AHRA Newsletter:
December-January 2010-11

This is the latest issue of the newsletter highlighting forthcoming events, conferences, publications and other research activities.

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The next newsletter will be issued in early February 2011.

New Events


AHRA International Conference 2011

Queen’s University Belfast - School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE)

October 27 2011 - October 29 2011

Call for Papers 

Deadline 15 February 2011

Peripheries are increasingly considered in contemporary culture, research and practice. This shift in focus challenges the idea that the centre primarily influences the periphery, giving way to an understanding of reciprocal influences. These principles have permeated into a wide range of areas of study and practice, transforming the way we approach research and spatio-temporal relations.

The 2011 AHRA Queen's Belfast Peripheries conference will invite discussion via papers and short films on the multiple aspects  periphery represents --  temporal, spatial, intellectual, technological, cultural, pedagogical and political – with, as a foundation for development, the following themes:

Peripheral practices

Practice-based research

Urban peripheries

Non-metropolitan contexts

Peripheral positions


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Thu 27 October 2011

Architectural Education Encounters

A 2-day Research Conference and Training Workshop

Colombo, Sri Lanka

August 08 2011 - August 09 2011

Call for Papers - Deadline 29th January 2011

The vision of the University of Moratuwa is 'to be a centre of excellence of higher learning and related activities with an emphasis on national relevance, international recognition, innovation and creativity'. The challenges of the new millennium in achieving such excellenece demand that educationalists and scholars construct, share and transfer new knowlegde. The Faculty of Architecture Research Unit, with the aim of facilitating these activities is organizing a two-day Research Conference and Training Workshop on Architectural Education in August 2011 in Colombo. The areas to be focussed on are:

1. Philosophy of Architectural Education

2. Design Teaching/Tutoring

3. Assessment Criteria/Critiques & Viva Voce

4. Curriculum Management/Review/Validation

5. Readiness to Practise/Designer & Professional

These themes are expected to involve all categories of stakeholders, each one returning home having had one or more of his/her educational practices scrutinized. The educationalists, researchers and scholars of different levels are invited to send abstracts of conference papers that are designed to detail expositions of current practices and engage the listener in dialogue.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Sir Peter Cook of the AA and Prof Juhani Pallasmaa of Helsinki University of Technology.


Conference Chair:  Prof Harsha Munasinghe, Ph.D, FIA[SL]

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Mon 8 August 2011


International conference

The Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales, UK

July 06 2011 - July 08 2011


The word ‘economy’ first described the management of a household. It comes from the Greek oikonomia—oikous (house) and nemein (manage)—but its description of domestic frugality bears little relation to the contemporary ‘economy’ of governments and financial markets. Economies and capital are central to the dynamics of construction and urbanism, in ordering and disordering patterns of production and consumption. Given the collapse and mismanagement of the larger households of our societies, is it not vital to now evaluate the multiple meanings and potentials contained within this word?

Abstracts of 300 words are invited on any topic related to notions of ‘Economy’ in architecture or related fields. These should be submitted for refereeing by 7th January 2011, either electronically or by post to the address below. Abstracts will be double-blind refereed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by 31 January 2011. Additional information can be found on the conference website.

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Wed 6 July 2011


The 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

July 06 2011 - July 09 2011


Abstracts Due: 19 November 2010
Since 1985 the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand has fostered a vital and broad discussion of architecture amongst its membership – making of itself an audience for architectural history. The work of the Society has obvious significance beyond this constituency yet how is this greater audience shaped or constituted, and in what terms? And how has audience and notions of reception framed architecture as something historically situated, something positioned in its past?
The 28th Annual SAHANZ Conference in Brisbane, 2011, takes ‘Audience’ as its broad theme, inviting papers that reflect on architectural history and its critical points of address. Who are the audiences of architectural history? To whom are books, articles, and exhibitions of architectural history addressed? Does architecture have an audience simply by occupying a place in the world? What are the implications of having professional, disciplinary or popular audiences for architectural history alongside each other? Can historians of architecture cultivate new audiences for historical and contemporary architecture? And how are various social and cultural publics formed or anticipated through the writing of architectural history?
We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the relationship between architectural history and its audience, inviting reflection upon works of architecture, ideas about architecture, the architect, architectural processes and the role of the historian and critic.

