Apply for a Grant

The Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and in connection with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and MIT, is pleased to introduce the following grant opportunities, all intended to elevate, strengthen and make more accessible a global perspective of architectural history. Toward that end, the collaborative seeks to connect the leading researchers in the field through the contribution of their research and knowledge.  It is expected that the contributors’ lectures will enrich the library, further providing fellow instructors with content that they find engaging, timely and inspirational to teach.

Phase two of the GAHTC will dedicate nearly $500,000 to building new content, and will do so through a multi-pronged initiative entailing the advancement of research, fostering professional community, and expanding its digital teaching library. The GAHTC accepts proposals for each of these grants on a rolling submission, but it is recommended that submissions be received before the end of an academic year.

Each grant is unique, and as such, has individualized requirements for submission. Please read the submission requirements for each grant carefully before preparing your proposal. 

Questions? Contact GAHTC Project Manager, Eliana Hamdi Murchie at

Grant Categories

Established Scholarship

To gather the established research needed to supplement gaps in our digital lecture library, the GAHTC has established two different grants.

Emerging Scholars

The GAHTC is eager to support Emerging and Junior Scholars by supporting interaction between scholars of all ranks, thus encouraging mentorship opportunities amongst its members. Thus, it has established two grants specifically targeted towards junior scholars, providing the opportunity to contribute material to the GAHTC library.  It is expected that the junior scholars will in turn work closely with a mentor from the GAHTC to develop their material. 

Supplementing the GAHTC Library

Alongside these new grant opportunities, there remains the original grant option; the production of teaching materials to continue building the GAHTC library. This category of grant encourages members to find areas within the library, or material upon which they can build or innovate, to advance the current curriculum in some original way.

Team Grants

Finally, one of the main imperatives of this phase of the grant is to build community and to encourage collaboration not only amongst members, but also across ranks and disciplines. The GAHTC has established two grants that enable teams of educators to gather, travel, and collaborate, all in the interest of advancing global architectural history.

Current Modules "In the Works"

Coming soon!

Map Builder Tool 

This tool will be embedded into our website and will allow any member to create a map, save that map to their profile, and share their map in a map gallery on Working with a designer and cartographer, we are developing the map builder to have a number of basic base maps to choose from (political boundaries, satellite imagery, terrain, etc.) with a toolbar to allow for members to draw, lines, points, circles, rectangles, irregular shapes and text. 

Advanced Search 

 To this end, our web developer will build an advanced search function that allows users to narrow their search by geography, with the search results shown on a 3D globe. Search result relevance will be designated through a heat map. 

Current Modules in the Works

Targeted Acquisition Grants

  1. Between Constantinople and Karakorum: The Architecture of Pre-Modern Russia
  2. Global Conservation: Preservation, Reuse and Sustainability
  3. Sites and Systems of Indigenous North America (Pre-Columbian Cites and Settlements): The Olmec, Zaptotecs and Mixtecs of Oaxaca, the Mayan of the Yucatan, and the Puebloans of the San Juan and Colorado River Basins
  4. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  5. Japanese Architecture: History Through Production Systems 
  6. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  7. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  8. Church architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  9. West African Modernism
  10. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  11. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  12. Gothicness
  13. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa
  14. Shaping Place in Mesoamerica
  15. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   
  16. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities
  17. Place-Making and World Seeking on the Swahili Coast
  18. The Forgotten Women of WWII Architecture
  19. The Architecture of Japan

Research-to-Teaching Grants

  1. The Architecture of Public Housing in the Cold War Middle East: The Example of Iran (1948-68)
  2. Patron Kings of Hindu Temples

Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project
  2. Infrastructural Turn

Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Technologies of Movement (Part III)
  2. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  3. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  4. History by Timecuts
  5. Mobile Architectures

Global Connections Fellowship
  1. Globalizing Asian Histories
  2. Our North is the South: Intercultural Processes in Latin American Architecture 

Recent GAHTC Events

Architectural Research in Europe Network Association (ARENA), "Pedagogical Challenges of a Global Architectural History Education," Paper Session, London, UK, November 2018.

"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, World History Association. Milwaukee, WI, June 2018.

"Pedagogical Approaches to Re-Centering the Architectural Canon," Round Table, Vernacular Architecture Forum. Alexandria, VA, May 2018.

"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, NERWHA, Cambridge, MA, April 2018.

“GAHTC Roundtable," Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, June 2017.

“Are We Teaching Global Yet?” Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians  Annual Conference. St. Paul, MN, April 2018.

“Global Education: Pedagogy and Reality.” Paper Session, American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

“The New Global: Architectural History Education and the Ethics of Millennial Citizenship." Paper Session, ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). Denver, CO, March 2018.

Recently Added Modules

Upcoming GAHTC Events

AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January, 2019.

College Arts Association (CAA), "The GAHTC and Globalizing Architectural History," Paper Session, New York, NY, January 2019.

World History Association & Global Urban Humanities Project, "Decolonizing Architectural History," Paper Session, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2019.

European Architectural History Network & SAH New Zealand and Australia (SAHANZ), Sydney, AU, July 2019.

GAHTC Members' Conference, Miami, FL, April 2019.