SAH Newsletter

February 2015 Newsletter

by SAH News | Feb 13, 2015

February 2015 Volume LIX, No. 2 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    SAH Launches New Student Outreach Program            
The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce its new American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip program for students. The goal of the program is for SAH, its members, its chapters and affiliated organizations to host student field trips focusing on architecture, landscapes, urbanism and historic preservation. Led by architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and local experts, the tours are intended to reach students in high schools and community colleges and provide opportunities to engage in experiential learning.

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Blessing    SAH Announces 2014 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Recipient
The Society of Architectural Historians has awarded Patricia Blessing the 2014 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship. The prestigious $50,000 fellowship allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to travel for one year to see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand.

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    Registration Open for Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism
This SAH Field Seminar takes you to two South American nations united by the river between them, Uruguay and Argentina. Explore the architecture of the Rio de la Plata Basin with SAH 2nd Vice President Sandy Isenstadt and architect Natalia Muñoa. This seminar features an itinerary customized for SAH members and includes visits to sites not open to the general public, supplemental lectures, and a significant educational component designed to enhance your experience of the architecture, landscapes, and culture of the region.

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MoMA Exhibition
  Study Day at MoMA and UN Headquarters
This two-part SAH Study Day will preview a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980, scheduled to open officially on March 29, and will take a behind-the-scenes look at the United Nations Headquarters Capital Master Plan, a seven-year project to renovate and preserve this icon of mid-century modernism conceived, in large part, by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Curator Barry Bergdoll, Assistant Secretary-General Michael Adlerstein, and SAH 2nd VP Sandy Isenstadt will host the program.

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    Meet the 2015 SAH International Travel Grant Recipients
SAH recently announced the recipients of the 2015 SAH International Travel Grant Program, generously funded by the Getty Foundation. The grants are intended to provide funding to scholars from countries that have traditionally been underrepresented at the SAH Annual Conference to attend the 68th Annual International Conference, which will take place in Chicago, April 15-19, 2015. SAH is pleased to introduce the recipients of the 2015 SAH International Travel Grant Program and looks forward to welcoming them in Chicago.

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  Call for Volunteers: 2015 SAH Annual Conference
SAH is seeking volunteers to help with the 2015 SAH Annual International Conference. Opportunities are available to prepare and distribute registration materials; monitor the 36 paper sessions, six midday programs, and SAH Chicago Seminar; and check-in tour participants.

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Frank Lloyd Wright    New Frank Lloyd Wright Reciprocal Sites Program for Upper-Level Members
New for 2015, SAH has joined forces with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to offer the Frank Lloyd Wright National Reciprocal Sites Membership Program for all upper-level members (includes Supporting, Patron, Donor, Life, and Benefactor membership levels). If you join or renew as an upper-level member, you will receive a special sticker on your SAH membership card that will entitle you to visit 30 Wright-designed sites across the United States for free or at a reduced rate during 2015.

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CPH dig    SAH to Collaborate with Lake Forest College on Archeological Dig
In summer 2015, SAH will collaborate with Lake Forest College on an urban archeological dig at our headquarters, Charnley-Persky House in Chicago. The dig, which has been underwritten by a four-year grant of $800,000 to the Lake Forest College Center for Chicago Programs from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to involve the College’s students and faculty in three urban archeological digs in a variety of Chicago neighborhoods.

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IBM Building    New Hawaii Content Added to SAH Archipedia
We are pleased to announce that 366 new photographs of Hawaiian buildings have been added to SAH Archipedia. Now, 311 of 477 building entries covering the state of Hawaii are fully illustrated, including 92 of the 100 entries accessible via SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings.

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  Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest Now Available
We're pleased to announce the publication of Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest by Anne Carter Lee and a team of distinguished authors. This second of two volumes devoted to the Old Dominion encompasses five regions (Shenandoah Valley, Allegheny Highlands, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest Virginia), comprising 55 counties and 20 of the state's independent cities.

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  Harar and Old Goa: Architectural Hybridity on the Periphery
SAH Blog post by Amber N. Wiley, 2013 H. Allen Brooks Fellow
I started the New Year in Harar, Ethiopia, where I was one of few who actually acknowledged the event. The day was like any other day for most Hararis. Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11 (September 12 in the leap year) so there were no fireworks in the sky the night before. It was quite surreal to wake up in a traditional Harari house in this historic walled city and think about the year that lay ahead.

