Welcome to the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Virtual Programs!
The SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Virtual Programs support the SAH mission and are created by SAH WiA AG members as a global initiative with the purpose to recognize and champion the cause of women in architecture, celebrate women’s professional leadership, and uncover inclusive and diverse women’s contribution to the built environment across continents. The virtual programs are envisioned as the open-access resources of education and information that represent the breath of interests of the SAH WiA AG community.
The growing collection of SAH WiA AG recorded virtual programs is supported by SAH CONNECTS Program and also integrates the variety of programs organized by SAH WiA AG members with support by academic institutions around the globe. The recordings are facilitated online linked to the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group primary website.
The SAH WiA AG Virtual Programs website has been launched on March 15, 2023, as part of the Annual SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Program, March 2023: Celebrating Women’s History Month.
- SAH WiA AG Special Virtual Event, “Women Builders and Earthen Architectural Heritage in Africa: Practical Case in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Niger. Director and Script: Amélie Esséssé, Architect.” Celebrating The International Women’s Day: March 8, 2023, 1:00–2:30 PM CST. Program: Documentary film screening and discussion with film director Amélie Esséssé. Moderator: Dr. Gül Kale, Panelists: Diane Elliott Gayer, AIA, FWIA, Dr. Anna Sokolina, Dr. Elisa Dainese, Dr. Rebecca Siefert.
Free and open to the public. Part of the Annual SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group Program, March 2023: Celebrating Women’s History Month. Announced in the Group Discussion Forum: Discussion – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group – SAH Commons, across SAH and SAH WiA AG media platforms, in SAH Opportunities, and through SAH WiA AG listserv.
Event organized in collaboration with the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Art & Architectural History, Carleton University, Canada. With gratitude for support to Society of Architectural Historians.
- SAH WiA AG SAH CONNECTS Webinar, “Conserving Histories: Women and Transnational Collaborations.” Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 4:24 PM EST. Moderator: Margaret B. Vickery, University of Massachusetts, Speakers: Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College, Dublin, Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, University of Beira Interior, Svava Riesto, University of Copenhagen, Brinda Somaya, Somaya and Kalappa Associates, Henriette Steiner, University of Copenhagen. With gratitude for generous support and promotion efforts to Society of Architectural Historians. Conserving Histories: Women and Transnational Collaborations on Vimeo. URL: https://vimeo.com/793136966?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=113550016.
How do we write an architectural history that is inclusive and nuanced? How should we approach the work of women architects and landscape architects to better understand their roles in shaping our built environment? As women architects and landscape architects struggled to find a seat at the historical table, they often looked outside the mainstream for architectural inspiration or expression. The speakers in this roundtable discussion offer insight into the breadth of architectural and landscape sources and platforms that women have turned to and developed as alternatives to the architectural mainstream. From the popular magazine House Beautiful to vernacular traditions in Indian architecture or Danish landscapes, our speakers’ research deepens our understanding of how global trends in 20th-century architecture were adapted and developed by women and conditioned by their struggles for recognition.
- SAH WiA AG Virtual Roundtable, “Doing Fieldwork: Opportunities and Challenges,” a free virtual event held Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT/12:00–1:30 PM EST. Organizer/Moderator: Dr. Gül Kale, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, SAH WiA AG Mentoring Program Coordinator. Panelists: Dr. Annapurna Garimella, ART Trust, Bangalore, India, Dr. Zeynep Kuban, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, Dr. Bethany Walker, University of Bonn, Germany. Announced as part of SAH WiA AG Mentoring Program in the Group Discussion Forum: Discussion – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group – SAH Commons and in SAH Opportunities.
SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group is thankful to Society of Architectural Historians for generous support of this virtual event.
