Lisa Marie Daunt awarded the 2018 David Saunders Grant

The 2018 David Saunders Founder’s Grant has been awarded to Lisa Marie Daunt for her project “Communities of Faith: Far North Queensland’s Innovative Modern Post-war Church Architectures.”

Daunt is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland and member of ATCH Research Centre. Her David Saunders project will examine how ecclesiastic architecture contributed to building community in Far North Queensland, looking at post-war architects and offices such as Lund Hutton Newell, Edwin Oribin and Ian Ferrier. During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, these architects created modern church buildings which were structurally inventive, climatically responsive and attuned to the post-war liturgical renewal. Through archival research and literature review, Daunt has identified twenty churches worthy of further research, which she will visit and document. In addition, Daunt will conduct interviews with privileged witnesses who can offer insight into how these churches contributed to building community in Far North Queensland. On the basis of this research, Daunt will submit a paper to Fabrications, the Journal of the Society of Architecture Historians Australia New Zealand.

Image: St Monica’s War Memorial Catholic Cathedral (c. 1968, architect: A. Ian Ferrier) in Cairns.

Image credit: Ferrier Slide Collection, used with permission.

CFP: Distance Looks Back

Call for papers - SAH

A Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

hosted by University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning
10-13 July 2019

Convened by Andrew Leach and Lee Stickells
Distance is both conceptual and actual. It is overcome or exploited in all manner of ways that have consequences for the history of architecture. It is fostered in the critical attitude. And collapsed when history is invoked in the present. It shapes the relationship of Europe to its Antipodes, as well as of Europe to its neighbours. Its presence is necessary for claims upon disciplinarity; its absence, the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries. In what ways has distance figured in the history of architecture? What has it altered? What has it prevented? What has it allowed? What does it permit, even now?

This theme opens the door to questions of representation and communication in the history of architecture; questions of travel and migration; and of the mobility of expertise, institutions and ideas. As a lens, distance allows us to reflect on the construction of identity in and through architectural works both defined as such (Architects and Architecture) and “grey”. It invites us to consider moments of counterpoint, imaging or critique. It provokes us to clarify, recalibrate, expose, suppress, or legitimise. Works, projects, architects and other agents in the conceptualisation and construction of architecture, cities and landscapes are, from a remove, perceived on terms different from the immediate and the close. Artefacts and ideas subjected to distance acquire something of this perspective, whether they are physically moved or subject to representation at a remove. Distance can be inconvenient; and useful.

We welcome original papers that explore the import of distance for architectural history from any direction. Proposals may treat any time and geography. They might address the consequences of literal distance for architectural culture in its history: communication, travel, mobility, isolation, exile, or technical and intellectual networks. They might consider the figurative role of distance in forms of criticality, historicity and thought. Papers may reflect on the mechanisms and nature of architectural history through such concepts as immediacy, instrumentality or relevance; or of neutralization or obsolescence. Contributions might use an idea of distance to think through distinctions (in disciplines, practices or institutions) between architectural history and criticism, architectural history and archaeology, architectural history and area studies, architectural history, urban history, histories of science and technology, the history of art, etc. Or to use these distinctions to reflect on architecture and its neighbouring professions and practices. Papers may reflect on the devices used by architectural historiography to manage distance: historiographical and critical nomenclature; theoretical terms and tropes; and other means of negotiating proximity. Consideration may even be given to the very historiographical valence of distance – as, for instance, productive criticality or problematic estrangement.

One strand of this conference theme responds to the special issue of Architectural Histories (2018) asking “What is Europe?”. The theme invokes, too, the ideas at the centre of the lecture series convened by New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair in 1960: Distance Looks Our Way; and in Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey’s Tyranny of Distance (1966). What are the effects of remoteness on an antipodean response to architecture’s historical metropole? Or of the significance of the globe beyond its “centres”? What occurs when isolation is made operative? The idea of distance, in this sense, invites self-reflection as much as advancement of new knowledge. We therefore particularly welcome papers that reflect on distance in order to reflect on the concept of Europe and the European and its consequences for architecture beyond a strictly defined European geography. We welcome, too, papers that consider the architectural history and culture of Asia, Australasia and the Pacific in their global contexts. The program will have sessions dedicated to these themes.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words in length (accompanied by 80-word biographical notes) may be submitted by email as Word documents to: adp.distance@sydney.edu.au. Please name the email subject ABSTRACT-SURNAME and use this name for your submission file as well. Full papers will be subject to peer review, with papers published after the conference in an online volume of the Proceedings of SAHANZ.

