Society of Architectural Historians plans Buffalo conference

April 6, 2013 by  

Architectural historians will be meeting in Buffalo, New York this month. According to a piece that appeared in late March, 2013, the society chose Buffalo because of its architectural heritage and the way the city embraces its history, even as it looks to the future.

Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and the Chicago firm of Adler & Sullivan all designed buildings here. In 2009, Toshiko Mori designed the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, now acting as the visitor center for the Darwin Martin house, designed by Wright.

There are also many public buildings throughout Buffalo that are of great architectural interest, including its Art Deco city hall, and the society plans a bus tour of the city to give visitors a chance to examine them.

In addition to the tours, there will be a number of papers presented at the conference, on subjects ranging from building for religious communities, to color in today’s designs, to the use of plastics in architecture. One intriguing session considers the use of cast iron as an ornamental medium in building, and how this has changed the perception of architecture in general.

The conference is scheduled for April 10 – 14. Although online registration is closed, participants can register on-site at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Lobby beginning April 10. The headquarters hotel for the conference is the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Although the society has published a conference guide, officials might still want to work with flyer printing companies to create hand-outs for events that are open to the public. They might also consider flyers that describe the buildings on the tours.