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Thank You to Our Donors
The Board of Directors and staff of the Society of Architectural Historians thanks its many donors for their gifts to support our mission and educational programs during the period from October 1 – December 31, 2014.
SAH Discount for Lecture at the Museum of the City of New York
SAH is co-sponsoring "Brutal! Paul Rudolph's Postwar New York Interiors: A Conversation with Timothy M. Rohan & Donald Albrecht," which takes place February 26 at the Museum of the City of New York. Though best known for brutalist structures like the Jewett Center and the University of Massachussets Dartmouth campus, architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) also designed some of New York’s most remarkable apartment interiors of the late twentieth century. Use the discount code BRUTAL19. Learn More
ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs
ACLS invites applications for the fifth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. The deadline to apply is March 17, 2015, 6 pm EDT.

Humanities Open Book: Unlocking Great Books
A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books. ... Working together, NEH and Mellon will give grants to publishers to identify great humanities books, secure all appropriate rights, and make them available for free, forever, under a Creative Commons license. Read More
10 Wright Buildings Officially Nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List
A group of 10 buildings designed by Wright have become the first works of modern architecture nominated by the United States to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. Read More
Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Reopens
February 13 marks the official reopening of Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright's first Los Angeles project, located in the heart of Barnsdall Art Park. The newly restored house, which is among the 10 Wright buildings nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List, will be open for self-guided tours. Visit for more information.
Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's 41st annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk will take place Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois. This internationally renowned architectural housewalk features rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. Learn more and purchase tickets at
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Getty Research Institute to Focus on Architecture and Design
Join online magazine East of Borneo and librarians and other staff from the Getty on Saturday, February 21, 11 am to 4 pm to learn how to edit Wikipedia and to help fill gaps in its coverage of architecture and design, people and places in Los Angeles. The event is part of the magazine’s Unforgetting L.A. project, which aims to build a better online history of art in Southern California—a history anyone can contribute to and access, entirely for free. Read More
Association of Architecture School Librarians Conference
The Association of Architecture School Librarians will hold its conference March 17-19, at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada. The AASL welcomes members of SAH to attend all or part of the conference, which includes presentations, lightning rounds, tours and a panel discussion addressing the topic of women in architecture. Learn more at
Current & Upcoming SAH Opportunities
SAH 68th Annual International Conference: The conference takes place April 15-19, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza in Chicago, IL. Early registration ends Sunday, February 15.

Study Day at MoMA and United Nations Headquarters: This two-part Study Day takes place March 27, 2015, and includes a preview of the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 and a tour of the recently renovated UN Headquarters.

Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism: This SAH Field Seminar takes place September 1-12, 2015, and includes visits to cities and sites in Uruguay and Argentina. Study Tour Fellowship deadline March 10.

SAH/Mellon Author Awards: Designed to provide financial support to scholars publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images. Applications open March 1.
Chapter and Partner News
The Northeast Chapter of SAH (NESAH) will welcome Maureen Meister, author of Arts & Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England at its Annual Meeting this month. Two graduate students have been awarded fellowships: Erin McKellar (Boston University) is the recipient of this year's Robert Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship Award; Bryan Norwood (Harvard University) will do archival work at the University of Michigan and University of Cincinnati with the support of the John Coolidge Research Fellowship.

The Philadelphia Chapter of SAH introduced its new website ( to chapter members at its Annual Pizza & Pictures Party on January 22, 2015. Please visit the website for information on chapter programs, events and information of interest on the region's architecture and design, for membership information and to contact the officers. To be notified when new information is posted to the website, click the "Follow" link on the lower right corner of each page and entering your email address. Please send any questions or comments to Phila SAH at

The Southeast Chapter of SAH (SESAH) seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores a history building or complex of buildings in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Deadline July 1, 2015. For instructions on how to apply, visit

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment, is holding its 5th International Congress on Construction History in Chicago, IL, June 3-7, 2015. This is the first time the Congress has been held outside Europe. Architects, engineers, contractors, preservationists, academics and a wide variety of trades, professions and interests associated with the Construction Industry would find interest in session topics. Visit to learn more.

The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) runs a website, electronic listserv and Facebook page, reflecting on research, publications, exhibitions, conferences and news feed from individual and institutional members. SHERA organizes sponsored sessions at affiliated societies’ scholarly conferences and offers memberships at no charge for students and unaffiliated scholars from Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia. In January, Natasha Kurchanova was elected SHERA president, with Eva Forgacs as vice-president/president-elect.

The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) is pleased to announce the 2015 Phyllis Lambert Prize. Each year, the Phyllis Lambert Prize is awarded by UQAM's Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage to a candidate who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation on the subject of architecture, architectural history and urban heritage in Canada, based on the assessment of an independent jury. The Phyllis Lambert Prize consists of a certificate of recognition that comes with a $1500 scholarship awarded by the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. View the call for candidacies at
Members in the News
Peter Pennoyer: On the Art of Mezuzah Design
Interviewed: Dietrich Neumann on New Interdisciplinary Architecture Program at Brown
VIDEO: Five Minutes with Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum
SAH February Booklist
Read the February Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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