Posted by: sahgradstudentblog | September 1, 2009

Join your local SAH Chapter

SAHNEWSLinks to all of the SAH Chapters is available on this blog and the SAH website.

Here’s the Chapter Updates from the SAH Newsletter:

Chicago Chapter

The Chicago Chapter of SAH (SAHCC) will implement a program to provide 50 free, one-year SAHCC memberships for architectural history students enrolled at local colleges and universities as of September 15th, 2009. In this economy, it may be harder than ever to undertake an education in the humanities. SAHCC recognizes this financial burden and believes participating students will benefit from access to programs, sites and speakers. The Chapter hopes to gain from fresh perspectives and discourse. Net revenue from a recent event will underwrite costs and the scholarships will be provided on a first-come / first-served basis. The Chicago Chapter currently comprises approximately 225 members and friends. During the past year, SAHCC presented 8 programs including lectures, tours, films and discussions. For more information on SAHCC activities, please visit

Landscape History Chapter

In April the Landscape History Chapter met for its fifth annual general meeting, electing Thaisa Way, University of Washington, as President and Susan Herrington, University of British Columbia, as Vice-President. Founded in 2004 by Marc Treib and Dianne Harris with significant support from Therese O’Malley, the chapter encourages research in landscape, gardening, and horticultural history, and promotes the dissemination of such research through publications, meetings, and lectures. Membership currently includes 120 scholars from around the world. The chapter hosts a pedagogy roundtable at the annual SAH meeting and will launch a preconference symposium in 2010 expanding the most recent discussions on teaching history. Members are also focused on upgrading the chapter website as a resource for scholars, teachers, and students. We welcome new members at any time. For more information contact Thaisa Way at

Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter

Registration is now open for the 2009 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Join us in Portland, Oregon, for the annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, October 9-11, 2009. Portland is a most appropriate site for the conference theme, “From Cast-Iron to Green Design: A Closer Look at Materials and Craft in Pacific Northwest Architecture.” For program details, registration forms, and lodging information, go to Question, please contact Ed Teague, 2009 Conference Chair, and Head, Architecture & Allied Arts Library University of Oregon

Southern California Chapter

The Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC) has been active this summer with a variety of tours, lectures, and film screenings. The Chapter presented two new programs in its popular Modern Patrons series: the Pier Pasinetti Residence by Haralamb Georgescu, and The Sorrells Residence by Richard Neutra. Modern Patrons programs are intimate salons with original owners who commissioned their residences from the modern masters. The SAH/SCC also premiered its most recent documentary, “Beautiful Simplicity: Arts and Crafts Architecture in Southern California” free for members and the public. In November, the SAH/SCC will hold its annual members’ celebration at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica – the location of the former Marion Davies estate. The site combines a new, public beach club facility by Frederick Fisher and Partners and showcases the restored pool and guesthouse by Julia Morgan.

St. Louis Chapter

Thanks to the hard work and creativity of Michelle Kodner, the St. Louis Chapter has launched a website, In addition to publicizing the chapter’s activities, the site introduces considerable new information about St. Louis and Missouri architecture to the internet. Newsletters, which include much original research on local architects and buildings, have been posted back to 2004 and will soon go back to 1997. Another section marks the beginning of the chapter’s longprojected dictionary of Missouri architects, with new postings and links to other sites that have information about our best, but often little-known, designers. At its June 20, 2009 annual meeting, the chapter elected John Guenther, AIA, as president. He succeeds Karen Bode Baxter, who has become president of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.


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