AHRA Newsletter:
April–May 2016

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New Events

CFP: JID special issue: Interior design creative scholarship

Registration of interest: 1 July 2016

Journal of Interior Design

July 01 2017

A special journal issue dedicated to creative scholarship in interior design and its allied disciplines and practices to be published early 2018.

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Sat 1 July 2017

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns

Call for Contributions

Wellington, NZ

March 01 2017 - March 05 2017

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns  imagines how a text can be
conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal
or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and
vice versa. What creative, dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches
might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of an artwork?  How might a
creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect
for live-ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices
inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a new culture of criticality develop in between
acts of “performing through”?

The symposium seeks to attract contributions from a wide range of creative practices
such as architects, designers, performance artists, writers, musicians, dramaturges and
dancers. It is structured as four turns playing out across several days of experiences,
textures, flavours and modalities linking acts of performing with acts of writing.

Turn One: ON Live occurs as part of Performance Arcade, a public programme running
1-5 March 2017 on the Wellington waterfront and beyond. This turn includes a collection of
curated new performance works, the symposium opening event and a series of master classes.
The performance works are intended to highlight the primacy of practice and serve as hosts
for on-going discussion around the translation or transference between performance works
and textual works. Proposals for this aspect of the symposium should be submitted
directly to Performance Arcade. (http://theplaygroundnz.com) Performing, Writing will
formally begin on 4 March 2017, giving all symposium participants a chance to witness
the Arcade works at least once and engage in ‘floor talks’ and masterclasses.

Each of day of Turn Two-Four is a curated excursion into and around the city with a set
topic, provocation, programme and location.  ON Site takes the symposium to Matui (also
known as Somes Island) in the middle of the Wellington Harbour, an island rich in cultural,
geographical and gelogical history. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matiu/Somes_Island)
ON Score finds the symposium on an urban derive through the city, a portable and mobile
symposium lightly occupying public space. ON Voice is a day dedicated to the exploration
of aurality and oral traditions including those associated with storytelling, singing and
public speaking. The location for this excursion is yet to be determined.

Each day includes a keynote lecture open to the public. We can confirm that the keynotes
for this symposium are John Hall (Emeritus Professor Falmouth University), Esther Anatolitis
(Director of Regional Arts Victoria) and Matthew Goulish (School of The Art Institute of
Chicago) plus one yet to be confirmed speaker. There are plans a foot to add Turn
Five, a post-symposium peer-reviewed guest edited journal issue of Studio Research with
the aim to publish by December 2017.

A Cover Sheet (sent as a separate word document) listing your name(s), proposal title,
affiliation(s), contact details.

A Proposal (sent as a separate word document no more than 2 A4 pages) that presents,
describes, imagines and contextualises your contribution to the symposium. Images,
drawings and links are encouraged. Avoid revealing your identity in this document.
Identify which of the day provocations your proposal links to best and how. List any
equipment required. Unlike most conferences and symposiums where presenters are
allocated 20 minutes and the mode of delivery defaults to Powerpoint projections in a
darkened room, this event challenges us to inhabit time, space and body with a broader
spectrum of possibilities. For example, one could occupy 5 minutes of each day at the same
time, prompt a participatory exercise, or incite an oration or inscription in relation to the
local architecture. The symposium programme will be crafted to support the variety of
proposal responses.

Questions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
FAQ will be posted and updated on the website: http://www.performingwriting2017.com

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Wed 1 March 2017

Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies

13th AHRA International Conference

School of Architecture Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm, Sweden

November 17 2016 - November 19 2016

The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. From radical feminist, to lesbian feminist, to black feminist, to post-colonial feminist, to crip feminist, to queer feminist, to trans feminist, to Sara Ahmed’s feminist killjoy, to feminist men, to posthuman feminist, to the liberal and neoliberal feminist, to material feminist, to marxist feminist, to eco feminist, to Roxane Gay’s popular Bad Feminist and many others, even to post feminist voices, the claim to feminism continues to be tested and contested. And this conference will be no exception. Between architecture and feminisms our specific focus will be upon transversal relations across ecologies, economies and technologies. Specifically, we are concerned with the exploration of ecologies of practice, the drawing out of alternative economies, and experimentation with mixed technologies, from craft to advanced computational technologies.

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Thu 17 November 2016

Drawing Futures Conference and Book Launch: Call for Works

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

November 10 2016 - November 11 2016

Drawing Futures is an international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture. Drawing Futures 2016 will be held on the 10 – 11 November 2016 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
The two-day conference will bring together some of the world's leading practitioners in drawing for conversations about the contemporary cutting-edge and future directions of drawing as a critical tool for art and architecture.
Reviewed by an international panel of experts, projects presented at Drawing Futures will be selected through an open call for works. Drawn experiments, representational speculations and written provocations on the art of drawing in our digitally mediated world will address the themes:
Augmentations – Extending drawing through new technologies and materials.
Deviated Histories – Redefining or breaking from the history of drawing.
Future Fantasticals – Drawing as a tool for speculative thought.
Protocols – Encoding new information and data through drawings.
Drawing Futures will feature an exhibition at The Bartlett School of Architecture’s new 22 Gordon Street building showcasing selected submissions. A Drawing Futures book will also be published, featuring work of selected contributors from the public call for works, as a critical compendium of contemporary drawing practice in art and architecture.
Follow us on Twitter for more news at @BartlettArchUCL and @DrawingFutures

