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Lecture and Book Signing

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians


The History of Art Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

invite you to a lecture and book signing by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani, authors of the new book, Cape Cod Modern.



Peter McMahon, designer and founder of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust

Christine Cipriani, writer on architecture and design

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Trustees Room, 11th Floor

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tour: Josep Lluis Sert’s Boston University Central Campus

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Boston University Central Campus

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00–11:30AM

Meet at the covered portal west of the Marsh Chapel.

Boston University’s central campus buildings by Josep Lluis Sert are an important piece of 20th century architectural history, because of the remarkable standard of urban design achieved by their particular arrangement.  Sert carried the same quality of thought through multiple scales to achieve great visual sophistication in the architectural development of individual buildings and their component parts.

Sert’s buildings, like others constructed during the same years after WWII, pose many problems today in terms of programmatic fit to the changing needs of higher education, markedly elevated energy costs, higher expectations for thermal comfort, more intensive time pressures within the academic day, and their lack of aesthetic appeal to the general population.

The NESAH tour will position the existing campus in the framework of Sert’s bold master plan, which was only half-constructed, then focus on his compositional ideas in both urban design and architecture.  The tour will also address the common obstacles to preservation and re-use of the concrete institutional structures of the postwar era.

About the tour leader:

Henry Moss, AIA, LEED Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects

Henry Moss began work at Bruner/Cott in 1986. Mr. Moss specializes in historic restoration and in planning and design for large-scale adaptive reuse. For over 25 years he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects, and he is a founder of DOCOMOMO/US New England. Prior to joining Bruner/Cott, he practiced in England for 18 years, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Mr. Moss holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Harvard University.  Mr. Moss is a former director of NESAH and his firm has worked with Sert’s Boston University School of Law and Harvard’s Peabody Terrace Married Students Housing, Holyoke Center, and the Science Center.

Tour: Historic Mill District in Lawrence, MA

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Preservation Commission of Lawrence

are pleased to invite you to the following tour

Historic Mill District in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 9:30-3:30


9:30-10 AM
Gather at Visitors Center, Lawrence Heritage State Park, for coffee. Please google Lawrence Heritage State Park for driving directions and information regarding parking. We encourage carpooling. This event is free of charge.

10 AM
Carpool (about one mile) to the Great Stone Dam, 1845-1848, the engineering masterpiece designed by Charles Storrow and constructed under the supervision of Charles Bigelow for the American Woolen Company in order to harness the power at Bodwell’s Falls. Brochures will be available to participants. On the way back we see the Lower Pacific Complex, City Hall, Court House with a stop at the Strikers monument.

12-1:30 PM
Following a tour of the dam, participants will drive back to the Heritage Park. Please bring your lunch so that we can all eat together in the community room reserved for us. Our hosts will provide beverages.

1:30-3:30 PM
Walking tour of Canal Street to learn about the Pemberton and Everett Mills. With 33 mills the American Woolen Company was the largest worsted wool complex in New England and the site of the most influential textile mill labor strikes in American history. In 1912 22,000 strikers changed child labor laws, work practices and working conditions for all U.S.A. mill workers.

Please RSVP by April 1 to



A Series of Workshops and Sharing of Best Practices in Architectural Education

Thursday April 3   6–7:30 pm  

Northeastern University  Egan 206



The aim of this evening is to bring together in conversation various educators to share best practices and to discuss the challenges and opportunities of incorporating online tools into the instruction of architectural history. The format of the evening is designed to encourage discussion rather than presentation, with a focus on sharing knowledge and discussing both specific and general ideas about how best to capitalize on the advantages offered by online teaching.  Among the goals of this session is to establish a framework that will be published online and made available as a reference for those teaching architectural history in the digital age.

RSVP to Jessie Brandon at  (Reservations suggested though not required)

Conveners and Moderators: Assistant Professor Amanda Reeser Lawrence and Assistant Professor Lucy M. Maulsby



5:45 PM Coffee

6:00 PM

Introductory Remarks:  Amanda Reeser Lawrence & Lucy M. Maulsby

6:10­–7:00 PM


7:00­–7:30 PM

Moderated Discussion

7:30–8 PM

Informal conversation and refreshments

Sponsored by Northeastern University School of Architecture and co-sponsored by NESAH



Co-sponsored Lecture: The Shaping of Regions

Friends of Fairsted Presents


The Shaping of Regions

The New York Regional Plan and the Origins of Planning in America

Robert Yaro, President

Regional Plan Association

Mr. Yaro will discuss how regional thinking – an integrated approach to infrastructure growth, economic development, and environmental protection, has influenced growth and change in the Northeast. He will discuss how the visionary thinking of early leaders in the field, including Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., contributed original planning solutions to enhance the quality of life in both urban and suburban settings.

Bob has been a faculty member of Harvard, Columbia and the University of Massachusetts. He is currently Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Before his move to New York City, Bob served at Chief Planner and then Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management where he developed the Olmsted Historic Landscape Preservation Program and the 14-city Urban Heritage Park system.

March 27, 2014

6pm Reception

7pm Lecture

Wheelock College

43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA


Co-Sponsored by NESAH

Reservations required:



Lecture: James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

is pleased to invite you to a lecture by

Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

James Stirling:  Revisionary Modernist

In her new monograph on James Stirling (1926-1992), published by Yale University Press, Professor Lawrence presents an admirably close analysis of Stirling’s work and clarifies the ways in which he understood modernism as inextricably linked to the past and placed his own work in what he termed a “dialogue with architectural tradition”.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6PM

Northeastern University, Room 320 The Behrakis Center

(30 Leon Street, Boston MA 02115)

Parking available in West Garage next to the Behrakis Center (corner of Ruggles and Leon Streets)

Nearest T stops at Huntington Avenue (E Green line) and Ruggles Station (Orange line)


36th Annual Student Symposium

The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

is pleased to invite you

to attend its 36th Annual Student Symposium

Featuring presentations by outstanding students from programs in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, art history, urban studies, historic preservation, and related fields.

The symposium will take place SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 from 9:00am – 1:30pm at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Portico rooms). The event is free and open to the public.

Please see—and share—the schedule of speakers below. More information is available on our facebook page:






Curious Encounters: Fischer von Erlach’s Porcelain Tower of Nanjing and the Vision of Imperial China

Melany Sun-Min Park (Harvard University)


The Etawah Pilot Project: Self-Reform without Revolution

Deepa Ramaswamy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Human Space:  Memory and Architectural Theory in Postwar Germany

Sara Hayat (Brown University)




Chambre Obscure: Sensation, Perception, and the Late 18th Century Artificial Grotto

Victoria Addona (Harvard University)


Catacoustic Subjectivity:  Carl Ferdinand Langhans’s Theory of Reverberation

Joseph Clarke (Yale University)


Assembling the Landscape of Zion: The Mormon Overland Experience and the Convergence of History and Perception in the Great Basin

Brett Culbert (Harvard University)




Its Own Sense of Justice: Interpreting the Philadelphia House of Correction

Jamie Devol (Boston University)


Ando Tadao and the Making of “Modern Japanese Architecture”

Judy Yoo (Amherst College)


CoEvolution Quarterly (1974–1984) and Environmental Participation: Ecology, Exchange, and Expertise

Jessica Varner (Yale University)


We look forward to seeing you there!

Christina Crawford and Erin McKellar (2014 Organizers)

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