SAH Newsletter

April Newsletter 2014

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April 2014 Volume LVIII, No. 4 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
2014 SAH Fellows Announced at Annual Conference in Austin
The Board of Directors named as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians the following individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field: Naomi Miller, Robert B. Rettig, Dell Upton and Patricia Waddy. Their contributions include scholarship, service to SAH and stewardship of the built environment. Read the full citations of the 2014 SAH Fellows.
2014 SAH Publication Award Winners Announced
Every year, SAH presents six awards to honor the most distinguished publications in architectural history, preservation, landscape history, urban history and architectural exhibition catalogs published in the previous two years. SAH also presents the Founders' Award for the best JSAH article written by an emerging scholar in the previous two years. Read More.

Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award
John Harwood, The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976 (University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award
Jeffrey M. Chusid, Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity (W.W. Norton & Company Press, 2011)

Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award
Louise A. Mozingo, Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes (MIT Press, 2011)

Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award
Corinne Bélier, Barry Bergdoll, and Marc Le Coeur, Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light (The Museum of Modern Art, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2012)

Spiro Kostof Book Award
Christopher Klemek, The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal: Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Founders' JSAH Article Award
Susan N. Johnson-Roehr, “Centering the Charbagh: The Mughal Garden as Design Module for the Jaipur City Plan,” JSAH, Volume 72, Number 1, March 2013
Unfinished Spaces Wins Inaugural SAH Award for Film and Video
SAH presents the inaugural SAH Award for Film and Video to Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray for their film, Unfinished Spaces. Established in 2013, the award recognizes the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment. Their film takes us back to the birth of Cuba’s National Art Schools in 1961, a time when post-revolution Cuba was full of promise, and devoted to supporting the arts. Read the full award citation.

  Call for Papers: 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago 
The Society of Architectural Historians is accepting abstracts for its 68th Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19, 2015. Please submit abstracts no later than June 6, 2014, for one of the 32 thematic sessions or for an open session. Sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of partner organizations. Read More.

  Carolyn Garrett Joins SAH as New Development Director 
Carolyn Garrett joins SAH as Director of Development, a newly created position. She has over 12 years of experience in resource development, including grant writing, individual giving, sponsorship, event management and marketing. Prior to joining SAH, Garrett held development positions at Chicago Foundation for Women and Changing Worlds, an educational arts nonprofit. While working at the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), she helped to organize the first joint U.S./International World Congress of Architecture in 1993. She is excited to be a part of SAH and advancing its mission. A native of Tennessee, she lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with her husband, daughter and dog, Banjo. Garrett has served as a board member for Gaia Children’s Theater and Friends of Burley.

  Louis Kahn's African-American Vernacular
SAH Blog post by Kostis Kourelis
When the telephone rang in my office at Franklin & Marshall College, I was surprised to learn that the caller on the other line was a resident of a Louis Kahn house and, most strikingly, a Louis Kahn house that has been largely forgotten. In 1942, Kahn, Oscar Storonov, and George Howe reconfigured the traditional row house to serve a community of African-American steel workers returning from World War II. Known to just a handful of architectural historians, Carver Court in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, had receded from public attention. Read More.
Tickets Still Available for Event at the Maison de Verre
There are still a few spots available for SAH in Paris: Modernist Masterworks, which takes place July 11-12 and includes visits to the Maison de Verre, the Villa Savoye and the Maison Louis Carré. The event is being held to benefit SAH Archipedia and help raise funds needed to secure a $450,000 NEH matching grant. Tickets are $2,500 ($2,000 tax-deductible) and may be reserved by calling 312-573-1365.
Book Croatia Study Tour Reservations Before April 30
Rates for the Croatia Study Tour (August 18-29) will increase by $300 per person on April 30 so book your reservations now. The land and cruise tour offers AIA/CES 54 HSW and includes stops at UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in Sarajevo, Montenegro and along the Dalmatian Coast. Architect Boris Srdar will lead this unique tour customized for SAH members. The tour also includes a study day at the Venice Biennale with Ken Tadashi Oshima.
One-to-One SAH Membership Campaign 
SAH President Abby Van Slyck introduced a new membership initiative, the One-to-One Campaign, on Wednesday, April 9th, at the SAH Annual Conference in Austin. The campaign, developed by the Membership and Diversity Committee, aims for each member of SAH to recruit one new member by the end of the calendar year. With your help, we can double our membership numbers and reach our goal of 5,000 members. This would not only allow the Society to have a bigger impact on current discussions about the built environment, it would also help reduce the costs of many SAH activities for each individual member. The SAH website offers some thoughts to consider and helpful tips to use when reaching out to potential members. If you have questions or would like to request a membership kit, please contact SAH Membership Director Anne Bird at
Chapter & Partner News 
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH, established as part of the Pacific Section. To celebrate, members will meet in Seattle, from October 3-5. The theme of the meeting, "Museums: Building Collections, Building Community," reflects a surge in repurposing buildings into showcases for history, arts, and culture, as exemplified by Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), located in the former Naval Reserve Armory. More at

The Minnesota Chapter of SAH (MNSAH) announced winners of the tenth biennial David Stanley Gebhard Award, for best book and article on historical aspects of Minnesota’s built environment, at its annual meeting at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul March 19, 2014. Read More.

The spring 2014 Northern California Chapter of SAH (NCCSAH) tour will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sea Ranch on the Northern California coast with a tour on the weekend of May 10-11, 2014. NCCSAH is honored to have Donlyn Lyndon and Richard Whitaker, the surviving architects of the firm Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull & Whitaker (known as MLTW), who designed many of the early Sea Ranch buildings, involved in the tour. The cost of the tour for NCCSAH members is $170; non-members $190. For more information contact Ward Hill at
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH/Mellon Author Awards: Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this award is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images in their publications. Deadline: June 1

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: This prestigious $50,000 fellowship allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline: October 1
Members in the News
Zeynep Çelik Awarded by Vehbi Koç Foundation, Turkey
Swati Chattopadhyay Writes on Architectural History and Spatial Imagination in AHA's Perspectives on History
SAH April Booklist & Exhibition Catalog List
Read the April Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works and the April Exhibition Catalog List. The booklist and exhibition catalog list are selected by Barbara Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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