5th International Congress on Construction History–Call for Papers

5th International Congress on Construction History

Chicago, June 3-7, 2015


Call for Abstracts

We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit paper abstracts for the 5th International Congress on Construction History, to be held in Chicago and hosted by the Construction History Society of America June 3-7, 2015. The congress follows on successful interdisciplinary congresses held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge UK (2006), Cottbus (2009), and Paris (2012).

Paper and Presentation Proposals

Papers will be published in the Congress proceedings and will be presented by the authors at the Congress. Each paper proposal must include:

  • a title,
  • authors’ names and institutional affiliations,
  • an abstract of 400 words,
  • key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and subjects),
  • a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status, laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other relevant work for each author.

Papers presented at the congress will be published in both electronic and paper versions. All papers and presentations must be in English. Please contact 5icch.chicago@gmail.com with any questions.


Submission: Submit proposals to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icch5 by June 1, 2014.


Paper topics may include:


History and construction of specific projects

History of the building trades or specific builders

Organization of construction work

Wages and the economics of construction

The development of building codes and regulations

Trade unions and guilds

Structural analysis and the development of structural forms

Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc

Building techniques in response to their environments

Building materials, their history, production and use


History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings

The changing role of the professions in construction

Building archaeology

Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction

Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric

Recording, preservation and conservation

Construction in architectural writing

The role of construction history in education

The bibliography of construction history

The theory and practice of construction history


Important Dates:

Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2014

Abstract decision notification: August 15, 2014

Deadline for paper submission: February 1, 2015

Deadline for final papers: March 31, 2015

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