SAH Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

by SAH News | Nov 21, 2017

November 2017 Volume LXI, No. 11 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
  Update on SAH Archipedia
The Society of Architectural Historians continues to develop new content and improved technology for SAH Archipedia. Over the next two years, we plan to migrate all the content to a new, mobile-friendly platform that will allow for greater accessibility and use.

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Brooks Fellows    Giving to the SAH Annual Fund
As we approach the end of the calendar year and begin a new year of programming, we invite you to make a contribution to the SAH Annual Fund to ensure that the Society carries out its mission to promote the study, interpretation and conservation of the built environment locally, nationally and globally in the coming year.

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Paris    Save the Date: SAH in Paris Fundraiser
SAH is pleased to announce a fundraiser, May 17-18, 2018, offering two days touring in and around Paris with SAH Past President Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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  SAH/Mellon Author Award-Winning Books Published in 2017
SAH is happy to announce that the following publications funded by the SAH/Mellon Author Awards are now available for purchase. The awards are designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment, and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications. Discount codes are available for some titles.

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  Double Your Gift on #GivingTuesday
On Tuesday, November 28, SAH will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Funds raised will help support new content and site enhancements for SAH Archipedia, our online encyclopedia of architecture and landscapes in the United States. Your #GivingTuesday donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a grant from the NEH.

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Shawneetown Bank    SAH Archipedia: Illinois Entries Added
We are pleased to announce the addition of 100 Illinois Classic Buildings to SAH Archipedia. This new material by state coordinators Jean Follett, James Peters, and Elizabeth Milnarik features sites from across the state, including iconic Chicago skyscrapers and the Charnley-Persky House, the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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Colbeck    SAHARA Highlights: Caribbean Rim
This month focuses on the Caribbean to emphasize how SAHARA can serve as a record of buildings threatened by natural disasters. We particularly welcome contributions from scholars with collections of images from Puerto Rico. This set of images includes buildings from the islands as well as sites on the mainland at the edges of the Caribbean, where networks of trade connected ports as far away as Bermuda down to the north coast of South America.

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vaults    Decorated Vault Ceilings in British Cathedrals
By 'Deyemi Akande, 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
If Gothic vaults were a topic at a roundtable, many would be disposed to discuss their structural brilliance, leaving only little space for the appreciation of them as art. I, quite frankly, agree that the virtuosity of a vault system is probably more recognized as a structural feat than an ornamental one, but in spite of the obvious, I am inclined to see the beauty of the structure first before exploring the structure of the beauty.

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NYBG Call for Fellows 2018-19
The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities. View the Call for Fellows
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH/GAHTC Grants: In partnership with GAHTC, SAH is offering Research-to-Teaching Grants and Field Seminar Travel Grants. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins 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.

Charles E. Peterson Fellowship: Supports the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States series and/or SAH Archipedia. Deadline January 2.

SAH 2019 Call for Sessions: SAH is accepting session proposals for its 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Membership is NOT required to submit a proposal; however, if accepted, non-members will be required to join SAH in order to serve as a session chair. Deadline January 16.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set. The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. The call for papers will open in November. The theme will center around Astoria's traditional maritime history. 

Last month, SESAH greeted nearly 150 participants to its annual conference in Lynchburg, Virginia, where the 2017 Best of the South Preservation Award and Publication Awards were announced. Participants enjoyed engaging presentations, an exhibit on African-American Green Book travel guides, a keynote address by S. Allen Chambers, and a very special evening tour and reception at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Visit for more information about the conference and other announcements.

Construction History Society of America announces a Call for Abstracts for their 2018 Biennial Meeting held at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, May 24-26, 2018. We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction in the Americas to submit abstracts for presentation. Deadline: November 21, 2017. For more information please visit our website.

Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) and the Cambridge Courtland Russian Art Centre (CCRAC) organized the First International Conference “Translations and Dialogues: The Reception of Russian Art Abroad,” hosted by Centro Studi sulle Arti della Russia (CSAR) at the University Ca' Foscari, Auditorium Santa Margherita, Venice, Italy, in October 25-27, 2017. The conference engaged a broad spectrum of ideas and was free and open to the public.

The Travel Awards Committee of the Visual Resources Association is happy to announce that the website is up for the 2018 conference in Philadelphia (March 27-30). Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance to attend the conference. VRA membership is not required to complete the application. Visit the conference website to learn more about the program and events. For more information on Travel Awards, visit this page.
SAH Career Center
Visit the Career Center to view the jobs below or to purchase and post a job announcement

American University in Beirut, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture - Tenure Track Open Position
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - Construction Project Manager 2 (Historic Projects)
Colby College - Faculty Fellow in American Art History
Cornell University - Assistant Professor in History of Architecture and Urbanism
University of North Carolina - Charlotte - Assistant Professor in Architectural History
Boston University - Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Architecture 
Members in the News
SAH Members Receive 2017 Carter Manny Award Citations of Special Recognition from Graham Foundation

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SAH November Booklist
Read the November 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: Marjorie Callahan, Peyvand Firouzeh, Melina Gooray, Thomas Hardy, Mark Hertzberg, Nadia Kurd, John G. Kurtz, Judith H. lanius, Michael Manalo, Erica C. Meyer, Jim Schnobrich, Abigail Stewart, Kurt Streich, Sara Taylor, Katie Totman, Ben Vandenput, Chelsea Wait, Andrew Wasserman, Glen Watson, Debbie Whelan, Michelle J. Wilkinson, Mark Zadrozny, and Ladislav Zikmund-Lender.


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