Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) historians will be contributing to the prestigious international conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), for which ESALA is also a formal event partner. The conference is to be held in Glasgow between 7 and 11 June 2017, the first time in more than forty years that it has been held outside North America. It will attract several hundred architectural historians for four days of presentations and tours.

Alex Bremner will be chairing a roundtable discussion on future directions in Victorian architectural history, as well as presenting in the panel ‘Architecture and Carbon’. Alistair Fair will chair a panel examining the design of Arts buildings since the 1940s; while Miles Glendinning will co-chair a panel looking at mass housing in non-European/non-American contexts. ESALA PhD students Inigo Basarrate, Laura Bowie, and Caroline Engel Purcell, will also be presenting papers at the conference, in the panels ‘“A Narrow Place”: Architecture and the Scottish Diaspora’, ‘Trauma and Conflict’, and ‘Preserving and Repurposing Social Housing: Pitfalls and Promises’.

ESALA historians are also contributing to the programme of conference tours. Miles Glendinning is leading a visit to Cumbernauld New Town (with Diane Watters, Historic Environment Scotland). Tours of Edinburgh, led by Margaret Stewart, John Lowrey, and Alistair Fair are being offered in collaboration with colleagues in the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections. These tours will combine close examination of the city with a look at the university’s rich archival collections of architectural drawings. 

ESALA’s involvement in the conference demonstrates its long-held reputation as a centre of excellence in architectural history and conservation. Our staff are recognised as leaders in the field. Alongside one of a very few specialist undergraduate degrees in Architectural History available anywhere in the world, ESALA has successful MSc programmes in Architectural History and Theory, and Architectural Conservation, as well as a dynamic PhD community.