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SAH Data Project

SAH Data Project
The SAH Data Project is gathering quantitative and qualitative information about the status of architectural history as a field in higher education in the United States. The study is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A full report of the findings will be available on the SAH website in 2021.
 
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COVID-19 SNAPSHOT QUESTIONNAIRE



The SAH Data Project circulated a very short five-minute “snapshot” questionnaire that invited anyone who works, studies, or volunteers in the field of architectural history to share how the pandemic has impacted them. The questionnaire has closed. Thank you.


COMPLETE A SURVEY



SurveyMonkey will be performing scheduled maintenance on Friday, July 3, 2020, from 9 am until 11pm CST. The SAH Data Project surveys will be unavailable during that time.

INSTITUTIONAL SURVEY 

Deadline August 15, 2020

The survey is for anyone who can provide information on enrollment and hiring trends over time, by virtue of institutional memory or access to departmental records at institutions in the United States.

Use this survey PDF to help you gather statistics before completing the survey online.
 

FACULTY SURVEY

Deadline August 15, 2020

This survey is for anyone who has served as the instructor of record for at least one architectural history-focused course at the undergraduate or graduate level in the United States.

STUDENT SURVEY

Deadline August 15, 2020

This survey is for current students who have completed at least one architectural history-focused course for undergraduate or graduate credit in the United States.


SAH Data Project Institutional Survey Open Support
The SAH Data Project's researcher, Sarah M. Dreller, has set aside time on Zoom twice a week to answer your questions about the Institutional Survey. No advanced registration required.

Tuesday, July 7, 11:00 am – Join Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 11:00 am – Join Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 11:00 am – Join Meeting
Tuesday, July 28, 11:00 am – Join Meeting
Tuesday, August 4, 11:00 am – Join Meeting
Tuesday, August 11, 11:00 am – Join Meeting

Thursday, July 9, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting
Thursday, July 23, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting
Thursday, July 30, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting
Thursday, August 13, 2:00 pm – Join Meeting

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations can contact Sarah M. Dreller at sdreller@sah.org or 312-573-1365.
 

READ THE PROCESS BLOG



A series of short-form reflections and interviews about the SAH Data Project.

Morgan State University
June 2020

Evolving Strategies for Collecting Institutional Data

Want to ensure that your program’s institutional data is included in the SAH Data Project? Here’s how. 

 

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May 2020

Early excerpts from the SAH Data Project’s COVID-19 Snapshot Questionnaire

How people who study, work, and volunteer in architectural history around the world are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic right now.
 
 
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April 2020

SAH Data Project Update: The pandemic’s impact so far and how our plans have changed

A candid assessment of the SAH Data Project's major pandemic challenge with details about the adjusted research plan.

 

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March 2020

Crowdsourcing an FAQ

Now that the SAH Data Project has launched surveys for department chairs, faculty, and students, the project team invites suggestions for our new Frequently Asked Questions. What do you want to know?

 

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January 2020

Teaching Architectural History to Architecture Students: An Interview with Mohammad Gharipour

Advisory Committee member Mohammad Gharipour offers his thoughts on teaching history to architecture students. Gharipour is a historian of the Islamic built environment and professor and director of the Program in Architecture at Morgan State University.

 

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November 2019

What does success look like? and other questions from SACRPH 2019

The SAH Data Project just passed a milestone of sorts: earlier this month, I answered audience questions during the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s conference in Arlington.

 

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October 2019

What Does It Mean to Study Architectural History?

A “behind-the-scenes” look at the SAH Data Project’s first stakeholder meeting, "Student Perspectives on Architectural History in Higher Education," which convened in Chicago on October 3-4, 2019.

 

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September 2019

Four Questions for a Community College Architectural History Instructor 

The SAH Data Project's newest Advisory Committee member, Ashley Gardini, shares her perspective as an adjunct instructor of architectural history at Diablo Valley College.

 

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July 2019

Where is Architectural History Thriving? 

A concrete example of how we’re infusing humanism into our data-gathering work and a few suggestions for further reading.

 

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June 2019

How to Start? 

A description of the SAH Data Project and some steps we’ve taken to begin the study in a purposeful way.

 


JOIN A PRESENTATION



Look for conference workshops/panels and Zoom webinars about the project.


Society for American City and Regional Planning History
October 31–November 3, 2019
Arlington, Virginia

Session 3B, Shaping the Field of Planning History
Friday, November 1
Session 3, 4:15–6:00 pm
Room: Liberty (14th Floor)
Sarah M. Dreller, Planning Historians and the SAH Data Project
(See p. 19 of the conference program)

 

College Art Association
February 12–15, 2020
Chicago, Illinois

Q&A during SAH’s Business Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30-1:30pm
Hilton Chicago – 4th Floor – 4K

 


Society of Architectural Historians
April 30–May 1, 2020
Virtual Conference

Additional Virtual Conference programs are being planned for May, including a Data Project Q&A. Dates and times TBA.


Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative
Fall 2020
Berkeley, California

SAH Data Project events postponed until further notice.

 


National Humanities Alliance
November 5–8, 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana

SAH Data Project events postponed until further notice.

 


MEET THE TEAM



PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Sandy

SANDY ISENSTADT

Past President
Society of Architectural Historians
Professor, Department of Art History
University of Delaware

 

Pauline

PAULINE SALIGA

Executive Director
Society of Architectural Historians



RESEARCHER

 

Sarah

SARAH M. DRELLER

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Humanities
Society of Architectural Historians
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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Abby

ABIGAIL VAN SLYCK
Chair of the Advisory Committee

Dayton Professor of Art History
Connecticut College


Victoria

VICTORIA YOUNG

President
Society of Architectural Historians
Professor and Chair, Department of Art History
University of St. Thomas

 

ASHLEY GARDINI

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Architecture/Engineering
Diablo Valley College
Read the Process Blog interview

 

Mohammad

MOHAMMAD GHARIPOUR

Director, Program in Architecture
Morgan State University
Read the Process Blog interview

 

Michael

MICHAEL LEE

Professor, History of Landscape Architecture
University of Virginia


Bill

BILL LITTMANN

Senior Adjunct
California College of the Arts 

Martha

MARTHA MCNAMARA

Director, New England Arts and Architecture Program
Wellesley College 

 

Jorge

JORGE OTERO-PAILOS

Professor, Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University GSAPP

 

Robert

ROBERT TOWNSEND

Director of Humanities Indicators
Director of Washington Office
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

 

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AMBER N. WILEY

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History
Rutgers University

 


STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

October 3 & 4, 2019 
Student Perspectives on Architectural History in Higher Education

The ten stakeholders discussed what studying the history of the built environment means today and help develop specific questions for the project's online student survey. Participants represented a range of institution types around the country and will reflect on their student experiences in BA, BArch, MA, MArch, MLA, PhD, and historic preservation programs.

For a "behind the scenes" look at the stakeholder meeting, see "What Does It Mean to Study Architectural History?" on the Process Blog.

 

Summer 2020

Trends in Architectural History’s Academic Programs and Organizations

Presidents and executive directors of eight organizations that are concerned with architectural history in higher education will discuss change over time in academic programs and organizations that are focused on architectural, landscape, and urban history.

 

Summer 2020
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Fall 2020
Theme TBD

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