    We invite PhD candidates of the field of architecture, architectural theory and history, art theory

    and history, cultural studies, and sociology to submit a 300 word abstract, in either English or

    German. The topics submitted should correspond to one of the three panels: think

    (concept/word), design (drawing/model), and build (material/structure).

  • 2019 SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals

    Dates: 07 Aug – 30 Sep, 2018


    This award provides emerging scholars with a one-year SAH membership to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. This is intended for entry-level college and university professors and other emerging professionals engaged in the study of the built environment. These fellowships are funded by the Society of Architectural Historians' Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars.


    The award consists of a one-year digital SAH Individual Membership. The award winners will be recognized at the SAH 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (April 24–28, 2019) and announce in the May 2018 issue of the SAH Newsletter. SAH will grant 10 awards for 2019.


    This fellowship is intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars, entry-level college and university professors, junior curators and other new professionals who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines. 

    An emerging scholar for these purposes is defined as a person, regardless of age, who is new to the field of architectural history or its related disciplines and has received a terminal master's degree or PhD within the past five years (January 1, 2013–July 31, 2018). 

    Adjuncts and unemployed emerging scholars are eligible and are encouraged to apply. The fellowship applicant may be either a new or renewing member of SAH. The intention of the award is to act as a bridge between SAH's current reduced-rate student memberships, which are subsidized by SAH, and the full cost of annual membership in SAH. 

  • H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship

    Dates: 07 Aug – 30 Sep, 2018
    The Society of Architectural Historians’ prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will be offered for 2018 and will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree or publication. Instead, Professor Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching. 

    The goal of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to:
    • see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand
    • think about their profession deeply
    • acquire knowledge useful for the recipient’s future work, contribution to their profession, and contribution to society
    The fellowship recipient may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. This fellowship is funded by the Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund. 

    See website for criteria and application.
  • 2019 Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship

    Dates: 07 Aug – 30 Sep, 2018
    This award provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture.  

    The Awards
    The awards consist of a $2,000 stipend for a junior scholar and a $6,000 award for a senior scholar. The awardees will be notified in December and will be recognized at the SAH 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (April 24–28, 2019). The awards will be announced in the May 2019 issue of the SAH Newsletter. 

    Criteria for Application
    This fellowship is intended to support the research of junior scholars (usually scholars engaged in doctoral dissertation research) annually, and senior scholars (scholars who have completed their PhD or equivalent terminal degree) every other year in even-numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.). The research to be supported must focus on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture, including colonial architecture produced by the Spaniards in the Philippines and what is today the United States. The applicant must be a current member of SAH. 

    Reporting Requirements
    Following completion of travel and research supported by the fellowship, each de Montêquin Fellowship awardee must submit a written report summarizing their research and explaining what travel was undertaken and how funds were spent. The report will be submitted to the SAH office no later than three months following the completion of work related to the fellowship. Awardees are required to upload images to SAHARA (a minimum of 50  for junior scholars and a minimum of 150 for senior scholars).  

    Application Details
    You will need two recommendations to apply for this fellowship, a description of the research project on Iberian or Ibero-American architecture to be funded (500 words maximum), a current curriculum vitae (5 pages max), and a statement of purpose.

    Applications for the 2019 Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship will open at 3 pm CDT on August 1, 2018, and close on September 30, 2018.
  • SAH Study Program Fellowship - NMAAHC Study Day

    Washington | Dates: 07 – 24 Aug, 2018
    Study Program Fellowships are offered in conjunction with each SAH Study Day or SAH Field Seminar to allow for a graduate student or emerging professional to participate in the program. These fellowships are funded by the Society of Architectural Historians' Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars.

    An SAH Study Program Fellowship is available for the NMAAHC Study Day and is open to current full-time graduate students and emerging professionals. The fellowship includes a travel stipend of up to $200 intended to provide underwriting for travel to and from Washington, DC. The fellowship includes a travel stipend of up to $200 intended to provide underwriting for travel to and from Washington, DC.

    Visit for full criteria and to apply.

    Application deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018
  • CFP: BTES 2019: Integration and Innovation

    Amherst | Dates: 07 Aug – 01 Oct, 2018

    Call for Submissions:

    To foster discussion on Integration and Innovation, the BTES 2019 Conference Committee seeks papers and projects on a broad range of topics that address the external forces advancing our work, as well as the internal inventiveness driving our research and our pedagogies. How can our spaces, organizational structures, and pedagogical platforms create new interdisciplinary approaches to problem framing and solving? How might experiencing physical construction cultivate new collaborative understandings and stimulate new forms of design knowledge? And how might new visualization and analysis technologies provide a platform for emergent forms of communication to better facilitate this integration? Papers and projects that address the interaction, collision, and synthesis of diverse knowledge stocks are particularly welcome, but we look forward to a broad mix of approaches that will encourage interaction and inspiration, argument and debate.

