AHRA Newsletter:
October-November 2015

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New Events

Writing Buildings

Call for Papers

University of Kent

July 14 2016

CREAte, the research centre for architecture and the humanities at the Kent School of University, University of Kent, is holding a conference in collaboration with the Architectural Review which will bring together quite different traditions of writing about historic buildings. The special character of this conference is that speakers will be drawn from both academic and non-academic fields, and from a range of disciplines that touch on architectural experience and history. In this way we aim to offer a new experience for writers on architecture, interior design and urban space.


We are inviting papers from those in Architecture, English, History, Sociology, Film and Drama, Landscape Studies and related disciplines with a specialist interest in writing about buildings and urban spaces or experiences across different time periods. The common theme of the papers will be the uses of a variety of voices in creating architecture culture.


Writing Buildings will be a two-day conference on the subject of alternative ways of writing architectural history which will encourage experimentation in criticism through breaking disciplinary barriers. The programme will include papers from both academic disciplines and non-academic professions which engage with the built environment, for example, journalism, interior design and construction

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Thu 14 July 2016

8th Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium

Utopia, Architecture and Spirituality

New Harmony, Indiana, United States of America

June 23 2016 - June 26 2016

fThe Forum of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality announces its next annual Symposium. ACS 8 will take place in the historically significant, beautiful and enchanting town of New Harmony, Indiana. This place, through its remarkable history, offers the perfect opportunity to consider the relationships between Utopia, Architecture and Spirituality, the very topic of the ACS 8 Symposium. More specifically, ACS 8 asks us to look at utopia as an idea and ideal, real and imagined, in all of its ramifications for architecture and the built environment, culture, politics, and, especially, spirituality. ACS 8 asks us to reflect on utopias past, to explore utopia in the present reality, and to speculate on how designers can take up utopian ideas and action in the future.

ACS 8 will take place June 23-26, 2016. New Harmony, Indiana, is about 2.5 hours drive from Saint Louis (Missouri) and 2 hours from Louisville (Kentucky). ACS 8 is being organized by four co-chairs. In alphabetical order by last name, they are: Ben Jacks, Nancy Mangum McCaslin, Ben Nicholson, and Michelangelo Sabatino.

ACS 8 co-chairs kindly invite all individuals interested in participating in this event to submit 500-1000 extended abstracts. All work will be blind-peer reviewed by at least three separate scholars/practitioners. The submission deadline is Monday 18 January 2016. Please, visit the symposium website to learn about all the necessary details

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Thu 23 June 2016

European Architectural History Network / Fourth International Meeting

EAHN 2016 Dublin Meeting Call for Sessions and Round Tables

Dublin, Ireland

June 02 2016

In accordance with its mission statement, the EAHN is organizing a meeting which is intended to increase the visibility of the discipline, foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of roundtable debates addressing key issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals for these should re-map, re-define, or outline the current state of the discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.



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Thu 2 June 2016

AHRA PhD Student Symposium

University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA)

April 07 2016

The 2016 AHRA PhD Student Symposium will be hosted by the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Call for Papers

The AHRA invites proposals from current graduate students in the architectural humanities for contributions to its 13th Annual Student Research Symposium. Proposals for papers in any area of the architectural humanities are welcome, including culture, theory and design. Papers will be 20 minutes long. The symposium will be free to attend.

Proposals for papers should be a maximum of 500 words, and should be sent by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The deadline for submissions is Friday 11 December 2015, and it is hoped that we will be able to advise successful candidates within a month from that date.

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Thu 7 April 2016

Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation

University of Huddersfield

February 03 2016

This international conference explores the changing face of regional urbanism, asking if the environmental, economic and social challenges facing many parts of the world will provide new opportunities for regional cities to develop alternative forms of urban living which are fundamentally different from those of the rapidly expanding metropolises.  Inspired by recent debates about the over-riding economic, political and cultural dominance of London in the United Kingdom, and the survival of regional cities in the north of the country, this conference will take place in a key regional town, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, located along the ‘Trans-Pennine Corridor’ between Leeds and Manchester.

Through an examination of such issues as environmental sustainability, cultural/civic identity, transportation, health and well-being and social/economic development, the conference will offer a platform for multi-disciplinary debate between academics, policy-makers and practitioners. The conference, which will be hosted by the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability at the University of Huddersfield, is aimed at urban designers, planners, architects, geographers, sociologists, philosophers, policy makers, urban theorists, historians, landscape architects, economists, conservationists, educationalists, health specialists and politicians.

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Wed 3 February 2016

AIARG 2016 Conference Call for Sessions

Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Cork, Ireland

January 29 2016 - January 30 2016


Call for Sessions:

The All-Ireland Architectural Research Group annual conference  will be hosted by CCAE in Cork in January 2016.  Follow link for details:http://aiarg.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/43275465-aiarg-2016-call-for-sessions


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Fri 29 January 2016

AIARG 5th Annual Conference

Call For Papers 2016

UCC, Cork, Ireland

January 29 2016 - January 30 2016

Extension of submission to Tuesday 30th June

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Fri 29 January 2016

Interdisciplinary International Conference

HOUSED by CHOICE HOUSED by FORCE Homes, Conflicts and Conflicting Interests

Nicosia, Cyprus

January 21 2016 - January 22 2016

Taking as its starting point the social, political, cultural and economic complexity of its host city, this conference seeks to understand the range of conflicting interests and factors that shape the housing of our towns and cities in both normal and extreme scenarios. It is interested in international cases from politically charged environments of military conflict zones to the socially conflictive contexts of developer led gentrification; from local resident initiatives to globally applicable deign ideas.

