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Vacancy: Oral History Project Manager 

Project Manager, An Oral History of British Architectural Historians (unpaid)

The SAHGB has begun an ambitious project to record interviews with all leading British architectural historians on their life and work. The recordings are being deposited in the British Library, and will be available for public access now and in the future.

The Society is now looking for a volunteer Project Officer to administer the project under the direction of the SAHGB Oral History Sub-Committee. The role will involve liaising with the sub-committee, and supporting the panel of volunteer interviewers (all architectural historians themselves), monitoring progress and undertaking a QA role. The Project Manager will also initiate contact with interviewees and liaise with the British Library. It is likely to take an hour or two a week.

The role is likely to appeal especially to doctoral students or early career architectural historians. The role will provide a good opportunity to develop oral history skills as oral history training will be provided; no specific technical knowledge is necessary. A good knowledge of architectural history and architectural historians is required.  This is an unpaid post as the Society is a charity and all its officers are volunteers, but any expenses will be reimbursed.

The SAHGB aims to:
REPRESENT architectural history in the United Kingdom
INSPIRE a lifelong enjoyment of architectural history for all
ENGAGE diverse audiences through professional and public programming
PROMOTE architectural history at all levels in education, research and publishing, and
ADVOCATE for an inclusive architectural history for the public benefit

To apply please send a short CV and a covering letter to honsecretary@sahgb.org.uk by 9th June 2019


​Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

The Trusteesand Executive Committeeof the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) are seeking a Chair with strategic vision and creativity, demonstrable passion for communicating architectural history to diverse audiences, motivation to support architectural historians in their various professional contexts, and a proven track record of delivering projects, services and institutional change.

The Society is at an exciting juncture in its history. We have a highly energised team poised to develop and deliver a number of initiatives, ranging from expanded educational funding to strengthening and broadening our programme of public and professional events. We are refining our digital offer, beginning with a re-design of our website, and we are developing a package of work to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in our discipline. We have also recently undertaken a review of our governance to develop effective and agile decision-making and co-ordination.

We welcome applications for the role of Chair from architectural historians of all backgrounds, including (but not limited to) those working in academia, the heritage and museum sectors, architectural conservation, and other relevant roles. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented communities in architectural history and our feeder sectors.

Please download the further particulars (including job description and person specification) for more information. Interested potential candidates are welcome to discuss the role informally with the Secretary, Dr Jonathan Kewley. Please email Dr Kewley here.

Candidates wishing to put themselves forward for the role are asked to write to the Secretary with their CV and a covering letter outlining their interest in the position and a response to the further particulars by 5pm on Monday 10th June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after Friday 21st June 2019. The successful candidate will be formally nominated at the Society’s AGM in the Lecture Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre on Thursday 29th August 2019 and will commence their term at the first Executive Committee meeting thereafter.


Call for Papers for EAHN’s Edinburgh 2020
(SAHGB session)

Design as Process in Pre-Modern Architecture
Historians have long been attentive to the way in which architectural projects evolve over time. In the gradual refinement of a design, scholars can often see the architect grappling with the desires and resources of both patrons and users of a building. Any reconstruction of a project’s genesis will naturally involve a host of issues, from planning and style to patronage, iconography, and reception.
Our normative conception of the design process understandably yokes it to the executed building, but it is worth noting that this view involves some unintended drawbacks. To the extent that the built work remains the privileged object of study, it can hinder a fuller understanding of the very conditions underlying architectural practice. Instead of a restricted focus on buildings as the outcome of the design process, this panel seeks to contextualize the process of design itself. That process has always been historically contingent, subject both to technological constraints and the level of knowledge available at a given time. The recent advent, for example, of computer-generated design and the almost complete disappearance of pen-and-paper drawing from architectural offices and schools bring home the mutability of architectural practice like nothing else. Architects of the period before modernity were no less affected by such changes.
We seek contributions on design as process, with no restriction on geographic range, from the ancient world to mid-eighteenth century. Papers might highlight the use of proportional or compass-based methods of generating form; techniques of measurement and of drawing, both on paper and at full scale; the organization of the office or workshop and its relationship to the building site; or the limitations and advantages imposed by local materials and regional construction techniques. Such an approach would be attentive to the material culture of architectural practice as it is embedded, for example, in drawings, instruments, models, and, of course, buildings themselves. The perspective adopted here would see the designer’s studio, the stone-yard, the drawing floor, and construction site not merely as places where the architectural object takes shape, but where architectural knowledge is deployed, exchanged, and amplified among various participants in the building process. Above all, our papers will seek to elucidate how projects are conceptualized and executed within a horizon of existing education, abilities, tools, and techniques.

Contact: Anthony Gerbino, University of Manchester
Additional information: ​https://eahn2020.eca.ed.ac.uk/papers/ 

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