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Recent Faculty Publications  — updated October 2017


Faculty Activities & Accomplishments:

Fall 2017

Public Presentations:

Robin Williams served as one of seven panelists at the “Renaming the Talmadge Bridge” public forum held at the Savannah Theatre on September 5.

Summer 2017

Public Presentations:

Robin Williams was the featured speaker at the Davenport House Museum staff summer retreat, delivering a talk entitled “A City Built on Public Spaces: Savannah’s Urban Plan and Architectural Traditions,” on July 21.

Robin Williams led a field session along Bull Street as part of the Georgia Historical Society’s NEH Summer Institute program, June 15.

Robin Williams made a presentation on June 7 about historic street pavement to promote to City of Savannah municipal department heads his idea of a Savannah City Ordinance to protect the city’s street and sidewalk pavement.

Media Coverage:

Robin Williams’ research on historic street pavement in Savannah was the subject of a newspaper article by Bill Dawers, “City Talk: Take closer look at Savannah’s historic pavement,” published in the Savannah Morning News on July 16.

Spring 2017

Publications:

Celeste Lovette Guichard and Robin Williams, as co-editors of Arris: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, completed and distributed the 2016 issue (vol. 27).

Daves Rossell published “A Mixed Bag: Savannah’s Historic Downtown, African-American Edge, and Wilmington Island and Tybee Island Escape,” a summary of the tour created and led for Vernacular Georgia in Spring 2016, for the VGA Newsletter, Spring 2017.

Robin Williams published an invited article, “Cotton Tail: How King Cotton shaped the industrial landscape on both sides of the Atlantic,” for the British textile publication Selvedge Magazine (Issue 76), p. 58-60.

Conference Papers:

David Gobel presented a paper, “Writing Civic Histories on City Gates in Golden Age Spain,” at the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 9.

Daves Rossell attended the Board Meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting as chair of the Paper Sessions Committee, member of the Fellowship Committee and a member of the board, May 31, and oversaw the paper session and round-table day, June 3.

Robin Williams’s delivered a presentation, “How Historic Street Pavement Modernized the City,” at TEDxSavannah 2017 on May 19.  It can be viewed on YouTube.

Robin Williams’s delivered a plenary address, “A City Built on Public Spaces: Savannah’s Urban Plan and Architectural Traditions,” for the Decorative Arts Trust Symposium, in Savannah on April 20.

Patrick Haughey attended the American Association of Geographers Conference in Boston, where he chaired and presented on a panel titled “Spatial Politics: Conflicts of Preservation and Urbanism” on April 7.

Robin Williams delivered a paper, “Yamacraw: Stigmatized Low-Income Segregation,” at the 2017 Urban Planning Conference – Equity Planning: Creating Diverse and Inclusive Communities in Savannah, on March 31.

David Gobel gave a pair of public lectures, “The Reformation of Art” and “The Reformation of Architecture,” as part of the Reformation’s Reforms conference in Savannah, March 24.

Media Coverage:

Robin Williams’ research on historic street and sidewalk pavement was the subject of an article by Lisa Van Liefde, “Historic Pavement – A Valuable Resource,” Historic European Cobblestone / Monarch Stone International website, April 18.

Public Presentations:

Robin Williams presented a lecture, “Remembering Tomochichi,” at The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Savannah, on May 17.

Karl Schuler presented a lecture, “Fort Screven in Context,” to the Tybee Island Historical Society on April 28.

David Gobel presented a lecture as part of the Sand Arts Festival, entitled “Building, Dwelling & Thinking about Castles,” at the SCAD Trustees Theater on April 14.

Other:

Daves Rossell served as secretary as member of the Board of the Seabrook Village Foundation, Apr. 29 and May 15.

Tom Gensheimer continued to serve as vice-chairman on the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission for the City of Savannah.

Winter 2017

Public Presentations:

David Gobel gave a public lecture to the Savannah Chapter of the Congress of the New Urbanism, titled “Paradox in the Savannah Plan,” at the SCAD Student Center in January.

Robin Williams presented several lectures during winter quarter, including a public lecture for the Friends of Massie Lecture Series, “History Underfoot: Appreciating the Significance of Savannah’s Street and Sidewalk Pavement” on Jan. 24 and “Discover Savannah: Understanding the City’s Significance” to the SCAD community at the SCAD Museum of Art on Feb. 10. He served as a panelist at the “Unfolding Perspectives in Preservation: A panel discussion” at the College of Charleston on February 11 and at the “Savannah and the Possibility of the Grid” panel discussion, sponsored by the SCAD urban design department on February 16.

Media Coverage:

WTOC TV interviewed Chair Robin Williams regarding his “History Underfoot” Friends of Massie lecture on January 24.  Emily Jones of Georgia Public Broadcasting interviewed Williams regarding historic street pavement on January 24.  His research on historic street pavement was profiled in an article “Saving Historic Pavement” by David Brussat on his Architecture Here and There blog. Nick Palumbo of the new WRUU Savannah Soundings Radio interviewed him on the inaugural episode of “The Square.”  You can listen to the discussion on the Savannah Streetscape Improvement Initiative and historic street pavement. Because of his extensive research in the field, Chair Williams was appointed to the City of Savannah’s Downtown Streets Improvement Initiative steering committee.

Fall 2016

Curricular Innovations:

Celeste Guichard was one of two faculty, along with interactive design and game development professor Aram Cookson, to participate in a SCAD Collaborative Learning Center class during fall quarter.  They focused on what is called the VR Lab, a project to develop an immersive educational virtual reality experience. Working with SCAD to hone the project’s focus, by the end of fall quarter the student team had developed a prototype for teaching Mandarin language and culture, including architectural history.

Publications:

Patrick Haughey saw the publication in late December of Across Space and Time: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity, for which he served as editor and authored a chapter, “The Politics of Architecture and History in the Anthropocene” (Transaction Publishers, 2016).  The volume brought together papers presented at the 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space (Feb. 2013), which he co-directed with Daves Rossell.

Robin Williams published an invited article, “Neglected Heritage Beneath Our Feet: Documenting Historic Street and Sidewalk Pavement Across America,” on The Cultural Landscape Foundation website, December 2016.

David Gobel saw the publication of The Classicist #13, for which he served as guest editor (published September 2016).  The Classicist is the annual journal of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. This volume includes his introductory essay and an article entitled, “Porch, Piazza and Place: Musings on the Classical Tradition in the Architecture of the American South.”

Robin Williams published an invited feature article, “A History of Urban and Architectural Innovation in Savannah,” Georgia History Festival website: Blog of the Georgia Historical Society, Sept. 28, 2016.

Conference Papers:

David Gobel presented a paper entitled, “Visigothic Revival in Renaissance Toledo,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in New Orleans, Louisiana (Sept. 28-30).

Professor Celeste Guichard attended SESAH’s (the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians) annual conference in New Orleans. She is currently co-editor of Arris, SESAH’s annual journal, and also served as a conference session chair.

