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At the center of SAH Celebrates is the Charnley-Persky House (1891–1892), a National Historic Landmark and a Chicago Landmark designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, that serves as SAH headquarters. SAH Celebrates highlights the importance of fostering a supportive community whose efforts ensure the stewardship of architectural gems like the Charnley-Persky House.

Proceeds benefit the ongoing maintenance and care of the Charnley-Persky House and SAH's educational programs and publications, including SAH Archipedia and  Buildings of the United States.

T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA
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Laurence O. Booth, FAIA
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Chicago History Museum
 
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Chicago Architecture Center
 
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SAH Chicago Chapter
 
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University of Illinois at Chicago
 
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Olsen Vranas Architects

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 
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Cynthia Vranas
Mies Van der Rohe Society
 
Cynthia Weese, FAIA
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Commission on Chicago Landmarks

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    A webinar series featuring six acclaimed critics discussing the current state of architectural criticism, and criticism's role in addressing the major crises of our time.

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    The University of Oregon in Eugene and Portland, Oregon invites applications for Visiting Faculty Fellowships in Design for Spatial Justice at the rank of assistant, associate, full, or professor of practice in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and historic preservation in the School of Architecture & Environment in the College of Design. The School of Architecture & Environment will award up to six faculty fellowships in design/research and teaching for durations of two terms to three years, to start as early as September 2021. Each fellow will be expected to teach one or two courses per quarter (five courses per year) and to contribute to scholarship and public programming.

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    The SAH Women in Architecture​Affiliate Group and SAH WiA AG Registers Committee invite submissions of bibliographic references, new or absent in the initial edition of the SAH Women in Architecture Bibliography. Contributors will be recognized in Acknowledgements. We invite references to expand: – The list of BOOKS authored/edited BY WOMEN, who are architectural and art historians, educators, curators, critics, other protagonists in our profession. – The list of BOOKS ABOUT WOMEN’s CONTRIBUTION to the built environment integrating works in broader diversity, border- and cross-disciplinary studies, covering various geographies, and areas relevant to understanding and teaching the subject. – The list of THESES ABOUT WOMEN’s CONTRIBUTION to the discipline. – The list of BOOKS/THESES, following the same logistics, published in languages other than English. NO DEADLINE! Subject Line: WiA Bibliography 2023; Format: Word doc. / Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition The SAH Women in Architecture Bibliography is a comprehensive project in-progress of the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group, a groundbreaking effort to document and recognize the essential role women have played in the creation of the built environment, from practicing architects, urban, landscape, and interior designers, to artists and craftsmen, to the many scholars who have informed, advocated, and educated through their publications, exhibitions, and numerous public and private programs around women in architecture. While there have been bibliographies and collections developed on the topic, no effort has been made to organize a major inclusive database of books and theses about the contribution of women to the built environment. These efforts of the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group have just launched, and the initial open e-access edition containing c. 1,100 titles has been published online in July and in August 2021. The Society of Architectural Historians and the SAH WiA AG are committed to creating the bibliography that will lead current and future generations of professionals to the core literature of inclusive, powerful writings by and about women in the integral field of architecture.

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Obituary:  Benjamin Weese (1929-2024)

May 13, 2024 by Catharine Weese

Benjamin Weese, 94, passed away peacefully on April 29th due to complications from Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cynthia Weese; son Daniel Towler Weese and his wife Cheryl Towler Weese; daughter Catharine Weese and her husband Nicholas Giusti; and five grandchildren: Micah, Cole and Carter Weese; and Emilia and Anouk Giusti.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1929, Ben spent his early years on the North Shore. A move to the then-farm town of Barrington in the early 1940s fostered a life-long love of gardening and goats. After a high-school career as a football player and pole vaulter, Ben matriculated at Harvard in 1947. While his initial interests leaned toward social issues, he soon recognized a vocation for architecture; and upon graduation in 1951 he continued immediately to Harvard's Graduate School of Design. His studies were interrupted by the Korean War, when his religious beliefs led him to identify as a conscientious objector. His alternative service brought him to Germany in 1952, where he worked in a camp for young refugees escaping from communist East Germany. This time in post-World War II Europe was formative, and provided a touchstone for the rest of his life.