    Paper and project submissions are intended to explore projects, pedagogies, methodologies, research, and best practices in building technology education. Papers and projects across all thematic categories will be reviewed by subject matter experts to provide content-specific peer review. All submitted papers and projects should refer to and build on relevant scholarly literature within their respective fields including practice, research, education, and design.

    Paper Submission Process:

    Authors are asked to submit a 500 word abstract,  supporting images, and keywords. Based upon keywords, papers will be tracked into one of nine peer-review session topics. Papers will be reviewed in a two-stage process. Abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed by subject matter experts. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate abstracts and papers based on relevance to the conference and track theme as well as the paper’s innovativeness, conceptual grounding, rigor of methodology, quality of evidence presented, importance of findings, and clarity of  communication. Selected proposals will be developed through a round of full paper peer review with final papers submitted 2 months prior to the conference.

    Session Topics will be curated by keywords into the following peer-review streams:

    • Materials + Construction Techniques
    • Structures
    • Energy + Systems
    • Landscape Technologies
    • Computational Design + Analysis
    • Design/Build
    • Professional Practice
    • Pedagogy
    • Open

    Poster Submission Process:

    Project posters may describe complete research, design, or pedagogical work, or may provide insight into works in progress. A curated exhibit of accepted posters will be hung in the Design Building Gallery. Authors are required to submit a 500-word abstract and poster. Project posters will be evaluated based on both content and visual communication. Selection for the exhibit will be based on innovation, clarity, and relevance to the conference theme. 

    Submission Schedule:

    • July 2018 Call for Papers and Posters Announced
    • August 2018 Submission Portal Open
    • October 1, 2018: Abstract / Poster Submission Deadline
    • November 2018: Preliminary notification to authors
    • February 4, 2019: Full Papers and Posters Due
    • March 2019: Notification of Paper and Poster acceptance
    • April 15, 2019: Final Revised Papers and Posters Due
    • April 22, 2019: Deadline for Accepted Authors to Register
    • June 2019: Poster Exhibit hung in Design Building Gallery
    • June 20-21: Paper and Poster Sessions
  • CFP: Places of Worship - Twentieth Century Society Journal

    Dates: 07 Aug – 01 Sep, 2018

    Twentieth Century Society

    Places of Worship

    As part of its long-running series Twentieth Century Architecture, the Society is planning a journal for publication in 2021 (no.15) on religious architecture from 1914 onwards, as a follow-up to the 1998 journal The Modern Church. We are aware that the subject is generally under-researched and published, and that this dearth of documentation and historical interpretation has detrimental consequences from a conservation point of view at a time when religious buildings are more than ever under threat.

    Proposals are invited for papers on lesser-known and unpublished buildings, designers or patrons. Furnishing and decoration, including stained glass and murals, may be considered, especially where they are found in buildings of the post-1914 period. There will be an introduction by the editors giving an overview of the subject, and there is scope also for more general articles not specifically linked to buildings but related to ideas, publications, exhibitions, organisations etc. While we may expect the majority of the content to cover churches of various kinds, we are keen to include corresponding buildings for congregational use by other religious groups. We are not imposing an end date but have a working assumption that content should not be from after 2000.

    As usual with this series, there is a desire to cover material from all regions of England, with Scotland, Wales and Ireland also eligible. Since the main work of the Society is in conservation, it will be relevant to propose subjects where there have been threats to buildings.

    Delivery would be 1 March 2020, length 2000-5000 words, with up to 10 images per article. Contributors are expected to provide and pay for images of publishable quality. Articles will be peer reviewed. Contributors with varied backgrounds and experience, including architects who worked on relevant buildings, are encouraged to submit proposals.

    In the first instance, please send your ideas by 1 September 2018 in the form of an abstract up to 300 words with a brief CV and list of publications to date to who will also answer any queries. Abstracts will be reviewed by the editorial committee of the journal, drawn from members of the Twentieth Century Society Publications Committee, and selected for full submission. Completed texts will be peer-reviewed.

    Note: Twentieth Century Architecture is the scholarly journal of the Twentieth Century Society, which aims to appear biennially. Members of the Society receive a copy as part of their subscription, and additional copies are printed for sale (mostly online).

    The policy of the journal is to publish themed issues with substantial new research on architecture in Britain after 1914, supported by archive and new photography, plans and other drawings as appropriate.

