UNSW Built Environment is hosting the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)’s annual conference in July. The conference will be devoted to the exploration of architecture and institutions.

It will renew the discussion of the role and status of architecture in its relationship to the institutional realm, especially around questions of change and transformation.

What ideals, principles and values have underpinned the architecture of institutional organisations and constructions in the past and have these changed in recent times? How has the role of architecture in the consolidation and exercise of institutionalised power and authority changed? What role can architecture play in the reconceptualisation of institutions?

Papers will address these questions by examining and reflecting on various aspects of the theme within different cultural contexts.

Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Judith O'Callaghan says the annual SAHANZ conference is the most important get-together of architectural historians in Australia and New Zealand.

"This year’s conference will feature papers not only from scholars in Australia and New Zealand, but also from further afield, including the UK, USA and Costa Rica. It will be a wonderful opportunity to share and discuss research and we extend a warm invitation to anyone with an interest in architecture, design, history and heritage to attend."

The conference will feature two keynote speakers:  Geoffrey London, former Government Architect of Victoria, having also been the Government Architect of Western Australia, and Dell Upton, Professor and Chair of Art History at UCLA and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, UC Berkeley.

Find out more about SAHANZ and register.

For further information please contact either Dr Paul Hogben (PaulH@fbe.unsw.edu.au) or Dr Judith O’Callaghan (JudithO@fbe.unsw.edu.au)