SAH WiA AG 9th Leadership Meeting February 22, 2023 | Meeting Agenda

SAH WiA AG Council: Chair: Anna Sokolina, Advising Chair: Wanda A. Bubriski, Associate Chairs: Shelley E. Roff and Ola Uduku, Executive Administrator: Rebecca Siefert, Anchor: Priya Jain, Web News Editor: Yan Wencheng, National Outreach: Maristella Casciato, Mentoring Program: Gül Kale and Barbara Opar, Communications: Danielle S. Willkens, Archivists: Barbara Opar and Neena Zutshi, Special Events: Gül Kale, Administrators: Elisa Dainese and Avni Gor, Ex Officio: SAH Board Officers Patricia A. Morton, SAH President, Carla Yanni, 1st Vice President, Mohammad Gharipour, 2nd Vice President, Lynne Horiuchi, Secretary, Roberta Washington, FAIA, Treasurer, Ben Thomas, Executive Director, Eliana Abu-Hamdi, SAH Board Affiliate Group Liaison, SAH Staff Members

SAH WiA AG Registers Committee: Co-chairs: Barbara Opar and Anna Sokolina, Exec. Administrator: Rebecca Siefert, Committee Members: Alicia Imperiale, Gül Kale, Gillian Mahoney, Laura Sánchez Carrasco, Nina Stritzler-Levine, Margaret B. Vickery

SAH WiA AG Legacy Committee: Chair: Anna Sokolina, Exec. Administrator: Rebecca Siefert, Committee Members: Esra Akcan, Eva Alvarez, Jelena Bogdanovic, Sigal Davidi, Catherine Erkkila, Carmen Espegel, Diane Elliott Gayer, Carlos J. Gomez, Mary Anne Hunting, Elizabeth Martin, Kiwa Matsushita, Mari Nakahara, Katherine Kaford Papineau, Atsuko Tanaka, Thaisa Way, Julie Willis

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1.    Opening and Organization

9th Meeting of SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group LeadersSokolina

Objectives: To mark the start of SAH WiA AG annual program, March 2023: Celebrating Women’s History Month and discuss our initiatives, programs, and designations

Gratitude: to All for your commitment, to Rebecca Siefert for organizing this meeting

Statement on the Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria:

We stand with The Society of Architectural Historians in support of the people of Turkey and Syria in the wake of the catastrophic earthquakes that struck the region. We express our condolences to the families of the victims and encourage our members to support the individuals, families, and children dealing with this crisis.

Members Directory c. 400

Primary website:

Group Forum:


Group Leadership: Council (14); Registers Committee (9); Legacy Committee (18); Communications/Media team; and Mentoring Program (4)

SAH WiA AG Reports:

Welcome: New Registers Committee Members Prof. Dr. Eva M. Alvarez Isidro and Prof. Dr. Carlos J. Gomez, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain, and studio Gomez+Alvarez arquitectes

Discussion: Esra Akcan, Eva Alvarez, Wanda Bubriski, Maristella Casciato, Avni Gor, Priya Jain, Gül Kale, Barbara Opar, Shelley Roff, Rebecca Siefert, Anna Sokolina. 1) Communications/Media Team designations till May/June 2023 planned elections: Group Forum; Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter. 2) Our Twitter platform was temporary frozen in response to the unjust layoff, now reconfirmed: SAH standing on Twitter remains proactive. Thank to administration by Danielle Willkens, from Nov 2020, over 300 following, over 200 followers, part of sahwiaag | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook | Linktree. 3) Revision of SAH WiA AG Bylaws.

2.    Recent Accomplishments

2.1.  SAH WiA Affiliate Group leaders elevated to 2023 Class of SAH Fellows (FSAH)

The Board of Directors names as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field.

Congratulations in the name of SAH WiA AG sent: to member of SAH WiA AG Council Maristella Casciato, and to Founding Members Annmarie Adams and Meredith L. Clausen.

2.2.  International Collaboration | State of Scholarship

2.2.1. SAH CONNECTS panel “Conserving Histories: Women and Transnational Collaborations” 1.26.2023 SAH WiA AG Recognition: Prof. Margaret B. Vickery

2.2.2. SAH CONNECTS webinar “Architectural History and Conservation in South and East Asia” 6.8.2022 SAH WiA AG Recognition: Prof. Priya Jain and Prof. Yan Wencheng

2.2.3.  SAH WiA AG CONNECTS Past Programs have been discussed with Helena Dean; all recordings published on SAH AGs website


3.    Annual Program “March 2023: Celebrating Women’s History Month”

Website created Feb. 20, 2023: March 2023: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Recognition: SAH WiA group members and teams, Program discussed/developed over recent 3 months

Program Leaflets and March 8 Poster: Publication/distribution by our Media/Communications Team across 4 media platforms, through Listserv and SAH Opportunities

3.1.  SAH WiA AG Leadership Meeting, and Greeting letter to group members

Website created Feb. 25, 2023: SAH WiA AG 9th Joint Leadership Meeting 02.22.2023            

