Our 6th Biennial Meeting


Since its inception, CHSA has hosted five biennial meetings: in Atlanta (2008), Philadelphia (2010), Boston (2012), Minneapolis (2014), and Austin, Texas(2016).  We are very proud to be hosting our 6th biennial meeting and celebrate our 10th anniversary promoting and creating new knowledge in the discipline of Construction History.

The 6th Biennial meeting of the Construction History Society of America will feature research and scholarship from a diverse range of academics and practitioners, focusing generally on the history of building design, fabrication, and construction throughout the Americas over the last five hundred years.  Presenters will include scholars, engineers, architects, preservationists, and contractors, who will present on topics ranging from historic building materials to postwar engineering and building science




The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) is dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment—its creation, maintenance and management. It is a forum for scholars and professionals in the field to share, meet and exchange ideas and research. Membership is open to a wide range of construction-related disciplines involved in the planning, development, design and construction of buildings and engineering infrastructure, in addition to those concerned with their operation and preservation. Members share a passion for examining how our existing structures were planned, designed and built, with the purpose of using this knowledge to better preserve what we have and to guide us in determining future directions.

The Construction History Society of America (CHSA) was organized in May 2007. It is a branch of the Construction History Society (CHS), based in the United Kingdom. Members of the CHSA receive a quarterly newsletter focusing on American construction history, as well as full benefits of membership of the UK CHS: Construction History, a scholarly journal and the leading international publication in its field, the CHS magazine, and links to scholars in the field worldwide. CHSA members also received discounted registration to CHSA-sponsored events.

The Construction History Society of America is proud to have hosted the 5th International Congress on Construction History, which took place in Chicago in June 2015. Nearly three hundred delegates from twenty-one countries attended the Congress. Proceedings from the Congress may be ordered in three volumes (Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3).  This was the first time the Congress was held outside Europe following the four previous congresses hosted by Madrid (2003), Cambridge (2006), Cottbus (2009), Paris (2012).

The Construction History Society of America is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.



College Park, MD


The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland is hosting the 6th Biennial on Construction History from May 24 - 26, 2018.   The Planning Committee is thrilled to bring the Congress to the University of Maryland at College Park, MD (Washington DC area metro area).


Situated just minutes from the nation’s capital, the City of College Park is home to the University of Maryland and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, attractions and recreational opportunities.  The City is comprised of over 30,000 residents that reside in diverse settings from quaint neighborhoods to luxury student housing complexes.  With abundant transit options, beautiful parks and historic homes, College Park is certainly “A Smart Place to Live”.