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 Session

memo 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.

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