Joint meeting of members of SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Council, Registers Committee, Legacy Committee, Ex-Officio: SAH Board and Staff. Organization: Siefert, Meeting Agenda +Letter—Sokolina

3.2.  Celebrating The International Women’s Day: March 8, 1:00–2:30 PM CST

SAH WiA AG Special Virtual Event—free and open to the public:

Women Builders and Earthen Architectural Heritage in Africa: Practical Case in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Niger. Director and Script: Amélie Esséssé

Program: Documentary film screening and discussion with film director Amélie Esséssé

Moderator: Gül Kale, Panelists: Diane Elliott Gayer, Anna Sokolina, Elisa Dainese, Rebecca Siefert

Event organized in collaboration with Art & Architectural History, Carleton University, Canada

Gratitude: for support to Society of Architectural Historians; for primary approach—to Diane Elliott Gayer, member of SAH WiA AG Legacy Committee, for organization and poster—to Gül Kale, for collaborative promo outreach: trough listserv—to Priya Jain, leaflet / post in SAH OpportunitiesAnna Sokolina, through media platforms—to SAH WiA AG Communications Team, lead Yan Wencheng



3.3.   SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Archive

Celebrating SAH WiA AG groundwork years: First submission of records to International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), Virginia Tech University Libraries—project in progress

3.4.  SAH WiA AG Registers Committee Registers Committee – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (

3.4.1. SAH Women in Architecture Bibliography— ongoing project, NO DEADLINE. First edition HERE. Call for submission of new references HERE. Second edition in progress. Gratitude: to Barbara Opar for this immense work; to Dr. Laura Sánchez Carrasco, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, member of Registers Committee, for extended lists of titles in Spanish and in Italian.

Discussion: Barbara Opar

3.4.2. SAH Women in Architecture Interactive Oral Histories—ongoing project spearheaded by Rebecca Siefert and Barbara Opar, with group interns supervised by Barbara Opar; new interviews and recordings to feature outstanding SAH members: all ideas welcome.

Discussion: Possible revisions. Esra Akcan, Wanda Bubriski, Maristella Casciato, Avni Gor, Priya Jain, Gül Kale, Barbara Opar, Shelley Roff, Rebecca Siefert, Anna Sokolina, Julie Willis

3.5.  SAH WiA AG Legacy Committee LEGACY COMMITTEE – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (

SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Proposal to SAH Board to create an Award for Distinction in Scholarship on the History of Women in Architecture—project in progress

Web reference: SAH Women in Architecture AG Proposal to SAH Board 3.24.22 – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (

3.6. SAH WiA AG National Outreach & International Collaboration

Program in progress by Shelley E. Roff, SAH WiA AG Associate Chair

3.7.  SAH WiA AG Mentoring Program Mentoring Program – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (

Organization, Internship Program—an ongoing program: Gül Kale and Barbara Opar

3.8.  SAH WiA AG Virtual Programs page

Construction and design of a new page /part of SAH WiA AG Commons site: a collection of recordings supported by SAH CONNECTS Program and Helena Dean, SAH Director of Communications; other programs organized by SAH WiA AG members—in progress

4.    SAH 76 Annual International Conference, Montréal, Canada, Apr 12–16, and virtual, Sep 20–22, 2023

Reception at McGill Faculty Club for leaders and members of SAH Affiliate Groups who will take on leading roles in the future: Women in Architecture Affiliate Group, Asian American & Diasporic Architectural History Affiliate Group, SAH Minority Scholars Affiliate Group, SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group. Due to limited space—by invitation. Gratitude—for initiative to Gül Kale, for organization to Ipek Türeli, Canada Research Chair in Architectures of Spatial Justice, McGill University

Virtual Roundtable supported by SAH WiA AG, Iconographies of Women Architects: Portraits and Representations submitted by Eliana Perotti and Monica Prencipe to 2023 Conference virtual roundtable program. Gratitude—to members of our Council for feedback and vote

Discussion: 1) List of SAH WiA AG guests; 2) WiA Group Members Meeting during conference

5.    SAH 77 Annual International Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2024

Session supported by SAH WiA AG, Matronage in a New Light: Alternative Facets of Premodern Patronage submitted by Shelley Roff through SAH portal. Gratitude—to members of Council for feedback and vote

6.    Elections of SAH WiA AG Council and revision of Bylaws, May—June 2023

Gratitude—to All SAH WiA AG leaders and teams for inspiring scholarship, academic feedback and vote, creative contribution, and engagement. Special thanks: Administration/Digital Technology—Lead: Rebecca Siefert; Anchor/CommunicationsPriya Jain, Mentoring—Lead: Barbara Opar and Gül Kale; Bibliography—Lead: Barbara Opar; Special Events—Lead: Gül Kale; Website—admins: Siefert, Sokolina; Media platforms—Lead: Yan Wencheng: Forum—posts by all SAH members; LinkedInAvni Gor; InstagramYan Wencheng, FacebookKiana Darvish-Mansoori; Twitter—Danielle C. Wilkens

Discussion: nominations, duties updates, schedule