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SAH Chapter News March 2023

Below are the SAH regional chapter news updates received by the liaison during the month of February 2023.

Subject: THIS SUNDAY! Jean Welz Revisited

THIS SUNDAY!The Assassination of Jean Welz, Part 2Zoom Panel PresentationSunday, March 5th, 1:00 PM PSTPeter Wyeth, author of The Lost Architecture of Jean Welz (DoppelHouse, 2022), shares new information on this important modern architect. The book, The Lost Architecture of Jean Welz (DoppelHouse, 2022) was named one of the best art books of 2022 on Hyperallergic in December of last year.Have a conflict for Sunday? But a ticket and we will send you a link to the recorded program you can watch at your leisure…Read more…Purchase $5 ticket!Photo: Courtesy of Peter Wyeth..Read moreConnect with u ‌ ‌ ‌
SAHSCCBox 491952Los Angeles, CA 90049

Managing Water in Your Future
Understanding the Past to Develop the Future: Why a New Water Awareness  is Urgent for New York

Carola Hein, Professor and Head of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology

Tuesday March 21, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies
Silver Center, Room 301 and on zoom 
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

At a time of climate change, sea level rise, flooding, drought, and changing groundwater and rainwater patterns, water managers need to adjust their current practices and develop new approaches. This lecture examines the role that architectural  historians and architects can play in connecting  the past, present and future of water management,  and how to help identify transformative actions.

Carola Hein is Professor and Head of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology and Professor at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she initiated Leiden-Delft-Erasmus PortCityFutures programme. Since early 2022 she holds the Unesco Chair on ‘Water, Ports and Historic Cities’. Professor Hein has published widely in the field of architectural, urban and planning history, tying historical analysis to contemporary development. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to investigate urban transformation in Hamburg in international context. Book publications include The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (Praeger, 2004); Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks London (Routledge 2011); Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan (Routledge, 2006/2009, with Jeffrey Diefendorf, and Yorifusa Ishida, eds.); and Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (Pallgrave Macmillan, 2003), among others. 

Event flyer available at this link:

Sponsored by the NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies and the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter

Free and open to the public

Subject: From Chicago Chapter of SAH: Out and About Wright:  Portland & the Willamette Valley

Out and About Wright:Portland & the Willamette ValleyMay 5-7, 2023
The Conservancy’s spring tour program celebrates the natural beauty and organic architecture of Portland, Oregon, and the Willamette Valley. Tours include the Gordon House — Wright’s only work in the state — and designs by Taliesin apprentice Allen Lape “Davy” Davison, modernist Pietro Belluschi, contemporary organic architect Robert Oshatz & more!To learn more and register:

LANDSCAPE HISTORY CHAPTER of the Society of Architectural HistoriansChapter News | MID MARCH 2023Image is from  Palazzo Massimo  in Rome and the Gardens of Livia, c 39BCE- my inspiration for this week…gardens are so important to our place in the world

Happy March:

While I imagine this will be a monthly newsletter, some times there are too many upcoming notices to ignore for a whole month, so here goes for a periodic mid-month update. Note there are opportunities for graduate students below- so share with colleagues and community.  And for those announcements that remain relevant, I have shortened in this second iteration….this newsletter is a work in progress. On that same note, we will begin to revamp the website for this great chapter this month- so stay tuned…

I write you from my lovely studio at the American Academy in Rome where I have the honor and privilege of thinking about our field of landscape history and imagining where it might go. Currently there is so much important scholarship, teaching, and practice taking place expanding and enriching our understanding of land, landscape, and place. Thank you to all who are working so hard- please share with us your newest work… we will do our best to share with our broader community. 

As always, please send announcements, inquiries, and any other materials you want included in our newsletter- you can send to

