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).  It also hosted a 10th anniversary meeting in Seattle in 2017.  The 2018 biennial meeting will be held May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Maryland.

2018 CHSA Biennial – May 24-26 at the University of Maryland

The Construction History Society of American announces a Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History, held at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 24-26, 2018.  We invited researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas.  Abstract submission is closed.  Abstracts selected for presentation will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting.  Abstracts for presentation imply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow at the CHSA Biennial Meeting.  For more information, visit the meeting website.

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.


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).