Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop for Emerging/Junior Scholars


This Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop is intended to help emerging/junior scholars tackle the rigors of teaching global architectural history at the survey level. The workshop will address two key challenges in this endeavor: first, finding creative and interesting ways to engage the global in architecture, and second, how to conceptualize and make relevant architecture from global regions historically marginalized in the dominant, Euro-centric disciplinary narrative. 

The workshop will make use of GAHTC’s extensive library of survey lectures and also introduce participants to the GAHTC as a source of mentorship for teaching architectural history from a global perspective. 

It aims to offer proactive solutions for developing courses that engage the full breadth and depth of global architectural knowledge. Participants will learn methods for incorporating new research on global architecture into survey courses in ways that go beyond simply presenting the architecture of non-western regions or global vernaculars. Instead, they will engage with the global as an interdisciplinary conversation combining the arts, history, anthropology, geography, and material culture.

The workshop met on August 22-25, 2017, in East Hampton, NY.

Workshop Memo


In keeping with the theme of this workshop, which is to critically assess the established definition of the global, we asked each participant to submit a work or a work in progress that would contribute to a broader understanding of current debates around the global. A participant’s contribution could take the form of a course syllabus, book proposal, conference abstract, film, work of art, etc. There is no limit or boundary to the scope of the contribution, we only asked that it challenge workshop participants to re-conceptualize their work as part of the current debate.

What is the established Global, and what is the new Global? As you know, in the beginning architectural history was a Euro-centric discipline, which treated the architecture of the non-West as a separate category, as “vernacular.” When pushed to ‘globalize,’ architectural survey courses simply amped up the volume on the vernacularized regions.  We are looking for a new Global approach. Our conceptualization of the global is not simply that of the architectural object, and it is not simply that which is not western. Such a conceptualization too easily defaults us into categories of non-west and vernacular. Rather we would like to engage in interdisciplinary debates, that consider histories beyond the architectural object, and that find a way to de-emphasize regions and emphasize instead connections.

This is not to say that we didn’t want you to talk about buildings. We merely wanted to open up the conversation to different media and disciplines, and see how this might help us in our teaching and scholarship.

We did not want participants to create something new—unless they wanted to. We just wanted them to submit something that helped them to move forward in their thinking and their work, so that these few days in this workshop can both be engaging, fun, and beneficial to everyone.

Remittance to GAHTC Library

The three-day workshop was spent in combination of activities, alternating between reviewing and critiquing participant submissions, which ranged from book proposals to course syllabi, to enjoying neighboring architectural sights, such as “The Big Duck”.

Throughout, we engaged in questions and debates about the meaning of “Global”, curricular practices, NAAB Requirements, as well as the GAHTC and its mission on teaching and collaboration. We asked questions such as What does the word “global” mean? Why not use “world” or “planetary” history? And troubled over what happens to theory and criticism, in the teaching of global history. We considered the relationship between the term global and the history and theory of globalization, arriving at the ultimate question the intellectual longevity of our collaboration, particularly beyond the pressing contemporary questions/the question at hand?

As a group, we settled on three submissions that we felt would be timely and engaging to the GAHTC community. The first is a Work Sessionmemo that considers objectives and challenges of Global Architectural History, not only teasing apart the various meanings of global, but went further to develop the memo into a call for papers to a special edition, edited journal volume.

We also developed a second memo, sharing our thought on Teaching and Collaboration. As perspectives of history broaden in the twenty-first century, and approaches from World History to Global History to Big History and to Planetary History abound, it becomes incumbent upon architectural historians working under the rubric of Global History to be able to situate their framework with respect to other approaches, both for the benefit of their research and the clarity of their stance in the classroom.

We noted that during phase one of GAHTC, we saw some innovative collaborations emerge, such as the “expanded classroom model” practiced by members of the FAAC (Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative) in which a network of professors share the classroom space between their various institutions. As we move into GAHTC 2.0 we ask, can we think about ways in which such collaborations can be further advanced such that the collaboration itself becomes central to the mission of the GAHTC, rather than being only a by-product of the project, occurring at the margins? What would other models of collaborative teaching look like, especially in terms of global collaboration? How do we make diverse voices and perspectives on architectural history visible and legible to each other and to our students?

Participants also submitted individual narratives, outlining their submission, the type of critique they received from fellow participants, and how it has impacted the development of their projects.

Workshop Participants

All Participants

Eliana HM.          Azra D.        Joseph  B.         Joseph G.           Mrinalini R.        Saima A.             Ateya K.

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Upcoming GAHTC Events

WHA, Annual Conference Milwaukee, Syllabus Workshop, June 22 &23, 2018

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

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Submit your paper to the GAHTC session at SAH 2019!

Session Title: The Untold Histories of Peripheral Architecture and Cities


The study of Architectural history established in the late 19th century was based on the distinction between East and West, with analysis rooted in the West­–namely, England–and its gaze falling upon the rest. This form of paradigmatic analysis placed the West at the core, setting the rest, by default, as the periphery. As the field developed, intellectual attitudes began to recognize the built object as capable of conveying the story of the culture and people of a place. While the architecture of the West, or core, was identified as classic and nationalistic, the architecture of the periphery, placed in direct comparison, was labeled as native and primitive.

Recognizing the limitations of such a categorical analysis, the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) set out to gather and curate a library of the architectural histories of the periphery to re-center those peripheries and tell those stories. The goal of the GAHTC–and, by extension, this session–is to explore the untold architectural histories of the periphery to counter all those histories that were projected onto various sites, skewed by the cultural aim and intellectual attitudes of their critics. These projected histories eschew the complex flows of people and ideas in the production of architectural objects and cities.

This session invites papers that tell the stories and histories of the periphery rather than the canonical center, thus expanding the discussion of non-canonical architecture and places beyond the labels of everyday, vernacular, indigenous. By decentralizing the critique this session de-sensationalizes non-western architecture, freeing it from a tautological identity as non-classical, primitive, and exotic. In particular, papers that explore the porous connections between people, places, and the global fluidity of ideas in the production of architecture and cities are welcome. Papers that explore methodological strategies for marginalized histories are also, strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
  2. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
  3. Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
  4. Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted. 
  5. A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted. 

Abstracts are to be submitted online using the link below.


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
  15. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa

  16. Shaping Place in Mesoamerica

  17. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   

  18. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities

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

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. Mobile Architectures
  5. Spanish Translation of "A Global History of Islamic Architecture"
  6. History by Timecuts
  7. What is Art Deco?

Global Connections Fellowship
  1. Globalizing Asian Histories

Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop

  1. Globalizing the Theory Survey Workshop