Changes to SAHANZ website

Old SAHANZ website

The committee has approved some significant changes to the SAHANZ website. For some years the site has been ably managed and maintained by Robin Skinner. However, the HTML platform upon which it is built has caused some issues (relatively high hosting costs, difficulty for anyone other than Robin to make changes, lack of ‘responsiveness’ across different kinds of mobile devices, lack of ability to automatically plug in social media feeds, etc). Therefore the committee has taken the decision to move to a WordPress-based site, which will be relatively user-friendly and able to be updated and managed by various committee members, will reduce the hosting fees, and will increase the possibility of adding new or different functionality in future (for example, hosting past SAHANZ proceedings, member self-management, hosting of conference sites within the SAHANZ site etc – as the Society may decide).

The move from the current to the new website is proceeding with Robin’s blessing, however he does not wish to continue in a web-manager role. The technical aspects of the move will therefore be provided by Melbourne-based professional web consultant Peter Johns, who has experience in hosting and managing other architecture-related not-for-profit websites including the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture and Parlour. We plan that the new SAHANZ site will be live by the July AGM. The committee would like to express our sincere thanks to Robin Skinner for his years of dedicated service maintaining the website.

SAHANZ session at next year’s SAH conference

SAH 2019

The call for proposals for the SAHANZ-sponsored session at the 2019 SAH conference in Providence, Rhode Island, did not attract any proposals. Rather than let the opportunity be wasted, the committee decided to support a late proposal, which had not been earlier submitted or considered, by Janina Gosseye and Philip Goad. This proposal was accepted by SAH and will take place in 2019. Click here for the cfp.

Change to email list

EMAIL LIST

The SAHANZ email list, which has been generously hosted by UQ for some years, presents considerable problems with list management as only UQ staff can access the list and request changes. Therefore, the committee has decided to move to MailChimp as our email and list management tool. Members do not need to do anything. All current names on the SAHANZ list have been added to the MailChimp account, and new people can sign up here. The committee wishes to thank Justine Clark for assistance with the MailChimp migration, and thank UQ for hosting the SAHANZ list for so long.

Proposed designated web and social media manager role

Social Media

The website is the Society’s most important central repository and ‘front door’. It is an essential tool in furthering the society’s goals. Given this significance, the committee feels it is necessary to have a designated role, on the committee, for a web and social media manager. Therefore we are calling for nominations for this role prior to the AGM. Those wishing to express interest in this role should mail the secretary, Janina Gosseye at j.gosseye@uq.edu.au by 1 June.

Raise in the David Saunders Founder’s Grant

As above, it is proposed to raise the annual Saunders Grant from $2000 to $3000. This reflects increases in the real cost of undertaking research-related travel and fieldwork. The committee intends that the Saunders Grant should continue to support emerging researchers, original and significant research projects, and that it should heighten the visibility and effect of architectural history research in Australasia. The committee also notes that the long-term viability of the Saunders Grant is an open question – the fund from which it is drawn will run out in approximately five years. Options for the long term maintenance and financial viability of the Saunders Grant are being actively investigated by the committee.

Raised membership fee

The SAHANZ full membership fee has not increased in recent memory. The committee proposes, first, that the fee be reviewed as a matter of course every two years by the incoming committee and, second, that it be increased for the next conference in Wellington, from $90 to $110. The concessional rate of $60 will remain unchanged. The increased revenue will be expended in two ways: the changes to the website and email communications as noted above, and in an increase to the annual Saunders Grant.