Best, Thaisa et al…
Director | Garden & Landscape Studies | Dumbarton Oaks | Trustees for Harvard University
CALL FOR PAPERS IFLA 75: Histories and networks, a shift in perspective
Deadline for abstracts : 1st April 2023 at 12.00 hours (GMT)
Established in Jesus College in Cambridge in 1948, the International Federation of Landscape Architects remains a crucial network for knowledge transfer, progress and professionalisation of landscape architecture and has, throughout its existence, dealt with the prevailing challenges to our built environment. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary it is crucial to uncover, understand and discuss the impact it has had. Being an international, professional organization that could work and interact beyond borders, IFLA also played a crucial role in developing ideas and sharing experiences among countries from different socio-political regimes, therefore creating a platform for collaborations on key environmental issues such as ecology, conservation, stewardship of resources or the social use of open spaces. IFLA conferences and publications presented unique opportunities for knowledge transfer and exchange of strategies. As Colvin Crowe and Jellicoe put it, it was also a ‘power for peace’. While acknowledging the commitment of individuals, it has been their collective effort and various collaborations that have shaped IFLA and gave the Federation its significance and importance. Starting from an international, historiographical point of view, this session invites papers to discuss questions including (but not limited to) the following areas:What can we learn about the development of landscape architecture from the understanding and studying of professional networks like IFLA?How did IFLA’s networks operate and how did they expand to become truly global?How can we reposition the role of Europe in the development of landscape architecture profession globally by exploring IFLA’s history?What can we learn through post-colonial readings of IFLA’s history and development? How did colonial networks influence its development?From its establishment, the Federation was particularly open to women, and therefore did play an important role in female professionalization in landscape architecture. What can we learn about the history of the Federation if we interrogate its history from the point of view of gender? STORIES: TREES & THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF PLACE
Co-organised by Christina Hourigan (Royal Holloway) and Caroline Cornish (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London
August 29 to September 1 2023. 
Abstract due:  March 23, 2023
This session seeks to showcase the wealth of geo-historical research around trees and their stories, and how trees have shaped and continue to shape place by their biological presence, their agency, and diverse human understandings of their values. Trees, woods, and forests are the subject of an expanding field of interdisciplinary research seeking to understand the relationships between people and the natural world from historical, cultural and geographical perspectives. …If you are interested in presenting a paper at this session please send a 250-word abstract (with name, affiliation, and contact details) to Christina Hourigan ( and Caroline Cornish ( by Friday, 17 March 2023. We will inform applicants of selected papers by Friday, 23 March 2023.  

“Communicating Architecture. From the  origins of modernity to the digital age”.
Deadline: March 24th, 2023.The Architectural History Department at Universidad de Granada (Spain)  announces the call for contributions of the IV International Conference Cultura y Ciudad, which will take place in Granada from January 24 to 26, 2024. The theme for this edition is: “Communicating Architecture. From the origins of modernity to the digital age”.  Contributions are welcome from researchers affiliated to universities, research institutions, and independent researchers. At this stage, proponents are invited to send abstracts directly related to one of the four thematic blocks, written either in Spanish or English, with a maximum length of 500 words. All abstracts will be subjected to peer review. Authors of selected submissions will be contacted by the organizing committee and invited to submit a full conference paper. Full papers will be presented in person during the conference and included in the Proceedings volume. All registered participants will receive a printed copy of the Proceedings at the registration desk.
CALL FOR PROPOSALSRace in Design History: An Anthology
Deadline: March 15, 2023

edited by Kristina Wilson, Professor of Art History, Clark University and Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Curator of Architecture and Design, National Museum of African American History and CultureWe invite contributions on decorative objects, interiors, fashion, architecture, and graphic design, among others, 1800 to the present, global in scope. For further details click here. To submit a proposal, send a 300-word proposal to and with “Race in Design History” in the subject line by the deadline of March 15, 2023. Contributors will be notified by mid-April, and drafts will be due September 15, 2023.2023 HALS Challenge: Working Landscapes
Deadline: July 31, 2023
For the 14th annual HALS Challenge competition, the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) invites you to document Working Landscapes. Historic “working” or “productive” landscapes may be agricultural or industrial and unique or traditional. Some topical working landscapes convey water for irrigation or provide flood control. Please focus your HALS report on the landscape as a whole and not on a building or structure alone. For this theme, the HAER History Guidelines may be helpful along with HALS History Guidelines.
 Deadline to submit short format histories: July 31, 2023
Awards presented: October 27-30, 2023, during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis

LSU Press series Reading the American Landscape:
William Douglas  (<>) is pleased to accept proposals for the LSU Press series Reading the American Landscape:  

SYMPOSIAASEH Annual Conference, March 22-26, 2023
Hilton Boston Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Register for ASEH 2023
 Environmental Histories of the Black Atlantic World:
Landscape Histories of the African Diaspora

May 12 & 13, 2023
Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium in partnership with the Mellon Initiative in Democracy and Landscape Studies, Washington, DC  Registration will open in March 2023.

Symposiarchs: N. D. B. Connolly (Johns Hopkins University) and Oscar de la Torre (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)  For the last decades, scholars have interrogated the flow of goods, people, ideas, and forms of non-human life that constitute what we call the Atlantic World. Key to the field is the study of the “Black Atlantic,” an understanding of cultural and political connectedness that foregrounds the experiences of African-descended peoples, decenters Europe, and locates in place and time the multiplicity of Black cultures. Dumbarton Oaks recognizes the richness of the Black Atlantic as an idea and a place. Through a symposium on the landscape histories of the African diaspora, we aim to convene scholars, curators, and other cultural custodians conversant in Black Atlantic histories and committed to reshaping entire fields of study and practice from the Black experience outward.

