Happy Birthday to the EAHN!

Organization Founded Ten Years Ago Today

On 19 November 2005 the bylaws of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) were published in the French Journal Officiel, thus officially marking the foundation of the organization.

After the network’s first assembly at the SAH / INHA joint conference Changing Boundaries: Architectural History in Transition (Paris, August 2005), a first website was established in September 2005. The bylaws as an association under French law were filed on 18 October 2005, and after their publication in November the first official business meeting followed in Berlin in January 2006.

The organization rapidly expanded, with a first tour to Slovenia in autumn 2006 and adoption of its first logo in 2007. That same year its first office opened at the TU Delft, thanks to the generosity of the Delft Faculty of Architecture. The Delft office assisted in founding the EAHN Newsletter and developing an elegant new website, which went online in early 2009. In 2008, the organization held its first joint conference, Transfer and Metamorphosis, together with the Society of Architectural Historians and the ETH Zürich; two years later it held its first independent general conference in Guimarães, Portugal at the Universidade do Minho.

The second international conference, in Brussels (2012) ushered in a shift to new officers, a new website, and the foundation of the open access journal Architectural Histories. The organization’s office is now hosted and sponsored by the ETH Zürich. In addition to its dense network of individual and institutional members within Europe and overseas, the EAHN has also achieved international recognition beyond Europe as a partner organization of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and an affiliated organization of the College Art Association (CAA), as well as through its 2013 regional conference, Architectural Elective Affinities, in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

For its tenth anniversary business meeting the Network returns to the INHA in Paris in March 2016.

The photo gallery below reviews some of the organization’s highlights from its first decade in the form of logos, websites, publications, and conferences.

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European Architectural History Network Mission Statement

The European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study. The network seeks to overcome limitations imposed by national boundaries and institutional conventions through pursuit of the following aims:

● Increasing the visibility of the discipline among scholars and the public.

● Promoting scholarly excellence and innovation.

● Fostering inclusive, transnational, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approaches to the history of the built environment.

● Encouraging communication among the disciplines that study space.

● Facilitating the open exchange of research results.

● Providing a clearinghouse for information related to the discipline.