Bi-Annual Members' Conference

Phase Two of the GAHTC will include two Member’s Conferences, the first in fall 2017, and the second in fall 2019. The Members’ Conference is a forum for content presentations and teacher-to-teacher workshops on pedagogical techniques.  It also provides the opportunity to collectively discuss GAHTC goals, progress, and imperatives. The GAHTC will fund lodging, and meals for all members attending the conference, and can offer some funding toward travel expenses for its members.

The GAHTC will host its 2017 Members' Conference at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, September 29th and 30th. The Members' Conference is a forum for content presentations, teacher to teacher workshops on pedagogical techniques, as well as opportunity to collectively discuss GAHTC goals, progress, and imperatives.


Conference Location & Accommodations

USC School of Architecture
850 Bloom Walk, Watt Hall 204
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0291

Radisson Hotel
Los Angeles Midtown, USC
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007


List of Attendees

Notes from Break-Out Sessions

Global as a Theory - Group One

Global as a Theory - Group Two

Pedagogy in the Era of Social Media

Teaching Global Humanities to Non-Architects



Conference Program 

Friday, September 29 

9am-11am: Global Connections Breakfast (for international participants)
Arid Lands Institute

12noon: Lunch (GAHTC members only)
Harris Courtyard

1:00-2:00pm: GAHTC1 – A year in review & Launch of GAHTC2
Harris Courtyard

2:00-2:45pm: Website Presentation, JD Godchaux
Harris Hall 101

2:45-3:30pm: Architectural History Survey Syllabus, Vikram Prakash
Harris Hall 101

3:30–4:00pm: Break (Refreshments)
Harris Courtyard

4:00-6:00pm: Plenary Session
How does one teach architectural history with a global emphasis today?
Harris Hall 101

Discussants: 

  • Greg Castillo, UC Berkeley
  • Stella Nair, UCLA
  • Philip Ethington, USC

Moderators: 

  • Vikram Prakash
  • Mark Jarzombek

Saturday, September 30

8:00am: Leadership Session with GAHTC Board & Grant Team Heads 

8:30-9:00am: Members' Breakfast
Harris Courtyard

9:00am-1:15pm: Presentations


9:00am – 10:00am:  Full Lecture + Discussion

New Oral Interview Archive for Teaching Architectural History, Joseph Bedford 
Lindhurst Gallery 

The American Continuum, Jordan Kauffman & Ana Maria Leon 
Watt 212


10:00am – 11:00am:  Full Lecture + Discussion

Armenian Church Architecture, Heghnar Watenpaugh 
Watt 212

Architectural links between Islamic World and Latin America, Fernando Martinez Nespral 
Lindhurst Gallery


11:00–11:15am Short Break


11:15am – 12:15pm Full Lecture + Discussion

Coffeehouses and Teahouses, Farshid Emami 
Harris 102

Mobile Architectures, Alicia Imperiale
Watt 212


12:15pm – 1:15pm Full Lecture + Discussion

Between Constantinople and Karakorum: The Architecture of Pre-Modern Russia, Igor Demchenko 
Harris 102

South African Formations of Spatial Culture, Hannah le Roux Verle 
Annis Gallery


1:15-2:00pm Lunch
Harris Courtyard


2:00–3:30pm Break-out sessions  

How to optimize the use of the website and its content?
Clipper Lab

How to get the Global into the curriculum?
Harris 102

"Global" humanities in architecture schools. How to teach architectural survey to non-architects/historians? 
Lindhurst Gallery

Grant writing session per shared module theme interests.
Watt 1

Grant writing session per grant category. 
Harris 115

What is “Global” as a theory? 
Watt 212

Pedagogy in the era of social media. 
Clipper Lab

Identifying knowledge gaps in global architectural history. 
Harris 102

Are we teaching global yet? 
Lindhurst Gallery

The shrinking pre-modern: Is it really not relevant? 
Verle Annis Gallery


3:00–3:15pm: Short Break
Sign-up on the interest board for grant topic/regions of interest for break-out sessions

4:15-5:45pm: Break-out sessions Round Two

6:00-6:30pm Wrap Up  

6:30–8:00pm: Dinner with refreshments
The University Club




Recently Added Modules


Upcoming GAHTC Events

ACSA, Denver "The New Global: Architectural History Education and the Ethics of Millennial Citizenship," Paper Presentation, March 13-15

AAG, New Orleans "Pedagogy and the Canon," Paper Presentation, Tuesday April 10th at 8:00AM

SAH, St. Paul "Are We Global Yet?," Roundtable, Friday April 20th at 9:00AM

NERWHA, Cambridge "Exploring New Digital Tools for World Historians," Symposium, Saturday April 21, all day symposium

VAF, Potomac "Pedagogical techniques Towards a Global Architectural History," Roundtable, Saturday May 5th at 10:00AM

AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January 3-6, 2019


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 GAHTC.org. 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. 

Syllabus Maker & Advanced Search 

The syllabus maker will allow members to construct a course syllabus entirely of GAHTC content. 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. Members can pick items from their results to add to their syllabus or have the system generate a syllabus based on the number of lectures they have selected.  


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. Architectural Links Between the Islamic World and Latin America
  4. 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
  5. Iranian Domesticity in a Global Context
  6. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  7. Japanese Architecture: History Through Production Systems 
  8. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  9. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  10. Church architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  11. West African Modernism
  12. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  13. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  14. Gothicness


Research-to-Teaching Grants

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


Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project


Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

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

Global Connections Fellowship

  1. A Global Sea: An Architectural of History of the Caribbean


Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop

  1. Feminist Art and Architecture Pedagogy Workshop