Robin Williams delivered a paper, “The Battle to Control Ancient Heritage in late 19th-Century Rome,” at the Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, New Orleans on September 29.  Williams also attended the board meeting on September 28 and chaired the “Reinterpreting History” session.

Public Presentations:

Karl Schuler presented a lecture, “The Urban Legacy of Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor,” to the Savannah Area Military Officers Association on November 18

Media Coverage:

Robin Williams was the principal on-screen interviewee in a SGTV (Savannah Government TV) short video, “My Historic District Series: Parkside Neighborhood,” released October 2016.

Summer 2016

Publications:

Robin Williams published a journal article, “Popularizing Roma Capitale: Representations of a Royal Rome in the Pages of L’Illustrazione Italiana in the late 19th century,” in the online art history journal TAHITI: Taidehistoria tieteenä Konsthistorien som vetenskap 04/2016.

Public Presentations:

Karl Schuler presented a lecture, “The Urban Legacy of the Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor,” at City Hall on July 15 as part of the City of Savannah’s Hungry for History lecture series.  The lecture was recorded and posted online.

Media Coverage:

David Gobel and Robin Williams were interviewed by Patrick Sisson, staff writer for the Curbed.com website for an article published on August 31, entitled “Tour Savannah’s Bull Street, the centerpiece of a historic downtown: From City Hall to Forsyth Park, a walk down Bull Street captures the history and beauty of this Southern city” and available online.

Robin Williams was the sole interviewee in an article, “Southern Charm, Square by Square: An Architectural Tour of Savannah,” Gear Patrol: The Spirit of Adventure, Issue 2 (2016), 206-209; the article was republished online in expanded form by Chris Wright, “A Tour of the South’s Architectural Jewel,” October 2016.

Spring 2016

Publications:

Robin Williams, with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell and Karl Schuler saw the publication of their book, Buildings of Savannah (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016), which is the inaugural City Guide within the Buildings of United States series produced by the Society of Architectural Historians. Released April 2016.

Conference Presentations:

Daves Rossell attended the Vernacular Architecture Forum 2016 Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina, June 2-5, where he serves on the Board of Directors, chaired the Publications Committee, member of the Conference Committee and a member of the board; he was named incoming Paper Sessions Chair. He also chaired and commented on the session “Landscapes of Memory”.

Robin Williams delivered a paper, “Savannah’s Remarkable Historic Street and Sidewalk Pavement and the Challenge of Preservation,” at  the 4th Annual Urban Planning Conference – Planning across Generations: Deconstructing the Past, Shaping the Future, hosted by Savannah State University on April 1.

Robin Williams served as one of two panelists in the “Historic Savannah Panel” during the AIAS South Quad conference on April 1.

Public Talks:

Five architectural history faculty delivered lectures at the SCAD Museum of Art Theater in spring quarter as part of the “Reading the City” public programs to promote the release of the Buildings of Savannah book.  All five lectures were broadcast live online and recorded for access through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall:

Robin Williams, “Broadening Savannah’s Urban Identity: From the Ideal to the Real” on Apr. 20;

Karl Schuler, “The Urban Legacy of Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor” on Apr. 27;

David Gobel, “Street Smarts: Savannah’s Streets as Architecture” on Apr. 27;

Daves Rossell, “Everyday Places and Spaces” on May 4;

Patrick Haughey, “Global Savannah: Building Culture and Commerce in the 21st Century City” on May 4.

Jeff Eley presented a talk and participated in a Q&A as part of the Bluffton Historic District symposium recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Bluffton Historic District, May 19.

TV appearances:

Robin Williams was interviewed in the PBS TV show, 10 Parks that Changed America, that begins with Savannah’s squares. Produced by PBS Chicago affiliate WTTW, the show first aired on April 12.

Winter 2016

Publications:

David Gobel published a journal article entitled “Interweaving Country and City in the Urban Design of Savannah, Georgia,” Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences 9 (2016): 108-148.

Public Presentations:

Robin Williams presented the featured lecture, “Decoding Savannah’s Unique Urban Environment,”  at the Friends of Massie Annual Meeting, Savannah, January 21.

Daves Rossell presented a lecture tour entitled “Savannah in architecture, landscape, and urbanism,” for three faculty and 25 students associated with University of Georgia, HIPR 6025: Preservation Perspectives Field Study, February 18.

Robin Williams presented a plenary address, “Understanding Savannah’s Unique Urban Environment,” at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) annual regional meeting, in Savannah, March 10.

Fall 2015

Publications:

Robin Williams and Celeste Guichard saw the publication of their first co-edited volume  of Arris: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (vol. 26), which included a significant redesign of the journal’s appearance by SCAD graphic design graduate student intern Maria Sinistera.  Williams and Guichard are serving as editors of Arris for a three-year term (2015-2017).

Daves Rossell published a book review of Nnamdi Elleh, ed., Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes (2014), Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 27:1 (Fall 2015), 89-90.

David Gobel is serving as guest editor of volume 13 (2016) of The Classicist, the annual journal of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, for which he is also writing an article entitled, “The Stoic Porch: Musings on the Classical Tradition in the Architecture of the American South.”

Daves Rossell published an essay, “Ordinary Architecture Seen Through the Lens of Social Process: Repetition, Pattern and Significance,” in Die nobilitierte Hauslandschaft; zur Architektur der von Bernd und Hilla Becher fotografierten Fachwerkhäuser des Siegener Industriegebiets / The enobled landscape of houses: On the architecture of the timber frame houses in the Siegen industrial region as photographed by Bernd and Hilla Becher, edited by Karl Kiem, 43-57 Dresden: Thelem, 2015.

Conferences Presentations:

Patrick Haughey was both a presenter and chair of the “Geographies of Violence” session at The Worlds of Violence, 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in September in Sicily, Italy, during which he presented “Cartel Urbanism: Finance and the Architecture of Displacement, Towards a New History of Urbanization.”

David Gobel presented a paper entitled “The First City in the World: The Renaissance View,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in San Antonio, Texas on October 16.

Robin Williams presented a paper entitled “The Surprisingly Complex History of Savannah’s Enigmatic and Mutable Squares,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), San Antonio, October 16. He also chaired the “Nashville’s Cultural Heritage” session at the same conference on October 15.

Daves Rossell chaired the Publication Prize Committee, which selected the Best Book, Best Essay, and Best Article Awards presented at the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians meeting in San Antonio, Texas, October 16.

Invited Public Presentations:

Robin Williams delivered a talk, “Rethinking Savannah’s Popular Image,” to the Rotary Club of Savannah, November 2.

Robin Williams delivered a plenary talk, “Introduction to Savannah: The Urban Plan, its Squares, Streets, Trees and Buildings,” to the Georgia Urban Forest Council, 25th Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia, November 5.

Robin Williams delivered a talk, “The Evolving Urban Setting of Madison Square,” to the Ladies of St. John’s Church group, Savannah, Georgia, December 2.

