CHSA 2023 at UIUC–call for papers

Happy to report that the Construction History Society of America will a) hold its next meeting from 22-24 June, 2023, and that b) the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host it.

This is a happy change in schedule–since 2006 we’ve held biennial meetings based on what had been a relatively relaxed flow of new research and papers. Over time this proved to be a bit awkward whenever the triennial International Congress synced up with us. Since the next ICCH is going to be in 2024 (in Zurich, more info here), and since the American field has grown quickly, the CHSA Management Committee has decided to hold annual meetings in subsequent years, filling in the gaps between the every-three-year International gatherings.

Marci Uihlein and I will co-chair next Spring’s meeting on the (beautiful) campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We have a website that includes the just-released call for papers, also included below. More to come on keynotes, tours, and social events, but for the moment mark your calendars and please share this CFP widely. Our meeting this past summer at Kennesaw State in Georgia was a demonstration of how far the field has come in the Society’s brief existence and we’re looking forward to even broader participation from preservationists, historians, architects, engineers, and general enthusiasts…


Construction History Society of America announces CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 2023 Biennial Meeting on Construction History

Held at the Illinois School of Architecture, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 22-24, 2023

We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit paper abstracts on subjects for the 2023 Meeting on Construction History, to be held in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and follows successful meetings of the CHSA held in Marrietta, GA (2022), Seattle, WA (10th Anniversary Members’ Meeting 2017), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008).


Abstracts will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting.  Presenters will be asked to give their talks within 20-minute time slots.  A curated Proceedings, including completed papers of 4000-6000 words, will be assembled and edited by the Scientific Committee following the conference.

Additionally, CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to Construction History according to their publication schedules. The submission of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process


  • authors’ names and institutional affiliations
  • an abstract of 300 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.
  • All presentations must be in English.
  • 4-5 learning objectives, for use in AIA CES documentation.


• Construction and engineering in Chicago and other regional cities

• Rural and agricultural construction, particularly in the Midwest

• The role of education in the building professions, especially in the region

• 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

• Military or Army Corps of Engineers

• 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


Dec. 15, 2022                                                Abstract Deadline

TBD.                                                          Online Registration Open

Mid-Feb., 2023                                             Author Notification

April 15, 2023                                                Author Registration Deadline

June 22-24, 2023                                           Conference

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