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.

SAHANZ members’ survey closed

The SAHANZ Committee thanks all those who completed the SAHANZ members’ survey – we had a last minute flurry leading to 39 responses which, for a society with roughly 150 members, is a good result. The responses were fulsome, thoughtful and insightful, and will certainly assist with the development of the strategic plan. Anyone who missed out on completing the survey will have the opportunity to comment and consult on the plan in due course. The Committee is proposing to engage professional assistance with formulating the strategic plan, including (and especially) with the financial planning aspects. We believe this will lead to a more robust draft to put to the Society.

SAHANZ sponsored EAHN and SAH sessions selected

The SAHANZ Committee is pleased to report that the call for SAHANZ-endorsed panels at both EAHN and SAH conferences in 2020 has led to the selection of two session proposals. The session proposal selected for EAHN was ‘CULTIVATING THE CHILD EYE’S VIEW: Childhood and architectural education in the post WWII era,’ submitted by Dr Elke Couchez and Prof John Macarthur (both of The University of Queensland). The session proposal selected for SAH was ‘Opposite/Apposite: Transnational Exchanges between Australasia and Ibero‐America, 1946‐ 1973,’ submitted by Dr Macarena de la Vega (The University of Queensland), Dr Ana Esteban‐Maluenda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and Dr Brett Tippey (Kent State University). Both were fine proposals and will represent the society very well at these international meetings. The call for session proposals for subsequent years will be announced in the SAHANZ newsletter and posted on the SAHANZ website.