The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to host the 41st Annual Student Symposium at Boston University on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Eight students from several New England institutions will present papers on a wide variety of topics ranging from 17th-century drawings of English country homes, to medieval Buddhist and French monastic sites, to architectural projects by Walter Gropius and his followers.


8:45-9:00 Coffee and Refreshments
9:00-9:05 Welcome and Introductions

*Session 1: Shaping Identity*
9:05-9:25 Sama Mammadova, Harvard University
A Funeral for the Soul: Atonement for Usury in the Funerary Chapels of Renaissance Italy

9:25-9:45 Hannah Kaemmer, Harvard University
Reading Medieval and Modern in John Aubrey’s Designatio

9:45-10:05 Colleen Foran, Boston University
Asmara the Frozen City: Shaping Italian National Identity in Africa

10:05-10:15 Session 1 Discussion
10:15-10:25 Break

*Session 2: Sacred Spaces*
10:25-10:45 Louis Copplestone, Harvard University
Buddhist Architecture of Medieval South Asia: Finding the Buddha at Somapura Mahavihara

10:45-11:05 Erica Kinias, Brown University
Reconstructing Medieval Monastic Space: Isabelle of France’s Thirteenth-Century Abbey of l’Humilité de Notre Dame

11:05-11:25 Shan Zeng, Middlebury College
Weaving Traditions with Modernity: Interdisciplinary Research on the Cultural History of Japanese Sacred Rope (Shimenawa)

11:25-11:35 Session 2 Discussion
11:35-11:45 Break

*Session 3: The Gropius Legacy*
11:45-12:05 Charlotte Leib, Harvard University
Site and Shelter: Design for the ‘Whole Landscape’

12:05-12:25 Jill Lengel, Bridgewater State University
Chester Nagel and Gropius’s Modernist Vision

12:25-12:35 Session 3 Discussion

12:35 Closing Remarks

Supported by:
BU History of Art & Architecture Department
BU American & New England Studies Program
BU Preservation Studies Program
New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians

Organized by: Aaron Ahlstrom, Willie Granston, and Sarah Horowitz
For more info visit

www.nesah.org or contact nesah@bu.edu