The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is coming to Detroit, and Michigan Architectural Foundation is partnering with them as event sponsors!

According to Janet Kreger, 2012 SAH Annual Meeting Local Committee, “SAH  resonates fully with the emphasis on placemaking that is key to Michigan’s future because buildings are among the most significant ingredients of “place.” At the recent 2011 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, there was buzz about coming to Detroit. Members already know that the City has magnificent buildings – from early 19th century remnants to stunning Mid-Century Moderns – because they know the auto industry produced wealth unparalleled by any other city of its time. Those influencing the look of Detroit were carmakers shaping American taste and on the cutting-edge of everything from architectural style to materials to color. Other manufacturing cities also produced wealth, but it was one thing to make steel, construct railroad cars, and assemble cash registers, and quite another to be sculpting the American automobile – the direct route to the national psyche with promises of freedom and speed.”

The Michigan Architectural Foundation is donating $1000 to support the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting being held in Detroit April 18-22 2012, through the sale of Great Architecture of Michigan books and Detroit Architectural Guide books.

SAH was founded in 1940 to advance knowledge and understanding of the history of architecture, design, landscape, and urbanism worldwide. The Society serves scholars, professionals in allied fields (including architecture, historic preservation and planning), and the interested general public by:

  • Sponsoring the pursuit and presentation of scholarly research;
  • Sponsoring forums for the presentation of scholarly research and exchange of ideas through its annual scholarly meetings and occasional symposia;
  • Providing publications that disseminate scholarly work, professional information, and general information related to the field and of interest to the public through its publications, JSAH, the SAH Newsletter and the Buildings of the United States series;
  • Acknowledging outstanding scholarly accomplishments in the field through publication awards and fellowships;
  • Fostering scholarship, research, and education about the history of the built environment;
  • Organizing study tours of significant buildings and sites both in the United States and abroad;
  • Supporting the preservation of historic places and cultural heritage.

The Society of Architectural Historians cordially invites all members of the Michigan Architectural Foundation, AIA Michigan, and others with an interest to register for the annual meeting.  Please go to the SAH website at and click through the Annual Meeting button to Registration.  Many members of SAH are architects, as are speakers and other participants coming to Detroit.  The conversation is bound to be a rich one as design professionals bring their perspective to this scholarship gathering.  Additionally, SAH is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and offers credits for AIA members who attend paper sessions and tours.  There will be more information provided in the annual meeting brochure in hard-copy and on-line when available.

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