31 October 2019
11:30 AM – 1:20 PM

The first two sessions of the Symposium seek to separate popular myth from settled scholarship in the debate over “the first skyscraper.” Each presentation provides a formative thesis about the type of criteria that should be set when determining which buildings are to be considered as “firsts.” Some venture further, proposing a candidate for the “first skyscraper” title based on the criteria set forth. The merits of all were considered in the final panel.

Session Chair: Pauline Saliga
Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago
Gerard Peet
Lecturer, Urban and Regional Planning, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam
Jhennifer Amundson
Dean, O'More College of Architecture, Art and Design, Belmont University, Nashville
Beyhan Karahan
Principal; Retired Professor, Beyhan Karahan & Associates Architects, New York City
Christopher Wilson
Architecture and Design Historian; Architecture and Design Historian, Ringling College of Art and Design, Tampa
Benjamin L. Ross
Historic Preservation Specialist, RATIO, Indianapolis