Returning from Europe in 1954, Ben continued his architecture studies with a new perspective influenced by the density of European cities and their vernacular architecture. After graduating in 1957, he joined the practice of his eldest brother Harry, where he led numerous large-scale academic and housing projects. Ben was instrumental in the historical preservation movement in Chicago, spearheading the drive to save H.H. Richardson's Glessner House on Prairie Avenue, and helping found the organization that would become the Chicago Architecture Center. He was an early urban "pioneer", buying a rooming house in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago in the late 1950s and helping kick off the renaissance of the historic neighborhood. As part of the Chicago Seven group of architects, he helped advance a vision of architecture that departed from the strict dogma of Mies van der Rohe's modernism; and he became a founding member of the reborn Chicago Architectural Club.

In 1977 Ben went into practice with his wife Cynthia and a series of partners; their firm, now known as Weese Langley Weese, specializes in institutional work and low-income housing, and Ben took special pride in his work for libraries and churches. Extensive travel in Europe informed and inspired the practice. Ben was a longstanding board member and president of the Graham Foundation; and he continued his advocacy for the historic fabric of Chicago as part of the city's Landmarks Commission.

In his later years, Ben enjoyed spending time shepherding his pine forests and gardening at his home in a small former logging town in Michigan. There, he invested in the traditional village fabric as well, promoting low-income housing, green space and local commerce. Everywhere he lived he left a lasting mark, from the architecture he built and preserved, to the street trees he planted in his Chicago neighborhood and the lush garden in Michigan…

A memorial will be planned for the fall.

Ben Weese joined SAH in 1992 and was a Life member.  He was honored by SAH at the inaugural SAH Awards Gala in 2010 as part of the Chicago Seven, for architectural excellence.  He subsequently served on the Awards Gala Committee in 2016.  

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Obituary:  Benjamin Weese (1929-2024)

May 13, 2024 by Catharine Weese

Benjamin Weese, 94, passed away peacefully on April 29th due to complications from Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cynthia Weese; son Daniel Towler Weese and his wife Cheryl Towler Weese; daughter Catharine Weese and her husband Nicholas Giusti; and five grandchildren: Micah, Cole and Carter Weese; and Emilia and Anouk Giusti.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1929, Ben spent his early years on the North Shore. A move to the then-farm town of Barrington in the early 1940s fostered a life-long love of gardening and goats. After a high-school career as a football player and pole vaulter, Ben matriculated at Harvard in 1947. While his initial interests leaned toward social issues, he soon recognized a vocation for architecture; and upon graduation in 1951 he continued immediately to Harvard's Graduate School of Design. His studies were interrupted by the Korean War, when his religious beliefs led him to identify as a conscientious objector. His alternative service brought him to Germany in 1952, where he worked in a camp for young refugees escaping from communist East Germany. This time in post-World War II Europe was formative, and provided a touchstone for the rest of his life.

Returning from Europe in 1954, Ben continued his architecture studies with a new perspective influenced by the density of European cities and their vernacular architecture. After graduating in 1957, he joined the practice of his eldest brother Harry, where he led numerous large-scale academic and housing projects. Ben was instrumental in the historical preservation movement in Chicago, spearheading the drive to save H.H. Richardson's Glessner House on Prairie Avenue, and helping found the organization that would become the Chicago Architecture Center. He was an early urban "pioneer", buying a rooming house in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago in the late 1950s and helping kick off the renaissance of the historic neighborhood. As part of the Chicago Seven group of architects, he helped advance a vision of architecture that departed from the strict dogma of Mies van der Rohe's modernism; and he became a founding member of the reborn Chicago Architectural Club.

In 1977 Ben went into practice with his wife Cynthia and a series of partners; their firm, now known as Weese Langley Weese, specializes in institutional work and low-income housing, and Ben took special pride in his work for libraries and churches. Extensive travel in Europe informed and inspired the practice. Ben was a longstanding board member and president of the Graham Foundation; and he continued his advocacy for the historic fabric of Chicago as part of the city's Landmarks Commission.

In his later years, Ben enjoyed spending time shepherding his pine forests and gardening at his home in a small former logging town in Michigan. There, he invested in the traditional village fabric as well, promoting low-income housing, green space and local commerce. Everywhere he lived he left a lasting mark, from the architecture he built and preserved, to the street trees he planted in his Chicago neighborhood and the lush garden in Michigan…

A memorial will be planned for the fall.

Ben Weese joined SAH in 1992 and was a Life member.  He was honored by SAH at the inaugural SAH Awards Gala in 2010 as part of the Chicago Seven, for architectural excellence.  He subsequently served on the Awards Gala Committee in 2016.  

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