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Who we are:

About the Chicago Chapter: 

The Society of Architectural Historians has 19 chapters located throughout the United States that host local programs, organize tours, and grant fellowships and awards. Chapters are independently run organizations that are affiliated and work in collaboration with SAH.

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Luigi Horne Mumford

Member Profile

Experienced as a 5th grade teacher, an architect at S.O.M, and a curatorial contributer at the Art Institute of Chicago, Luigi has demonstrated a well-rounded portfolio of competencies. She has been a member of the SAH since 2002. ...more

Judy Freeman (President)

Judy is the current president of the Chicago Chapter of the SAH.
Her degrees in Art History led her to positions at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her high energy level and flexibility led to her involvement is special events and exhibitions. ...more

Gail Gill

Gail has served as an educator ion the Chicago Public schools, and as an ESL instructor at Truman College. Her interests in architecture led her to serving as a docent at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and as a greeter at the Cultural Center. She is active at the Planet Action Community group on sustainability in Evanston. ..more

Sally Sexton Kalmbach (Secretary)

Sally is a fourth generation Chicagoan. She has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library, and given numerous speeches and customized tours for individuals and groups. She has been a docent for the Charnley-Persky House Museum for 20 years and authored, The Jewel of the Gold Coast, and Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures.  ...more

Jim Laukes

In 2011, on the heels of a brief talk about the Midwest taproots of 1940s passive solar homes designed by Chicago’s George Fred Keck, Bill Locke nudged me into joining this chapter of SAH. I’m gratified to be involved with these talented, interesting people and programs.  ...more

Tom Leahy (Treasurer)

Tom grew up in Chicago's south suburbs. He has a B A in art education and Taught High School and Junior High. He left teaching and became a retailer and had 3 stores. The elements of design line, form, color, texture, inform his appreciation of Art and Architecture. ...more

Susan J. van der Meulen

Board member of the Chicago Chapter Society of Architectural Historians since 2011, working on newsletters and bulletins. As a licensed architect in Chicago, she worked from 1983 to 1986 for Grunsfeld & Associates and from 1986 to 2009 for Marvin Herman & Associates, architects (residential practices). She has since done residential interior remodeling projects locally under the name of Aries Design as a sole practitioner.  ...more

Barbara Sciacchitano

Barbara, originally a New Yorker, became a Chicagoan in 1960. Her interests are in historic preservation, architecture, and comparative urbanization. Barbara Co-organized the CCSAH field trip to Beverly/Morgan Park, June 2022, and presented 'London's weird, very tall buildings' at Show and Tell, December 2022. She is professor of History Emerita, North Central College. ...more

Ron Tevonian - Webmaster

Ron, and his wife Dee, moved to Chicago from Columbus, Ohio, in 1997. He had just retired as Director of R&D at Bell Labs, and they chose Chicago "for the adventure". Ron soon joined the Chicago Architecture Center as a docent. He continued touring for 20 years until walking tours suffered the chilling impact of Covid. The old version of the "Evolution of The Skyscraper" tour linked well with Ron's interest in structure and building technology. ...more

Gregory Tornatore, A.I.A. (Emeritus)

Greg, a lifelong resident of Chicagoland has been a member of the SAH since 1973, the year he commenced his professional career. Since his retirement in 2008 he has pursued membership in a number of historically oriented organizations. He was one of the original members of the Restoration Committee “Hole in the Wall Gang” at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation. ...more