Abstract deadline: 1 November 2018
Submission of full papers for review: 1 March 2019
Submission of final papers for publication: 14 June 2019
Conference: 10-13 July 2019

All abstracts will be considered by the academic committee; speakers will be invited to prepare a full paper (no longer than 4,500 words in written form), which will be subject to peer review; authors must submit revised papers by the date specified. Authors may opt out of publication in the Proceedings. On academic process, refer to the Editorial Policy of SAHANZ .

The convenors will be pleased to receive information concerning events or exhibitions scheduled or planned for the dates around this conference, including conferences in major hub cities or other cities in Australia or New Zealand that might interest delegates travelling from afar. The conference website will include a calendar of these events.

Academic Committee
Tom Avermaete (TU Delft)
Petra Brouwer (Amsterdam)
Mark Crinson (Birkbeck)
Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)
Andrew Leach (Sydney, co-chair)
Naomi Stead (Monash)
Lee Stickells (Sydney, co-chair)
Paul Walker (Melbourne)

Image credit: State Library of New South Wales.

Changes to the collection of copyright royalties

copyright (wikimedia)

For the past few years, and on the initiative of an earlier Executive, SAHANZ has been collecting a small amount of ‘royalty’ money via the Australian Copyright Agency for the external use and reproduction of papers published in our annual SAHANZ proceedings. The money is collected by the agency from Australian universities and institutions that pay to use materials protected under copyright law, which the agency distributes to publishers and copyright holders. (We understand that this usage is measured by online analytics and photocopier surveys). Note that this money has always been collected, it has simply not previously been claimed (by SAHANZ, or by individual authors who no doubt didn’t know it existed).

Recently it became clear to the Executive that, since the society does not own the copyright of the papers published in the annual proceedings, we are obliged to pass on the money received to the numerous copyright holders themselves – that is, the individual authors of the papers. In most cases we are able to identify the relevant author(s), even though some of the payments have been received for works published as far back as the 1980s. Ultimately, this raises the questions of how the Society retrospectively repays this money to its members, and, looking forward, whether or not the Society should continue to accept these payments, and take on the significant administrative responsibility for the on-going distribution of numerous, often very small amounts. The Executive has sought legal advice from a specialist copyright lawyer, and thereby come to the following solutions, which have been approved by the committee:

  • For future conferences, a clause will be added that requires the copyright owner to waive their claim to any copyright money that is received by SAHANZ for the publication. Note: there is no change to actual copyright ownership which remains with individual authors.
  • Since authors retain copyright, they are free to republish elsewhere – and anywhere they wish to.
  • The copyright money re-collected by SAHANZ is only that gathered in Australia: authors are still free to claim this money from elsewhere in the world through their own volition.
  • Regarding our ongoing collection of payments for papers published in 2016 and earlier, a notice will be added to the website offering an explanation and limitation on claims for repayment.
  • For our known retrospective debts, the executive will make contact with copyright holders, and request permission for the Society to retain the money, for the pursuit of the common good of the Society and pursuit of its aims. If this request is declined, we will pay the author the monies owed.
  • Each of these clauses, notices and letters have been drafted by the copyright lawyer, and are now in effect.

Earlier notice on copyright fees on conference papers

In furtherance of the Society’s objectives it has regularly published papers presented by speakers at conferences organised by the Society prior to 2017. In some cases, copying of those papers by third parties (for example, in library collections) has generated a royalty or licence fee that has been paid to the Society as the publisher of the paper. The Society does not have records or the resources necessary to locate all past presenters that might be entitled to receive a royalty or licence fee in respect of copies made of their paper. If you believe you may be entitled to a royalty or licence fee please contact the Society by writing to the current treasurer so the Society can use reasonable efforts to determine from its available records whether it can identify any royalty or licence fee payable to you.

If you believe you may be entitled to a royalty or licence fee for a paper presented at a Society-sponsored conference prior to 2017, please let us know by July 31st, 2018. All unclaimed past royalties and licence fees (and all future royalties and licence fees) will be used by the Society in furtherance of its not-for-profit objectives.

Please communicate by 31 July 2018 with the SAHANZ Treasurer, Ashley Paine.

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.