Global Connections Fellowship

The Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative is pleased to introduce the Global Connections Fellowship, targeted towards a group of scholars interested in expanding the scope of their research as related to a specific site or region of study. This fellowship is intended to inspire a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary, but, most importantly, global inquiry into an underrepresented area of study. 

The Goal of the Fellowship

These fellowships seek to establish sustainable relationships with universities outside the U.S., while also enabling GAHTC members to visit new sites of research.  They support improving the quality of teaching as related to a site or region as well as the critical evaluation of that site or regions as viewed within dominant Eurocentric narrative in architectural history.  GAHTC is eager to fund groups to visit a site that participants have not previously experienced. Please note that this fellowship is not aimed at supporting advanced scholarly research that may involve immersion in local archives, for example. Rather, the award aims to encourage teachers to see new buildings and sites and visit museums, immersing themselves in the local architecture, arts, history, and culture, of a region. 

This research fellowship is intended as a fund for the collaboration and travel of scholars from various ranks, disciplines, and institutions. Ideally the team will be hosted by a local institution, and liaise with an expert or experts in the intended site or region of study, who would also be able to guide them in their travels and research. 

While in the Field

To prepare for the research trip, the GAHTC assumes that the team will collect all relevant scholarship (articles and books) in advance, so that all necessary preliminary research is completed before traveling to the site or sites of study. 

While on site, GAHTC encourages members to collect images, in the form of drawings, photos, floor plans, etc., such that they can then incorporate the visual materials into the required deliverable.  It is expected that the group will submit one to two lectures for the GAHTC library, though additional lectures may be considered. 

How to Apply

Award privilege will be given to participants who demonstrate that they will be using the lecture material produced from the research trip in their future courses. The Fellowship award will fund travel, lodging, and meals for all members of the research team. In addition, each team will receive $2,300 per lecture added to the GAHTC library. 

For consideration, please submit a research proposal identifying the four to six-person team, detailing the team’s varied ranks, disciplines, and institutional affiliations. Ideally, team members will come from different but allied disciplinary backgrounds, among them art history, history, or visual studies, and from at least two different institutions. Please also identify the local institution able to receive the team, and the local expert or experts able to assist in guiding tours and in gaining access to research sites.

In addition, please detail a tentative agenda of the site or sites that the team will visit, whether these be archaeological, architectural, landscape-related, or urban. Also include an estimated budget for travel, lodging, and incidentals. Also, please provide an annotated outline for each lecture in the proposed module. 

Submit your proposal to Eliana Hamdi Murchie at

[Grant proposal resources and templates]

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.