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SCAD student team wins second place in national HALS competition!

November 1, 2016

A student team comprising architectural history, architecture and historic preservation majors, led by Architectural History professor Daves Rossell, tied for second in the national Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) competition sponsored by the National Park Service out of 43 entries submitted.  Their project documented the historic garden at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah as part of Dr. Rossell’s American Cultural Landscape seminar.  The team included students Anthony Nicholas, Stephanie Heher, Carleigh Hessian, Ricardo Chiuz, Paul Fritz, Chelsea Lyle, and Lois Watts.  See the Facebook announcement.

Celebration of Classicism in Charleston recognizes David Gobel’s editing of this year’s “Classicist” journal

October 27, 2016

the-classicist-13The journal Classicist launched its 2016 volume (#13), edited by Architectural History faculty member David Gobel, at an event in Charleston last week.  The journal is produced by The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, a New York-based nonprofit organization.  The focus of this thirteenth volume of Classicist is the architectural traditions of classicism in the South.  In addition to serving as editor, Gobel also authored an essay on the history of porches as a characteristic feature of Southern classicism.  Departmental alumnus Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) contributed an essay on the history of classicism in Charleston.  The event received press attention in The Post and Courier newspaper.

New Career Data posted

October 27, 2016

The latest 12-month snapshot of career opportunities, covering the period July 2015 through June 2016, has been posted to the Careers section (see tab above right).  Most positions continue to be available in architectural research and survey and in preservation planning — both areas directly supported by our program.

SCAD has impressive showing at the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) conference in New Orleans

October 3, 2016

Left to right: Department chair Robin Williams; alumnus Ruben Acosta; new graduate student Hailey Chesnutt; SCAD Preservation Design director Justin Gunther; alumna Liz Clappin; department faculty David Gobel and Celeste Guichard.

SCAD had an impressive presence at the recent annual conference of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), held in New Orleans, Sep. 28-Oct. 1.  Department chair Robin Williams, Prof. Celeste Guichard and alumnus Ruben Acosta (MFA 2010) all serve on their SESAH board.  Williams, Prof. David Gobel, alumna Liz Clappin (MFA 2016) and SCAD Preservation Design director Justin Gunther gave papers, while Williams and Guichard also chaired sessions.  The SESAH annual meeting is one of the leading conferences for architectural historians in the United States.

A History of Urban and Architectural Innovation in Savannah — Williams invited to author guest post

October 2, 2016

Department chair Robin Williams authored a guest essay for the Georgia History Festival website produced by the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah.  Entitled “A History of Urban and Architectural Innovation in Savannah,” Williams argues that a Gulfstream jet is a more appropriate symbol of Savannah’s history than is a horse-drawn carriage.  To see why, click the article title above to link to the essay.

Undergrad Mike Walker publishes two online articles

September 13, 2016

1-y4qds9kyimo8vc8elb69baMike Walker, a senior in our program, has recently published two articles online — “Smithey and Boynton and the Designing of Virginia’s Modern Architecture” at, and “The Allure Both Real and Fake of San Francisco’s Chinatown” at, which includes illustrations and photographs by him.  Mike has already published widely on a remarkable variety of topics.

Gobel, Williams and Buildings of Savannah highlighted in online article on Savannah’s Bull Street

September 8, 2016

Department faculty David Gobel and Chair Robin Williams were interviewed for an article, “Tour Savannah’s Bull Street, the centerpiece of a historic downtown,” published recently at, a website dedicated to urban and architectural design issues.