“You might be interested to learn that GAHTC workshop prompted ideas to establish a public humanities center [at Tufts University] in which questions of architecture, public space and historic preservation would figure prominently. The background for this is the current plan of Tufts, my university, to acquire the art school of the MFA. At the moment, the university is still in the process of exploring the benefits and risks of such a move. The excitement is tangible though... [and] the GAHTC experience inspired me to reach out to a number of people to brainstorm about the importance of teaching global architectural history in the wider context of a public humanities center or institute which could/should include artists working the realm of public art. It is too early to tell if these ideas will have any traction and / or yield anything substantial. But the GAHTC experience has made the exercise meaningful and stimulating.”

-- Peter Probst, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, 
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Tufts University

“The GAHTC has already impacted my classroom as well as my research. Among the architecture history faculty at Savannah College of Art and Design, I am responsible for most of the surveys. Since we began this project I have altered almost all of them, using the format that Robert Cowherd and I have designed. My students are very excited to have up to date research.”

-- Patrick D. Haughey, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Architecture History, Savannah College of Art and Design 

“I began my interaction with the GAHTC as an outsider, but the experience has inspired me to invent a whole new course on the history of the city since 1500; I taught it for the first time to a class of 100 students last spring. The course was so successful that my colleagues are developing a parallel pre-1500 course, one that can also be modified for study abroad summer courses. Watching others present their lectures has made me think deeply about my pedagogy, and has improved my own presentations. I am now working with a group of architectural historians on a series of lectures on eastern and western crossroads from the late antique to the late medieval period, and greatly expanding my horizons as a result.”

--Suzanne Marchand, Professor of History, Louisiana State University

“These sessions enhance my teaching by providing new examples, information about global architecture issues and demonstration of how architecture world-wide may be connected by purpose and impacted by international events/issues. I have specifically used examples presented in the lectures [in my own classroom] and always benefit from the opportunity to re-think what I am doing in light of others' work.”

--Judith Hull, Architectural Historian, Emerson College, Boston

“I think this project is an ambitious and generous idea that allows everyone to understand "local" architecture and urban phenomena in a global perspective. That is remarkable.”

--Shariff S. Kahatt, Faculty of the School of Architecture and Urbanism, Pontifical University of Peru, Lima, Peru

“Last week I presented one of my GAHTC colleague's lecture on Medieval Roads. The lecture was much more complex and richer than I had realized when I first read it for internal review and I could only get through 1/3 of it. But now that I have delivered it once, I know what slight adjustments to make to fit it to teaching method. This lecture is a scholarly piece of work as well as a lecture...I have three more lectures out this package yet to give, but I must say, they have raised the quality of my teaching considerably. I could have never done this on my own and without the structural support of GAHTC.”

--Shundana Yusaf, Assistant Professor, History and Theory School of Architecture, University of Utah

Recently Added Modules

Upcoming GAHTC Events

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

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

Coming soon!

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