FAAC Your Syllabus


Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative

FAAC YOUR SYLLABUS: Pedagogy Workshop

New York, April 21-22, 2018

Feminist Workshop Summary

After a Call for Participation organized by FAAC (Ana María León, Tessa Paneth-Pollak, Martina Tanga, and Olga Touloumi), fourteen participants were invited to the FAAC YOUR SYLLABUS: Pedagogy Workshop, which took place at Buell Hall, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University.


—Core feminist principles of collaboration, intersectionality, and empowerment guided the workshop and the writing associated with it.

—Shared discussions of our experiences in the classroom, and beyond in our scholarship and in our professional work;

—Designed teaching assignments that foregrounded intersectionality and collaboration

—Wrote a collective manifesto both for publication and for the exhibition.

—Most importantly, we created the opportunity to learn from each other and to build inclusive and diverse communities both inside and outside our professional lives.

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We gathered on Saturday, April 21st at 1pm at Buell Hall. Introductions included explaining to the group who we were and where we were coming from. Additionally, each of us shared three books, texts, essays, or sources that informed their pedagogical practice and the teaching of art and architecture. Since the workshop we have compiled a bibliography with all the participants submissions that establishes a collective pool of knowledge and inspiration for the activities in the workshop.


After the introductions, we went straight to work and the whole group separated into four different working of about 4-5 participants. The task of the first break-out session was to conduct peer-review feedback on each of our own syllabuses we brought to the workshop. Topics of conversations varied greatly case by case basis, but generally we each looked at each other’s syllabus with a feminist perspective and discussed how to reformulate specific teaching goals, content, assignments, evaluations, and general class dynamics. Then each group summarized their conversations to the whole group, sharing some of the insights gathered in the smaller conversations.


After we had each looked at each others syllabuses we were focused on creating feminist inspired assignments. We discussed what the assignments could be a whole group first, and then returned to our smaller break-out groups of 4-5 participants to craft the assignments. The

four assignments were: Feminist Assignment Rubric Guidelines, Guidelines for InclusiveFeminist Participation Practices & Grading, Assignment 1(Object-based Analysis), and Assignment 2(The Other Stories). It was productive to work in smaller groups to draft the documents. We then re-grouped to talk about each assignment collectively.

After an intensive afternoon, we went out for pizza as a group where there were more opportunities to get to know each of the participants in a more informal way.



We met back at Buell in the morning of Sunday, April 22 for the second half of the workshop, which was dedicated to writing a collective manifesto. The goal of this document was to consolidate the topics and themes of discussion of the first day. Additionally, it was an opportunity for the members of the workshop to collectively voice their hopes and desires for feminist reforms for the classroom and scholarship.

First, we discussed key themes as a group. We identified a number of themes, which included: who we are, what are our demands and aspirations, and why we are writing a manifesto.

Again, we followed the small-group breakout sessions to write the content of the manifesto. Each group had a some time with their section, and then spent time editing other sections. In this way, no one group had single authorship over any part of the manifesto. This document is still a work in progress and the group as a whole imagined that it might have a number of different lives after this event.

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.


—Participants connected with like-minded feminist scholars looking to implement different approaches to teaching and scholarship that will lead to realigning power dynamics in academia, and beyond.

—Participants left the workshop with clear ideas of how to revise their own syllabi, and institute more global chances to their teaching practices

—Participants came away with some concrete examples of feminist assignments to integrate into their syllabi

Remittance to GAHTC Library


GAHTC Member Participants


Coming soon!


GAHTC has hired 100Danish as the new web developer. The 100Danish team, led by Trevor Collins and his team will help s to improve the dissemination of our library content, while also digitally connecting our community of scholars.

We have a plan for the following website updates that we believe will not only be helpful to our community, but will importantly shore-up the long term sustainability of the site and its content.

  • Advanced Search: Imperative to the wide dissemination of our library content is the ability to efficiently search for and access materials. Our advanced search feature will provide users with the ability to search for content using three criteria: object of study, location and date. The search also has a filter allowing users to indicate exact time periods using a sliding scale. Results are then displayed on a rotating globe, with the most relevant results demarcated in red, and receding in color, in the style of a heat map. Users however are not required to input search criteria to view results. They may select the “Browse All” option, at which point our entire library content will be displayed on the globe, and users can spin, zoom, and click to discover new content.
  • Explore Teaching Material: This page allows users to browse our library content in a different manner, one not necessarily directed by search terms. Rather, relevant information, such as module title, author and abstract are displayed at a glance on a series of “cards” or “tiles”. This is a design change from the existing site. The display is more visual, accessible and interactive. The number of clicks needed to access module and lecture content have been reduced, providing users with quick and comprehensive access to our teaching library.
  • Map Builder: Many of our members have the need to create editable maps so as to best convey material visually. We have addressed that need by developing a Map Builder. Users can choose a location, then a display for the map, such as terrain, political boundaries, or satellite view.
  • Creating Custom Maps:The Map builder allows users to alter their map using basic edit functions, similar to those found in power point. Functions such as dropping locations pins, adding text and photos, as well as drawing a variety of shapes, and adjusting their opacity will allow users to customize their maps easily.

Recently Added Modules

Upcoming GAHTC Events

SAH, Seattle, WA, April-May 2020.

Recent GAHTC Events

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

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

SAH, Providence, RI, April 2019

  • We hosted a full day Teacher-to-Teacher workshop on globalizing your teaching content, open to all SAH members.
  • We conducted a round-table on the subject of “Globalizing Architectural HistoryEducation.”
  • We chaired a GAHTC session titled “The Untold Histories of the Peripheral Architecture and Cities.”
  • Eliana presented on the topic of Global History at the first SAH Colloquium “Vectors of Change: Emerging Challenges in the Study of the Built Environment.”

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

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

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

"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.

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. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  4. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  5. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  6. Church Architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  7. West African Modernism
  8. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  9. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  10. Gothicness
  11. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa
  12. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   
  13. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities
  14. Place-Making and World Seeking on the Swahili Coast
  15. The Forgotten Women of WWII Architecture
  16. Japanese Architecture
  17. Parallel Lives: A Biographical Approach to Early Modern Architecture
  18. The Global History of Synagogues
  19. Etruscan Architecture in a Global Context: Life, Death and Transition
  20. The Politics of Social Housing is Inter-War and Post-War Turkey

Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project
  2. Taverns and Temples
  3. Persian Gardens
  4. Armenian Churches
  5. A Global Historiography of Persian Architecture: The Making and Breaking of Cultural Heritage

Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  2. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  3. Mobile Architectures
  4. Architectural Representations
  5. Spirit Roads: From Roads and Tracks to Other Worldly Connections
  6. Educational Sites in the Islamic World

Global Connections Fellowship

  1. Globalizing Asian Histories
  2. Our North is the South: Intercultural Processes in Latin American Architecture 
  3. A Global Sea: An Architectural of History of the Caribbean