SAH Data Project

SAH Data Project
The SAH Data Project has gathered 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 Fall 2021.
 
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DATA PROJECT SURVEYS



From February 21 until August 15, 2020, the SAH Data Project conducted three large surveys to gather quantitative and qualitative information about the status of architectural history at U.S. institutions of higher education. This was not the only method for collecting data that was employed during the project, but it was the most public. The team has analyzed the data and conclusions have been developed for the report to be issued in Fall 2021.
 
SAH would like to thank the 800+ faculty and students who contributed their voices to this effort. We value their time and commitment to helping the project succeed, especially during these unusually challenging times. 


READ THE PROCESS BLOG



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

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July 2020

Revising the Institutional Survey: Less Can Lead to More

Why and how the SAH Data Project team trimmed the Institutional Survey to focus on the field's key academic trends.

 

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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.

 


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 

 

Valentina Rozas-Krause

VALENTINA ROZAS-KRAUSE

Postdoctoral LSA Collegiate Fellow, History of Art Department
University of Michigan

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

 

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