March 16, 2016

Please join TJSAH for a lecture on mid-century modern architecture by Alice Friedman, the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art at Wellesley College.  

The lecture, entitled "American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture," will examine changes in the design and critical reception of Modern Architecture in the postwar decades, with particular attention to the growth of consumer culture, the increased role of clients and popular audiences for the arts, and the expansion of building activity, particularly in suburban America. Key projects to be examined in depth include Eero Saarinen's General Motors Technical Center (1956) in Warren, Michigan, and Richard Neutra's Kaufman "Desert House" (1947) in Palm Springs, CA.

Time: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:00PM
Location: Campbell Hall 153

February 1, 2016

Please join TJSAH for a lecture on Cold War university design in the Middle East. Given by Burak Erdim, a three-time alumnus from the University of Virginia (MArh 2004, MArch 2005, PhD 2012) and Assistant Professor in Architecture at North Carolina State.

Time: Monday, February 8, 2016, 6:00PM
Location: Campbell Hall 153

August 25, 2015

Back to School!

Fall semester has begun in Charlottesville and we are excited to welcome nine new first-year master’s degree students into the chapter.  Our new members join ten second-year master’s degree students, who similarly represent a variety of undergraduate academic backgrounds including architecture, art history, and history, in addition to practicing architects.  We are looking forward to another great school year!

April 10, 2014

Empty Space: Popular Demonstrations and Architecture in São Paulo

Please join TJSAH for a lecture on the occupation and appropriation of public urban space in Brazil. Given by Daniela Sandler,visiting professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Time: Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:00PM
Location: Campbell Hall 153

January 30, 2014

Keeping the Myth Alive

TJSAH welcomes David Savoy, Assistant Professor of Art History at Manhattan College for an insightful lecture on his research in early modern Italy. Light reception to follow talk, as well as an informal discussion with graduate students in the morning.



Time: Monday, February 3rd, 6:00PM
Location: Campbell Hall 153

January 27, 2014

TJSAH Member's Feature

Come attend this week's Lunchtime Conversations to hear 2013 SARC Graduate Student Research Grant winners talk about their work and to find out who will be receiving this year's grant. Three of our very own TJSAH members will be presenting.

Time: Wednesday, January 29th, 12:30PM
Location: Campbell Hall, Exhibition C



Foundations of an Empire: The Chinese Imperial Exam and Its Architecture

For 1300 years, the keju, an imperial exam for selecting worthy talents to serve in the government, was a destiny-altering event in the life of an intellectual who aspired to hold office in China. Held every three years, at the district, provincial and state levels, the exam formed the backbone of the imperial government and was one of the most important “rituals” that helped hold together China’s society. My research examines the built spaces that were designed to accommodate this local and nation-wide process. The gongyuan, or examination compound, was an exclusive area that was only open to applicants, during the testing period. Such complexes often contained rows upon rows of small, cramped cells, each approximately 4 to 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep, where participants were isolated for the entire duration of the exam. The particular complex that I will focus on is Jiangnan Gongyuan, an imperial examination hall in Nanjing, established in 1168. My research will look at the physical evolution of the compound, along with its urban context, and will ask the question, how is Chinese thought conveyed through its architecture?

Anna Hong is a masters candidate for Architectural History at the University of Virginia. She is interested in the relationship of pre-modern Chinese architecture and Confucian thought, as well as the influence of western knowledge, religion, and colonization in East Asia. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon in 2011 and continues to cultivate her passion for design and art.


Shanghai's Foreign Architecture

My research focuses on domestic spaces built between 1842-1948 in the French and International Concessions of Shanghai. The Concessions were autonomous territories governed by foreigners. However, far from a stratified island of Western citizens, the concession inhabitants were diverse. They could be a Chinese merchant, a British businessman and/or opium trader, the family of an American diplomat, the child of a foreign missionary, an Indian policeman, a Russian socialite, and so on. Initially, economic success and prosperity allowed Westerners to construct homes that reminded them citizens of their cultural homeland. Eventually these homes also became markers of social status for Chinese sojourners who cast off traditional Confucian societal constraints in favor of a new, hybrid, modern identity amongst elite Shanghai businessmen. Inspiration was culled from a diverse selection of revival and modern Western architectural styles. The importation of familiar forms from the West like Tudoresque, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Art Deco gives a glimpse of the unique identity and community foreigner and Chinese sojourners hoped to construct in Shanghai.

Kelly Woods Schantz is a graduate student in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. Her current research focuses on the Shanghai urban history, with an eye to the negotiation of identity, tradition, and culture. She is also interested in subaltern studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, critical theory, historiography, and art history. Kelly is the Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. She holds a Bachelor's degree in French as well as Art History from the University of California, Davis.


Bevis Marks Synagogue and the Architecture of 17th Century London

Built in 1701 by a congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews living in London, Bevis Marks is the first synagogue to be constructed in England after the Jewish Resettlement in 1656. It is the oldest, continually used synagogue in Europe and exists as physical testimony to the stability of modern Jewish life in Britain. The unique context of Bevis Marks can be seen in its architecture, as debate regarding precise stylistic influences range from the congregation’s mother synagogue, the Esnoga in Amsterdam, popular depictions of Solomon’s temple, and Christopher Wren churches contemporary to Bevis Marks’ construction. The Sephardic congregation in London was unique, even within the Jewish diaspora, as many members came from families who had not openly practiced Judaism since before the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions in the 15th and 16th centuries. The community was made up of wealthy bankers and merchants, interested in publicly declaring themselves as Jews and Englishmen, during a period in Britain's history when ideas of religious tolerance and national identity were being redefined. Elizabeth spent time in London this past summer researching Wren and the synagogue's history, and visiting Bevis Marks, which has stood practically unchanged since its original construction.

Elizabeth Mitchell is a graduate student in the department of Architectural History at the School of Architecture. She is interested in the global movement of architectural conventions, as well as exploring the complicated nature of the conditions of diaspora and the translation of ideas across cultures and national borders. Her current research is on the cultural and stylistic influences on the synagogues of London following the Jewish Resettlement in 1656, and the historical significance of the early modern Jewish congregations in Northern Europe. She hold degrees in Architecture and Mathematics from the University of Washington.

January 16, 2014

Mango Languages

Looking to learn a new language? Want to brush up on an old one? UVa Library has now subscribed to Mango online learning courses. Take advantage and click here, to begin!

January 13, 2014

Happy New Semester!

Welcome back students, faculty, and staff. TJSAH looks forward to a new year and spring semester with all of you. Let's make 2014 one to remember.

December 5, 2013

A Taste of West Main



Join Preservation Piedmont, this Saturday, for a historic walking tour of West Main Street, led by our very own Richard Guy Wilson. You won't want to miss out on this chance to learn more about the historic significance of this site, not to mention contribute to its future development! Don't forget, your input matters in the shaping of your neighborhood.

Time: Saturday, December 7th, 12:00PM
Location: Meet in front of Carver Recreation Center, 233 4th Street NW