SAH Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter

by SAH News | Apr 20, 2016

April 2016 Volume LX, No. 4 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    Call for Papers: SAH 2017 Glasgow Conference
SAH is now accepting abstracts for its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7–11. Please submit an abstract no later than June 6, 2016, to one of the 32 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. 

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    SAH Announces Winners of 2016 Publication Awards, Film and Video Award
SAH has announced the 2016 recipients of the SAH Publication Awards and SAH Award for Film and Video. SAH presented the awards at its 2016 Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony on April 7 in Pasadena, Calif. Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.

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    2016 SAH Fellowship and Grant Recipients
SAH awarded 39 fellowships to individuals to attend its 2016 Annual International Conference in Pasadena/Los Angeles. In addition to the annual conference fellowships, the Society awarded 21 research fellowships and membership grants in 2016. 

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    Announcing the SAH 2018 Saint Paul Conference
At its 2016 Pasadena/Los Angeles conference, SAH announced that it will host its 2018 Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from April 18–22. The Saint Paul conference will include thematic sessions, open sessions, and Graduate Student Lightning Talks that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program.

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    "Reading the City" Public Program Series
"Reading the City" is a public programs series designed to support and publicize the Buildings of Savannah book, authored by Robin Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell and Karl Schuler. The program includes six lectures, a panel discussion, and 12 public walking tours, and is presented by SAH and Savannah College of Art and Design with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council.

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    Call for Nominations for JSAH Editor
SAH invites nominations and self-nominations for the next Editor of JSAH to serve a three-year term: January 1, 2018–December 31, 2020. In order to have sufficient time to review manuscripts and prepare their first issue, the Editor will begin by serving as JSAH Editor Designate beginning Fall 2016. Deadline extended to June 15, 2016.

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    Highlights from SAHARA: Factories
This month we’re highlighting the rich collection of industrial architecture in SAHARA, specifically factories. Our contributors have documented numerous nineteenth-century factories and mills, as well as early foundries, assembly plants, distilleries, workers’ housing, and much more. Below are a few samples. Please visit SAHARA to explore more—a search on “factory” will produce 554 results!

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  Byzantium in Istanbul, or: Istanbul is Constantinople (among other things)
By Patricia Blessing, 2014 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
Just hours before I sat down to write this text on March 19, 2016, another suicide bomb claimed victims in Turkey, this time on Istiklal Caddesi, a lively shopping street at the center of Istanbul’s European side. Last week, an attack in one of Ankara’s main public transportation hubs pointed to further troubles, and it is now clearer how soon they are to some. So far, I have only very occasionally touched upon the political reality of the Middle East, and increasingly Europe.

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Second-Quarter Donors
The Board of Directors and SAH staff thanks its many donors for their gifts to support our mission and educational programs during the period from January 1–March 31, 2016. View the donor list.

Seeds of Time Documentary Film Screening & Discussion
This Earth Day, get inspired to take action with a thought-provoking film on climate change and global food security. A perfect environmental storm is brewing as global gene banks deteriorate and industrial monocultures continue to spread. Agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler's passionate race against time to protect the future of our food supply takes him around the globe. Follow Fowler's mission in a film screening and discussion with the filmmakers on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2016, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m at The New York Botanical Garden. Register at

Alexander Von Humboldt: The History, Science and Poetry of Ecology 
Join three influential thinkers for a lively session devoted to the discoveries and influence of visionary naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), often called the father of modern ecology. Author Andrea Wulf, whose The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World was named one of 2015's Ten Best Books by the NY Times, celebrated poet Susan Stewart, and distinguished ecologist Stephen Kellert explore the rich and wide impact of Humboldt's life and work. The symposium takes place on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at The New York Botanical Garden. Register at

Back to the City: Urbanism, Density and Housing 1976–2016
On 12 May 1976, Secretary of State for Scotland Bruce Millan announced the cancellation of the plans to expand the village of Stonehouse outside Glasgow into a New Town of 40,000 inhabitants, and the redirection of the corresponding funds to the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal (GEAR). After three decades, the era of enhanced greenfield developments outside British cities was finally drawing to an end, and policy was increasingly focusing on the renewal of the inner city as a place of residence.The Back to the City conference (May 5–6, 2016, Glasgow School of Art) will examine the architectural outcomes of the “return to the inner city,” the political and socio-economic background, as well as the different ways in which living in the inner city was both conceptualised and realised.

Wright Plus Housewalk - Exclusive Offer for SAH Members
Enjoy tours of privately owned homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his fellow Prairie School architects at Wright Plus, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s annual architectural housewalk on Saturday, May 21. Tour spectacular living spaces, experience history and enjoy a festive day with visitors from around the world during Wright Plus. From the surprising Winslow House (1893–94) to the elegant Adams House (1913), Wright Plus 2016 offers the rare opportunity to experience the complete arc of Wright’s Prairie years. SAH members receive the Trust’s exclusive member rate of $95 per ticket. Spring '16 Special: SAVE when you buy 4 or more Housewalk tickets - only $90 each. Must be purchased in the same order. Limited time offer. Use discount code: SAH16 Visit for info + tickets.
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH Mellon Author Awards: Provide financial support to scholars publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for image rights and permissions. Deadline May 15.

SAH Study Program Fellowship: Allows a graduate student or emerging professional to participate in the Vietnam & Cambodia Field Seminar, December 1-13, 2016. Deadline August 11, at 5 pm CDT.

SAH Vietnam & Cambodia Field Seminar: This SAH Field Seminar (December 1-13, 2016) will explore the fascinating architectural landscape of Vietnam and the spectacular Angkor complex in Cambodia, capital of the Khmer empire from the ninth to fifteenth century. 
Latest Jobs
Visit the SAH Career Center for more information or to purchase a job announcement.
  • Planner III, Historic Preservation (City of Oakland)
SAH Chapter and Partner News
SESAH is now accepting nominations for its Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture award. This annual award honors a project in the SESAH region that preserves, rehabilitates or restores an historic property in an outstanding manner. The award will be presented in New Orleans during the SESAH conference (September 29–October 1, 2016). Questions? Please contact Committee Chair Susan Knowles at and for more information, please visit the SESAH website,
Members in the News
SAH Members Among Awardees for Carter Manny Awards, Graham Foundation
Ann Baird Whiteside: 2015 ARLIS/NA and VRA Distinguished Service Awards
SAH April Booklist
Read the April 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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