SAH Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

by SAH News | Sep 21, 2017

September 2017 Volume LXI, No. 9 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
  Tickets Available for SAH Awards Gala
The Society of Architectural Historians will present the SAH Awards for Architectural Excellence at its 8th Annual Awards Gala on November 17, at The Racquet Club of Chicago. SAH will honor retired Lt. Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker, founder and president of the TAWANI Foundation; architect Ralph Johnson, FAIA, Global Design Director at Perkins + Will; and architects Sharon Johnston, FAIA, and Mark Lee, founders and principals of architecture firm Johnston Marklee.

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  HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field the opportunity to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2018. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2017

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  Making History - Frank Lloyd Wright at the Global Crossroads: Chicago/Tokyo/NYC/LA
On Thursday, November 16, SAH President Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, will discuss with 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee the global design practice of Frank Lloyd Wright in "making history" in the contemporary context.

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logo    SAH Announces 2017 Strategic Plan
SAH is pleased to announce the 2017 Strategic Plan to guide efforts over the next three to five years. The 2017 Plan builds on SAH’s 2010 strategic plan, which was completed just as SAH was developing and launching three new online educational resources, JSAH Online, SAHARA, and SAH Archipedia.

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OHC    Charnley-Persky House to Take Part in Open House Chicago
Charnley-Persky House, the landmark building that serves as the headquarters for SAH, will participate in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, an annual, free, citywide festival that gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at many of Chicago’s great places and spaces.

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JSAH    JSAH for Teaching
If you teach, fall is the perfect time to assign articles from the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians to your students. Published since 1941, JSAH is widely recognized as a leading English-language journal on history of the built environment. Each issue offers four to five 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 designed to place the discipline of architectural history within a larger intellectual context.

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museum    SAHARA Highlights: Modernism in the Southern and Central Americas
This month, we feature modernist design from Mexico to Peru, in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking parts of the Americas. Brasilia is especially well represented in SAHARA, thanks to Lisa Shrenk, but also look for QTVR panoramas taken by Dietrich Neumann.

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monument    Confederate Monuments and Civic Values in the Wake of Charlottesville
By Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles
The political climate in the United States since the election of Barack Obama has brought to public view a virulent strain of white supremacy that is deeply embedded in American history and culture. The last presidential election seems to have given white supremacists permission to be more open.

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Devils Tower    2017 Peterson Fellowship Report
By Willa Granger, 2017 Peterson Fellowship Recipient
Graduate study is often a tensile combination of broadening and winnowing: broadening one's knowledge of the field, while winnowing one's area of expertise. And while my schoolwork so far has certainly been exploratory, I only seem to do research and writing in the latter, honing my methodological program and scope of focus.

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St Pauls    St. Paul’s Character in St. Paul’s Cathedral
By 'Deyemi Akande, 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
The first hint we have of the man later to become a great apostle and martyr Saint Paul was at the martyrdom of Stephen. The vicious stoning to death of Stephen is a chilling account to read, if you have a vivid imagination. So it will be easy to place Saul’s temperament for in spite of the horror, he stood and watched the slaughter with an unsettling cold calm.

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Getty Foundation Graduate Internships
Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation, as well as in Getty Publications—to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking.

Obituary: Abbott Lowell Cummings, 94
Abbott Lowell Cummings wrote the book on New England’s first houses, and it wasn’t a simple task. He was in his 20s when he began his research and in his 50s by the time “The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725” was published. In 1979, his work received the Laurence L. Winship Book Award at the Globe’s annual book festival. Read the full obituary here. A memorial service for Abbott Lowell Cummings will be held at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St, Boston, MA, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 3 pm. For further information contact Donald Friary at or 978-745-0184.
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH/GAHTC Grants: In partnership with GAHTC, SAH is offering Research-to-Teaching Grants and Field Seminar Travel Grants.

SAH Annual International Conference Fellowships: These awards support speakers presenting at the SAH Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, MN. Deadline September 28.

de Montêquin Fellowship: This award provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture. Open to junior and senior scholars. Deadline October 1.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: This $50,000 award allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline October 1.

SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals: This award provides emerging scholars with a one-year electronic SAH membership. Deadline October 1.

SAH American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program: SAH seeks partners to organize tours of the built environment for our youth-oriented field trip program created to provide opportunities for underserved youths. Deadline December 1.

HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tomkins Fellowship: A joint program of SAH and the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), this fellowship permits a graduate student to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2018. Deadline December 31.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
The SAH MDR (PNW) Chapter is pleased to report the results of our 2017 election, held in conjunction with our annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, from June 16-18, 2017. Election results are as follows: Diana Painter, President; Amanda Clark, Vice-President; Kathryn Burk-Hise, Secretary; and Mimi Sheridan, Treasurer. Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer received a special tribute at the conference in recognition of their years of service to the chapter. Please see our blog for an account of their contributions.

For a Special Collection on Digital Architectural History, Architectural Histories, the open access journal of the EAHN, in collaboration with the Institute for the History and Theory of architecture at the ETH Zürich (gta), seeks proposals for contributions that set a new benchmark in digital publication in the field of the history of architecture and the built environment. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2017. View the CFP here.
SAH in the News
The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces Programming Calendar (Curbed Chicago, Aug 23)
Why Did Sears Cover Up Its Windows? It Wasn't Always That Way (DNAinfo, Sep 14)
SAH Career Center
Visit the Career Center to view the jobs below or to purchase and post a job announcement
Worcester College - The Scott Opler Fellowship in Architectural History
University of Oregon - History of Art & Architecture / Environmental Studies (tenure-track)
Rutgers - Full Time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Art of the Americas
University of Maryland, College Park - Assistant Professor
The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) - Industrial Historian
Princeton University - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Members in the News
Dianne S. Harris Appointed Senior Program Officer at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
SAH September Booklist
Read the September 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: Mona Abdelwahab, Thalia Allington-Wood, Silvia Benedito, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Richard Butler, Suelen Camerin, James Carter, Sylvia Chan, Liran Chen, Katherine Coty, Amy DaPonte, Kelsey Dootson, Gail Dubrow, Chris Edwards, Caterina Frisone, Joan E. Geller, Margaret George, Naina Gupta, Burton Jack Hanly, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Hanan Kataw, Jim Laukes, Giuseppe Mazzone, Warren Bradley McCallum, Magdalena Novoa E., Ron Ostezan, Aaron Rutt, Birgitte Sauge, Alex Y. Seo, Ann Shannon, Jochen Silvetti-Schmitt, Michele Silvetti-Schmitt, Matthew Teismann, Saparya Varma, and Yang Yang.

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