Summer 2015

Publications:

Robin Williams saw the publication in June of “A Nineteenth-Century Monument for the State,” chapter 12 in The Pantheon: From Antiquity to the Present, edited by Tod Marder and Mark Wilson Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Daves Rossell saw his photograph, “1951 Drayton Tower designed by Cletus W. and William P. Bergen,” published in Rebecca Fenwick,’s “Protecting Savannah’s Modernist Legacy,” Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Insights and Information for Preservation Professionals, http://blog.preservationleadershipforum.org/2015/07/28/savannah-modern, July 28.

Thomas Gensheimer used his SCAD Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development during summer quarter to author a chapter titled “Swahili Houses” for the book The Swahili World, as part of Routledge’s Worlds Civilizations Series. He also wrote an article, tentatively titled “House as Marketplace: Swahili merchant houses in the later Middle Ages and their impact on the East African urban environment,” for the journal Buildings and Landscapes.

Conference Presentations:

Daves Rossell chaired the “Community Buildings” session and served as its Commentator at the  Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2015

Public Presentations:

Robin Williams presented a lecture, “Savannah’s Progressive Streets: Understanding the Significance of Historic Street Pavements,” at The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, in Savannah, July 15

Spring 2015

Publications:

Celeste Guichard wrote the text for a succinct guidebook on Lacoste, France, during her spring quarter teaching at SCAD’s France campus. The publication, accompanied by a forward and epilogue by President Paula Wallace and illustrations by Anthony Cissell, will be published in June.

Conferences and Public Presentations:

Celeste Guichard presented a lecture entitled “Enlightenment and the Gothic novel: The Marquis de Sade at Lacoste” on May 11 at SCAD’s Lacoste campus. This talk covered the various phases of the Château from Roman times to the year 2000 and discussed the Marquis de Sade’s amoral philosophy and his attempt to write in a Gothic novel style to increase his book sales.

Patrick Haughey presented “Architecture and the Slave Economy,” a guest lecture sponsored by Global Architecture History Theory Collaborative, the history, theory and criticism department and the AKPIA Aga Kahn Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on May 16. Professor Haughey received a second grant from the Global Architecture History and Theory Collaborative Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning for 2015-2016.

Robin Williams delivered a paper, “History, Significance and Preservation of Brick Streets,” at the Preservation Plain and Simple Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 1

Robin Williams presented a plenary address, “Understanding Savannah’s Urban Plan and Architectural Traditions,” to the Victorian Society of America annual meeting in Savannah May 8

Professional Service:

Daves Rossell has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, a national professional organization, for a 3-Year Term beginning spring 2015.

Winter 2015

Publications:
David Gobel published a book review of “Tammy S. Gordon, The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration,” Journal of American History, 101 (March 2015).

David Gobel published an article, “‘Before the Gates:’ Exploring a Lost Urban Topos in Early Modern Spain,” in ARRIS: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, volume 25 (2014).

Robin Williams authored an invited blog post, “The architecture of trade and the 9th Savannah Symposium,” Thread: The official SCAD blog, February 3 <http://www.scad.edu/blog/architecture-trade-and-9th-savannah-symposium&gt;

Celeste Guichard and Robin Williams began their three-year tenure as co-editors of Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Conferences and Public Presentations:
Patrick Haughey and Robin Williams co-directed a highly successful 9th Savannah Symposium: The Architecture of Trade, held at the SCAD Museum of Art, February 5-7. The symposium featured 45 paper presenters from 8 countries (Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Israel, South Africa, UK and United States), as well as 2 keynote speakers from the United States — Nasser Rabbat, Ph.D., Director, Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Joyce Appleby, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of History, University of California, Los Angeles. The symposium attracted 116 paid registrants – including 67 SCAD students, 5 SCAD faculty & staff, and 1 Museum of Art member.

Thomas Gensheimer presented a paper, “House as Marketplace: Swahili merchant houses in the later Middle Ages and their impact on the East African urban environment,” at the 9th Savannah Symposium: The Architecture of Trade, February 7.

Daves Rossell invited to present a paper, “Building on Diversity: The Origins and Variety of Prefabricated Timber Framing in the United States” at a symposium at the Universität Siegen, Germany on February 6.

David Gobel gave a lecture on “Mapping and Designing Savannah,” to City of Savannah employees at the Broughton Municipal Building, February 2

David Gobel gave a series of classes on “A Christian View of Art and Architecture,” at the Independent Presbyterian Church, December-March 1.

Fall 2014

Robin Williams led a “mobile workshop” focusing on “History Under Your Feet: Savannah’s Historic Pavements” for the Preserving the Historic Road conference in, Savannah, Sept. 26, 2014.

Patrick Haughey and his colleague Robert Cowherd presented “Architectures of Slave Economies” for the Global Architecture History and Theory Collaborative conference at M.I.T. in, October. 2014.

Robin Williams attended the 2014 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) as a board member and paper session moderator.

Daves Rossell served as a Tour Leader/Docent for the tour of “Auldbrass” Plantation tour in Yemassee, South Carolina, and co-organized and served as co-Tour Leader for the “Modern Savannah” tour for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting, on Nov. 11-12, 2014.

Daves Rossell presented a paper, “Creolization and Commercial Culture: A Continuing Process in the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry,” as well as chairing Session C.8 “Material and Immaterial Traditions,” at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2014.

David Gobel delivered a lecture at the Italian Society of Savannah business meeting entitled “Discovering Slowness in Architecture and Urbanism,” at the Westin Resort Club House, Sept. 8, 2014.

Robin Williams delivered a talk, “Understanding Savannah’s Historical Built Environment,” to the National Association of Women in Construction, Sept. 22 in Savannah.

Robin Williams presented a workshop, “Understanding Savannah’s Historical Built Environment,” for the Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD) Group visiting from the Netherlands, Oct. 6, 2014.

Robin Williams delivered his quarterly talk, “Discover Savannah: A Virtual Walking Tour,” to an audience of 60 people in support of the First Year Experience, but also open to the public, on Oct. 17 at the SCAD Museum Theater.

David Gobel was guest lecturer for a sixth 6th-grade Hhistory class at Veritas Academy, Oct. 23, 2014.

Robin Williams delivered a talk, “Remaking Rome as the Capital of Modern Italy,” at the Italian Society of Savannah, Dec. 3, 2014.

Daves Rossell delivered a guest lecture on public history and the built environment for Professor Barbara Fertig’s Introduction to Public History class at Armstrong State University.

Summer 2014

David Gobel published a book review on Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs, eds., Earth Perfect: Nature, Utopia and the Garden (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2012) for the Marginalia Review of Books. (June 24, 2014) http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/problem-paradise/

David Gobel was a consultant for two articles published by Lucy Lien on architectural history in the syndicated children’s weekly magazine: The Mini Page (vol. 48, no. 29, July 19-25 and no 30, July 26-August 1).

Spring 2014

Patrick Haughey published an article, “The Aesthetics of Negligence: Architecture in the Age of Inequality,” in Dialectic: Architecture between Boom and Bust Issue 2 (Spring 2014).

Daves Rossell delivered a paper, “A Human Power: The Morro Bay Power Plant and People of Mid-Century California,” at the Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting in Stockton, New Jersey, May 10, 2014.