Although hosted in a particular geopolitical setting, the issues dealt with resonate further afield and the conference welcomes presentations from any part of the world. Responding to the need for social inclusion, sustainable development, multi-cultural environments and even the latest developments in sciences and technology, this conference will re-think the role of choice and accident in the production of housing and the built environment. It will consider the perspective of developers, architects and politicians

It seeks to better understand how we safeguard the right to choose appropriate housing for all our citizens? How we ensure residents have a voice in design and development? How we guarantee adequate housing is is always an option?… and how we overcome conflicts and conflicting interests to do this?

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Thu 21 January 2016

Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities

An AHRC-Funded Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Stirling, UK

December 05 2015 - December 05 2015

The organisers of this one-day multidisciplinary conference seek to solicit proposals for 20-minute papers that consider the creation, expression and representation of architecture, architectural space and the built environment from students and scholars working within all subject-areas across the Arts and Humanities. Papers should seek to address the creation, understanding, circulation and cultural impact of both real and imaginary sites of architectural construction throughout time, either in Britain or in other national and international contexts. Original and creative accounts of how architecture might variously be ‘read’ and interpreted across such disciplines as literature, law, history, art history, heritage studies, politics, film and media studies and philosophy are particularly welcome.


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Sat 5 December 2015


University of Cambridge

December 04 2015

This interdisciplinary two-day academic conference aims to explore film and film theory as a mode of thinking, understanding, and re-evaluating other fields and their interrelationships: from architecture, literature, philosophy, and the sciences, to the practical act of filmmaking itself. The conference speakers include prominent academics from a range of backgrounds and experiences drawn from the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, Harvard, London, Manchester, and Oxford. We are asking each of the speakers to think specifically about how their discipline has been and/or could be reshaped by cinematic thinking. The conference is aimed at advanced graduates, post-graduates, and senior academics from any discipline. 

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Fri 4 December 2015

This Thing Called Theory

12th International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference

Leeds Beckett University

November 19 2015 - November 21 2015

This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory. 


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Thu 19 November 2015

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

An international conference exploring creative research and practice in museum making

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)/Hong Kong University (HKU) tbc

November 13 2015 - November 15 2015

Are you involved in the practice of designing or redeveloping museums and galleries? Are you undertaking research into an aspect of museum design or visitor experience? Are you interested in learning from and with others involved in museum design internationally?

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design draws together museum professionals, museum, gallery and exhibition designers and museum design researchers from around the world, to explore new approaches to and future developments in design for the cultural sector. Based in Hong Kong, the event will draw together a critical and international mass of expertise from a range of cultural traditions in order to create a dynamic forum for the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills and knowledge. The event will showcase leading-edge approaches to the design of 21st century museums and galleries, provide a platform for new research and thinking on museum design and offer access to a range of training opportunities.

As well as seeking submissions which explore creative approaches to the design of meaningful and engaging visitor experiences, the conference seeks case studies and research which will expose the potential for design processes and design thinking to make a significant contribution to the strategic development of museums and cultural organisations internationally, challenging conventional approaches to museum and gallery making, providing a forum for debate, and seeking to unleash the potential of design and creativity for the cultural sector.

Our call for proposals is open until 15th June 2015 and registration for The Future of Museum and Gallery Design will begin on 1st June 2015.


Event co-organised by School of Museum Studies University of Leicester, Dept of Architecture University of Nottingham, Central St Martins University of the Arts London.


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Fri 13 November 2015

New Publications

Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture

Louis Rice, David Littlefield

Transgression means to 'cross over': borders, disciplines, practices, professions, and legislation. This book explores how the transgression of boundaries produces new forms of architecture, education, built environments, and praxis.

Based on material from the 10th International Conference of the AHRA, this volume presents contributions from academics, practicing architects and artists/activists from around the world to provide perspectives on emerging and transgressive architecture. Divided into four key themes – boundaries, violations, place and art practice - it explores global processes, transformative praxis and emerging trends in architectural production, examining alternative and radical ways of practicing architecture and reimagining the profession.

The wide range of international contributors are drawn from subject areas such as architecture, cultural geography, urban studies, sociology, fine art, film-making, photography, and environmentalism, and feature examples from regions such as the United States, Europe and Asia.

At the forefront of exploring inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and practice,Transgression will be key reading for students, researchers and professionals with an interest in the changing nature of architectural and spatial disciplines.

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Mon 8 December 2014

New Courses

Architecture MA

University of Westminster, London

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Thu 15 October 2015

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentship: Literature and Architecture, 1700—1850

University of Stirling

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Tue 17 February 2015

MA Architectural History, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Architectural Design

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Urban Design

School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

University College for the Creative Arts

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Thu 24 December 2009

MSc in Architectural History and Theory, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), ECA, University of Edinburgh

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Thu 14 May 2015

MSc Urban Studies

University College London

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Thu 24 December 2009