Sheila Crane, Associate Professor and Chair of the Architectural History program, was recently awarded two fellowships for 2018-19.
Sheila was selected for a Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Fellowship in architectural history and preservation at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. There she will develop scholarship related to her current book project, Inventing Informality (tentative title), through a broader lens: the re-thinking of preservation in an era of planetary urbanization through an investigation of informal settlements and intangible heritage across the Mediterranean. Sheila will be in residence as fellow from September to December 2018.
In addition, Sheila was appointed as a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC. As a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies she will have the opportunity to deeply research how the history of the bidonville, or shantytown, was entangled with the history of resource extraction, agricultural practices, and garden traditions in French colonial North Africa. This research will be disseminated through her book manuscript currently in progress. The Dumbarton Oaks fellowship is from January to May 2019.
The Weinberg Fellowship in architectural history and preservation at Columbia University's Italian Academy is made possible by a generous gift from the Weinberg Foundation. The $1.15 million gift, made in 2017, will bring as many as 20 additional Fellows over 5 years to the Academy to study architectural history and preservation. Sydney Houghton Weinberg, the donor behind the gift and a trustee of the Foundation said of the Fellowships, “Casting a wide net, the Fellowship program will support work that is practical as well as theoretical...we are focusing on the cutting edge of the preservation field.”
The Mellon Fellowship is part of the Garden and Landscape Studies initiative at Dumbarton Oaks which received a major award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an interdisciplinary program in urban landscape studies. This grant is one of seventeen made by the Mellon Foundation so far to significant institutions of higher education and research, including Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, through their initiative in “Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities.” This support fosters the joint contributions that the humanities and the design and planning disciplines may make to understanding the processes and effects of burgeoning urbanization. At Dumbarton Oaks, the program will bring landscape architects and historians together to explore urban environments. Fellows are organized around broadly conceived themes and structured to acknowledge the current importance of sustainability, adaptability, and resilience, while encouraging a greater historical awareness of these concepts.
Congratulations to Sheila on her upcoming research fellowships!