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. Since its inception, CHSA has hosted five biennial meetings: in Atlanta (2008), Philadelphia (2010), Boston (2012), Minneapolis (2014), and Austin, Texas (2016).

Seattle Conference – July 20 to 22, 2017

In 2017, the Construction History Society of America Members Meeting will go to the frontier, Construction History on the Frontier, in Seattle from July 20 to 22, 2017

Hosted by the Departments of Construction Management, Architecture, and the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, this meeting will explore the innovative construction history of the west coast.  With the region shaped first by pioneering families and resource extraction economies and later transportation networks and local urban growth, presentations of this conference reflect this growth.  This conference will provide a fascinating look at construction history.  See you in Seattle!

Click here to register for the Seattle conference


6ICCH – Brussels 2018

CHSA has long been a supporter of the International Congress on Construction History.  The 6th International Congress on Construction History will be held from July 9-13, 2018 at the Academy of Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.  The organizers recently announced a Call for Sessions (pdf); submissions for thematic sessions are due by April 1, 2017.  A Call for Abstracts for individual presentations will be announced in May, with submissions due by June 15, 2017.



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 1, Volume 2, Volume 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).