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Professor Gobel leads department’s fourth SCADextra workshop

November 2, 2020

Professor David Gobel led the architectural history department’s fourth SCADextra workshop, which offers students supplemental learning opportunities in the context of virtual classrooms. His workshop focused on “An Architectural History Ghost Tour: Exploring Savannah’s Lost Town Common” and included both a PowerPoint presentation and pre-recorded clips of himself out in the city as part of his live Zoom broadcast on Friday, October 23.

Professor Haughey leads third departmental SCADextra workshop

October 26, 2020

Professor Patrick Haughey led the department’s third SCADextra workshop on October 16. Focusing on “Seeing through Drawing: Rethinking Architecture, the City and History,” he analyzed the waterfront area through a combination of first-hand observation and informal analytical drawing, including a cross section through the Cluskey Vaults, the Bull Street Ramp, Factors Walk and a warehouse.

Karl Schuler delivers department’s second SCADextra workshop

October 18, 2020

Professor Karl Schuler delivered the department’s second SCADextra workshop, focusing on Historic Building Materials, on October 9. His workshop addressed different kinds of wood, stone, brick and metal, discussed their physical properties and explained how those properties lent themselves to different architectural uses. The SCADextra workshops are part of SCAD’s effort to offer students extended learning opportunities to supplement classroom experiences and are especially valuable in the context of the pandemic.

Chair Robin Williams leads off the department’s series of SCADextra workshops

October 13, 2020
Robin Williams explores one of Savannah’s many remarkable lanes

As part of SCAD’s response to the ongoing pandemic, each academic department has enlisted faculty to lead “SCADextra” live hour-long workshops broadcast via Zoom and available as a recording. Chair Robin Williams led our first workshop with a live tour of the area around Madison Square in downtown Savannah. His tour, Learning from Savannah, analyzed key urban and architectural characteristics of the city, focusing on examples of “elastic urbanism” — a concept he and fellow departmental faculty member David Gobel are exploring in a book they are authoring on Savannah’s urban and architectural history. The tour was an experiment in broadcasting live via Zoom, including some challenges with the sound recording.

MFA student Caroline Wilson delivers paper at (virtual) SESAH conference

October 13, 2020

MFA student Caroline Wilson delivered a paper, “In Pursuit of Health and Pleasure: Architecture and Society at Nineteenth-Century American Spa Resorts,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of Architectural Historians, held virtually via Zoom on Friday, October 2. Here paper was part of a session focusing on “Attracting Tourists Through Design” and was one of three papers. Her pre-recorded presentation involved a PowerPoint presentation with her narration, followed by a live Q and A. This is the new normal for academic conferences!

Architectural History student club to host a panel discussion “Rethinking Commemoration”

February 19, 2020

The James Oglethorpe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, SCAD’s Architectural History student club, has organized a public panel entitled “Rethinking Commemoration,” taking place Saturday, February 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the SCAD Museum of Art Auditorium.  Spearheaded by Clara Miller (BFA candidate) and club vice-president, the event addresses the lack of diversity in the Savannah’s revered and controversial commemorative landscape. Historic preservation and architectural history panelists — Thomas Gensheimer, Ph.D., SCAD and City of Savannah’s Historic Sites and Monuments Commission; Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Footprints of Savannah; Lilith Logan, Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters; and Chassidy Malloy, Historic Savannah Foundation — discuss how public support and the private reinterpretation of history are impacting public remembrance and reframing historical narratives in Savannah. 

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2018-2019 Career data now posted

January 28, 2020
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The semi-annual review of full-time positions advertised for architectural history in the public and private sectors (and excluding academic positions), representing the period of July 2018 through June 2019, have been posted to the Careers section (see tab above).  Compiled by faculty members Karl Schuler and Tom Gensheimer, the most recent data show some interesting trends:

  • the number of advertised positions nationally remains steady, showing a strong upward trend
  • positions in architectural research and evaluation in particular continue their long-term trend of dominating opportunities
  • the geographic distribution of jobs shows the Southeast continuing to offer the most opportunities
  • salaries remain steady, with a general increase in all categories

Professor Guichard profiled in SCAD District publication

January 28, 2020

The GuichardsArchitectural History professor Celeste Guichard was profiled, along with her husband, SCAD Interactive Design and Game Development professor, Cyril Guichard, in an article in the SCAD student publication District.

