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Call for papers for the 2023 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

Submission deadline: January 6, 2023

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture welcomes entries for its biennial Dissertation Colloquium, which will take place on April 28-29, 2023, in New York City.

Doctoral candidates from a variety of institutional and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they are working on dissertation subjects connected to the history, theory, and criticism of architecture and the built environment in the Americas. The plural, Americas, is intended to broaden the Center’s goal in two ways: first, to include comparative thought about building techniques across the hemisphere and the world; and second, to imply that the United States contains numerous Americas. Students whose dissertations address different geographies will be given equal consideration if comparative viewpoints with hemispheric contexts are explicitly stated. Approaches that cross disciplines are especially encouraged.

Up to twelve doctorate students from universities around the world will be chosen to present a 20-minute session based on their thesis research. The presentation should focus on a self-contained chapter or portion of the student’s dissertation research rather than an overview or synthesis of the entire dissertation.


Students must be enrolled in an authorized PhD program with at least one year of dissertation research completed. Submissions must include an outline of the desired presentation as well as illustrations. A cover sheet indicating the student’s institutional affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone number; a 150-word abstract describing the paper’s relationship to the overall dissertation topic; and a brief statement from the student’s principal adviser certifying the applicant’s status (stage of completion) in the doctoral program are also required.

Please send electronic entries in PDF format (no more than three MB) to [email protected] by Friday, January 6, 2023. The papers that have been chosen for presentation will be announced by the end of January 2023. The Center will cover the costs of participants’ transportation and housing.


The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Columbia University in the City of New York | Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
1172 Amsterdam Avenue, 300E Buell Hall
New York, NY 10027
United States

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