SAH Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

by SAH News | Dec 13, 2017

December 2017 Volume LXI, No. 12 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
  New for the SAH 2018 Saint Paul Conference
The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, MN, April 18–22, 2018. We’re excited to welcome our members to Saint Paul for what promises to be a dynamic conference full of opportunities to share research, network, and explore the architecture of the Twin Cities. Below we’ve highlighted important dates and changes so you know what to expect.

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library    SAH in Paris: Glass, Light & Structure
SAH is pleased to present a two-day fundraiser offering special access to iconic landmarks from the 19th to 21st centuries in Paris and the region. Enjoy 48 hours touring in and around Paris, Lille, and Lens with SAH Past President Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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conference    Your Tax-Deductible Gift Will Make a Difference
As you make year-end charitable gifts, please consider making a gift to support the SAH Annual Fund. Your contribution of any size will help ensure that SAH continues to provide quality programming and resources to its members at all stages of study and career to serve our next generation of leaders. You will be supporting programs and resources such as the SAH Annual International Conference, fellowships and awards, publications, SAH Field Seminars and Study Days, digital resources and our headquarters, Charnley-Persky House.  

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AA logo    SAH Letter to Opposing Closure of AA Publications
At its annual fall meeting on November 18, 2017, the SAH Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the continuation of the Architectural Association's Publications Department following the AA's cost-cutting plans to make its entire publication and exhibitions departments redundant.

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Capitol    Joint Statement Opposing US Proposal to Tax Tuition Waivers
SAH, along with more than 30 other learned societies, issued a joint statement in opposition to the proposal to tax graduate school tuition waivers as income, a provision included in the tax reform bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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AT&T    Letters from the SAH Heritage Conservation Committee
Recent letters produced by the SAH Heritage Conservation Committee are available on the SAH website. In November, the Committee sent letters supporting the retention of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program, supporting the Landmark designation of Johnson and Burgee's AT&T Building, and opposing the proposed U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO.

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field trip    SAH Makes Four New Architectural Field Trip Grants
SAH is pleased to announce that it has made grants to four organizations that will administer field trips in 2018 as part of the SAH American Architectural and Landscape Field Trip Program. The program, funded by an anonymous donor, focuses on providing enriching architectural field trips for underserved grade school and high school students.

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  #GivingTuesday Success
Thanks to our generous supporters, in just ONE DAY we were able to raise over $5,000 for SAH Archipedia, our digital encyclopedia of architecture and landscapes in the US. Donations came in through our #GivingTuesday donation page, fundraisers set up on our Facebook page, and offline contributions, making this our most successful #GivingTuesday to date.

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gala    SAH 8th Annual Awards Gala Recap
The Society of Architectural Historians was joined by 190 members of SAH and the Chicago architectural community at its 8th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 17, at The Racquet Club of Chicago. The Society presented the 2017 Awards for Architectural Excellence to Ralph Johnson, FAIA, retired Lt. Col. Jennifer Pritzker, and Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee. The event generated net proceeds over $105,000 to support SAH’s educational programs and publications.

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  JSAH December Issue Now Available
SAH is pleased to announce the release of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 76, No. 4, December 2017 issue. SAH members can access full articles by logging on to the SAH website and following the link on the JSAH Online page (visible to members under the Publications and Research menu.)

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Maine    SAH Archipedia: Maine 100 Classic Buildings Completed
With the addition of 90 building entries and 15 linked entries, Maine 100 Classic Buildings is now complete on SAH Archipedia. Coordinator John F. Bauman has compiled a list of buildings and sites that illustrate Maine’s rich architectural history, from industrial mills to Shingle Style summer cottages.

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Imperial Hotel    SAHARA Highlights: Danielle Willkens
This month we recognize Danielle Willkens, the 2015 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship, which gives young scholars the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to help broaden their perspective on the built environment. During her travel year, Danielle visited Iceland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands, Japan, and Cuba.

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La Sagrada Familia    La Sagrada Familia: A Testament of Architectural Ingenuity
By 'Deyemi Akande, 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
By any standard, the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, also known as Sagrada Familia, is every inch a miracle of architecture and construction. It is by far one of the most fascinating structures I have seen so far in my fellowship travels.

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SAH Archipedia Highlighted at National Humanities Conference
A special panel at the 2017 National Humanities Conference in Boston brought together the executive directors of four ACLS member societies to discuss their associations' efforts to increase public engagement with humanities research. Pauline Saliga highlighted SAH Archipedia, a growing, interactive digital encyclopedia produced by the Society of Architectural Historians that catalogues the built world with histories, photographs, and maps. Read More
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 SAH Marion Dean Ross (Pacific Northwest) Chapter is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for our upcoming annual conference in Astoria, Oregon, from May 18-20, 2018. The theme of the conference is “Constructing Community: Architecture, Diversity, and Identity in the Pacific Northwest.” We are also soliciting applications for our grant programs. Submissions for both are due February 12, 2018. For more information, please see the SAHMDR website or blog.

Save the date! SESAH will host its 2018 Annual Meeting at Kansas State University from October 3-6. More details forthcoming at

Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) awarded first Annual SHERA Emerging Scholar Prize to Prof. Christina E. Crawford of Emory University for her essay “From Tractors to Territory: Socialist Urbanization through Standardization” published during preceding year in Journal of Urban History. Crawford details the importation of a Fordist model of industrial standardization and illuminates the importance of adaptability within standardized design practices that fueled the tempo of urbanization.
SAH Career Center
Visit the Career Center to view the jobs below or to purchase and post a job announcement

Carelton University - Assistant Professor
Miami University - Assistant Professor, Architectural Historian
University of California, Santa Barbara - Assistant Professor, Dept. of the History of Art and Architecture
American University in Beirut - Tenure Track Open Position
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
Members in the News
Obituary: Bonnie MacDougall, Cornell University
Obituary: Vincent Scully, Yale University

Are you an SAH member with news to share? Follow these instructions to submit your member news to the SAH website.
SAH December Booklist
Read the December 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: Pep Aviles, Darka Bilic, Michael Grogan, NanHyong Kang, Jeff Lieber, Brad Miller, Kerralie Oeuvray, Fatima Quiraishi, Rachel Bettaliata, Daniel Sherer, and Katherine Taylor-Hasty.


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