June 15, 2017

CHSA Conference

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) hosts a Biennial Meeting on even years.  CHSA’s 5th Biennial Meeting, held in Austin, Texas in May 2016, follows successful events in Minneapolis (2014), Boston (2012), Philadelphia (2010) and Atlanta (2008).  The biennial meetings draw approximately two hundred attendees who are passionate about construction history, and historic architecture and engineering.  The next meeting, the CHSA’s sixth, will be held in 2018.

CHSA is also organizing a meeting in Seattle in July 2017 focusing on Construction History on the Frontier.  Hosted by the Departments of Construction Management, Architecture, and the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, this three-day meeting promises to be informative, thought provoking and a great networking opportunity.  Keynote speakers include CBE Professors Jeffrey Ochsner and Carrie Sturts Dossick.  Tyler Sprague is one of the event organizers, and he will open and close the meeting.

This conference will explore construction history in the American West, with particular focus on building in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. As the frontier of western expansion, Seattle has fostered a unique innovation in construction since the early 20th century. Within a setting of towering mountains and expansive waterways, civic development has continually demanded new construction solutions. In addressing this topic, essential subjects include resource extraction and refinement into building materials (timber, stone, concrete, etc.), transportation infrastructure (railroads, canals, bridges, roads, etc.), modern architecture of the 20th century, advancements in structural engineering, and the adoption of new technological processes in the building industry.  As the city continues to grow, new projects continue this legacy of innovation while raising issues of equitable urban development and historic preservation.

More information can be found here.