David Gobel delivered a paper entitled “Town and Country in Theory and Practice in Savannah and Colonial Georgia” at “The Country and the City: Connecting People and Their Places in Environmental History,” an international conference to be held in Beijing, at Renmin University of China, on June 1, 2014.

Robin Williams presented his “A History of Savannah at the Cutting Edge” lecture to the Ladies of St. John Church in Savannah and to the members of the Chatham County Historic Preservation Commission at the Metropolitan Planning Commission, both on April 2, 2014.

Robin Williams delivered a series of three lectures, “Three short virtual walking tours of Savannah,” in the SCAD Museum Theatre on May 2, 2014, attracting approximately 70 people, including members of the public. The lecture was broadcast live on the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall, where the recording is available online at https://blog.scad.edu/scadglobal/public/6505.

Robin Williams delivered a keynote address, “Cutting Edge Streets – —Savannah’s History of Openness to Transportation Innovation,” at the Savannah Bicycle Campaign 2014 Pedal Medal Awards Ceremony, May 15, 2014, at the ThincSavannah offices in Savannah.

Winter 2014

Patrick Haughey delivered a public lecture on “Puebloan Building Cultures and Economic Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau: Past and Present” on March 6, sharing the results of his research supported by a SCAD Presidential Faculty Development grant in summer 2013.  The lecture was recorded and can be viewed through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall.

Robin Williams delivered his “Discover Savannah: A Virtual Walking Tour” lecture on January 17, which was recorded and can be viewed through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall.

Daves Rossell performed as Organizer and Tour Leader for “Wartime and Post-War Housing in Savannah,” for Vernacular Georgia, January 18, 2014.

Robin Williams presented a lecture entitled “The Remarkable Story of Savannah’s Historic Street Pavements” to City of Savannah department heads and staff members at the Broughton Municipal Building in Savannah on December 5, 2013, and at City Hall on January 21, 2014.

David Gobel gave a series of talks on “A Christian View of Art and Architecture” at the Independent Presbyterian Church (December 2013-February 2014).

Fall 2013

Robin Williams delivered his lecture “A History of Savannah at the Cutting Edge” to the Coastal Museum Association in Savannah on November 6 and to the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club on December 3.

Robin Williams delivered an invited lecture on “Savannah como modelo de ambiente urbano histórico viviente” (“Savannah as a model of a living historic urban environment”) at the Primer Simposio Centroamericano de Artes Visuales y Escenicas, hosted by the Centro de Arte y Cultura of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in Comayagüela (Tegucigalpa), Honduras, on October 16.  He also delivered the same presentation to the faculty and students of the national university’s architecture department in Tegucigalpa on October 18.

David Gobel presented a talk, “Early Maps and Views of Savannah.” to the Daughters of the American Revolution in Savannah on October 8.

Robin Williams chaired a paper session, “Topics in 20th and 21st Century Urbanism,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Charlotte, NC, on September 27, 2013; Williams also attended the SESAH Board of Directors meeting on September 25.

David Gobel presented a paper, “Before the Gates: Exploring a Lost Urban Topos,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Charlotte, NC, on September 27, 2013.

Daves Rossell presented a paper, “Power to the People: The Morro Bay Power Plant as an Icon of Mid-Century California,” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Charlotte, NC, on September 26, 2013.

Robin Williams delivered one of two kick-off event talks for the Georgia Green Economy Summit on September 24, 2013, in Savannah, speaking on “A History of Savannah at the Cutting Edge”.

Summer 2013

David Gobel and Daves Rossell saw the release on August 30, 2013, of the book they co-edited — Commemoration in America: Essays on Monuments, Memorialization, and Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

Celeste Guichard served as the primary editor for a special arts volume of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research published on June 1, 2013.

Daves Rossell was interviewed about architectural history on the “Talk of the Town” television program on WHHI-TV (a local Hilton Head, SC, station).

Daves Rossell delivered a public talk about the Pine Gardens neighborhood and its National Register nomination at the American Legion Hall in Thunderbolt, GA, on
July 27, 2013.

Patrick Haughey received a Presidential Development Fellowship from SCAD to pursue research on Native American sites in Utah in June to support research and teaching.

David Gobel received a Presidential Development Fellowship from SCAD to study maps of Savannah.

Robin Williams had his article, “`A well-paved city’: Variety, locality and modernity in paving Savannah’s streets,” accepted for publication in ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in fall 2013.

Robin Williams was invited to author the “Preface” in Naga: The Master Architect Series (Images Publishing, 2013), 4-5, to be published in Dec. 2013.

Robin Williams authored an invited essay, “Savannah at the Cutting Edge of Architecture and Urbanism,” in Our Savannah (Savannah Morning News publishing, 2013).

David Gobel delivered a series of three consecutive invited public to the Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Savannah (June 12-26, 2013) on “Mapping Savannah: A Survey of Early Maps and Views of Savannah.”  The titles of each talk were as follows:
1. Vision, Reality and the Chorographic Tradition: Colonial Era Maps and Views
2. Surveying as Planning: The Expansion of the Savannah Plan
3. The Picturesque Tradition: Picturing Savannah: From Early Sketches and View to Photography

Spring 2013

On April 23, 2013 the National Endowment for the Arts announced that the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) was awarded a $10,000 ART WORKS grant in the category of DESIGN to support public programming about the built environment of Savannah, Georgia, on the theme of “Reading the City.”  It will also support the Buildings of Savannah volume of the Buildings of United States series published by the Society of Architectural Historians. In partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design, professors and architectural history students will develop a series of walking tours that explore the architecture of the city. Architectural History faculty Robin Williams (lead author), David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler are partnering with SAH to produce both the publication and programming.

Robin Williams delivered a conference paper, “In the Hands of Politicians: Reinventing Rome in the Late 1800s,” in the Open Paper Session at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Meeting in Buffalo in April 2013.

Winter 2013

Patrick Haughey coordinated the collaboration of his graduate Documenting and Interpreting the Built Environment studio class with a Design Management graduate seminar.  The two classes organized an exhibition, “From the River,” that explored the impact of the waterfront on the evolution of Savannah’s built environment.  The exhibition was held at the Collaborative Learning Center gallery at SCAD for three days at the end of winter quarter.

Tom Gensheimer and Daves Rossell served as judges for the Berkeley Architecture Essay Prize contest.

Daves Rossell served as a member of the Samuel Kress Fellowship Committee for 2013 for the Society of Architectural Historians in February 2013.

Celeste Guichard was appointed as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Virtual World Research.

Robin Williams published an invited newspaper article, “Georgia’s `Co-Founder’ Tomochichi:  Rising from obscurity,” Savannah Morning News, Viewpoints Page, March 3, 2013, 10A and 11A.

Robin Williams delivered an invited public lecture, “Commemorating Tomochichi in Savannah,”on Feb. 20, 2013, at the Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Savannah.

Daves Rossell and Patrick Haughey culminated two years of preparations in directing the 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space, held in Savannah in February 7-9, 2013.

Robin Williams delivered an invited public lecture, “Transforming Rome into the Capital of Modern Italy,”on Feb. 4, 2013, at the Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Savannah.

