About SAH

Founded at Harvard University in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that serves an international network of institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. 

Our Mission

The Society of Architectural Historians promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all.

What We Do

To carry out our educational mission, we publish print and digital resources including JSAH, SAH Archipedia, Buildings of the United States, and SAHARA. We organize annual conferences, virtual programs, study tours, and graduate student programs to promote scholarship and public engagement with the history of the built environment. We award fellowships and grants to support academic research and present awards that recognize excellence in scholarship and professional service. We also advocate on issues related to preservation, higher education, and the humanities.

Our Membership

SAH serves approximately 2,300 individual members and 600 institutional members in 54 countries. Our members include architectural historians, art historians, landscape historians, architects, preservationists, urban planners, teachers, graduate students, museum professionals, and individuals from other professions who share a passion for the built environment. Join SAH today


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610