HIG Event, Friday, October 21, 2022

Architecture, Interiors, ad the Expanded Field

Paula Lupkin, University of North Texas                                                                                                                                                                    

Moderator: Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, HIG Research Committee

At SAH 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, HIG President Paula Lupkin presented a paper based on extensive research into the historiography of interiors in several major scholarly journals, including the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Design History, and Winterthur Portfolio.

The Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians (HIG) and its Research Committee invite you to participate in an online working session to examine new research on the history of interiors.

At this session participants will discuss and analyze the research and findings of her paper and develop guidelines for future research into additional journals.

Zoom Event:

10-11:30am  Central US Time                                                                                                             

11-12:30pm  Eastern US Time                                                                                                    

4-5:30pm     London Time                                                                                                                                     

Paper to be pre-circulated to those who register 2 weeks prior, October 7.

RSVP to Karen White, HIG Secretary whitestudio@rogers.com by October 19. 



Fall announcements of note and opportunities:


Boiseries: Decoration and Migration from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Thursday 12th & Friday 13th January 2023
Camden Place, Chislehurst (Kent)

This conference investigates the cultural and commercial migrations of French eighteenth-century boiseries from their places of production in Paris and the Bâtiments du Roi to the drawing rooms of Britain and the United States.

More information here.


SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals: Deadline September 30, 2022

SAH Membership Grants provide emerging scholars with a one-year digital SAH Individual membership to bridge the gap between the Society’s subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. These awards are intended for emerging scholars, regardless of age or employment status, who are new to the field of architectural history or its related disciplines. These grants are funded by the Society of Architectural Historians’ Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars.

These grants are intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines.

For more information: https://www.sah.org/jobs-and-careers/sah-fellowships-and-grants/sah-membership-grant-for-emerging-professionals


Tania Kolarik to Chair 2023 SAH Session in Montreal

Student Spotlight | Tania Kolarik to Chair 2023 SAH Session in Montréal

Public Interiority Symposium Call for Symposium and Exhibition Proposals

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition at the University of Tennessee Knoxville prompts designers to address the intersections between experience-based interiority and the city. It expands interiority beyond the simple enclosure and asserts an equal claim on urbanity and the commons. This question about interiority’s nature is critical and timely in the design discipline as it broadens our notion of interiors. It recognizes interiority’s primary features—human-scaled, responsive, and phenomenologically driven spaces, regardless of enclosure.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will be held in person at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on February 18, 2023with a public exhibition in the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture from January 17-February 18, 2023. The symposium and exhibition establish a global platform to investigate public interiority.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will examine design’s role in assembling conditional interiors outside the architectural enclosure—outdoor urban conditions of interiority provisionally generate (and are generated by) stimuli such as atmospheres, forms, programs, politics, and psychologies. Contemporary culture increasingly challenges the reductive nature of binary classifications. This fluidity should be understood to apply to definitions of interiority—places (interior, exterior, temporal, or even virtual) that enrich interactions and lived experience. This symposium and exhibition will question fundamental ideas about the nature of interiority and how it creates and is created by public life–within a range of scales, including infrastructural, architectural, bodily, and cognitive. It will also explore spatial practices that encourage inhabitants and designers to continually renegotiate and reassemble space beyond the confines of property, enclosure, and permanence. Forces like intimacy, temporality, and public interiority bear witness to the contemporary contexts within which they exist. The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will consider the consequences of architectural porosity and the resultant interior leakage into the city. Likewise, we ask how ambiance, perception, everyday usage, and public interest shape these cultural settings—addressing immediate and enduring needs for experiential communal places.

The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition seeks to bring together designers and scholars from various design backgrounds, geographies, and experiences. Through this symposium and exhibition, participants will engage in design actions, stimulate discussion, and articulate latent futures within various mediated settings. The program will foster an environment for exchanging ideas, sharing creative works, and envisioning a holistic approach to designing conditional interiors.

We welcome papers and exhibition submissions considering interiority within an expanded and broad field. Submissions should orient toward public interiorities generated by atmospheres, programs, politics, psychologies, forms, and beyond. We also see these factors as an omnidirectional network. In other words, public interiority generates these phenomena, and these phenomena render public interiority. We will consider submissions with a wide variety of approaches to design: both theoretical and built-works, histories and futures, cultural and technical, and so forth.