Patrick Haughey presented a paper, “After City Market: Food and the 21st C. American City,” at the Food and the City Conference 2013 in Austin, Texas, on February 1, where he also served as a panelist in a Roundtable addressing the question “What will our urban food map of the future look like?”

David Gobel co-curated the exhibition “Becoming Savannah: Slow Urbanism, Italian influences and the Ideal city: Urban lessons from Italy and Savannah, Georgia by Students of the Savannah College of Art and Design” at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, on display January 25-February 25, 2013.  He also delivered the introductory address and served as moderator for Theorizing the Slow City: Perspectives from Italy and America, a symposium accompanying the exhibition and featuring students of the University of Bologna and the Savannah College of Art and Design held at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York City, January 25, 2013.

David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, Karl Schuler and Robin Williams all led walking or bus tours of the architecture and urbanism of Savannah and the surrounding area as part of the AIAS Forum 2012 meeting, hosted by SCAD, December 28, 2012 – January 1, 2013.

Fall 2012

Daves Rossell delivered an invited lecture, “The Craft of Architecture and the Craft of Architectural History,” at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, in December 2012.

Robin Williams had his journal article, “The Challenge of Preserving Public Memory: Commemorating Tomochichi in Savannah,” published in Preservation, Education and Research, Vol. 5 (2012): 1-16.

Robin Williams was re-appointed for a new three-year term to the City of Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review.

Daves Rossell presented a paper, “Repetition, Pattern and Significance in Ordinary Architecture,” as an invited speaker at the Becher Houses Symposium, Universität Siegen, Germany, December 7, 2012.

Karl Schuler delivered an invited lecture on the history of Fort Screven to American Legion Post 154 (Tybee Island) on November 24, 2012.

Celeste Guichard presented a paper, “The Appeal of Virtual Spaces,” at the Geekend conference in Savannah in November 2012. See: http://www.geek-end.com/2012-speakers

Robin Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) as the Georgia representative for a three-year term.

Daves Rossell presented a paper, “Designing the Science of Illuminating Engineering: The Household Lamp and Interior Space,” at the Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.

David Gobel presented a paper, “Planned Obsolescence:  Ascertaining the Town Common in Savannah,” at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in October 2012 in Athens, Georgia.

Daves Rossell presented a paper, “Social Process and the Savannah Plan,” at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in October 2012 in Athens, Georgia.

Robin Williams presented a paper, “Forest City:  The Historical Role of Trees in Defining Savannah’s Urban Identity,” at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in October 2012 in Athens, Georgia.

Robin Williams delivered a tour, at the invitation of conference organizers, of historic downtown Roanoke, Virginia, as part of the Cityworks (X)po Conference in October 2012.

Summer 2012

David Gobel delivered a paper, “From Ideal to Real: The Evolution of the Savannah Plan: 1733-1851,” at the biennial meeting of the European Association of Urban Historians (EAUH) at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic on Aug. 30, 2012.

Daves Rossell was appointed to Fellowship Committee for the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship for 2013, administered by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey.

Spring 2012

Thomas Gensheimer published a journal article, “Monument Tomb Architecture of the Medieval Swahili Coast” in Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, vol. 19, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 107-114.

Celeste Lovette Guichard gave a paper titled, “Plaque Doctors and Dungeon Strats: the pedagogical value of video games” in a panel entitled Using Simulations and Video Games to Teach History at the Ohio Academy of History Spring Conference  on March 31st.

David Gobel was an invited speaker at Vitruviana 2012, a two-day symposium on the architecture of colonial Charleston.  His talk was entitled “The Trailblazing Second St. Philip’s Church,” delivered on April 13, 2012.  Here’s a link to the program: http://www.palladiancenter.org/Vitruviana_2012.html

Karl Schuler presented a lecture on Savannah’s Confederate batteries to the Georgia Battlefields Association meeting in Savannah on March 11, 2012.

Patrick Haughey taught at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France, in Spring Quarter.

Daves Rossell published a review of Carl R. Lounsbury, The Courthouses of Early Virginia: An Architectural History (2005) in Material Culture 44:1 (Spring 2012), 92-94.

Robin Williams was an invited speaker at the Cranbrook Schools (K-12 private school) in Bloomington Hills, Michigan, outside Detroit.  He made two presentations to groups of AP History high school students on the topic of the significance of architectural history, April 18, 2012.

Fall 2011

Thomas Gensheimer was appointed to the City of Savannah’s Historic Monuments Commission for a five-year term.

David Gobel chaired a session entitled Drawing and Design Method in Architecture (SESAH Affiliate Session) at the 2011 meeting of the Southeast College Art Conference (SECAC) in Savannah on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Robin Williams led a walking tour of downtown Savannah entitled “City as Text” in support “Text & Texture” theme of the 2011 meeting of the Southeast College Art Conference (SECAC) in Savannah on November 10, 2011.

David Gobel completed his term as Chairman of the Book & Article Awards Committee for the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) at their 2011 annual meeting held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 28, 2011.

Daves Rossell chaired the Roadside Architecture session of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) annual meeting held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 27, 2011.

Robin Williams delivered a paper entitled “A Monument for a Chief: The Origins of Public Commemoration in America and the Evolving Perception of Native Americans” at the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) annual meeting held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 27, 2011.

Tom Gensheimer has published an article, “Monumental Tomb Architecture of the Medieval Swahili Coast” in Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, Louis Nelson (ed.) in press.

David Gobel has published a review of Sabina De Cavi, Architecture and Royal Presence: Domenico and Giulio Cesare Fontana in Spanish Naples: (1592–1627) in Hispanic Research Journal, 12 (October 2011): 468–69

Daves Rossell helped organize the National Tour day meeting of the Georgia Chapter of Docomomo in Savannah and served on a discussion panel on Oct. 7 and assisted with the day-long tour on Oct. 8.

Robin Williams continues in his role as a board member of the City of Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review, attending monthly meetings, as well as a day-long board retreat on September 23.

Summer 2011

Celeste Guichard served as a symposium panelist at the Pioneer Valley Romanists Forum, Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology, Brown University, Providence, RI, August 2011.

Robin Williams has been appointed to serve on an Ad Hoc K-12 Education Committee for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Spring 2011

David Gobel delivered a paper, “The City Gate as Scaenae Frons: Two Case Studies,” at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, April 2011.

Celeste Guichard taught at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France, in Spring Quarter.

Daves Rossell was re-appointed to a 4-year term as the architectural historian of the Georgia National Register Review Board, Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he served from 2002-2006.

Daves Rossell delivered a public lecture, “In Large Things Discovered: Hidden Treasures Before Our Very Eyes,” in support of the Savannah College of Art and Design Historic Preservation Department Preservation Week lecture, May 4, 2011.

Daves Rossell delivered a paper, “Creolization as a Continuing Process in the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry,” at the Vernacular Architecture Forum 2011 Annual Meeting, Falmouth, Jamaica, June 2011.

