Monday, May 1, 2023 (online)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone) via ZOOM
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Description: This online event, sponsored by the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians, brings together three archivists in the field with diverse perspectives and from different geographies. This event explores the concept of flow as a frame for considering the relationship of the historic interiors research and the archive. Is it possible to re-frame historic interiors as an independent and yet substantial discipline in the realm of architecture and what is the contribution that the archives can provide towards this direction? What role does the archive play in shaping the history of interiors, and how can scholars better approach the archive to understand historic interiors?
Mari Nakahara (panelist) is a curator and librarian, and holds a Ph.D. in architectural history and design, and a graduate degree in library and information science. Her enthusiasm to learn about archives led her to intern at Columbia University’s Avery Architectural Archive as well as the Museum of Modern Art in the 1990s. Then, Nakahara finally emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in 2000. Nakahara has worked on various types of collections at multiple institutions, such as the New York Public Library, the Skyscraper Museum, the Octagon Museum, and the Library of Congress.
Esther -aka Mimi- Schmidt, (panelist) is the founding director of the Centre for Historic Houses (National Expert Heritage Body and Member of INTO-International National Trusts Organisation, London) and Associate Professor at Jindal Global University teaching architectural history, design history and heritage studies. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Oxford (John Lowell Osgood Prize), where she was Michal Wills Scholar and tutor. Her scholarship focuses on the role of objects in interiors and how cultural encounters inform design processes. Awards: Austin Award for services in Decorative Arts, Studienstiftung (German Academic Scholarship Foundation), DAAD, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York), Ian Karten Award, Prize Lecturer – School of Advanced Study, University of London. Roles: Editorial board member of the journal History of Retailing and Consumption.
Monika Platzer (panelist) studied art history at the University of Vienna. Since 1998 at the Architekturzentrum Wien now as head of collections, and curator. She has led national and international research and exhibition projects, including Hot Questions – Cold Storage. The Permanent Exhibition at the Az W; Cold War and Architecture. The Competing Forces that Reshaped Austria; “Vienna. The Pearl of the Reich.” Planning for Hitler; Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky; Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe 1890–1937. She has taught at the University of Vienna and the Technische Universität Wien; editor of ICAM print, the journal of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (2004–2020). In 2014, she was visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA. Her research focuses on transnational architectural history.
Meral Ekincioglu (welcoming & introduction) is a Research Committee member of the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). Inclusive historical documentation method(s) is among her most recent scholarly research interests at the intersection of architecture, interior and urgent pandemic issues (such as climate justice, public health, etc.). She is a recipient of a SAH-independent scholar fellowship (2018), a guest editor of SAHARA (2023, January), and is going to present her research paper, “Hacking! MIT’s McCormick Hall Archive: Public Health and Wellness” at the SAH Conference in 2023. As a visiting scholar at MIT, Harvard and Columbia universities; she obtained her Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from Istanbul Technical University.
Paola Ardizzola (moderator) is a Research Committee member of the Historic Interiors Affiliate Group at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), founding member of the Architecture Department at Antalya International University, she taught at Lebanese American University and the German University in Cairo. Currently Lecturer at Cardiff Met University, UK, she is a recipient of the Bruno Zevi International Prize, of the DAAD Senior Fellowship, and member of the Scientific Committee of VITRUVIO- International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability. Recently curator of the exhibition and catalogue (2022) The Architecture of Zvi Hecker and the Italian projects. Pescara: Fondazione Pescarabruzzo. Main field of interest: criticism on ancient and contemporary history of architecture.