    Past issues of the journal are available for researchers on JSTOR, new titles being added after a delay of three years.

    The editors are Dr. Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Dr. Elain Harwood and Dr. Alan Powers

    The journal is designed by Dalyrmple (Edinburgh) and produced to a high standard with colour illustrations. No.13, The Architecture of Public Service, was published in May 2018.

  • CFP: Displacement & Domesticity Since 1945: Refugees, Migrants, Expats Making Homes

    Brussels | Dates: 07 Aug – 15 Sep, 2018
    It will take place on March 28-29th 2019 in Brussels, under the joint patronage of EAHN and KU Leuven.
    The goal of this conference is to critically engage with and reflect on the ways in which concepts, practices and material expressions of domesticity have been (and still are today) employed in response to human displacement, forced or otherwise, since 1945. For more contextual and practical information, please see the CFP and poster attached, but also our website:
    The confirmed keynotes are Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester), Romola Sanyal (LSE) and Paolo Boccagni (University of Trento).
    Seeking an interdisciplinary debate around these issues, contributions and insights are welcomed from a variety of fields, including but not limited to: Architecture, Geography, History, Social Studies, Anthropology and Philosophy, etc.
    Abstracts of 300 words can be submitted by September 15th 2018 to
    We would highly appreciate if you can circulate this announcement to your broader network. If you desire and are able, please feel welcome to print and distribute the poster.
    We look forward to the reception of our conference and the interesting work and ideas it will certainly generate!
    Kind regards,
    Organising Committee:
    Hilde Heynen
    Anamica Singh
    Alessandra Gola
    Ashika Singh
  • CFP: Vernacular Architecture as Frame of Life in Historic and Ancient Communities

    Berlin | Dates: 07 Aug – 01 Sep, 2018
    International Workshop // Vernacular Architecture as frame of life in historic and ancient communities Berlin // 4 - 6 April 2019

    Research into rural architecture in a historical context
    raises questions about the external influences and internal
    forces guiding the evolution of architecture, its typological
    characteristics, and the determining factors of spatial
    organisation and architectural production. Methods of
    different disciplines must be applied to understand the
    complex relationships between object, space, and human
    beings. An interdisciplinary approach is imperative.
    Ethnological, linguistic, archaeological, and sociological
    methods are just as important as exact measurements and
    documentation of the built environment, but a standardised
    approach does not yet exist.
    The workshop is structured to include four thematic sessions
    and aims to highlight the complexity inherent in the topic of
    vernacular architecture and to promote interrelationships
    and exchanges between projects and disciplines.

    A Vernacular Architecture
    The definition of vernacular architecture is to be discussed
    in a session with an intentionally open geographic focus
    (topics: concepts of space, construction history, building
    traditions, materials, processes, social interactions in built
    space, relations between settlements and landscapes, etc.).

    B Methods
    How can we capture the complex relationship between
    environment, spatial organisation, and human interaction?
    This session focuses on the very different approaches
    of the various disciplines (topics: material culture, oral
    history, linguistics, documentation techniques, archaeology,
    ethnoarchaeology, photography, archival research, presentation
    of results, etc.).

    C Architecture and Society
    How can we benefit from mutual learning from ancient,
    historic, and contemporary societies? This session’s aim is
    twofold: examining the possibilities of linking research into
    ancient habitats with the investigation into contemporary
    settlements of the same area and detecting continuities and
    discontinuities in the material culture of regions over the
    centuries (topics: abandoned settlements, local heritage,
    ethnoarchaeology in settlement studies, etc.).

    D Nubia
    What defines Nubian culture in the 20th and 21st centuries?
    This session provides a regional focus, while broadening
    the discussion to relations beyond architectural research
    (topics: Nubian heritage in everyday life, history, language,
    geography, economics of Nubia, New Nubia, etc.).
    In addition to lectures, discussion panels are scheduled to
    take place.

    We also welcome the participation of junior researchers and
    experts without current research projects.

    Contributions are welcome for a presentation of about
    30 minutes. Please send us an abstract in English of no
    more than 500 words until 1 September 2018.
    Submissions should indicate the thematic session and
    include the name, affiliation, and contact details of the
    author(s). All applicants will be notified about the outcome of
    the selection process by 30 September 2018.

    Participation is free of charge.

