SAH Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

by SAH News | Jan 18, 2017

January 2017 Volume LXI, No. 1 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter

  Registration is Open for the SAH 2017 Glasgow Conference 
Early registration for the SAH 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, is now open! The conference marks the first time SAH has met outside North America in over 40 years and coincides with Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Register now for the best rates and program availability. Tours are already selling out!

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Akande    SAH Announces the 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
The Society of Architectural Historians has awarded the 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship to architectural historian and photographer Adeyemi Akande. The prestigious award allows an emerging scholar to travel anywhere in the world for one year to gain firsthand experience of the built environment through observation, photography, writing and sketching, and to acquire knowledge that will contribute to one’s profession and to society.

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commerce    Highlights from SAHARA: Commerce, Part II
A couple of months ago we highlighted a very small selection of the vast offerings in SAHARA related to commerce. This month we revisit this topic to see more of the wonderful places and things our members have documented and contributed. This selection of images includes imposing 19th-century department stores, humble stalls and dry goods stores, and inventively repurposed buildings. Again, we thank our members for their keen eyes, skill, and generosity in sharing these images.

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MN   SAH Archipedia: Minnesota Entries Added
Fifty new entries from the state of Minnesota have been added to SAH Archipedia. Compiled by Victoria M. Young, University of St. Thomas professor and Chair of Art History and SAH 2nd Vice President, and historic landscape preservationist Frank Edgerton Martin, in collaboration with a variety of contributors, the selection embraces high style and vernacular architecture, natural and industrial landscapes, classical and modernist styles, and ranges from the prehistoric Jeffers Petroglyphs to the contemporary Target Field.

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Plaza Revolucion    New Year Interlude: Two Architectural Pilgrimages             
By Danielle S. Willkens, 2015 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
In December, I traveled more than 2,000 miles around Cuba, exploring portions of the nation's central and southern provinces. My travels included a total of nearly two days on Viazul buses, ferry rides, day trips in a range of classic cars (with a handful of detours due to overheating engines), and an inter-Cuba flight where the use of any electronics or headphones were prohibited.

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Obituary: James S. Ackerman, FSAH (1919-2016)
Architectural historian James Ackerman, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus, died on December 31 in Cambridge. He was 97. A World War II veteran who discovered a lifelong passion for Renaissance architecture while stationed in Italy, Ackerman was an acclaimed scholar of Renaissance history and the theory of architecture. Read More

Obituary: Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016)
Professor Emeritus, Dr. Lloyd Engelbrecht (1927-2016), died peacefully in his sleep in hospice on New Year’s Eve after battling neuroendocrine cancer for half a year. He was a beloved faculty member of the Art History program at the University of Cincinnati, 1980-2001, where he taught the history of design, and modern art and architecture, and mentored twenty-four M.A. advisees. Read More

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs
ACLS invites applications for the seventh competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Further information about the application process and this year’s positions is available at The application deadline is March 22, 2017.

NEH Public Scholar Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2017 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Application guidelines are available on the NEH website at The application deadline is February 1, 2017.

First-Quarter Donor Recognition
The Board of Directors and SAH staff thanks its first-quarter donors for their gifts to support our mission and educational programs during the period from October 1-December 31, 2016. View FY 2017 Donor List.
Current SAH Opportunities
Call for SAH Archipedia Contributors: SAH seeks scholar contributors to produce thematic and place-based essays that will interpret the built environment of the United States—buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes. Deadline January 31.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
February 9 NESAH Annual Meeting, 6pm. Lecture, 7pm. Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. Keith Morgan, Professor Emeritus, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University, will speak on the topic of Trinity Church on its 140th anniversary; he is a co-author for a new guidebook published in October. He will examine the ways that historians have interpreted the building over time as well as summarizing its significance and evolution. Visit

Join SESAH in Lynchburg, Virginia, October 11-14, 2017, for its annual conference! For details, please visit Responses to the Call for Papers are due March 31. SESAH offers travel grants to offset the cost of attending the conference. Grants are awarded to up to three graduate students and one emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office. Applications are available through the website.

The 2017 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference will take place May 31-June 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The focus of the conference is on the Great Basin and how the vast interior of the western U.S. was transformed beginning in the 19th century into one of the world’s most distinctive regional landscapes. Read more at

Registration is open for the Visual Resources Association's 34th Annual Conference, "Unbridled Opportunities" to be held in Louisville, KY, March 29-April 1, 2017. Early registration ends February 28, 2017. Register at
SAH Career Center
Visit the Career Center to view the jobs below or to purchase and post a job announcement.

Renaissance Development - Administrative/Production Associate
Rice University - Spatial Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow
Rutgers University - Postdoctoral Associate in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
Rice University - Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture and the Humanities
MIT-HTC - Project Manager, Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC)
University of Massachusetts Lowell - Visiting Lecturer, Art History
Texas A&M University - Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Positions
Vanderbilt University - Mellon Assistant Professor of Asian Art
SAH in the News
Architects Head to Glasgow to Celebrate City's Buildings (The Scotsman - January 13, 2017)
Experts Out for a Glimpse of 'Plook' Town at the 70th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (The National - January 11, 2017)
Foundations Laid as Hundreds to Celebrate Glasgow Buildings (The Herald Scotland - January 11, 2017)
Society of Architectural Historians to Host Global Conference in Glasgow (Daily Record - January 11, 2017)
Members in the News
Eran Neuman Named Israel Museum Director
Robert A.M. Stern Wins 2017 AIA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education
SAH January Booklist
Read the January Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.
New SAH Members
SAH welcomes our newest members:
Ann Alspaugh, Vyta Baselice, Heather V. Butler, Andrea Coccorese, Maria Counts, Azra Dawood, Erika deBroekert, Colin Fanning, Clara Garofalo, Will Gebauer, Douglas Hartig, Travis Hope, Stephanie Jamrog, Morgan Sykes Jaybush, Eliyahu Keller, K. M. Kosut, Lin Lin, Anna Marcum, Nicole Meyer, Amanda Morrow, Daniel Nadenicek, Miriam Paeslack, James Poulson, George Punnoose, Anna Ripatti, Reyhan Sabri, Mor Segal, Hannah Simonson, Danny Smith, Deborah Stein, Jennifer Stern, Steven Trout, Scott Williams, Paola Zellner, and Boyuan Zhang

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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