VAF 2024 Annual Meeting

North of the Northwoods

From Mines to Motels on Michigan’s Lake Superior

June 12-15

June 12-16, 2024

Houghton, Michigan Technical University

Keweenaw, Michigan Upper Peninsula 

Future Conferences

June 4-8, 2025


May 20-23, 2026

Walla Walla, Washington

Columbia Plateau

Past Conferences

Each year in May or June, hundreds of VAF members assemble for our annual conference.  We spend at least two days touring the area to learn first-hand about its architectural and landscape heritage.  On Saturday, a juried paper session provides attendees a forum to share their scholarship and field work.  In addition, workshops, board and committee meetings, special events, and excursions create an enjoyable and memorable event. Heavily illustrated and details guide books and other publications from past conferences can be found here.

Past meetings have been held throughout North America.

For first-time paper presenters assistance may be available through Simpson Presenter's Fellowship

For student groups assistance to cover expenses of attending the conference is available through the Ambassadors Award

Texas Border Tour La Frontera Chica: San Ygnacio and Laredo

VAF 2022 San Antonio, Texas

May 18-22, 2022

Virtual Conference 2021

VAF 2018

Alexandria, Virginia

May 2-5, 2018

VAF 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah

May 31 to June 3, 2017

VAF 2016

Durham, North Carolina

June 1-4, 2016

Out of the Loop

VAF 2015

Chicago, Illinois

June 3-7, 2015


Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore 

VAF 2014

Galloway Township, New Jersey 

May 7-10, 2014

The Ebb and Flow of Religion and Economy in Gaspe Cultural Landscapes

VAF 2013

Gaspé-Percé, Quebec, Canada

June 11-15, 2013

Butte and Southwest Montana

VAF 2009

Butte and Southwest Montana

June 10-13, 2009

City Building

VAF 2006

New York, New York

June 14-17, 2006

Making Urban and Rural Landscapes on the Prairie Plains

VAF 1996

Lawrence, Kansas

May 23-24, 1996

The Vernacular Architecture of Charleston and the Lowcountry, 1670-1990

VAF 1994

Charleston, South Carolina


The Natchez District: Architecture and Cultural Landscape

VAF 1993

Natchez, Mississippi

May 12-15, 1993

Tours of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua

19th & 20th Century Landscapes of Work, Pleasure and the Industrial Home

An "Old Town by the Sea:" Urban Landscapes and Vernacular Building in Portsmouth 

First Period Architecture in Newbury and Salem, Massachusetts

VAF 1992

Portsmouth, Massachusetts

May 13-16, 1992

The Architecture and Cultural Landscape of North Central New Mexico

VAF 1991

Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 15-18, 1991

The Kentucky Bluegrass

VAF 1990

Franfurt, Kentucky

May 10-11, 1990

All Past Conferences

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