    A limited number of participants may be granted a bursary to
    help cover their travel expenses.
  • CFP: SAHGB 2019 Annual Symposium: Architecture and Light

    London | Dates: 07 Aug, 2018 – 07 Jan, 2019

    Saturday 22 June 2019
    10.00-17.30 – St George’s Bloomsbury
    Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA
    17.30-20.00 – Sir John Soane’s Museum
    13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP


    Call for Papers

    Papers should be 20 minutes, illustrated by PowerPoint, and speakers should expect to take questions following their presentation.
    From the glittering windows of Hardwick Hall and the severe shadows of the Trellick Tower, to the poetry of Chandigarh and the brash neon of Las Vegas, light is a defining factor in any form of architectural design.
    This symposium will coincide with two exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum: one on ‘Soane and Light’ and another – as yet untitled – with a leading contemporary light artist working in sympathy with the spaces of the Museum. As such the theme of this symposium is ‘architecture and light’ and thereby focuses on the presence, use and meaning of light in architectural design across all periods and styles.
    One important starting point will be the notion that, just as light is understood scientifically as a wave-particle duality, in architecture light exists and functions as both a natural and cultural phenomenon. While on the one hand, the way (sun)light falls over a building is arguably architecture at its most elemental, how we view those light effects is always culturally conditioned. The symposium will reflect, develop and challenge this dualism.
    We welcome speakers – both established and emerging – considering this subject in all aspects of architectural production. Some of the topics that papers might consider are:
    • Light as a functional element in architecture and its interactions with different materials and construction methodologies.
    • The meaning of light and how this is shaped by different forms, styles and contexts.
    • The ways light is mediated in architecture, physically, such as with glazing and mirrors.
    • The ways in which light is expressed in architectural drawings and other forms of representation.
    • The relationship between natural and artificial light in/on architecture.
    • The impact of developing glazing and lighting technologies upon architecture.
    • The relationship between light and shadow in/on architecture.
    • The politics of light, particularly in an urban setting.
    • The methodological problems of analyzing light – by nature immaterial – in architectural history.
    • What scientific studies of light can bring to our understanding of its effects in architecture.
    If you are interested in contributing to the symposium, please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words and a biography of maximum 150 words here by 10am on Monday 7 January 2019.
    The SAHGB is not able to reimburse speakers for their travel/accommodation expenses but the symposium registration fee will be waived and speakers will be invited to attend the symposium dinner on Friday 21 June 2019.
  • CFP: AAANZ Annual Conference - Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art

    Melbourne | Dates: 07 Aug – 03 Sep, 2018

    Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art AAANZ Conference 2018 December 5-8, 2018, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

    RMIT University School of Art will host the 2018 AAANZ conference in December 2018 to open critical dialogue on the histories of art by examining the social contexts of aesthetics and politics. Bringing together art historians, theorists, curators, critics, and artists from across the region, the conference will offer a stimulating four-day program of panels and papers, publication prizes, masterclasses and encounters with Melbourne?s vibrant arts sector with a parallel artistic program to be announced in coming months.

    The conference will feature distinguished keynote speakers who will present expanded and alternative frameworks for understanding the diverse contexts and histories of art. Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa), curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale; Genevieve Grieves (AUS), Head of the First Peoples Department at Museums Victoria; and Ema Tavola (Fiji), independent curator are each engaged in critical curatorial practices aimed at democratising and decolonising art institutions and opening up art collections to alternative perspectives and narratives traditionally overlooked by museums and galleries. Art historian Professor Griselda Pollock (UK) from Leeds University is renowned for her postcolonial, queer feminist analysis of the visual arts, visual culture and cultural theory and research of trauma and the aesthetic in contemporary art.

    The intersection of art and society is where differing worldviews and opposing epistemologies can meet and clash. Art offers a site for modelling political alternatives, questioning dominant discourses, and producing new historical narratives. Responding to the political, economic and environmental tensions of the present moment, the conference explores the relationship of the arts to social life throughout history. Located in a region marked by multiple and overlapping colonial and postcolonial histories and contemporary processes of globalisation, the conference aims to initiate critical dialogues that foreground the complex contexts, diverse practices, multiple histories, and contested trajectories of art.

    The conference committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers to Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art, December 5-8, at the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    The deadline for paper proposals is Monday 3 September 2018.

    The Call for Papers ? Abstracts and Guideline can be found here.

