SAH Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

by SAH News | Jun 16, 2016

June 2016 Volume LX, No. 6 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    Save the Date for the SAH Awards Gala
The Society of Architectural Historians will present its 2016 Awards for Architectural  Excellence at the 6th Annual SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016. SAH will honor Richard H. Driehaus, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Sarah Herda, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; and Peter Landon, FAIA, LEED AP, Landon Bone Baker Architects. Tickets will go on sale in September.

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    Registration Open for Hawaii Field Seminar
Don J. Hibbard, author of Buildings of Hawaii, will lead an SAH Field Seminar in Hawaii from September 23 to October 2, 2016. The seminar will explore the distinct built environment of Honolulu, with a focus on its twentieth-century buildings. A Study Program Fellowship is available for graduate students and emerging scholars. The deadline to apply is July 1.

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  On the Table
On Tuesday, May 10, the Society of Architectural Historians, along with thousands of Chicago-area residents and organizations, participated in a day of conversations to discuss the future of our communities while sharing a meal. Organized by the Chicago Community Trust, the conversations put real issues and solutions ‘on the table’ sharing commitments to helping shape Chicago’s collective future.

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    Please Support the SAH Annual Fund
SAH has been a leading organization in promoting the history of the built environment for more than 75 years, and it is the intellectual home for architectural and art historians, architects, design professionals and those who simply love the history of architecture. We hope you will help SAH continue this path by making a contribution to the Annual Fund today.

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    New Gardens for Charnley-Persky House
SAH installed new plantings in three outdoor areas around Charnley-Persky House on April 23, 2016, thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Trust. Designed by Chicago landscape architect Daniel Weinbach of Daniel Weinbach and Partners, Ltd., the gardens feature densely-planted perennials that are both colorful and suitable for Chicago’s seasonal temperature swings.

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    Call for Nominations to the SAH Board
The 2017 SAH Nominating Committee seeks your recommendations for new SAH Board members who would begin their terms after the Glasgow annual conference in June 2017 and would serve until April 2020. The final slate of nominees should represent the diversity of the field of architectural history. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2016.

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  Announcing New JSAH Book Review Editors
Two new Book Review Editors have been appointed for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). Dale Allen Gyure, professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, will commission reviews of books on North and South American architecture. Sheila Crane, associate professor of architectural history at University of Virginia, will commission reviews of books that fall under the category of Europe, Africa and Asia from 1750.

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    JSAH June Issue Now Available
SAH is pleased to announce the release of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 75, No. 2, June 2016 issue. SAH members can access full articles by logging on to the SAH website and following the link on the JSAH webpage.

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    Highlights from SAHARA: Richard Longstreth
This month we shine the light on a single member, SAH Fellow and SAHARA super-contributor Richard Longstreth. Over his long career Richard has traveled to many corners of the world, and has documented his travels with a keen eye. He sees what is significant, as well as the not-so-obviously of interest. He has worked with us to have his early slides and later digital content added to SAHARA.

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    SAH Archipedia: Arkansas, New Hampshire and Ohio Entries Added
Fifty entries have been added to SAH Archipedia from two forthcoming Buildings of the United States volumes: twenty-five entries from Buildings of Arkansas, by Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, and Jean Sizemore, which will be published by the University of Virginia Press in 2017, and twenty-five entries from Buildings of New Hampshire, by Bryant F. Tolles Jr. and James L. Garvin.

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  Frontiers in Armenia: Hellenistic, Late Antique, Medieval, and Islamic Art (History) in the Caucasus
By Patricia Blessing, 2014 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
In this blog about medieval architecture in Armenia, I will return to two connected questions that I have discussed before. First, I will address the question how classical heritage is integrated in later buildings and, second, I consider once more at the ways in which we define medieval art.  

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Act Now to Prevent Deep Cuts to Funding for Fulbright-Hays
The Senate has proposed a 69% cut to the Fulbright-Hays program, which supports U.S. scholars, teachers, and students to conduct research and study abroad. The House Appropriations committee is determining their appropriations for Fulbright-Hays and for the Title VI program, which ensures that students on U.S. campuses develop expertise in foreign languages and area studies. Please help our partner organization, the National Humanities Alliance, to advocate for Fulbright-Hays funding. Take action now to urge your Representative to oppose the Senate's cuts to Fulbright-Hays and to support at least level funding for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays!
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH Study Program Fellowship (Hawaii): A fellowship is available for graduate students or emerging professionals to participate in the Hawaii Field Seminar, September 23 to October 2. Deadline July 1 at 5 pm CDT.

SAH Award for Film and Video: This award recognizes the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment. Deadline August 1.

SAH Publication Awards: These awards honor the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation, and architectural exhibition catalogues. Deadline August 1.

SAH Study Program Fellowships (Vietnam/Cambodia): Two fellowships available for graduate students or emerging professionals to participate in the Vietnam & Cambodia Field Seminar, December 1-13, 2016. Deadline August 11, at 5 pm CDT.

SAH Hawaii Field Seminar: This SAH Field Seminar (September 23-October 2, 2016), led by Don J. Hibbard, will explore the distinct built environment of Honolulu, with a focus on the twentieth century.

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
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  • Executive Director (Association for Preservation Technology International)
  • Director of Programs (Society of Architectural Historians)
SAH Chapter and Partner News
The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the SAH is pleased to offer the 2016 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award. The purpose of the award is to further awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Awards range from $500 and $2000 and one to several recipients are named each year. Applications are due by June 17, 2016 (may be extended). For an application form and more information, visit

Making plans for SESAH in New Orleans this September? Upon arrival, just step onto one of the St. Charles streetcars, and let it take you to Tulane University for the plenaries and paper sessions. Conference presenters may apply for travel funds. Graduate students and emerging professionals or practitioners are eligible. Please visit for more information about the travel grants, and for details about conference accommodations on the historic streetcar line.

Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture SHERA held an election of the Board and established a new board member position of SHERA-SAH Liaison. Hanna Chuchvaha, Nicholas Iljine, Natalia Kolodzei and Andrei Shabanov were elected as Members-at-Large, and Anna P. Sokolina as SHERA-SAH Liaison. At the 2017 College Art Association Annual Conference SHERA will sponsor an Emerging Scholar Session. Six SHERA-related sessions have been submitted to the 2016 ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC.
Members in the News
Faculty Profile: SAH President Ken Tadashi Oshima
Interview with Beatriz Colomina: Playboy Architecture 1953-1979
SAH June Booklist
Read the June 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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