Call for EoI for Fabrications’ reviews editor

The Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand calls for Expressions of Interest for the ongoing role of Reviews Editor of the Society’s refereed journal, Fabrications: JSAHANZ published in three issues each year by Taylor & Francis.

The Reviews Editor will work with the journal’s two Editors and support, as needed, those Guest Editors appointed to direct special issues.

The Reviews Editor will be appointed for a period of two years (corresponding to two volumes), commencing with the issues that will be prepared in late 2019 to go to press in 2020. They will solicit and edit reviews of books, exhibitions and other works.

The Reviews Editor of Fabrications is expected to be a financial member of SAHANZ, and to operate under SAHANZ’s Editorial Board policies, which can be found at Prospective candidates should have an emerging publication record and be an active researcher in the field of architectural history. 

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on Friday 20 September. Those interested should send a short CV and covering statement, detailing any editorial and publishing experience to Paul Walker, Chair of the Editorial Board, < > using the header “EoI Fabrications Reviews Editor.”

Macarena de la Vega awarded the David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019

The David Saunders Founder’s Grant 2019 has been awarded to Macarena de la Vega for her project “The Mental Life of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.”

De la Vega is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland and member of the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH). Her project is proposed to be an oral history of the past fifteen years in the life of SAHANZ, since the publication of Julia Gatley’s historical account, “SAHANZ: The First 20 Years, 1984-2004” (2004). She proposes to travel throughout Australia and New Zealand, interviewing selected longstanding members of the Society, and present her findings at the 2020 SAHANZ conference, and hopefully also as a SAHANZ book.

ABE Journal CfP: Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort

Entanglements of Architecture and Comfort beyond the Temperate Zone

Section guest-edited by:
Jiat-Hwee Chang, National University of Singapore (Singapore) and
Daniel Ryan, University of Sydney (Australia).

The dominant discourse on comfort in architecture today is one that is seen as both universal—with slight variations across different geographies, climates, cultures, and societies—and ahistorical—timeless in that comfort is premised on supposedly immutable human biological responses to the environment. The universalist claims—in both space and time, across geographies and histories—of the discourse on comfort are typical of any technoscientific constructions in which technological and scientific developments are deeply intertwined and mutually constitutive. However, as Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway, among other Science Technology Studies scholars, have pointed out, technoscientific knowledge is situated knowledge. In the case of comfort, the recent discourse was primarily produced by researchers based in or originating from Europe and North America, and was wittingly or unwittingly shaped by their temperate norms and assumptions. Taught in architectural curricula and codified into building standards, the Euro-American-centric discourse on comfort was widely disseminated in the building industry and translated into urban and architectural culture with implications on interior furnishing, space planning, building services, facades and envelopes, urban design and planning, and even settlement patterns globally. Today, dominant narratives on comfort underpin the ubiquitous adoption of energy-profligate air-conditioning as a typical means of comfort provision, which is in turn widely regarded as one of the main factors contributing to the current planetary climate crisis.

It is time that we construct counter- and alternative-histories to interrogate this dominant and hugely-influential discourse on comfort. For this guest-edited section of ABE Journal, we would like to go beyond the Euro-American temperate zone to understand how comfort has been historically constructed in other geo-climatic zones and socio-cultural contexts around the world. To be sure, the boundaries and limits of this Euro-American temperate zone are themselves sociotechnical constructions contingent upon specific historical circumstances. While we welcome contributions that problematize this geographical delimitation, we would like to use it as a prerequisite in this guest-edited section of ABE journal as a means to seek and uncover other histories of comfort that existed before and/or in parallel to the dominant discourse that emerged in the mid-twentieth century. Indeed, comfort has a much longer material cultural history, as John E. Crowley, among others, has compellingly argued. We are interested in other socio-cultural or technoscientific constructions of comfort from the mid-twentieth century on, and before, that have been marginalised by the dominant discourse. How do these other histories of comfort challenge the Euro-American dominant discourse, its underlying assumptions, its means of comfort provision, and its built environmental implications?