    For registration and all other information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

  • CFP: Cities and Change: Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition (1989-2019)

    Darmstadt | Dates: 07 Aug – 10 Nov, 2018

    Call for Papers


    International Conference

    Research group ?Urban Morphosis Lab? in cooperation with Technische Universit?t Darmstadt

    Darmstadt, 17-18. May 2019

    Organizing committee

    Neboj?a ?amprag, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

    Anais De Keijser, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

    Mirjana Risti?, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Anshika Suri, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

    Lauren Ugur, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences


    Technische Universit?t Darmstadt, Germany, Germany

    NGO Ephemera Collective, Novi Sad, Serbia

    Conference theme

    After the collapse of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the former socialist countries? inclusion into the competitive global economies advanced as both; temporally and spatially uneven processes. These uneven processes presented myriad diversities, thereby implying significant shifts and high levels of creativity in finding ways of adapting to new forms of socio-political realities, which in turn offered a multitude of opportunities for urban research. Subsequently, scholarly attention has been paid particularly on examining interconnections between historical-, sociological-, and market-related aspects of transitioning processes. However, the exact implications of their spatial transformations have been largely absent within systematic research. Contrary to the often more adaptable socio-political structures of cities, built urban environment requires more time to adapt to changes and consequently reflect the new ideological concepts. This thereby warran!

     ts thirty years of comprehensive transition (1989-2019) as an optimum point of departure for undertaking a thorough and in-depth reflection. Hence, the international conference ?Three Decades of Post-socialist Transition? seeks to bring together leading urban academics to discuss issues of post-socialist transition and a multitude of its effects on built urban environment from diverse perspectives. In addition, we also aim to challenge and advance both our knowledge and practice around the complex links within the neoliberal development agenda, socio-political changes, post-socialist identity formation, representation of cities and the urban space.

    The research group Urban Morphosis Lab invites you to submit abstracts that refer to the above-mentioned issues of post-socialist transition affecting urban spaces. Our conference also welcomes inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to this subject. Some of the key themes that will be discussed during the conference are:

      *   Urban memory and heritage

      *   Contested heritage and heritage of conflict

      *   Urban and national identity building

      *   Governance, planning, revitalization and regeneration

      *   Urban shrinkage and sustainability

      *   Urban tourism, branding and marketing

      *   Socio-political contestations and negotiations

      *   Gentrification, spatial segregation and polarization

    Information for applicants

    Please submit your abstracts to<> by November 10th, 2018. The submission should contain:

      *   An abstract of max. 300 words, containing: proposed title, the core theme or hypothesis, the approach and methodology, broad findings to be delivered in your paper;

      *   Full contact details of the author(s): Name, affiliation, postal address, phone number and email;

      *   Short academic biography of the author(s).

    Important Deadlines

      *   31 Aug. 2018 ? Deadline for session proposals

      *   10 Sep. 2018 ? Notification of selected sessions

      *   11 Sep. 2018 ? Call for papers open

      *   10 Nov. 2018 ? Deadline for abstract submission

      *   30 Nov. 2018 ? Notification of selected abstracts

      *   01 Dec. 2018 ? Registration opens

      *   31 Jan. 2019 ? Deadline for early bid registration

      *   28 Feb. 2019 ? Deadline for paper submission

      *   01 Apr. 2019 ? Final Conference programme

    Scheduled dates of the conference

    17-18 May 2019

    Location and venue

    Darmstadt is a city in the German state of Hessen, conveniently located in the southern part of the Frankfurt Metropolitan Region. As the former capital of a prosperous sovereign country, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Darmstadt gained some international prominence. This further grew with rapid industrialisation in the 19th century, as well as at the beginning of the 20th century, when Darmstadt became an important centre for the art movement of Jugendstil, the German variant of Art Nouveau. However, during the Second World War; over three quarters of the inner city was destroyed, leading to a comprehensive reconstruction and renovation period afterwards. Nonetheless, the city played host to numerous technology companies, research institutes, the ESOC (European Space Operations Centre) and GSI (Centre for Heavy Ion Research), leading it to be officially promoted as the "City of Science" since 1997.

    The conference will take place in Technische Universit?t Darmstadt, which is one of the leading universities of technology in Germany. The sessions will be held on its city centre campus, offering plenty of opportunities to explore the city centre. The main conference venue will be the listed heritage building- the Altes Hauptgeb?ude (the Old Main University Building, S1|03, Hochschulstra?e 1).