- SAH WiA AG Virtual Roundtable, “Digital Humanities in Architectural History,” is a free event held Tuesday, June 28, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT/12:00–1:30 PM EST. This is a second collaborative project of SAH WiA AG and Carleton University | Art & Architectural History, and with SAH Archipedia, organized by Dr. Gül Kale, SAH WiA AG Mentoring Program Coordinator. Panelists: Dr. Gabrielle Esperdy, Editor, SAH Archipedia and Buildings of the United States, Professor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Dr. Catherine Boland Erkkila, Managing Editor, SAH Archipedia and Buildings of the United States, member of SAH WiA AG Legacy Committee; Dr. Yelda Nasifoglu, Associate Member of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, UK. Announcement in SAH Opportunities: Digital Humanities in Architectural History – Mentoring Program Virtual Roundtable (sah.org)
- SAH WiA AG SAH CONNECTS Webinar, “Intersections: Architectural History and Conservation in South and East Asia.” Program Date: June 8, 2022.
This panel discussion explores the often-overlapping realms of architectural history and heritage conservation in Asia. It features four short talks by scholars in China and India whose research, teaching and practice are situated at the intersections of these disciplines, followed by brief commentaries from two scholars who have traced broader themes in architectural history and practice in these countries. The session concludes with a moderated discussion among the panelists and audience. Proposed as a dialogue that explores points of similarity and divergence, the roundtable poses questions such as: What is architectural history research in the context of Asia? Does or can it exist in isolation from conservation and design efforts? What are the major themes and contemporary issues confronting teachers and students alike? How, if so, has recent research interest in “global”, “non-western” and “postcolonial” readings of Asian architecture (often generated outside the region) impacted teaching and research in India and China? We believe this discussion is timely and facilitates communication between a global community of scholars engaged and interested in architectural studies in South and East Asia. The roundtable is supported by the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group.
With gratitude for generous support and promotion efforts to Society of Architectural Historians, Intersections: Architectural History and Conservation in South and East Asia on Vimeo. URL: https://vimeo.com/718747494?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=113550016.
- SAH Women in Architecture AG Virtual panel at AI 2022 Conference, “Inspired by History to Form the Future.” April 19, 2022, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Silicon Valley, CA. SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group National Outreach Program | Virtual Panel at Architectural Intelligence Symposium | The American Institute of Architects | Silicon Valley Chapter. This panel, supported by the Women in Architecture Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians, brings together speakers from across continents to discuss how the recent research has transformed the way we examine women’s contribution to the built environment, and how women who practice architecture around the world continue to change the face of our profession. Among the narratives that emerge from evaluations of historic gender roles in architecture and design are those reflecting on the guidelines employed by scholars. In seeking to uncover latent stories of exceptional records, historians are the first to question assumptions and alter conventional agendas. Our panelists address the gap between the critical misconceptions, recognize women’s past and present accomplishments and leadership, advocate and inspire new role models from diverse backgrounds and geographies.
Conference Schedule: www.architecturalintelligence.org/symposiumschedule; URL: www.architecturalintelligence.org/symposiumschedule?fbclid=IwAR02KokYqhm3OqBxefx6tgq2tksfgZg2DFVZWAT51GSVgwdCAezcl7wBQ9w. Announcement in Group discussion forum: Discussion – SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group – SAH Commons
- SAH WiA AG Virtual Roundtable, “Challenges of Writing Architectural Histories of Undocumented/Underrepresented Groups with a Focus on Women.” In collaboration with Carleton University | Art & Architectural History, Canada. Organized and moderated by Dr. Gül Kale, member of SAH WiA AG Registers Committee. Panelists: Dr. Omeasoo Wahpasiw, Dr. Anooradha Siddiqi, Dr. Ipek Tureli, Dr. Helen Hills. This is the first collaborative project developed and presented on March 23, 2022, as part of SAH Women in Architecture AG Program March 2022: Celebrating Women’s History Month. Announced also as part of SAH WiA AG International Collaboration Program in the Group Discussion Forum: https://sah.hcommons.org/groups/sah-women-in-architecture-affiliate-group/forum/topic/sah-women-in-architecture-affiliate-group-student-mentoring-program and in SAH Opportunities.