By going beyond the temperate zone to uncover other histories, we are also inevitably engaging with the processes of colonialism and postcolonial (inter)nationalism that shaped the modern world in the past few hundred years. How did Europeans (and later Americans) produce comfort both discursively and through practices in response to the unfamiliar geographies, ecologies, climates, cultures and societies that they encountered beyond the temperate world? To what extent did these responses incorporate non-European indigenous knowledge? Conversely, how did indigenous societies respond to Euro-American norms of comfort? What were the different responses, how have these responses changed through time and under what historical circumstances, and how did they affect architectural production? Or, for that matter: were there encounters and interactions between different non-Euro-American societies—what we call South-South exchanges today – that might have shaped understandings of comfort and configurations of the built environment historically, whether in conjunction with or oblivious to the processes of colonialism and postcolonialism?

We are keen to understand the social, cultural, and political entanglements of comfort so as to have a better grasp of the situatedness of technoscientific knowledge on comfort and the intrinsic complexity of the concept. Various scholars from different disciplines have shown us that comfort was—and still is—deeply entangled with a whole array of ideas linked (but not limited) to racial identities, climatic determinism, (post)colonial biopolitics, human productivity, and socio-economic development. Were the entanglements of comfort beyond the temperate world similar? What were the architectural repercussions of these entanglements of comfort historically, particularly beyond the temperate world? In what ways were the spatiality and materiality of architecture implicated in such entanglements of comfort in the past?
We welcome submissions that engage with these and other questions on architecture and comfort beyond the temperate world. In this guest-edited section of ABE Journal, we will be using architecture as a shorthand for the material culture of enclosure and surrounding across different scales—from clothing to furniture, from interior design to individual buildings, and from clusters of buildings to whole cities.

Submission deadline:
31 October 2019.

Please send your submissions to abe[at]


The SAHANZ Annual General Meeting will be held in Sydney at lunchtime on Friday 12th July 2019, during the ‘Distance Looks Back’ conference. The precise time and location will be announced in the conference programme. Please download the AGM documents here.

Applications for David Saunders Grant now open

SAHANZ annually offers The David Saunders Founder’s Grant in memory of the founder of the Society, to support research by emerging researchers in the disciplines of architectural history and theory. Applications can be made to apply for funds to assist in field-work, archival assistance, printing and reproduction costs in preparation for publication. The award cannot be used to fund conference travel or registration. The Grant amount is AUD $3000. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2019. Click here for more information.

Footprint CfP: The Architecture Competition as ‘Contact Zone’

The Architecture Competition as ‘Contact Zone’ – Towards a Historiography of Cross-Cultural Exchanges

Competition is key to the architectural profession. On a daily basis, practicing architects compete for the recognition of their ideas, new commissions, team approval, media attention, prizes and awards. In this sense, the architecture competition (understood as a contest of ideas or projects produced in response to a common call) is a perfect example of the practice of architecture. Authors like Tigerman (1989) and Reynolds (1996) have described notable competitions (like those for the Chicago Tribune Tower and the National Diet Building of Japan, for example) as drivers of historical change based on a succession of styles. More recent scholarly research has defined the architecture competition as a ‘professional institution, political event, and expression of taste’ (Lippstadt:1989) or as ‘fertile space for utopian experiment’ (Chupin: 2015). These latter interpretations open a line of inquiry that suggests that the production of knowledge fostered by architecture competitions is not a unidirectional process.

This issue of Footprint will study different modalities of the architecture competition, and the ways in which the actors and stakeholders involved in them have collectively produced architecture knowledge. Authors are asked to examine the architecture competition as a productive site of negotiation and exchange, or ‘contact zone,’ as defined by comparative literature scholar Mary Louise Pratt. From the field of colonial studies, Pratt defines contact zones as ‘social spaces where cultures meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in highly asymmetrical ways.’ On these grounds, the architecture competition emerges as an open arena for debate between different architecture cultures that produce, in Pratt’s words, friction as much as ‘exhilarating moments of wonder, revelation, mutual understanding and new wisdom.’ From this perspective, the study of architecture competitions is essentially a study of exchange.