SCAD Architectural History has great showing at SESAH and SACRPH Conferences

January 28, 2020
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SCAD Architectural History students, alumni and faculty had their best ever showing at this year’s annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Greenville, SC, October 10-12, 2019. Undergraduate Clara Miller and graduate students Monica Gann and Madi Alspector, alumni Nathaniel Walker (MA 2006) and Marisa Gomez Nordyke (BFA 2007) and Professors David Gobel, Patrick Haughey and Robin Williams all presented papers. Alumnus Ruben Acosta (MFA 2010), while not presenting a paper, is now part of the SESAH executive as Membership Coordinator.

At the end of October, Undergraduate Clara Miller and graduate student Monica Gann, along with Professors Patrick Haughey and Robin Williams all presented papers at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) biennial national conference in Arlington, Virginia.

The students’ achievements were profiled in another SCADworks blog post.

 

Graduate student Madi Alspector profiled in SCADworks blog article

October 20, 2019

Architectural history graduate student Madi Alspector enjoyed some well-deserved attention in being profiled in an article on the SCADworks blog.  Madi has been active translating her research papers from her classes into conference presentations, serving as a roll model for her classmates who have begun following suit.

Students prepare for conference presentations at Peer Practice Session

October 18, 2019

SCAD students and faculty from a variety of Building Arts majors assembled on a Saturday morning in early October to hear three Architectural History students and three of the department’s faculty present rehearsals of their conference papers to be presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), the most significant regional conference for architectural historians, which took place a week later in Greenville, SC.  Graduate students Monica Gann (pictured below) and Madi Alspector and undergraduate Clara Miller presented, along with architectural history faculty David Gobel, Patrick Haughey and Robin Williams.  The “Peer Practice Session” aims to provide students — both those presenting and those in attendance — with an opportunity to see how conference papers are crafted and how feedback from a rehearsal can dramatically improve the presentation, the delivery, the visuals, the argument, etc.

Williams publishes article as part of the online exhibition “People-Works: The Labor of Transport”.

January 20, 2019

williams_figure-13Department chair Robin Williams recently saw the publication of his peer-reviewed article, “Hand-Made Streets: The Role Of Labor In Making, Installing And Maintaining Street Pavement Prior To The Dominance Of Asphalt,” as part of the online exhibition People-Works: The Labor of Transport.  The exhibition is hosted on the T2M Mobility in Transportation blog and involves six articles and an introduction by the exhibition’s curator and editor, Kate McDonald.

Buildings of Savannah wins best guidebook award

October 10, 2018

The Buildings of Savannah, authored by department faculty Robin Williams, David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell and Karl Schuler and published in 2016 by the University of Virginia Press, has received an Award of Excellence as the Best Guidebook from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) at their annual meeting on October 5.  Prof. David Gobel was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the whole team.

New career data for 2017-2018 posted, with opportunities remaining steady

September 26, 2018

The semi-annual review of full-time positions advertised for architectural history in the public and private sectors (and excluding academic positions), representing the period of July 2017 through June 2018, have been posted to the Careers section (see tab above).  Compiled by faculty member Karl Schuler, the most recent data show some interesting trends:

  • the number of advertised positions nationally remains steady, showing a very slight upward trend
  • positions in architectural research and evaluation in particular continue their long-term trend of dominating opportunities
  • the geographic distribution of jobs shows the Southeast continuing to offer the most opportunities, with the West continuing its position as the region showing the most growth
  • salaries remain steady, with positions requiring a Master’s degree and about three years’ experience showing the most dramatic increase

Architectural History grad student Emily Bernin wins essay prize for one of two conference papers presented in spring

May 24, 2018

Emily Bernin awardCurrent M.F.A. student Emily Bernin has had a very successful quarter presenting papers at two academic conferences and attending a third.  Of special note, she received the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Paper Prize Award of Excellence for her paper “Fez, Marrakech, and the Traditional `Islamic’ City” at Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference held in Atlanta on April 7, 2018.  A month later, she presented a paper entitled “Representing the Post-War Era: A Case Study of Ardmore” at the University of Michigan 2018 Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History: “Constructing America,” held in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2018, where she was the only student not enrolled in a Ph.D. program.  Her attendance at the conference in Ann Arbor, as well as attending the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians in St. Paul, Minnesota (along with classmate Katie Fitzhugh), where they both served as volunteers, was partially supported with funding from SCAD.

