Many Presenting at the 2019 SAH Conference

This year twenty-one students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Department of Architecture will participate in the 2019 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Conference, hosted April 24 - 28 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Early Thursday morning, Joseph Siry (PhD ’84; Professor, Wesleyan University) will present his paper “The Salk Institute for Biological Studies: Environmental Systems” during the “Indoor Climate Change” session. His presentation will be on Thursday, April 25, at 8:35 a.m. in room 551B.

Thursday morning, Professor Mark Jarzombek and Eliana AbuHamdi Murchie will co-chair “The Untold Histories of Peripheral Architecture and Cities.” This session is organized by the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC), of which Professor Jarzombek is a co-founder. The goal of this session is to explore the untold architectural histories of the “periphery”—that is, the histories not generally associated with the architecture of the West, believed to be “the core” of architectural history. The session “invites papers that tell the stories and histories of the periphery rather than the canonical center, thus expanding the discussion of non-canonical architecture and places…This session [aims to] de-sensationalize non-western architecture, freeing it from a tautological identity as non-classical, primitive, and exotic.” Carla Keyvanian (PhD ’00; Associate Professor, Auburn University) will present her paper “A Method for the Periphery: Form, Structure, and Microhistory,” during the session. The session takes place Thursday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. in room 550 AB.

Late Thursday afternoon, Gail Fenske (PhD ’88, Professor, Roger Williams University) will chair the session “Coastal Trade, World Trade: The Port Cities of Narragansett Bay.” The session is on Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in room 551A.

HTC alumni Katherine J. Wheeler (PhD ’07; Associate Professor, University of Miami) and Michael Osman (PhD ’08, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles) will co-chair the session “Pre-Construction” on Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in room 551B.

Associate Professor Lauren Jacobi will co-chair “Land, Air, Sea: Environment during the Early Modern Period” together with Jennifer Ferng (PhD ‘12; Lecturer, University of Sydney). The panel aims to explore how earlier practices concerning architecture and the environment preceded more modern concepts of environmental exploitation and the consequences of man-made interventions. Caroline Murphy, a current HTC PhD candidate, will present her paper “Waters and Wealth: Giovanni Botero and Environmental Management in Late-Renaissance Italy.” Christy Anderson (PhD ‘93; Professor, University of Toronto) will present her paper, “Left on Shore: Iron and Fish in the North Atlantic.” The panel takes place Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 3pm to 5:10 pm in Room 550 AB.

Michael Kubo (PhD ’18; Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, University of Houston) will present his paper titled “AEC, or the Rise of the Multinational Architectural Corporation,” as part of the session “The Historiography of the Present Condition.” His presentation takes place Thursday, April 25, at 12:25p.m. in room 552B.

HTC PhD candidate Jessica Varner will facilitate the Mentoring Café. The Mentoring Café will be open Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 556B.

On Friday morning, Jordan Kauffman (PhD ’15; Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia) will present “A Need for History: Drawings between Aesthetics and Practice in England” as a part of the session “Architectural Drawings as Artifact and Evidence.” Kauffman’s 2015 dissertation was recently published as a book titled Drawing on Architecture: The Object of Lines, 1970-1990 (MIT Press, 2018). Kaufman will be present his paper on Friday, April 26, at 9:55 in room 550 AB.

Eliana AbuHamdi Murchie (GAHTC Project Manager) will moderate the GAHTC Roundtable on Friday morning, which will “open the discussion of the importance of a new global history, one based in an ethical responsibility, and a discursive approach to architectural history that has an intellectual longevity.” The GAHTC Roundtable will take place on Friday, April 26, from 9:00a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in room 555A, 5th Floor.

During the “Open Session” panel, Avigail Sachs (SMarchS ’97; Associate Professor, University of Tennessee) will present her paper “The Garden in the Machine: The TVA Landscape” on Friday, April 26, at 11:45 a.m. in room 553B.

Associate Professor Ana Mijački will present “Precedent of Evidence of Precedent: The Rotterdam Kunsthal and the Gap between Architecture and Law” as a part of the “Architecture and Copyright” panel. Professor Miljacki will present her paper Friday, April 26, at 12:05 p.m. in room 552B.

Sarah Hirschman (MArch ’11; Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley) will also take part in “Architecture and Copyright” and will present “Defining (so as to defend) Architecture’s Public Domain,” on Friday, April 26, at 12:25 p.m. in room 552B.

Pamela Karimi (PhD ’09; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) will be a panelist at the round table discussion “Is Scholarship Plus Design the New Paradigm?” The round table proposes to discuss the questions: “Should an architectural scholar also be a designer? Should a designer also be a scholar?” The discussion will be Friday, April 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 553B.

Alexander Wood (SMArchS ‘12) will present a paper on Friday afternoon titled “The Designer in American Beaux-Arts Practice, 1880–1917” as a part of the “Who Did What? New Thoughts on Gilded Age Collaborators” session. Wood is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. Wood’s paper reading will take place on Friday, April 26, at 3:05 p.m. in room 552B.

On Friday evening, Associate Professor Lauren Jacobi and Jennifer Ferng (PhD ‘12; Lecturer, University of Sydney) will host the EAHN Program: “Post-extractive Landscapes, Environments of Revitalization” along with Sophie Hochhaeusl, Maros Krivy, and Aleksandr Bierig. The program will take place Friday, April 26, from 5:30pm to 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 27, Ana María León (PhD ‘15; Assistant Professor, University of Michigan) will coordinate the “Teaching the Global” workshop, sponsored by the GAHTC. Organized into three sessions, “Teaching the Global” will discuss challenges of teaching the global and different teaching methods. The workshop tales place Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in the Rotunda, 5th floor.

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