Robin Williams published an obituary of “Harold Allen Brooks” in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), vol. 70 (March 2011): 3-4.

Robin Williams chaired a paper session, “Architecture and Race in the Southern City,” at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, April 2011.

Robin Williams continued serving as a member of the Historic District Board of Review for the City of Savannah, attending monthly meetings throughout winter and spring quarters.

Winter 2011

Jeff Eley and Tom Gensheimer co-directed the departmentally sponsored 7th Savannah Symposium, held in Feb. 2011.  Daves Rossell, Robin Williams, Celeste Guichard and David Gobel chaired sessions.

David Gobel published an article, “Reforming Church Architecture,” in New Horizons (monthly magazine of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church), February 2011

Fall 2010

Thomas Gensheimer delivered a paper entitled “Memory and Eternity: Tomb Architecture and the Medieval Swahili City” at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Chattanooga in Oct. 2010.  In light of the positive feedback he received at that presentation, he submitted an article on Swahili monumental tomb architecture for publication by Building and Landscapes: the Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Thomas Gensheimer served as judge for the Berkeley prize, an international essay contest for architecture students on a topic related to the social aspects of architectural design.

David Gobel was an invited guest lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver, where he delivered a public lecture: “The Architecture of the Savannah Plan”  on September 20, 2010.

David Gobel– Presented a paper entitled: “Modern Architecture and Levitation” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Chattanooga, Tenn., on October 15, 2010.

David Gobel Served on the Publications Awards Committee of SESAH and presented the awards at the annual meeting.

David Gobel wrote a commissioned article for New Horizons, the monthly denominational magazine of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, entitled: “Reforming Church Architecture.”

Celeste Guichard published five essays on Greek and Roman objects in the Snite Museum collection, Eclectic Antiquity: The Classical Collection of the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.

Celeste Guichard was part of a symposium panel for the Pioneer Valley Romanists Forum on August 8th, held at the Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology at Brown University.  The purpose of the symposium was to share and critique new research among a group of 15 Romanists.

Daves Rossell delivered a paper, “Ordinary Distinction: Pine Gardens and Mid-Century Savannah,” at the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 2010 Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN, October 14, 2010.

Daves Rossell delivered a lecture for the Historic Savannah Foundation during their 2011 Tour of Homes, September 28, 2010.

Daves Rossell developed the department’s first online course, History of Modern Architecture, which will be offered at the 500-level, open both to upper-level undergraduates and incoming graduate students.

Daves Rossell submitted a series of essays on aspects of the built environment of eastern Savannah for the City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Office, July 3, 2010 as part of a historical volume on eastern Savannah to be published in 2011.  These essays utilized his archival research as well as fieldwork by him and his students.

Daves Rossell attended the Chatham County Historic Preservation Commission meeting, as board member, July 7, 2010.

Daves Rossell was elected a member of the Advisory Council for the Harrington School Restoration on St. Simon’s Island, GA, August 3, 2010.

Robin Williams authored an obituary, “Harold Allen Brooks,” published in the SAH News: Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. LV, no.4 (Dec. 2010), pp.7-8.  A longer version of the obituary will be published in the March 2011 volume of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Robin Williams chaired the “Savannah” session at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in Chattanooga, TN, in Oct. 2010.

Robin Williams continued in his role as a member of the City of Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review for the downtown historic district, attending meetings on June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, November 10 and December 8.

Spring 2010

Jeff Eley concluded his four year service as a member of the Georgia National Register Review Board at the spring meeting in Atlanta.

Thomas Gensheimer chaired a paper session, “Redefining the Study of African Architecture,” at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2010.

Daves Rossell published a book review of Bryan Clark Green, In Jefferson’s Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburnin the Winterthur Portfolio 44, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 130-132.

Daves Rossell attended the annual Vernacular Architecture Forum conference in Washington DC also chaired a session on cultural landscape entitled “Organizing the Landscape”

Daves Rossell led a tour of Savannah squares for the Historic Savannah Foundation, March 28, 2010.

Robin Williams attended the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting in Chicago on April 20-24, including his last semi-annual Board of Directors meeting.

Robin Williams delivered a public talk, “A History of Savannah at the Cutting Edge,” jointly sponsored by the Historic Savannah Foundation and the department’s annual lecture series, on May 11.

Robin Williams continued in his role as a member of the City of Savannah’s Historic District Board of Review for the downtown historic district, attending meetings on April 14, May 12 and June 9.

WINTER 2010

Jeff Eley continued his participation as the architectural historian on the Georgia National Register Review Board at its quarterly meeting on January 29 in Atlanta.

David Gobel taught at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France, for Winter Quarter.

Robin Williams has been appointed by the Savannah City Council to the 11-member Historic District Board of Review of the City of Savannah for a three-year term (Jan. 2010-Dec. 2012).  The Review Board, which meets monthly, has the responsibility “to protect the values of property associated with history, unique architectural details or relation to a square, park or area within the Landmark Historic District” by voting on whether proposed building projects, signs and fences conform to the city’s Historic District Zoning Ordinance.  He attended his first meeting on January 13.

FALL 2009

Robin Williams authored entries on “Savannah” and the early 19th-century architect “William Jay” for the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, which will be published by the end of 2010.

On December 8, 2009, Robin Williams served on a panel of for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC, reviewing applications for their Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. It was the second time Williams was invited to serve as an NEH grant reviewer.

Robin Williams’ 1500-word encyclopedia entry on “Savannah (Georgia)” for the Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, ed. Ray Hutchison (Sage Publications, 2009) was published in mid-November.

On November 13-14, 2009, department chair Robin Williams attended the semi-annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Board of Directors held in Chicago, where the SAH is based.  This is his third year on the board, which has provided him with tremendous insight into the workings of this professional organization and a sense of its ambitions and goals for future growth.  Defining the strategic direction of the Society was the focus of this meeting, which included the potential growth of the society beyond its traditionally academic research focus to embrace more public outreach in such areas as K-12 education, non-academic professionals, and more international representation.  He was joined by alumnus, Nathan Walker (MA 2006), who attended in an ex-officio (i.e. non-voting) capacity because of his role as the Society’s Listserv Moderator.  He proved himself a worthy contributor in the company of many highly ranked and esteemed academics.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Architectural History at Brown University.  While in Chicago, the board met for two receptions at the SAH headquarters at the Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Daves Rossell On November 14, 2009, led an intrepid group of art librarians from universities and museums throughout the Southeast to a variety of sites just outside downtown Savannah, but often far outside the scope of the typical tourist. The itinerary: Pine Gardens Liberty Ship neighborhood, Gordonston package suburb, Bonaventure Cemetery, Thunderbolt African-American heritage, Victory Drive auto history, Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent City Beautifulness, Parkside, and the inimitable Carl Edward Helfrich, arch’t Kaminsky House of 1962.

Jeff Eley gave a tour of downtown Savannah for the Skidaway Community Institute on October 31, 2009.  The focus of the walk was to discuss the optimism in Savannah around 1900 by highlighting architects and their works of the last decade or so of the nineteenth century up to the First World War.  They looked at a number of buildings that still stand on or near Johnson and Wright Squares, as well as learning about a number of buildings that have been demolished as depicted in historic images (such as the skyscrapers seen to the right in this historic postcard).

