Registration now open for 2015 SAH Annual International Conference: Chicago at the Global Crossroads

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 68th Annual International Conference at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (#SAH2015) in Chicago, Illinois, from April 15-19, 2015, with the theme Chicago at the Global Crossroads.

SAH will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the conference with a birthday party at The Rookery, Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root’s 1888 landmark that was renovated by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. The celebration takes place on April 17th and is co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and the Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago.

The conference’s main public event is the half-day SAH Chicago seminar entitled “Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago’s Built Environment.” Funded in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, the program features a keynote address by Harvard University’s Charles Waldheim and two panel discussions that address the history and future of the Chicago River and Lakefront and issues of community and preservation in Chicago neighbourhoods. Alison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will serve as moderator. Panellists include: Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney Architects; Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago; Martin Felsen, UrbanLab; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; Alaina Harkness, MacArthur Foundation; Patricia Saldaña Natke, UrbanWorks; and Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Over 30 guided tours of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture and diverse neighbourhoods will also be open to the public. The tours will cover everything from Chicago School skyscrapers and riverfront Mid-Century Modernism to Chicago’s public housing and the adaptive reuse of buildings. The neighbourhoods of Uptown, Pullman, Pilsen and Chinatown will be explored, along with buildings and homes in Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside and the North Shore. A pre-opening tour of the 606, the groundbreaking urban park being built on the unused Bloomingdale elevated rail line on Chicago’s northwest side, will also be offered. Tours-only registration opens to the public on February 16, 2015.

Other offerings include lectures, roundtables and 36 paper sessions covering topics in architecture, art and architectural history, preservation, landscape architecture, and the built environment.

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