  • Call for Participants: Globalising Asian Histories (GAHTC Global Connections Fellowship)

    Ahmedabad | Dates: 07 – 20 Aug, 2018
    Globalising Asian Histories
    GAHTC Global Connections Fellowship for Architectural History Teachers in Asian countries
    Hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India 6-8 December 2018

    About the workshop
    The Global Connections Fellowship workshop aims to bring together history teachers from Asian architecture schools to begin a wider conversation about the problems and prospects in how and what we teach. Architectural history discourses in many places are seeing a paradigm shift, the call for global perspectives being one such important development. The global history perspective seeks to actively address historical biases in architectural history and centre, instead, the diversity of architectural developments and epistemologies from around the globe. One would imagine that such a shift would be eagerly embraced in the context of Asia, which, in spite of significant historical and contemporary architecture has long been the exotic ‘other’. However, challenges to Euro-centricism and other biases of traditional histories are largely muted or simply missing from most conversations in architectural education in this part of the world. Innovative scholarship exists, but does not percolate to the levels of undergraduate education. Generations of young architects are thus graduating with their knowledge of history limited to colonial scholars such as Percy Brown or Bannister Fletcher. The workshop is an opportunity to critically examine the landscape of history education in terms of its intellectual roots, biases, content and relevance to design education in our part of the world. More specifically, the workshop participants will have the opportunity to cross-pollinate individual teaching with themes, theories, references, and examples from other sites in Asia. This will hopefully lead towards the globalising of Asian architectural history curricula.
    To participate:
    We invite participation from teachers who are currently or until very recently were involved in teaching undergraduate architectural history courses in any school in an Asian country. Participants should have taught independently for at least three years so as to be familiar with curricular structures and institutional expectations. We presently have participants from Thailand, Indonesia, and India. We look forward to two more participants from other Asian countries.

    Travel, accommodation, and other workshop related expenses will be covered by the GAHTC Global Connections Fellowship Grant.
    If you are interested, please email Gauri Bharat ( with your CV by 20 August 2018. Do include your institutional affiliation, the courses taught, topics of interest, and relevant educational and research background.
  • CFP: Scaffolds - Open Encounters with Society, Art and Architecture - International Symposium

    Brussels | Dates: 02 Aug – 15 Sep, 2018

    Two events organized in synergy, providing the chance to link an academic event with a day of lectures and discussion open to the broader public.

    The symposium aims at creating a place for sharing and discussion on research in architecture and urbanism, artistic practice and studio pedagogy. It does so by reflecting upon epistemological and cognitive strategies and tools used in understanding and shaping our space, from the immediate human body and its extensions to the territory. As such, the symposium proposes to explore theoretical, practical and ethical connections that link our ways-of-knowing with the ways-of-doing to be desired for a common future.

    The overall theme “Scaffolds – Open Encounters” seeks to enable constructive dialogue between disciplines, educators, students, practitioners, researchers, educational bodies, local communities and curating institutions. The symposium is organized by ALICE lab, an architectural design and research unit at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, with the collaboration of Metrolab Brussels (ULB-UCL), the Research Laboratory for Architecture Theory and the Philosophy of Technics at the Technische Universität Wien, the Chair of Public Building from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment of the Technische Universiteit Delft; and The Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven.

    Taking place in the privileged space of the former Yser Citroën garage and generously hosted by CIVA / KANAL – Centre Pompidou, the symposium aspires to foster future collaboration between different stakeholders and participants.

    We encourage the participation of researchers, educators and practitioners from architecture and urbanism, the humanities, artistic research as well as philosophy, psychology and social sciences. The symposium is open to the participation and attendance of people from any field and academic discipline who might see their ideas overlap the proposed themes. Additionally, we encourage the participation of artists and researchers working on art-based research.

    The symposium will combine keynote lectures, presentation and discussion of individual researches in three open tracks (open to contribution in the form of article presentations), three curated panels, transversal workshops on emerging questions of interest together with some selected artistic interventions.

    Call for Contributions

    Participants are invited to submit an abstract (max 300 words) addressed to one of the three proposed tracks for scholarly, scientific and artistic contributions (please see instructions at the end of the section). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Selected participants submit their full articles after the symposium, which further follow a process of peer review, and will feature in a scientific publication to appear during 2019.


    1. When Tools become Instruments: Masterful Articulations in Architecture and the Arts

    Chair: Michael Doyle, ATTP, TU Wien; Diana Alvarez-Marin, CAAD, ETH Zürich.

    There is something about invention in architecture and art that cannot be properly willed, cannot be reduced to a minimum effort for a maximum effect. Almost counter-intuitively, it is through repeated practice that suddenly something that was not possible suddenly becomes so.  Whether it is addressed in education, practice or research, this poses a particular challenge, because it precludes recourse to any single normative and prescriptive design methodology. If future architects and artists are no longer simply to emulate unquestionably the ‘Geniuses’, how can educators, practitioners or researchers work with the technics available today not as tools to be learned, but as instruments with which one cultivates, through repeated practice, a literacy or a mastership? This track seeks contributions looking to address this theme through the following questions:

    1.1    While there is a tendency to associate the artisanal with the ‘analogue’ and the technologically fabricated with the ‘digital’, this association obscures the fact that any technique (or technology) always articulates the continuous (technically, the analogue) and the discrete (technically, the digital).   How can we work analogically with the digital and digitally with the analogue in ways that foster inventive articulations that are as crafty as they are computational?  How do we articulate machine intelligence and human intelligence without entirely subjecting one to the other?