Conference Timetable:
Abstract submission
: 19 November 2010
Notification of acceptance: 6 December 2010
Full Papers: 18 March 2011
Referee Reports: 29th April 2011
Final Papers: 27th May 2011
Conference: 6-9 July 2011

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Wed 6 July 2011

Sharing Cultures 2011

International Conference on Intangible Heritage


July 04 2011 - July 07 2011

Call for papers now open:

Sharing Cultures 2011 follows the path established by the previous Conference on Intangible Heritage (Sharing Cultures 2009) and aims at pushing further the discussion on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), under the main topics proposed by the UNESCO Convention (please refer to the list of Topics). Now that the concept of ICH has gained its rightful place among the scientific community and that a large number of research works are recognised as fundamental pieces for the comprehension of human societies, organisations and ways of living, scientific events that gather scholars, researchers and academics with on-going work on ICH are privileged moments to share experiences, problems, questions and conclusions. Sharing Cultures 2011 aims at being one of those moments, gathering some of the most prominent researchers in this area, inviting all Delegates to share their recent work and achievements. Furthermore, Sharing Cultures 2011 will include a number of workshops on traditional craftsmanship, promoting some hands-on experience to all Delegates, who will have the opportunity to learn from the real owners of traditional know-how. Authors intending to submit papers to Sharing Cultures 2011 are encouraged to address one of the topics of the Conference, making evidence of ongoing research work. The Conference will welcome papers and presentations on field work, case studies and theoretical approaches to ICH.

- Contact persons:
Alberto Moreno (Mr.) - Secretariat -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sérgio Lira (Prof.) - Co-Chairman -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

- Organiser:
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377, S.12
4750-106 Barcelos
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037
Fax: + 351 253 824 730
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Mon 4 July 2011

European Architectural History Network

Second International Meeting

Brussels, Belgium

May 31 2012 - June 03 2012

Call for Session and Roundtable Proposals Deadline: 19 December 2010

The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organizing its second international meeting in Brussels in spring 2012 with twenty-three panels and four roundtables treating topics from antiquity through medieval and early modern to the present.  Panels include topics in the history of architecture, urbanism, gardens and landscape, as well as in architectural theory and historiography.  

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Thu 31 May 2012

8th Annual AHRA PhD Research Student Symposium

Architectural Association, London UK

May 14 2011 - May 14 2011

The Architectural Association is pleased to host the 8th AHRA Research Student Symposium. The one–day event will provide a platform for Ph.D. candidates to discuss work in progress. The Symposium’s aim is to promote critical debate among presenters, respondents, and the audience. The event will conclude with a lecture by Elia Zenghelis.


Call for Papers:

The organisers would like to welcome contributors to present across all fields of research in architecture and urban studies encompassing theory, history and design. Please submit abstracts by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (200-250 words maximum for a 20-minute paper presentation) by the 21st of January 2011. Accepted abstracts will be notified by the 18th of February 2011, and will be asked to submit the full paper by the 22nd of April 2011.

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Sat 14 May 2011

The Right to the City

University of Sydney, Australia

April 07 2011 - April 09 2011

The Right to The City is an exhibition and publishing project, cosponsored by Tin Sheds Gallery and Architectural Theory Review.

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Thu 7 April 2011

Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture

An International Conference Hosted by Leiden University

Leiden, The Netherlands

March 17 2011 - March 19 2011

Please save the date and plan to join us for an international conference on proportional systems in the history of architecture, to take place at Leiden University, The Netherlands, from 17-19 March 2011. The purpose of this conference is to frame a rigorous new scholarly discussion of this subject, and in the process, to help define appropriate methods, standards and limits for it. The conference will explore this subject during any period, and from both historical and historiographical points-of-view.

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Thu 17 March 2011

Inhabiting Adaptive Architecture Workshop

at the International Adaptive Architecture Conference

The Building Centre, London

March 05 2011

Call for Submissions (Number 2): Call for Workshop Participants

Deadline for submissions: 21 January
Announcement of Acceptance: 31 January

Chairs: Holger Schnädelbach, Jonathan Hale

Buildings are no longer static objects. More and more frequently, they adapt to their environments with the aim of being more sustainable and of providing more comfortable conditions for their inhabitants. They can adapt to their users to make spaces more convenient, information rich and more useful in different circumstances. They adapt to the presence of objects and are responsive to their own emergent data streams. This is typically achieved through the combination of ubiquitous computing technologies [5] and a flexible building fabric and it finds widespread interest under various banners [1, 2, 4] - whether it is in eco houses, smart homes, office buildings or media facades.

Adaptive Architecture represents an expansive, multi-disciplinary and exciting research field, but despite delivering clear benefits and novel types of architecture, individual inhabitants often find adaptive buildings counter-intuitive, illegible and frustrating, an issue most clearly seen in the extensively researched smart homes sector [3]. In addition, organisations (as inhabitants) often find Adaptive Architecture difficult to operate, to maintain and to keep relevant to their needs over the life-span of a building,

To discuss the challenges that are faced in this regard, this workshop will focus on inhabitants (individuals, groups & organisations) of Adaptive Architecture, as the key drivers of adaptations and as those who are directly affected by adaptations.