- SAH WiA AG Roundtable, “Textbooks in Focus: Women in Architecture Survey.” 2021 Annual SAH International Conference, Virtual Program, May 12, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm CST. Moderators: Dr. Anna Sokolina and Dr. Rebecca Siefert, Panelists: Dr. Carmen Espegel, Dr. Harriet Harriss, Dr. Mary Anne Hunting, Dr. Kevin Murphy, Dr. Shelley Roff, Dr. Margaret Birney Vickery. With gratitude for generous support and promotion efforts to Society of Architectural Historians, and Pratt Institute School of Architecture
The first roundtable of the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group aims to give voice to the discussion illuminating scholarship and teaching materials on women in architecture. A remarkable number of trailblazing studies have manifested this extensive legacy. The textbooks in focus accord with the mission of the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group and highlight the significant yet still scarcely explored professional contributions of women who, to a great extent, shaped the discipline around the world. Our aspiration is to introduce the volumes recently published or in production, and emphasize the names of pioneering women in architecture, who have inspired and built cultural, spiritual, and physical environments across time and place. The novelty of our vision is in presenting not only a collection of readings but in broadening the field by advancing a more incisive overview of the topic as a whole, and by intertwining an approach to the professional standing of women in architecture with the more explicit attention to related themes. Textbooks in Focus: Women in Architecture Survey on Vimeo. URL: https://vimeo.com/549427608?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=113550016. With gratitude to SAH, reference on the SAH website: Textbooks in Focus- Women in Architecture Survey (sah.org), URL: www.sah.org/2021-virtual-conference/roundtables/textbooks-in-focus-women-in-architecture-survey.
- Second SAH WiA AG SAH CONNECTS Webinar, “New Histories and New Practices.” March 25, 2021, 10:00–11:30am CST. Organized by Kathryn O’Rourke and Dasha Ortenberg, with contribution by Anna Sokolina, sponsored by SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group and Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Silicon Valley Chapter. With support and promotion by: Helena Dean, Christopher Kirbabas, Priya Jain, Rebecca Siefert, Anna Sokolina, Danielle S. Willkens. Listing on SAH website: https://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/sah-connects/new-histories-and-new-practices?fbclid=IwAR3HJROpM_1hUk4NnMvvPpc7-VzICiiOlsDA-cpAzaGVw7l7YHvO1TNGh60
This panel, organized by the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (SAH WiA AG) and Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee of AIA Silicon Valley, considers the intersections of architectural research and practice to explore what historians, design professionals, and advocates can learn from one another as they shape histories and spaces that are more inclusive of women. From non-canonical subjects and research methods to new modes of presenting findings and acting on them, panelists discuss their investigations and the academic, professional, and advocacy fora that can support expanded methods of applying history to design. New Histories and New Practices on Vimeo. URL: https://vimeo.com/529355831?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=113550016.
- First SAH WiA AG SAH CONNECTS Webinar, “The Advent of Women Architectural Professionals, a US-UK Comparative Perspective.” March 8, 2021, 12:00–1:30pm CST, organized by Shelley E. Roff and Elizabeth Darling, with contribution by Anna Sokolina, sponsored by SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group and SAHGB Women’s Architectural Historians’ Network, tech support and online promo: Helena Dean, Christopher Kirbabas, the UK Team, Priya Jain, Rebecca Siefert, Anna Sokolina, Danielle S. Willkens. Listing on SAH website: https://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/sah-connects/the-advent-of-women-architectural-professionals?_zs=BfSgX&_zl=knSQ2
This webinar, sponsored by the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group (SAH WiA AG) and SAHGB’s Women’s Architectural Historians’ Network (WAHN), brings together panelists from the US and the UK to discuss the circumstances—social, political, cultural, educational—during which women began to enter architecture as a professionalized and licensed practice near the start of the twentieth century. Taking a comparative view, the webinar considers whether this phenomenon could be attributed to the change in lifestyles and attitudes towards women’s work in modernity, a change in the attitude towards women’s education, or other factors. Was it linked to a new social consciousness instigated by consecutive waves of feminist activity? Did women’s presence disrupt the masculine construction of the professional persona of the architect? 381 registrants, 242 attendees from 21 countries. The Advent of Women Architectural Professionals: A US-UK Comparative Perspective on Vimeo. URL: https://vimeo.com/521848442?embedded=true&source=video_title&owner=113550016.