    1.2      Invention does not necessarily require the computer, nor does it require a radical break with the past or with what is already there. How can forms of externalization (drawings, paintings, texts, etc.), either fabricated with or without the computer benefit from the plenty of data available today?  How can the increasing availability of data be instrumentalized towards a literacy in the modes of construction, fabrication and dwelling?  If such a gesture would be less about analytically identifying the elements or logics of that which has been ‘rendered’ (geometrically, visually, with ‘tools’ in two or three dimensions) than about indexing a milieu of potentiality (the n-dimensional domain of the instruments), how can such a literacy be employed to create the meaningful, the unexpected, the carefully crafted?

    2. City, Civility and Post-Political. Models of Freedom and Conflict

    Chair: Selena Savic ATTP, TU Wien

    City and Civility share the etymological root *kei- also common to civic and civilization, pointing back to the act of “lying” with a secondary sense of “beloved, dear”. We lie our cities with love and reason, we inhabit them, imbue them with lawfulness and order, we struggle in them, redesign and rebuild them, take stances, challenge governments, and meat each other. Contemporary city, with all its faces, is the world we have created, yet we struggle to find room for participation and engagement – how can we articulate inventive models for addressing civility, rather than remaining entrenched in oppositional sovereignties?

    Civility relies on an articulation of trust, freedom and conflict. The suggestion with the ‘post-political’ is that it comes at a time of a perceived alienation from politics, and it takes up the debate on the end of history that can be traced back to Hegel. Throughout different articulations of post-history, post-political, and post-democracy, it appears that in some way, we have eradicated the real conflict for the sake of liberal ideology, which in turn has evacuated courage, imagination and idealism. Besides inequality, this has brought about a transformation of politics into a technocratic apparatus of automated counting and ordering.

    In this panel, we propose to address the questions of technocracy and post-political with projective models that characterize lawfulness freedom and contradiction constitutive of civility. The rise of urban civic movements worldwide and the active involvement of architects, researchers and artists therein testifies to the importance of this new ground of scientific and artistic engagement. Such requests for a deepened and improved democracy also reach the studio, the atelier and the laboratory, and reunite with the recent rise in architectural and scientific attention to societal issues, as well as with the foregrounding of citizens as co-creators. The panel invites contributors interested in inventing ways to position within these topic that make the city and civility.

    2.1. If the resolution of conflict between alternative socio-economic movements lends itself to technocracy, how can we articulate our relationship to technics and to civility in novel, augmenting ways without falling into technocratic traps?

    2.2 What kind of persona is the architect-citizen? When we speak of participation and responsibility, particularly that of an architect (planner) that has high stakes in a city space-making and decision-making, we tend to see the citizens on one and the city-makers on opposing sides of spatial involvement. Increasingly, thought, it becomes evident that the separating line does not hold and that we need to theorize new forms of spatial engagement and responsibility.

    2.3 How could we (re)articulate lawfulness freedom and contradictions so that we respond more accurately to the conditions of contemporary city?

    3. Cognitive and sensory strategies for understanding and shaping our environment, from the room to the territory.

    Chair: Darío Negueruela ALICE, EPFL, Julien Lafontaine ALICE, EPFL, Leonardo Impett Max-Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte

    Human capacities to modify our environment largely depend on our engagement with others and with space. Such engagement, in turn, deploys different cognitive and affective strategies that have an influence in the kinds of spaces conceived and constructed. In this respect, active involvement in space and with others can be said to bear consequences for how and what we learn. Gestures, figurations and attitudes perform thus a mise en espace, transcribing social phenomena onto space with the help of specific physical and conceptual supports, or scaffolds, highlighting how space is operational to the reflection on living together (vivre ensemble).  

    This track aims at addressing the combined and interdependent role of the physical and space making implications of emotions and the cognitive consequences of spatial conditions in forms of sociality. The consideration of the epistemic capacities of the body in space invites us to move from a more abstract, computational and individualist model of knowing towards a more situated, collaborative and enactive framework. Moreover, if we consider knowledge not to simply be a “cold” understanding, but to invest a crucial bodily dimension, we begin to understand how different modalities of engagement with others and with space give way to the birth of constellations of meaning. This interdependent and non-deterministic stance to space making through physical conceptual, sensory and social scaffolding elicits the following questions:

    3.1 If basic spatial figurations and gestures contain and give shape to our world, how can rearrangements of our imaginaries, ideas and emotions give form to novel spaces? What is the unnoticed relevance of everyday physical actions for imagining a different future? How can they perform as foundational acts capable of breaking with spatial and social inertias?

