What is the EAHN?

Established in 2005, the European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it is open to architectural historians and scholars in allied fields from all countries.

The EAHN Office is hosted by institutions on a rotating basis, usually connected to the institution of the secretary. We have members from more than 30 countries, and working in many different fields and disciplines. The Network is proud to represent a broad and multidisciplinary constituency with a diverse approach to the built environment.

Unlike most other organizations in this field, the EAHN has no national affiliation. Its exclusive aim is the promotion of international exchange and collaboration. The rapid growth and success of the Network is a clear indication of the demand for – and interest in – an international forum for multiple histories of architecture.

Mission Statement

The Network seeks to overcome limitations imposed by national boundaries and institutional conventions through pursuit of the following aims:

  • Increasing the visibility of the discipline among scholars and the public.
  • Promoting scholarly excellence and innovation.
  • Fostering inclusive, transnational, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approaches to the history of the built environment
  • Encouraging communication among the disciplines that study space.
  • Facilitating the open exchange of research results.
  • Providing a clearinghouse for information related to the discipline.

Main Activities


The online activities of the EAHN have been gradually transformed over the last years, with the main website providing the public face for the Network, supported by our social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.  The members-only areas of the website serve as an interactive hub, enabling members to access international news and events listings as well as to connect with other members through discussion forums and Interest Groups.


In 2012, the EAHN launched Architectural Histories, an open access, blind peer reviewed journal.  For more information, go to the Journal’s page.


In 2010, the first international conference was held at Guimaraes in Portugal. Now an established biennial event, the Biennial Conference has been hosted in Brussels (2012), Turin (2014), Dublin (2016) and Tallinn (2018). The 6th Biennial Conference will be held in Edinburgh in 2020. In intermediate years, the EAHN co-hosts smaller thematic events in various locations.


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