Like other contact zones intrinsic to the profession – such as international architecture exhibitions, biennales, summer meetings and development aid programs – architecture competitions can be considered intense transcultural and transdisciplinary exchanges of architecture knowledge. As such, they have significantly affected the way architects have thought their profession. Recognizing the architecture competition as a contact zone should stimulate innovative reflections on the theory and methodology of architecture.

Authors are encouraged to elaborate on the implications of appraising the architecture competition as a contact zone. This call especially welcomes case studies in which different actors and stakeholders (sponsors, judges, architects, media, public) have reciprocally exchanged knowledge, mutually affected each other and brought about new architectural developments. The immediate objective of this issue of Footprint is to distill the particular character and mechanisms that are fundamental to the contact zone of the architecture competition. In doing so, it simultaneously searches for an architecture historiography that transcends the static description of buildings, the work of single authors, and the unidirectional transfer of knowledge.

Footprint 26 will be published in Spring 2020.

This call is open for full articles (6000–8000 words) as well as for review articles (2000 – 4000 words) that offer important insight into the topic of architecture competitions as ‘contact zones’. Full articles must be submitted on Footprint’s online platform before 3 June 2019, and will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Authors interested in contributing review articles should contact the editors before 20 May 2019 with an extended abstract of their proposal (500 words). The editors will select from the proposed review articles based on thematic relevance, innovativeness and evidence of an explorative academic level. A guide to Footprint’s preferred editorial and reference style is available on the journals’ website. Authors are responsible for securing permission to use images and copyrighted materials. For submissions and inquiries, please contact editors Cathelijne Nuijsink and Jorge Mejía at


Call for EOI for JSAHANZ Co-Editor

The Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, calls for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Editor of the Society’s refereed journal, Fabrications: JSAHANZ, now published in three issues each year by Taylor & Francis. Two Co-Editors are appointed at any one time, with Guest Editors appointed on occasion to direct special issues.

The new Co-Editor will join Associate Professor Mirjana Lozanovska for a period of two years, and will be joined in turn by a new Co-Editor in time to prepare for the journal’s 2022 issues. An editor is appointed for a period of four years (corresponding to four volumes) and this EoI is for the editorship beginning with the issues that will go to press in 2020 – with a period of transition into the role across the first half of 2019, as Professor Anoma Pieris’s term as Co-Editor draws to a close.

Editors of Fabrications are expected to be financial members of SAHANZ during their tenure and report to the Society’s Editorial Board and operate under SAHANZ’s Editorial Board policies, which can be found at a link lower on this page. Prospective candidates should have a strong publication record, editorial experience, and be an active researcher in the field of architectural history.

The role requires a commitment of around one day per week.

The Editorial Board of SAHANZ will review Expressions of Interest with a view towards announcing a new Co-Editor at the Society’s AGM in Sydney in July.

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on 12 April. Those interested should send a short CV and covering statement, detailing any editorial and publishing experience, to myself Paul Walker as the Chair of the Editorial Board, using the header “EoI Fabrications”.

Paul Walker
SAHANZ Editorial Board


Call for nominations for SAHANZ office bearers

The term of the current President, Secretary, Treasurer and (part) Committee will expire at the 2019 SAHANZ AGM, to be held at the joint SAHANZ-EAHN conference in Sydney. At this time a new Executive and new Committee members will need to be elected. Therefore please consider over the coming weeks and months whether you might be willing to nominate. Nominations should be sent to the SAHANZ secretary (, before 30 June 2019.

SAHANZ call for Life/Honorary Membership Nominations

SAHANZ calls for nominations for life and honorary members of the Society. Honorary memberships acknowledge contribution to the field of architectural history in Australasia, while Life memberships acknowledge contribution to the discipline made by members of the society. If you wish to nominate someone for Honorary or Life membership, please download the nomination documents on the SAHANZ website, and submit the completed nomination to the Society’s Secretary at by March 1st, 2019.