    3.2 To what extent or in which manner these proto-spatial gestures, figures and attitudes help us articulate alterity in our increasingly segregated contemporary urban contexts? How do they enact spatial conditions of encounter and avoidance upon which urbanity is based?

    3.3 If our experiential and situated perspective reunites our appraisals of diverse scaled phenomena in one continuous thread of embodied experience, where space plays a non-trivial role,; In which ways actively working with such affective and cognitive strategies can provide us with a capacity to address the conception and construction of our cities in a trans-scalar way? And what would be the tools to translate into physical space concepts that are derived from these strategies ?.

    Contributions to this track may address the effects of spatial arrangements in the modes of social interaction, compare the effects of the eventful on the formation of cognitive frameworks in contrast to everyday actions and practices, or focus on the consequences of an epistemological approach to space through attention to the sensory, atmospheric experimentation or philosophies of practice. This track particularly welcomes critical reflections on the crossing between epistemology of space and the nature of human agency that emerge from these above-mentioned issues. Moreover, attention to reflective narratives dealing with the bodily dimension in spaces of conflict or cooperation is encouraged.


    Please submit your abstract before Sept. 10th  2018 to:

    In your submission, please follow the following instructions:

    • name the subject of the email: scaffolds_submission_your name
    • attach a pdf of your abstract with the name:  scaffolds_submission_accronym of your abstract title.
  • Montepulciano and the Eternal City. Landscapes and views from the aesthetics of the Grand Tour to the mid-twentieth century

    Montepulciano | Dates: 02 Aug – 07 Oct, 2018

    An exhibition comparing Rome with Montepulciano through the images of the two cities conveyed by the protagonists and participants of the Grand Tour. Two cities under comparison, in the images conveyed by the protagonists and participants of the Grand Tour.

    The exhibition, set up in the “Museo Civico – Pinacoteca Crociani” (Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery) of Montepulciano from July 14th to October 7th, shows off Rome and the Roman countryside as well as Montepulciano and its rural outskirts, with more than one hundred oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and engravings by artists such as Labruzzi, Pacetti, Sartorio, Petrassi, Ranieri Rossi and Ettore Roesler Franz. Moreover, works of particular interest are those depicting the views of Rome and this part of Sienese area by foreign artists, who saw the Grand Tour as a paradigm shift – the Spanish Juan Gimenez Martin, the English Samuel Prout, the Bavarian Karl Lindemann-Frommel, the Swiss Salomon Corrodi – another great watercolourist who painted several views for Tsar Nicholas I and Queen Victoria. Besides the paintings, the exhibition includes a selection of other materials which, carried by a servant, accompanied the “Tourista” through their long journey. Records of a time and a lifestyle: travel writing desk, portable inkwells, medicine chests – essential in times of malaria, and tools used to prepare a good snack for the journey. The noble traveller had to be perfect on every occasion, therefore the iron for ties, the jewel box and the fragrance holder, as well as the scale for pound coins and the travel chessboards to take out of bags to enliven any boring evenings at inns. Moreover, the inevitable walking sticks used as good defence weapon in case of need or to preserve a revitalising and secret reserve of fine liqueur. Compasses, too. Finally, the last section of the exhibition of equal fascination: the working tools of the travelling artists – oil colours and watercolours boxes, palettes and materials for graphic techniques, travel sketchbooks and folders.

    The exhibition widely relies on two important Roman collections and various private collections from Montepulciano with never before exhibited works. For further information: tel. +39 0578 717300

  • 2018 CAA Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students

    Dates: 02 Aug – 16 Nov, 2018

    The 2018 CAA Professional Development Fellowships for Graduate Students are now open for applications. The fellowship program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs internationally.

    Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.


    PhD Fellowships: Monday, October 1, 2018

    MFA Fellowships: Friday, November 16, 2018.

    One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic. Fellows also receive a complimentary one-year CAA membership and registration to the Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16, 2019. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

    CAA initiated its fellowship program in 1993 to help student artists and art historians bridge the gap between their graduate studies and professional careers. Past recipients include artists and thinkers such as Marin Sarve-Tarr (2015), Maggie Cao (2014), La Toya Ruby Frasier (2006), Risë Wilson (2002), Chitra Ganesh (2001), Miguel Luciano (2000), Miwon Kwon (1996), and Blake Stimson (1995), among many others.


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