International Fellows Program

International museum.The SAAHP International Fellows Program (IFP) round-table focuses broadly on issues and practices dealing with the contemporary built environment. It provides a forum for issue-based discussion and examination of international situations, through presentations, case studies and a field trip, as a basis for understanding and action. The +plus this year is the addition of an on-line course (registration optional) that explores further the themes of the round table.

The IFP is aimed at mid-career and senior professionals who work with a distinguished faculty and practitioners, convened by Hasan-Uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at RWU.  The program is internationally focused and multi-disciplinary, bringing together some 35 Fellows and up to 10 graduate students, at the picturesque Roger Williams University (RWU) campus on the bay.

IFP 2013


Constructing and exploring expressions of memory through architecture, art, and historic preservation

May 22 & 23, 2013

The 2013 IFP is convened by Hasan Khan of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University in conjunction with Clifford Chanin of the National September 11th Memorial & Museum.

The event, held over two days, focuses on issues related to changes to our approaches to history, identity and place-making in a post 9/11 world, leading to new landscapes of the built environment and of the mind.  The conference examines issues related to the built environment and expressions in art.

The sessions in the form of presentations and discussions are viewed as conversations between mid and senior people with the added perspective (the +plus) of graduate students. 

The past and the manner in which we handle disruptions to it, and the ways in which we use memory in the act of remembering, will be examined from broad perspectives and case studies.  The keynote address (open to the public) will set the scene for approaches to memorial culture.  Two case studies, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France, discuss major international projects.  The Legacy Project looks at responses in art to trauma and other approaches.  Interventions into historic neighborhoods raise issues related to change in urban places and provide clues to our value systems. 

There is also a field trip to one of the Newport Mansions with a private guided tour and a reception.

2013 IFP+plus course flyer

2013 IFP Schedule

2013 IFP Registration

International Fellows Program: A Brief History

Since 1999, the International Fellows Program has drawn from the public and private sector, as well as from academic institutions, to convene a multi-session symposium on issues and practices dealing with the contemporary built environment.  It has provided a forum for issue-based discussion and examination of international situations, through presentations, case studies and a field trip, as a basis for understanding and action.  The diversity amongst the participants provides oppourtunities to approach the subject with creativity and insight.  On some occasions, the IFP is conducted in conjunction with other institutions, adding even greater diversity to the offerings.

Some recent International Fellows Program gatherings include:

  • Extreme Architecture: Conservation and Revitalization in the Face of Globalization, War and Terrorism
  • Building the Future: Needs and Directions in Conservation and Heritage Planning
  • Difference in International and Local Urban Conservation and Development
  • Values and Vision: International Scenarios for Urban Conservation and Development
  • Iconic Architecture and Places: Building the New and Revitalizing the Old
  • Stewardship of the Built Environment: Culturally and Ecologically Sustainable Urban Conservation & Development

Leading participants to date include: Charles Correa, Architect, Mumbai; Suha Ozkan, Former Secretary-General, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Geneva; Sherban Cantucuzino, President Emeritus, ICOMOS, London; Pamela Hawkes, FAIA, Ann Beha Architects, Boston; Emily Wadhams, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Tom Payette, Architect, Payette Associates, Boston; Mark Treib, UC Berkeley; Tim Whalen, Director, the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles; Nezar AlSayyad, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California-Berkeley; Gianne Conrad, Chief Architect's Office, the General Services Administration, Washington; Donald Insall, Conservation Architect, London; Farokh Afshar, University of Guelph, Ontario; Bonnie Burnham, President, World Monuments Fund; Clifford Pearson, Senior Editor, Architectural Record; Mildred Schmertz, architectural critic, New York; Mozhan Kadhem, Boston Design Collaborative; Anuraag Chowfla, Stein Mani Chowfla Architects, New Delhi.