New Architectural History Career Data for 2017 posted

February 8, 2018

The semi-annual review of full-time positions advertised for architectural history in the public and private sectors (and excluding academic positions), representing the period of January through December 2017, have been posted to the Careers section (see tab above).  Compiled by faculty member Karl Schuler, the most recent data show some interesting trends:

  • the number of advertised positions nationally has grown to the highest level since 2015
  • positions in architectural research and preservation planning continue their long-term trend of dominating opportunities
  • the geographic distribution of jobs continues to be fairly evenly spread across the country, with the Southeast returning as the leading region
  • salaries remain steady, with small increases at the high end of each degree category

Architectural History alumnus Craig Potts shares his perspective on the value of his SCAD education

November 1, 2017

Craig Potts with studentsDuring the winter and spring quarters of the 2016-2017 academic year, Craig Potts (M.A. 2002), the State Historic Preservation Office for the state of Kentucky, served as the Architectural History alumni mentor.  The SCAD mentor program allows alumni to reconnect with the college and share their professional perspective with students.  Craig summarized the benefits of his SCAD education in the following words:

“SCAD helped me turn my passion for the historic environment into a successful and fulfilling career.  Architectural History gave me the tools I needed to understand context within the built environment, to better evaluate those places that are worthy of physical preservation and to broaden my perspectives on significance. I was able to tailor my ideal learning experience at SCAD through a full slate of applied and academic learning.  I am able to protect and revitalize historic properties in Kentucky almost every day through consensus building and creativity. I developed those skills along with confidence and leadership abilities at SCAD.”

 

 

Alumna Elizabeth Clappin delivers talk at SESAH annual meeting

October 15, 2017

Elizabeth Clappin (M.F.A. 2016) delivered a conference paper, entitled “Degenerate Receptacles: The Role of Typology in the Preservation of State Hospitals,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians held in Lynchburg, Virginia.  A recent graduate of the SCAD Architectural History program, she is currently teaching online at the University of Rhode Island Providence.

Robin Williams involved in public debate about the Talmadge Bridge and Confederate Memorial

October 1, 2017

DSC_6546_smSCAD Architectural History chair Robin Williams served as one of seven panelists at the “Renaming the Talmadge Bridge” public forum held at the Savannah Theatre on September 5.  The bridge currently honors Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge who was an outspoken supporter of racial segregation and white supremacy during the 1940s and 1950s.  The public forum, sponsored by Span the Gap and the Beach Institute, attracted about 300 people, has generated considerable local media attention and a formal resolution by Savannah City Council on September 28 to change the bridge’s name, which requires approval of the Georgia Assembly to take place.   Williams has also been invited to serve on a task force of local historians organized by the Mayor of Savannah to investigate courses of action for addressing Savannah’s Confederate Soldiers Memorial in Forsyth Park in light of the recent debates and controversies over monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders.

Latest Career Data Results Posted

October 1, 2017

The semi-annual review of full-time positions advertised for architectural history in the public and private sectors (and excluding academic positions), representing the period of July 2016 through June 2017, have now  been posted to the Careers section (see tab above).  Compiled by faculty member Karl Schuler, the most recent data show some interesting trends:

  • the number of advertised positions nationally remains strong, though declining slightly, but still well above recession-era levels. This is partly due to the increase in the number of temporary positions, such as those with FEMA
  • positions in architectural research and preservation planning continue their long-term trend of dominating opportunities
  • the geographic distribution of jobs is more evenly spread across the country, with the West being the leading region for the first time
  • salaries are increasing for positions requiring the least experience — a B.A. with some experience or a Master’s with limited experience
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