For the exhibition, we welcome representational artifacts that stimulate discussion surrounding public interiority and all of its forms. These submissions include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional works, installation proposals, videos, and interactive events. The exhibition is open to scholars, design practitioners, artists, students, and anyone investigating interiority. We are interested in works from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. The exhibition will be held at the University of Tennessee’s Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture from January 17-February 18, with the closing reception on the evening of the symposium.

For paper presentations, please submit abstracts with original, unpublished research of no more than 300 words, a 2-page cv, and three images to publicinteriority@gmail.com by October 15, 2022, midnight EST.

For exhibition submissions, please email a file-share link (OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, etc.) containing a single jpg of the image and Word Doc. The Word Doc must include the size, media, author name, and a short description. The image must be at least 300dpi resolution and include crops. The following file naming conventions apply lastname_firstname.jpg and lastname_firstname.doc. Submissions not complying with the criteria will not be reviewed. Files will be blind-reviewed on screen by a jury and the exhibition team will print drawings. Submit to publicinteriority@gmail.com by October 15, 2022, midnight EST. Three-dimensional works and analog drawings will be shipped to the gallery before December 15, 2022. This process will be further coordinated upon acceptance. Note that proposals for an installation or interactive event should consider the size and shape of the gallery space, as well as materials and methods that are temporary and not precious (costly, hard to obtain, etc.). If selected, the exhibition team will work closely with the designer on installing the installation. Images of the gallery space are available HERE.

Accepted submissions for the symposium and exhibition will be notified by November 15, 2022.

Symposium + Exhibition Organizers, University of Tennessee

Liz Teston // Primary Contact

Hojung Kim, UTK

Marie Saldaña, UTK

Milagros Zingoni-Phielipp, UTK SoIA Director

Jason Young, UTK CoAD Dean


External Editorial Board

Amy Campos, California College of the Arts

Ladi’Sasha Jones, Princeton University PhD Candidate

Igor Siddiqui, University of Texas-Austin

Penny Sparke, Kingston University

Karin Tehve, Pratt Institute



HIG Past Events

HIG Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium: June 10 and June 17, 2022

UPDATE: Links to Session 1 and 2 here:

This symposium, sponsored by the SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG), will bring together Emerging Scholars and early-career professionals from across the globe to discuss digitality in relation to the study and practice of historic interiors. The shift to virtual work and learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provoked lively debate among scholars and students about the benefits, and risks, of substituting digital platforms for built space. More sustained attention is required, however, to assess the impact of digital media on interiors as a discipline—particularly where the interiors involved predate digitization as either a resource or a methodology.

Addressing a wide range of issues from globalization to community access, preservation to pedagogy, this symposium will consider digital and new media from the perspective of the historic to elucidate the ways in which they interact with, improve, complicate, or threaten the study of traditionally material culture and analog records. Topics might include, but are not limited to, digital methods of research and conservation, such as 3D modeling or databasing of interiors archives; digital technology within the historic interior, including ‘smart’ displays and app-based guides; or interiors that are themselves digital, such as Zoom classrooms, Open Access libraries, and virtual museum tours. The aim of the symposium is proactively to reflect on how the digital informs not only how we, as historians, go about answering questions but also which questions we ask.

The symposium will consist of two 90-minute events hosted virtually over 2 weeks. Each event will feature a panel of 3–4 speakers who will introduce their research in brief 10-minute presentations and then engage in 30 minutes of thematic discussion moderated by a chair of the HIG Emerging Scholars Committee.

More information and registration here: https://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/sah-connects/2022/digital-interiors-emerging-scholars-symposium


HIG-Organized session at SAH 2023 in Montreal – DEADLINE JUNE 7

HIG has organized a special interiors-focused session at SAH 2023 in Montreal “Material Religion Through Sacred Interiors.” Chaired by Tania Kolarik, University of Wisconsin-Madison, it will investigate the medieval western church interior (c. 500–1500) as a space where material objects such as textiles, side altars, altar cloths, and choir screens, have been employed, as David Morgan suggests “to make religion happen.”  With this session HIG seeks to support investigation of pre-modern interiors, expanding its original focus on modern and contemporary issues.  