Note for Students:The Bliss Symposium AwardsAvailable to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, for registration and attendance to the Garden and Landscape Symposium “Environmental Histories of the Black Atlantic World: Landscape Histories of the African Diaspora,” scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Successful applicants will receive reimbursement up to $600 (up to $1,200 for students traveling from abroad) for the cost of air or train travel to Washington DC, local accommodation, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance. Dumbarton Oaks waives the symposium registration fee for Bliss Award recipients. Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2023.
 Jobs and Opportunities“Landscape Histories and Historiography Graduate Student Workshop”
May 21 to June 9, 2023
Deadline for applications: March 15, 2023
“Landscape Histories and Historiography” is an intensive three-week workshop for PhD and MLA candidates and recent MLA graduates, intended to develop the field of garden and landscape studies across disciplines and to promote the depth and breadth of future scholarship in landscape and place-based histories. Applications, completed online, are due March 15, 2023.

This year we are collaborating with the Center for Cultural Landscapes at the University of Virginia and Morven Sustainability Lab. We will spend the first two weeks at Dumbarton Oaks exploring the library and collections, reading canonic narratives, followed by counter narratives and critiques through the lens of race, gender, class, and identity. In the final week we will go to Charlottesville, VA to engage in place-based learning on the land with walking investigations of the UVa historic campus, Monticello, Montpelier, and Morven Farms. Learning from Dr. Andrea Roberts, Elizabeth Meyer, and many more, this intensive three-week workshop is designed for up to ten PhD and MLA candidates and recent MLA graduates and scheduled for May 22–June 9, 2023. All travel and lodging expenses are covered- so encourage students to join in this learning adventure.The Montpelier Foundation has begun their search for a President and Chief Executive Officer, The Montpelier Foundation has hired the search firm Heidrick & Struggles to lead the President and CEO search. Interested candidates should write to: /. Montpelier Foundation CEO Position Specification “

 We are delighted to note that the slate of nominees was approved by the membership. Congratulations to our new officers and thank you to all of our officers.  


Kathleen John-Alder
Rutgers University

Vice President
John Davis
Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Royce Earnest
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Newsletter Editor
Thaisa Way
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Colleciton

Advisory Board
Finola O’Kane Crimmins
University College Dublin

Georges Farhat
University of Toronto

Mohammad Gharipour
University of Maryland

Margot Lystra
Independent Scholar

Stephen Whiteman
The Courtauld Institute of Art

Jan Woudstra
The University of Sheffield

Recent Books of Interest


Avila, Eric, and Thaisa Way, eds, Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture 44, Segregation and Resistance in the Landscapes of the Americas,, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Goldstein, Brian 2023, new, expanded edition The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem.

Duempelmann, Sonja, ed. 2022. umbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture 43, Landscapes for Sport : Histories of Physical Exercise, Sport, and Health. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Ferrari, Carlyn Ena,. 2022. Do Not Separate Her from Her Garden : Anne Spencer’s Ecopoetics. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

Tchikine, Anatole, Francesco Ignazio Lazzari, Taylor Ellis Johnson, and Pierre de la Ruffinière Du Prey. 2021. Francesco Ignazio Lazzari’s Discrizione Della Villa Pliniana : Visions of Antiquity in the Landscape of Umbria. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Way, Thaisa. ed. 2022. Garden as Art: Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks.Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Zeller, Thomas. 2022. Consuming Landscapes : What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Subject: From Chicago Chapter of SAH

An Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Houses of Tomorrow: Toward Sustainable Design Today

Michigan City and Beverly Shores, Indiana

Advanced registration for both events is required.  Click here:  Toward Sustainability — House Painter Media

Toward Sustainability — House Painter Media

The day will include historical and contemporary explorations of sustainable homes and communities.

Rare guided tours of the House of Tomorrow, designed for the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition by George Fred Keck, will also be featured.

The programs are sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Humanities Council.

Subject: NESAH NESAH Student Symposium + Events of Interest

NESAH Student Symposium & Events of InterestHi Amanda,The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NESAH) is pleased to share information on our 44th Annual Student Symposium, which will be a hybrid conference taking place on April 8, 2023. Attendees can choose to join in person at Yale University or on Zoom.Please see the conference poster below or visit our website for the program and more details.To register to attend the symposium, please click the button below.For any questions about the symposium, please email the best,The NESAH BoardRegister for the Student SymposiumVAF 2023 Annual MeetingPlymouth, MAMay 17-20, 2023The Vernacular Architecture Forum is holding their 2023 Annual Meeting on May 17-20, 2023, in Plymouth, MA. The conference will be headquartered in the Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, with a variety of tours to different sites in the region. Registration is open now!Visit the VAF website for more information.DOCOMOMO US National Symposium in New HavenComplexities of the Modern American CityJune 21-25, 2023Registration is now open for the 2023 Docomomo US National Symposium! Docomomo invites attendees to New Haven, CT, to experience one of the country’s most densely woven collections of mid-century art, design, and architecture. The symposium will consider the triumphs and complexities surrounding the design and building of the Modern city and the impacts on our collective communities.Visit the Docomomo website for more information.