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Thu 10 November 2016

International Conference inter≈ photography and architecture

Call for papers

Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona

November 02 2016

Call for papers

Modern architecture cannot be altogether understood without the dissemination of its images. The blending between photography and architecture proved to be particularly fruitful in constructing the modern visual discourse. Architects became conscious of the full potential of photography beyond its documentary value, and photographers of architecture —architects themselves occasionally—, shortly became important composers and broadcasters of that narrative.

Simultaneously, the discourse around photography has become more and more complex, expanding its scope and surpassing a more traditional approach. XIXth century photographic documentation gradually gave in its way to new forms of exploration of reality, opening a wide range of possibilities and raising photographic and visual culture to a different level.

Photographers do not develop their work in a documentary sense as much as they seek to build a new reality perceived in subjective terms. They are involved in creating a new way of understanding the world. There is some consensus —as well as a subtler criticism— on the overflowing of their disciplinary boundaries. Those boundaries seem to be blurred bringing photography closer and closer to visual arts, claiming this way that same autonomy and their own place in the construction of contemporary discourse. The question arises as to whether the relationship between photography and architecture provides new creative processes, not just simple combinations, and whether they affect and experience each other in such a way they bring to light new ways of understanding both fields.

This International Conference aims to delve into the essential cogitations associated to the development of both disciplines in a contemporary discourse, particularly on their mutual interactions, interferences, intersections and interpretations. The Conference is structured around the following topics:

Interactions. Mixed profiles: Architectural Photographers vs Photographic Architects / The photographic gaze as an analytical and design tool for architects to create spaces / Architecture and Image / The Visual Discourse of Architecture

Interferences. Photography as a Historical Builder / History of Photography vs. Architectural History / The Documentary Photographs of Architecture.

Intersections. Architecture and Urban Landscape in Photography / Architecture under the artistic view / Photography: Piece of art or Document / Discursive and Iconic Records.

Interpretations. Museums and Galleries: Curating Architecture / Photography and the Dissemination of Architecture / The role of visual media in shaping the modern and contemporary discourse / Digital photography / Image as a virtual construction.

The committee encourages experienced and junior scholars to send abstracts, Spanish and/or English, exploring any of the above-mentioned topics. Selected authors will have the opportunity to present their contributions during the Conference. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings publication that will be indexed in major international databases. Authors could be also awarded and invited to submit an extended version to be published as a chapter in a future publication edited by the organization. Please send a 400-word abstract along with a short CVby the on-line platform at the Conference website. Info by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Abstracts deadline submission: February 25th, 2016.
Notification: March 14th, 2016
Paper submission deadline: September 1st, 2016
Sessions will take place at Museo Universidad de Navarra

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Wed 2 November 2016

The Scholarship of Social Engagement Symposium: call for papers

October 20 2016 - October 21 2016

The University of Kansas is convening a symposium that assembles internationally recognized thought leaders on the subject of critical engagement. These practitioners and their work are increasingly being highlighted at conferences, through exhibits, and in literature. Our symposium seeks to investigate the theoretical underpinnings of such work and translate these action-based community engagement efforts into interdisciplinary and theoretically-based scholarship. We will convene this group of scholars in order to establish a framework for the critical inquiry and review of the public impact of socially engaged discourse and design. The symposium will gather a group of scholars, practitioners, critics, and historians to discuss different aspects, forms, and features of social engagement that have developed across time and regions.

Abstract due: April 15, 2016

Additional information on the symposium, submission, calendar of events, registration, and organizers can be found at the website below.

Contact: email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thu 20 October 2016

The Human in Architecture and Philosophy: Towards an Architectural Anthropology

University of Bamberg, Germany

July 20 2016 - July 11 2016

The Human in Architecture and Philosophy: Towards an Architectural Anthropology

3rd International Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture (ISPA)

Wednesday July 20 to Saturday July 23 2016

Department of Philosophy, University of Bamberg


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Wed 20 July 2016

Smart Cities Conference 2016

Ravensbourne, London

July 15 2016 - July 16 2016

A 2 day conference to re-position thinking around the notions of the Smart City, through an examination of its many manifestations. 

