Constructing Community:
Architecture, Diversity, and Identity
in the Pacific Northwest

Astoria-Megler Bridge. Photo: Marion Dean Ross, 1966

The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter hosts an exciting three day conference every year providing a unique opportunity for attendees to broaden their subject knowledge and explore the built environment of the Pacific Northwest.

The next annual conference of the chapter will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. The theme of the conference is, Constructing Community: Architecture, Diversity, and Identity in the Pacific Northwest.

The program is now available! The program includes a detailed schedule of events, hotel information, and registration details (online access or form). Registration is required. To avoid late fee, please register by May 7, 2018.

Steeped in a rich maritime setting where the mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Astoria has long attracted people to its shores -- from Native Americans to Scandinavians to East and South Asians. Newcomers brought their own architectural traditions with them, but their lifeways and building practices have been shaped and re-shaped by their water-oriented environment. This year our conference theme and papers celebrate the diverse array of peoples that have aspired to build community in the Pacific Northwest. Our three days in Astoria will include onsite presentations by Suenn Ho, designer of the "Garden of Surging Waves"; John Goodenberger, who was the on-site manager for the restoration of the Astoria Column; and Steve Forrester, who was instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Liberty Theater. Featured tours and talks will focus on the newly revitalized Astoria and the strategies that the city employed to make this happen. We look forward to seeing you there!

For conference updates and other news, visit the chapter blog, SAH*MDR News & Notices.


The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter is an affiliated chapter of the international Society of Architectural Historians. The chapter encompasses the US states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and the province of British Columbia, Canada. ... More

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