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Sat 5 March 2011

Adaptive Architecture

International Conference

at The Building Centre, London

March 03 2011 - March 05 2011


Deadline 14 December 2010

Architecture has always been inventive and adaptable. However, our current era is unique in its technological potential combined with societal and environmental challenges. The need to generate sustainability, developments in design techniques and technology advances are leading to the emergence of a new Adaptive Architecture.

The built environment is becoming truly responsive in terms of physical, real-time changes acting under intelligent controls. Adaptive Architecture can be characterized by four key attributes; it is Dynamic, Transformable, Bio-inspired and Intelligent.

Drawing on these themes, the Adaptive Architecture International Conference will bring together leading practitioners, researchers and industry experts who will present projects and research.  Presentations will include new types of reconfigurable architecture, and will show how adaptive strategies can extend the cultural potential of architecture, extend a buildings life cycle, enhance energy efficiency and optimize resource utilization.

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Thu 3 March 2011

Common Grounds Colloquium

Exploring methodologies for researching architecture and the built environment

Gladstone's Library, St Deniol's, Clwyd

January 14 2011 - January 15 2011

This two-day colloquium provides a unique forum for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to come together away from the university and enjoy an informal but focused discussion and exchange of ideas, and to build capacity for high quality research on architecture and the built environment.

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Fri 14 January 2011

Opler Fellowship

Worcester College, Oxford

January 10 2011 - January 10 2011

Worcester College, Oxford is pleased to be able to offer a two year residential Fellowship in the study of Renaissance or Baroque architectural history through the generosity of the Scott Opler Foundation.

Applications are invited from scholars of any nationality and academic affiliation in the final year of their dissertation or within the first four years after the completion of their Ph.D., D.Phil. or comparable degree.

Topics may include any area or aspect of European architectural history during the Renaissance or Baroque era including urbanism, landscape and garden history, drawing and design method, theory and publication, architectural representation, as well as studies of architecture and related disciplines.

The Opler Research Fellow will receive a stipend of £25,751 per annum (revised annually) and will have access to certain travel, research and publication funds.  The Fellow is entitled to free accommodation and, when the kitchens are open, to free meals in the College as a member of the Senior Common Room.

It is expected that the Fellow may need to travel for the purposes of research but he or she will be based in Oxford for the duration of the Fellowship.

Applications must be received by Monday, 10th January 2011 and should include an official Application Form, a statement of the proposed research programme, and a current curriculum vitae.  Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent direct to the College by the same date.  Applications and references may be sent by e-mail as PDF documents.  Interviews for a final group of candidates will be scheduled in late February/early March 2011.

Further particulars and an application form may be obtained from: http://www.worc.ox.ac.uk/Notices or from the  Provost’s Secretary, Worcester College, Oxford OX1 2HB, Tel +44 (0)1865 278362, Fax + 44 (0)1865 7931, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  


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Mon 10 January 2011

Decolonization and Architecture

December 18 2010 - January 30 2011

Call for Papers:  Journal - Spéciale’Z

Deadline: January 30, 2011

In research groups, collaboratives and emerging practices, geo-political questions have once again become the territory for architectural and urban thinking. Forums such as the Perpetual Peace Project have assembled inter-disciplinary teams to discuss conditions for conflict resolution. The Conflict in Cities program at Cambridge University looks at the role that architecture and urbanism plays in divided territories – Jerusalem, Belfast, Brussels, Berlin and others – where ethno-national tensions are linked to spatial partitioning. The seminal work of the Decolonizing Architecture Institute (DAi) uses architecture, art and urbanism to provoke new readings of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. DAi is an incubator for speculation that operates through ironic readings and explicit strategies for re-appropriation, reasserting the role that spatial praxis can play in interrogating the geo-political.


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Sat 18 December 2010


Athens, urban (r)evolution through individual spontaneity in the absence of planning

Booze Cooperativa, Athens, Greece

December 15 2010

Combining film, photography, design text and interactive installation, the Urban Transcripts 2010 exhibition composes an alternative contemporary narrative of the city of Athens. The exhibition will be hosted at the Booze Cooperativa gallery in Athens from the 16th and till the 26th of December.

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Wed 15 December 2010

New Publications

Architecture and Field/Work

Identifying and critically discussing the key terms, techniques, methodologies and habits that comprise our understanding of fieldwork in architectural education, research and practice, this book collates contributions by established and emerging international scholars. It will be of interest to critical practitioners, researchers, scholars and students of architecture.

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Mon 28 June 2010

New Courses

The British School at Rome - Residential Awards for Research 2011-12

The British School at Rome

Course web site

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Wed 15 December 2010