HTC members newly elected to SAH Board 2021-2024

Eliana Abu-Hamdi, PhD, project manager for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) in the History, Theory and Criticism at MIT, was elected among the new directors to the Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, her service commencing April 2021. Eliana is also currently adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College, CUNY, in the Department of Political Science, and teaches courses on Global Poverty and the Ethics of Development, the History of Urbanism and Urban Policy and Planning in the U.S. She is an architectural historian, urbanist, designer and Middle Eastern/Global South scholar with published articles the International Journal of Islamic ArchitectureTraditional Dwellings and Settlement ReviewCities, Buildings and Landscapes, and The Middle East Report. She also has contributed chapters in a volume on urban governance in the Middle East, and another on social housing in the Middle East. She is actively developing her manuscript for submission to Cambridge University Press. Abu-Hamdi received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in architectural history from University of California, Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Ana María León (PhD, HTC-2015) is an architect and a historian of objects, buildings, and landscapes. Her research and teaching examines the modernity of the Americas and its transcontinental flows. She studies how different publics relate to each other through spatial practices and discourses of power and resistance. León is assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She is co-founder of several collaborations laboring to broaden the reach of architectural history including Detroit Resists, the Decolonizing Pedagogies Workshop (DPW), the Settler Colonial City Project (SCCP), and Nuestro Norte es el Sur. Her book, Modernity for the Masses: Antonio Bonet’s Dreams for Buenos Aires, published 2021 by University of Texas Press.

Ana María León and Eliana Abu-Hamdi will serve as Directors on the Board for a three-year term (April 2021–April 2024)

SAH also announced members of the 2021 Graduate Student Advisory Committee

Antonio Pacheco (current PhD-student in HTC) will serve on the committee for a two year term. 
Antonio works at the intersection of architecture, historiography, and editorial production, and is interested in the spatial practices of governmental entities. His work examines the symbolic, bureaucratic, and professional legacies of public architecture across the United States, with a particular emphasis on the modes of architectural production of the New Deal.