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Waiener House, 228 Ridge Drive, Woodland Hills, Jackson, Mississippi, Samuel Wiener and William B. Wiener, arch’ts, 1951, William Wiener, arch’t, 1957. Carport and entrance court.

While attending the 2009 SESAH conference in Jackson, MS, Daves Rossell took advantage of breaks and organized tours to document numerous buildings in that city.  His photos range from high-style public buildings and modernistic houses, to commercial vernacular structures.  Ever committed to excellent documentation, he identified each image with the name of the building, its architect and date.

To see the photos, click here.

Department Faculty participate at SESAH Conference in Jackson, MS

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Rossell, Gobel and Williams with SCAD Architectural History students at the Old Capitol Building, Jackson

Daves Rossell, David Gobel and Robin Williams attended the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in Jackson, Mississippi, on October 28-31.  In addition to attending sessions and tours and seeing our students deliver papers, Rossell attended the SESAH Board of Directors meeting, finished his term as the Georgia representative, Gobel served as the chairman of the “Social Landscapes” paper session, and Williams delivered a paper in the “Urbanism” session (see below).

Robin Williams delivered a conference paper, entitled “The Curious Case of Savannah Pavement,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians held in Jackson, MS, on Oct. 29.  The examined the various experiments undertaken by the City of Savannah as it struggled to pave its streets beginning in 1855, through to the early 20th century.   Using published Asphalt Blocks - Chatham Square_smMayor’s Reports from the 1850s-1910s, engineering records from the City of Savannah archives and a pavement manual from 1900 found through Google Books, Williams reconstructed the rich story of experiments with pavement in Savannah that in many ways mirrored national trends and in other ways was unique.  The city experimented with wood plank roads, macadam, wood blocks, Belgian blocks, granite blocks, oyster shells, asphalt, vitrified bricks and asphalt blocks.  His field survey of downtown confirmed some of these survive, along with various concrete mixtures (with shells or granite as aggregate), along with some dirt lanes.  Around 1900, pavement was as important as skyscrapers as a symbol of a progressive city, helping reduce disease and mitigate the threat of urban fires (because fire-fighting equipment could move more quickly on paved streets).  His research also uncovered the purpose for curious triangular patterns in the pavement (formed by bricks rotated 45 degrees) that appear in many places throughout downtown, but that have long disappeared from other cities.

Celeste Guichard had the honor of presenting a paper at the Symposium held by Barnard College in honor of Natalie Boymel Kampen on October 24.  Professor Kampen retired from teaching last Spring and former students were invited to share work in a gesture of thanks to this esteemed and well-loved professor who affected so many lives through her scholarship, guidance and friendship.  Guichard presented on the increasing importance of word offerings, in the forms of inscriptions and hymns, at the oracular sanctuary of Klaros during the Roman period while others spoke on a wide range of topics including Roman panoply in relation to the triumphal arch at Rheims, the significance of shoes in Roman relief sculpture and William Frith’s depiction of Victorian Gossip.  For Guichard, “It’s always a treat to see old friends from grad school, but it was especially nice to come together in commemoration of a mentor who helped shape our ideas not only about the Roman world and gender studies, but also about what it means to be a successful professor and a great colleague.”

Daves Rossell spoke to a group of about forty Augustinians in the Morris Museum of Arts “Art at Lunch” series on October 23.  His talk was entitled “William Christenberry’s Vernacular: Documentary and Art” and addressed themes in their current show of his photographs.

William Christenberry, Building with False Brick siding, Warsaw, Alabama, 1974

William Christenberry, Building with False Brick siding, Warsaw, Alabama, 1974

According to Rossell, “Christenberry and I would be good road-trip buddies–we see eye to eye.”

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William Christenberry, Building with False Brick siding, Warsaw, Alabama, 1982

Christenberry grew up in rural Hale County, Alabama, and he has devoted his entire creative career in painting, photography, and sculpture to portraying the county’s simple but eerie architecture and landscape.

Old and decrepit, but never nondescript, Christenberry’s corner of the famous “black belt” is a rich testament to the long, hard history of a major cultural landscape.

His portrayals also speak to the intersection of abstract expressionism and social realism, with a special emphasis on the power of photography as a documentary instrument.

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Karl Schuler gave a tour of area fortifications for the Skidaway Community Institute.  The tour addressed the design of Fort Pulaski (1848), which was examined as a classic Third System work by Joseph Totten.  The presentation focused on American coastal fortification strategy and philosophy.  Following this, the tour explored the adjacent demilune fortifications completed by Quincy Adams Gilmore as part of the “Plan of 1870″ that superseded the Third System, and nearby Battery Hambright (1899) as an example of an Endicott Period fortification.

Celeste Guichard and Thomas Gensheimer, who co-directed the Sixth Savannah Symposium: World Heritage and National Registers in Perspective held in February 2009, are currently pursuing publication of over 20 papers from they symposium by the University of Ottawa Press.

SUMMER 2009

Daves with student drawingFor the past two years Professor Daves Rossell and his students in his American Vernacular Architecture classes have helped Evan Thompson, Director of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, document sites in preparation for Beaufort’s tricentennial in 2011. This year we’re focusing on truck farms, agricultural establishments set up to provide fruits and vegetables to urban areas. Goods grown in Beaufort County, South Carolina ripen later than crops from Florida, and earlier than those further north, thus providing a key niche in the growing, and consuming, season.

Photos of their latest visit to Beaufort can be seen through our Flickr Gallery.

This fieldwork is part of a decade-long initiative called SALI to better document and understand our distinct setting on the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The Savannah and the Lowcountry Initiative (SALI) is an educational effort engaged in uncovering, recording, preserving, and presenting history through archival research, fieldwork, drawing, and writing on the area’s architecture and cultural landscapes.

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Robin Williams made a presentation about historic architectural styles to the members of the Historic Review Board at the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Aug. 27.

On August 26, 2009, Daves Rossell lectured and led a tour of the historic north Georgia town of Dahlonega (site of the nation’s first gold rush) for the Lumpkin County Historical Society.  Click the image to read an article about the event.

Daves Rossell participated in the Colonial Williamsburg / College of William and Mary fieldschool held in Beaufort, South Carolina, July 27-31, 2009.

Daves Rossell attended the Vernacular Architecture Forum annual meeting in Butte, Montana, June 10-14, interacting with colleagues from architectural history and historic preservation departments and offices from across the country.

Spring 2009:

Celeste Guichard presented a paper, “Hadrian Panhellenios and the Crafting of Monument as Memory,” at the Midwest Art Historians Conference, Omaha, NE, in April 2009

Jeff Eley, a member of the Georgia National Register Review Board, hosted their spring meeting at SCAD-Atlanta’s Ivy Hall on June 5.  Normally, the Review Board convenes at the Atlanta offices of the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Winter 2009:

Thomas Gensheimer served as a peer reviewer for a new architectural history textbook manuscript by Marylyn Stokstad to be published by Prentice Hall.

