SAH Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

by SAH News | Aug 18, 2016

August 2016 Volume LX, No. 8 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    SAH Awards Gala
Tickets for the 7th annual SAH Awards Gala go on sale September 7.  SAH will honor the achievements of Richard H. Driehaus, Sarah Herda and Peter Landon, FAIA. Co-chairing this year's gala are John M. Syvertsen, FAIA, American Architectural Foundation; Cynthia Winter, AIA, Cynthia Winter Architects LLC; and Nicholas Weingarten, FAIA. Proceeds benefit SAH's educational mission and ongoing restoration of SAH's headquarters, the Landmark Charnley-Persky House. If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the gala through sponsorship or by donating an auction item.

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    SAH Receives Graham Foundation Grant for Glasgow Seminar           
The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a 2016 organizational grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to help support the SAH Glasgow Seminar, “Making and Re-Making Glasgow: Heritage and Sustainability.” The seminar is part of the public programming of the SAH 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

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    Scotch Whisky Tasting
Enjoy an afternoon of fine Scotch whisky tasting on September 24 at the Franklin Room in Chicago, presented by the University of St. Andrews in partnership with SAH. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of St. Andrews' 600th Anniversary Campaign and the Society of Architectural Historians' 70th Annual International Conference to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in June 2017.

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    SAH Glasgow Conference Updates
Registration rates for the SAH 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, are now available online. Early registration for the conference will open on January 10, 2017. Please see the website for the most up-to-date conference information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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    Letters of Support/Concern from the Heritage Conservation Committee
Links to recent letters of support/concern produced by SAH's Heritage Conservation Committee are now available on the Preservation Advocacy page of the SAH website. Summaries of the issue addressed and the position of SAH accompany each letter. The page will continue to be updated with details on the committee's latest activities so please check back.

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    SAH Study Day: Louis Kahn in San Diego and La Jolla
Save the date for the SAH Study Day "Louis Kahn in San Diego and La Jolla" on November 4, 2016. William Whitaker, curator and collections manager of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Jochen Eisenbrand, chief curator of the Vitra Design Museum, will lead a special preview tour of their exhibition Louis Kahn. The Power of Architecture at the San Diego Museum of Art, the first retrospective of Louis Kahn’s work in two decades.

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    Highlights from SAHARA: Houses of Worship
Religious buildings constitute one of the richest collections in SAHARA. From iconic structures like Angkor Wat and Saint Paul’s Cathedral to rural churches and ruinous temple sites, houses of worship showcase the breadth of interest of SAHARA contributors as well as their geographic reach. This set of highlights includes an extraordinary 16th-century church in Guatemala as well as a mosque in the shadow of the Acropolis.

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    SAH Archipedia: Maryland
New material from the state of Maryland, including fifty entries and an additional eighteen subentries, has been added to SAH Archipedia. This content represents the first half of a list of Maryland’s most representative buildings and sites, compiled by coordinators Lisa P. Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie.

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    Museums In and Out of Doors: Curating Art, History, and Nature on the Island
By Danielle S. Willkens, 2015 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
As I approach my sixth week of travels, I am enjoying a very welcome feeling of familiarity with Reykjavík and its environs. I have a favorite coffee shop, a preferred place to watch the late night sunsets that never disappoint, and the capital city’s parks are now animated with locals and visitors due to the recent ‘heat wave’.

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75th Anniversary of JSAH
The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Widely recognized as a leading English-language journal on the history of the built environment, JSAH offers scholarly articles on topics from all periods of history and all parts of the world, reviews of recent books, exhibitions, films, and other media, and a variety of editorials and opinion pieces in each issue. Congratulations to all who have had articles, reviews, and other pieces published in JSAH over the past 75 years.

National Humanities Center Fellowships 2017-2018
The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. The deadline to apply is October 18, 2016.

ACLS Buddhist Studies Program
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), in cooperation with the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. The Foundation offers five competitions to support research and teaching. Learn more at

Iconoclasm and Vandalism at the Getty Center
The Getty Research Institute is accepting applications for its Scholars Program for 2017-2018 with the theme "Iconoclasm and Vandalism." Applicants are encouraged to adopt a broad approach to the theme by addressing topics such as religious and political iconoclasm, protection of cultural heritage, use of spolia, damnatio memoriae, street art, graffiti, performance art, or activism. For detailed instructions, eligibility requirements, and application forms, visit The deadline to apply is October 3. 

SAH Signs Letter Concerning Threats to Academic Freedom in Turkey
SAH is among the scholarly organizations that have signed a letter called "Threats to Academic Freedom and Higher Education in Turkey" issued by the Middle East Studies Association on July 21, 2016.
Current SAH Opportunities
Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship: This award provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture. Deadline September 5. 

SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals: These awards provide one-year SAH memberships to emerging scholars to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and full-cost memberships. Deadline September 12.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: $50,000 fellowship that allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline October 3.

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. 

HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship: Permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2017. Deadline December 31.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
The Saarinen (Michigan) Chapter was proud to have founding member Tom Trombley presented a 2015-2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) for “35 Years of Dedication to Discovering and Sharing the History of Saginaw.” At the MHPN’s 36th annual statewide conference just held in Detroit, founding chapter member Janet Kreger was chosen to present “A Battle of Designs: Albert Kahn and the design of his 1924 Literary Building at the University of Michigan.”

Registration for the SESAH Conference in New Orleans is open through August! Please join us under the eaves for paper and poster presentations, plenaries and addresses, publication and preservation awards, tours and more. Tulane University is our host, and the St. Charles Streetcar line takes us to the conference hotels. Visit to register.

The Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture SHERA announced the receipt of a tax-exempt donation in support of conference travel for a graduate student. The grant is given in honor of the Russian art historian Maya V. Semina, the author of Filipp Maliavin (BooksMArt Press, 2014). Award procedures will be elaborated at the SHERA Membership Meeting during 2016 ASEEES Annual Convention.
SAH in the News
18 Useful Research Resources for Architects Online
Members in the News
Catherine Boland Erkkila Awarded Vernacular Architecture Forum's Bishir Prize
Art Institute of Chicago Architecture Department Plans Permanent Gallery
Interview with The Getty's Maristella Casciato
SAH August Booklist
Read the August 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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