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Patrick Haughey’s new book recognized as “top 10 most expected books in English about architecture and cities”

January 14, 2017

dae05ffe0f8b124f11f1089f3af98b28Architectural History Professor Patrick Haughey is the editor of a new book of essays, Across Space and Time: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity (Transaction Publishers), which was selected by journalist and writer Stanislav Lvovskiy for the website Strelka as one of the “top 10 most expected books in English about architecture and cities”.  The essays in the book started as presentations at the 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Space and Time, co-directed by Haughey and fellow Architectural History professor, Daves Rossell.  

MFA student Hailey Chesnutt contributes to the Victory Drive Corridor Study

January 8, 2017


Current architectural history MFA student Hailey Chesnutt conducted an independent study during fall quarter, supervised by Chair Robin Williams, researching the history of buildings and uses along Victory Drive in Savannah (specifically between Bee Road and just east of Skidaway Road) in support of Phase III of the Victory Drive Corridor Study commissioned by the city’s Metropolitan Planning Commission.  In November Hailey shared her findings in a formal presentation to planning commission staff and the professional consultant team preparing the study’s report.  On November 17 she participated in the public hearing of the Corridor Study, sharing her findings with display panels and answering questions of members of the public.


Williams featured in Gear Patrol article about Savannah’s defining urban features

January 7, 2017

gear-patrol-online-article-header-imageDepartment chair Robin Williams was interviewed for an article in the men’s lifestyle magazine Gear Patrol.  The article, “A Tour of the South’s Architectural Jewel,” highlights the defining architectural and urban features of Savannah.

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.