The CFP and instructions for submitting proposals can be found on the SAH website.  We encourage you to submit proposals, either for this session or one of the many others available.

Are you considering attending or presenting at the next SAH Meeting, but are concerned about the cost? Conference Fellowships are available, and will help fund attendance to the Montreal Meeting. Each year, SAH awards approximately $25,000 in Annual Conference Fellowships to graduate students, international speakers, and independent scholars. Each fellowship award is up to $1,000 and is a reimbursable stipend to be used to offset costs of conference registration and travel, lodging, and meals directly related to the conference.  Applications will be accepted beginning August 16th.  


HIG Past Events

SAH 2022 April 27-May 1st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The program for the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, to be held in Pittsburgh is now available. HIG’s Events Committee will be providing a detailed guide to the conference, highlighting your several events that may be of interest.

For those attending the SAH 2022 Conference please see a guide compiled by the HIG Events and Conferences Committee to highlight sessions of interest to HIG members. These include:

  • HIG Business Meeting and By-Laws Vote, UPDATED TIME: Thursday 4/28/2022 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET; please see Zoom link in recent blog posts.
  • HIG Sponsored Session:  Electric Interiors from the Nineteenth Century Until Today, 4/29/2022 11:00 AM – 1:10 PM
  • “Architecture, Interiors, and the Expanded Field,” Friday 4/29/2022 9:35 AM – 9:55 AM

HIG Book Event: March 28, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2pm EST

(11 am PST, 12 pm MST, 1 pm CST, 7:00 GMT)

New Approaches to Interiors in New Books

Organized by the SAH Historic Interiors Group (HIG), this online event concerns methods and approaches to race, gender, sexuality and politics in two new books which can help in understanding historic interiors.

  • Kristina Wilson, Mid-Century Modernism and the America Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design (Princeton U. Press, 2021)
  • Stephen Vider, The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity after World War II (U. of Chicago Press, 2021)

See more details in this blog post.

The SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG) invites you to attend its first annual New Research Symposium: Interiors and their Histories. Established in 2020, HIG is an Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians dedicated to the study of historic interiors. The symposium is the first in an annual program designed to showcase the research of emerging scholars from around the world and across a variety of disciplines including design, preservation, history and education.

The event will take place via a live Zoom webinar on May 21st, 12:00–3:30 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Registration is free and open to the public.

Webinar registration: https://unt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4cGlEYenTu2M7wdeG_fLgA


Exhibiting interiors / interior exhibitions

Neo-Georgian Design and Display: The Buxted Park Project, Helen Glaister

Feigning Sleep: Role-Play and Self-Representation in Casa Miller (1936–1942), Gerlinde Verhaeghe

Looking beyond Seeing: Assessing the Interwar Interior as Mediated, Vanessa Vanden Berghe

Turkish Cozy Corner: Women’s Fantasy or Reality, Ulker Sedef Piker

Spatial educations

Forcing Houses: School Environments in the Sanitary Age, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell

Ourobors of Memory: Interiors of the GULAG History State Museum in Moscow, Maria Mikaelyan

The Whitney from the Inside Out: Tracing the Interior Environment of the Whitney Museum of American Art from Artist’s Studio to Mid-Century Modern, Lauren McQuistion

Spatial Productions of Modernity: Taksim Municipal Gazino, Istanbul (1939–1967), Begüm Sena Önal and Meltem Gürel

Between architecture and archive

Unfolding the Archive: Delineating themes and approaches in the work of Belgian interior architects Bataille & ibens, Eva Storgaard

Vienna’s Other Modernism: Exhibitions of Modern Dwelling, 1927–1937, Michelle Jackson-Beckett

Rooms of Her Own: a Gendered Spatial Analysis of Women’s Professional and Social Clubs in Victorian and Edwardian London, Bethany Claus Widick

A Walnut Campaign Table, a Chocolate Pot, and a Dozen Clay Vessels: Unpacking a Room in a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Manor, Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez

For questions, please contact: paula.lupkin@unt.edu (Paula Lupkin, Chair, HIG).

For membership information, please visit: https://sahhistoricinteriorsaffiliategroup.sah.hcommons.org/join/.