Thomas Gensheimer and Celeste Guichard culminated two years of preparations in directing the 6th Savannah Symposium: World Heritage and National Registers in Perspective, held in Savannah in February 2009.

David Gobel delivered four plenary talks at the symposium “The Architectural Setting of Christian Worship: Exploring the Intersection of Architecture, Theology, and Worship” hosted by the Erskine Theological Seminary on February 5-7, 2009, in Savannah:

– Temple or Meetinghouse?  Church Building in Historical Perspective
– Architectural Hermeneutics (An approach to ‘reading’ architecture as a built language)
– The Architectural Setting of Christian Worship
– The City of God in the City of Man

Celeste Guichard chaired a paper session entitled “Armchair Cosmopolites and Worldly Travelers: The Dialogue between Real and Vicarious Travel in the Greco-Roman World,” at the College Art Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, February 2009

Daves Rossell taught at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France, in Winter Quarter.

Fall 2008:

David Gobel served as a guest critic for a summer studio at the Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical America in New York on June 7, 2008.

David Gobel presented a paper at the annual Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians conference in Greensboro, NC, titled “Great Expectations: The Puerta de Visagra in Toledo and the Imperial Ideal” on October 2, 2008.

David Gobel was an invited speaker, delivering a talk on “Building Babel: Architecture and Worldview,” at a conference on “The Church, Beauty, and the Arts” at Philadelphia Biblical University on November 8, 2008.

Celeste Guichard published a book review of Tony Spawforth, The Complete Greek Temples (London: Thames & Hudson, 2006) and Alexander Tzonis and Phoebe Giannisi, Classical Greek Architecture: The Construction of the Modern (Paris: Editions Flammarion, 2004) in caa.reviews, December 2, 2008.

Karl Schuler participated in archeological work during fall 2008 at the Savannah Ogeechee Canal historic site, cleaning and cataloguing artifacts from ongoing excavations at the locktender’s complex.

Robin Williams served during fall 2008 as one of three members of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award Committee for the Society of Architectural Historians to identify the best book in architectural history.  The committee reviewed 15 nominated books.

Robin Williams chaired the paper session Constructing Race Relations in the New South at the annual Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians conference in Greensboro, NC, on October 2, 2008.

Robin Williams served on the Historic District Ordinance Revisions Committee for the City of Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission, attending meetings on October 13 and 27, 2008.

Winter 2008:

David Gobel published in February a short essay, commenting on DR Coffin’s work on Giovanni Battista Aleotti, in David R. Coffin, Magnificent Building, Courtly Gardens, edited by Vanessa Bezemer Sellers (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Karl Schuler continued to provide Charlie Crawford, Director of Georgia Battlefields Association, with information on area batteries for endangered sites survey and National Register nominations.  As a result, the Civil War Preservation Trust has included the defenses of Savannah on its list of ten most endangered battlefields.  See press release: http://www.civilwar.org/news/PressDetail.php?releaseID=160

Robin Williams served as an outside reviewer of an article for Georgia Historical Quarterly, December 2007.

Robin Williams served as an outside reviewer of an application of a study of Plantation Architecture in South Carolina for a City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) grant on January 3, 2008.

Robin Williams had his book review of Georgia Inside and Out: Architecture, Landscape, and Decorative Arts published at caa reviews on January 29, 2008.  It can be viewed at http://www.caareviews.org .

Robin Williams made a presentation on the history of Architectural Styles in Savannah and introduced a discussion of city zoning issues to the Historic Preservation high school students at Early College High School in Savannah on Dec. 6, 2007.  The presentation was part of the Box City Program, an interdisciplinary experience in community planning developed by “The Center for Understanding our Built Environment” (CUBE), based in Prairie Village, KS, that culminated with student projects later in December.

Robin Williams was hired by the Glynn County Board of Education to conduct a historical analysis of a c.1840 school house near Brunswick, GA, in preparation for its restoration, January-March 2008.

Robin Williams was nominated by the Mayor’s office of the City of Savannah to serve on the Historic District Ordinance Revisions Committee, coordinated through its Metropolitan Planning Commission.  The committee meets every Monday for four months from February to June.  The committee is revising the downtown Savannah zoning laws to direct future construction in ways more sympathetic to the city’s historic building patterns.

Fall 2007:

David Gobel chaired a paper session at the 2007 Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, Oct. 24-28, titled Language and Tradition.

Celeste Guichard served as an editor for a recent scholarly publication on Novalis.

Daves Rossell was awarded $5,107.39 at the Fall meeting on November 10, 2007, of the Vernacular Architecture Forum Board to support the Savannah and the Lowcountry Initiative, directly to support further student and faculty research, fieldwork, photography, and writing,.  Rossell also received written commendation of his work as director of the meeting, and as co-editor of the Savannah and the Lowcountry guidebook.

Daves Rossell taught at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France, for the fall 2007 quarter.

Daves Rossell was appointed in October 2007 to serve another 2-year term as Chair of the Chatham County Historic Preservation Commission.

Daves Rossell delivered a lecture at the architecture school of the Universität Siegen in Siegen, Germany November 21, 2007.

Robin Williams presented a paper at the 2007 Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, Oct. 24-28, 2007 titled “Reflections on Urban Change: Patterns of destruction and Preservation in Downtown Savannah”.

Summer 2007:

Jeff Eley has joined a task force to determine the appropriate restoration and use for the Pharmacy Building at the corner of Habersham and Broughton Street.  This project will serve the Davenport House and Historic Savannah Foundation.

Thomas Gensheimer co-curated an African Art exhibition with Dr. Steven Wagner in SCAD’s Art History department at the Pei Ling Chan Gallery held during the summer.  This work included the selection of objects, the organization of the exhibit and labeling works of art.  Thomas Gensheimer also wrote all the substantive explanatory text for the exhibition.

Daves Rossell chaired the all-day board retreat of the Chatham County Historic Preservation Commission meeting, June 15, 2007.

Daves Rossell participated in the Colonial Williamsburg/College of William and Mary Fieldschool in Williamsburg on July 15-21, and in Beaufort and Savannah July 22-27, 2007.  This activity further cemented ties between SCAD’s ARLH department and CW/CWM faculty as well as facilitating in the professional recordation of some dozen historic structures.  Particular benefit was gained through supporting the Historic Beaufort Foundation, which is spearheading the 300th anniversary of Beaufort in 2008—an effort that will require further SCAD support.  Transportation funds for this venture were provided out of the Savannah and the Lowcountry Initiative.

Daves Rossell facilitated the planning of the next meeting of the Coastal Georgia Archeological Society to be held at the Fife Plantation, a beautiful and historic plantation Rossell had used for the Vernacular Architecture Forum meeting in March, June 16, 2007.

Robin Williams serves as a member of the Society of Architectural Historians Online-SAH Committee and attended a meeting in New York on July 31 to discuss the development of a prototype of the online version of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Robin Williams had his photograph “Misty Morning in Provence” printed for sale through the online home décor vendor West Elm.

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