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Fri 15 July 2016

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

The Place of Silence: Experience, Environment and Affect

Call for Papers

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh UK

June 22 2016

This symposium sets out to explore diverse practices, affects, politics and cultural meanings of silence in historical and contemporary contexts. Situations in which silence is said to be experienced or practiced are highly relative, and the term itself – which is often linked to some condition of cessation or interval – carries complex and varied significations. Thus while, on one hand, the often-remarked upon contemporary ‘loss of silence’ has been frequently linked to a disappearance of reflection or inwardness, silence has also, on the other, been understood as a condition of intensified outwardness – of heightened attention, anticipation, suspense or expanded listening. As life in communities or institutions of silence show, it is about much more than refraining from vocalization – rather, it is a fully embodied practice that implicates movement, gesture, breathing and touch. Approached from another point of view, the role that silence has played as a critical gesture, as a condition of refusal and noncompliance, suggests that the term might be conceptualized in relation to questions of autonomy. Moreover, in certain circumstances, it gains an ethical dimension and force, as is the case with the silence that is exercised to protect others or that is the defendant’s right. At an extreme, silence is often the sign of a limit condition – the silence that falls at the point of exhaustion, catastrophe or technological breakdown. Similarly, it is taken to mark the traumatic limits of experience, as that which testifies to an event beyond any possibility of adequate expression or symbolization. And yet at the same time it inheres in the everyday, appearing as the very precondition of communication, as the gap or delay that acts as the support of speech, or the spacing that forms the condition of legibility of written text. Again, silence might be approached as a particular area of interest that articulates with the larger question of atmosphere, and hence aura, affect, ambience and Stimmung (attunement, mood, disposition).

Keynote speakers

Gernot Böhme (Institute for Practical Philosophy, Darmstadt).

Paul Carter (Professor of Design (Urban), School of Architecture and Design/Design Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne).

Mark Dorrian (Forbes Chair in Architecture, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh).

Alberto Pérez-Gómez (Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal).

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Wed 22 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

Fourth International EAHN conference

Dublin, Ireland

June 01 2016 - June 05 2016

Featuring keynote addresses by Jean-Louis Cohen, Roger Stalley, and Sibel Bozdogan and twenty five sessions and roundtables, the EAHN fourth International Conference will be held in Dublin Castle from 2-4 June 2016 with ancillary events and tours on the previous and subsequent days.  Early bird registration through 31 March.

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Wed 1 June 2016


University of Westminster Marylebone Site, M/416 (Evans Room)

May 18 2016 - May 18 2016

This seminar aims to reassess the work of Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013), whose contribution to the development of urban photography remains relatively little known in Britain. Basilico graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic and began to photograph urban landscapes in the early 1970s under the influence of the 'new topographics' approach. After portraying Milan's factory buildings, he went on to photograph cities around the world for the next four decades. His formation shaped his distinctive way of observing urban space through the camera. By seeking familiar elements in the most foreign of places, he established an intimate bond with the city as an ever-changing living organism. What is the significance of Basilico’s work today, and what is its legacy? An international panel will reflect on these questions from the perspectives of architecture, photography, art history, and Italian Studies. While focusing on the work of a singular figure, the seminar will address wider issues concerning the relationship between contemporary photography and the experience of urban space.


Attendance is free. Register on Eventbrite:



Panel Speakers:

Alexandra Tommasini, The Bridget Riley Art Foundation, London

Eugénie Shinkle, Department of Photography, University of Westminster

Angelo Maggi, Università IUAV di Venezia

Marina Spunta, School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester



Davide Deriu, Department of Architecture, University of Westminster

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Wed 18 May 2016

Advert for Professor/Associate Professor of Architecture History

Department of Architecture, Monash University, Australia

April 10 2016 - April 10 2016

The Department of Architecture at Monash University seeks a Professor /Associate Professor of Architecture History.

The department is an internationally networked, creative community of practitioners, educators and researchers engaged with the shifting landscapes of the discipline, and the changing role of the architect as designer, persuasive collaborator and visionary mediator. The department strives to be innovative and relevant to contemporary culture and encourages interdisciplinary connections through design-based teaching and research as well as traditional scholarship. 

Reporting to the Head of Department, the Professor/Associate Professor will lead the development of history research themes and capabilities to complement the department's mission and will demonstrate the capacity to contribute to contemporary debates, relevant cultural issues, and emerging pedagogies.

Candidates must have a PhD in architecture or a related field and demonstrate excellence in architecture history scholarship evinced by an outstanding track record of success in competitive research funding schemes and high-esteem, internationally recognised scholarly publications.

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Sun 10 April 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, with presentations from current graduate students in the architectural humanities. The symposium will be free to attend, but registration is required via this Eventbrite site:



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Thu 7 April 2016

New Publications

Industries of Architecture

Edited by Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff, Nick Beech

At a time when the technologies and techniques of producing the built environment are undergoing significant change, this book makes central architecture’s relationship to industry. Contributors turn to historical and theoretical questions, as well as to key contemporary developments, taking a humanities approach to the Industries of Architecture that will be of interest to practitioners and industry professionals, as much as to academic researchers, teachers and students. How has modern architecture responded to mass production? How do we understand the necessarily social nature of production in the architectural office and on the building site? And how is architecture entwined within wider fields of production and reproduction—finance capital, the spaces of regulation, and management techniques? What are the particular effects of techniques and technologies (and above all their inter-relations) on those who labour in architecture, the buildings they produce, and the discursive frameworks we mobilise to understand them?

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Fri 5 February 2016

New Courses

Architecture MA

University of Westminster, London

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Thu 15 October 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

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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