SAH Publication Awards

Every year, the Society presents five awards honoring the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation, and architectural exhibition catalogues. SAH also presents the Founders' Award for an outstanding JSAH article written by an emerging scholar in the previous two years. 

Nominations for the 2019 Publication Awards will open on May 1, 2018.



ALICE DAVIS HITCHCOCK BOOK AWARD


The Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award was established in 1949 to recognize annually the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar. 

Hitchcock Award Past Recipients

2017 Hitchcock Award Winner:

Meredith Cohen, The Sainte-Chapelle and the Construction of Sacral Monarchy: Royal Architecture in Thirteenth-Century Paris (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
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ANTOINETTE FORRESTER DOWNING BOOK AWARD


For some time, preservationists have been involved in investigating and evaluating the physical fabric of this country and other nations. In order to encourage further research and publication of research in this field, the Society of Architectural Historians has established an annual award for excellence in a published work devoted to historical topics in preservation. Named for Antoinette Forrester Downing, the award honors her scholarship and recognition of the value of local inventories and surveys.

Downing Award Past Recipients

2017 Downing Award Winner:
Richard Longstreth, Looking beyond the Icons: Midcentury Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism (University of Virginia Press, 2015)
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PHILIP JOHNSON EXHIBITION CATALOGUE AWARD


As architectural history exhibitions are able to address historical and critical questions in special ways, through the presentation of both documentation and artifacts to a diversified audience, so their catalogues have become distinctive vehicles for the expression of scholarship in architectural history. They remain as the substantial and enduring contribution after the life of the exhibition is spent. In order, therefore, to recognize and encourage excellence in this form of scholarship and publication, the Society of Architectural Historians established its annual Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award. 

Johnson Award Past Recipients

2017 Johnson Award Winners:
Benjamín Ibarra Sevilla, El Arte de la Cantería Mixteca (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2014)
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Barry Bergdoll, Carlos Eduardo Comas, Jorge Francisco Liernur, and Patricio del Real, eds., Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 (The Museum of Modern Art, 2015)
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SPIRO KOSTOF BOOK AWARD


This award was established in 1993 at the Society's Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, in recognition of Spiro Kostof's extraordinarily productive and inspiring career that was ended by his premature death in December 1991. In the spirit of Kostof's writings, the award will be given to interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities.

Kostof Award Past Recipients

2017 Kostof Award Winners: 
Marta Gutman, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850–1950 (The University of Chicago Press, 2014)
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Sarah Lynn Lopez, The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA (The University of Chicago Press, 2015)
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ELISABETH BLAIR MACDOUGALL BOOK AWARD


The Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award was established by the SAH Board in 2005 to recognize annually the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design. Named for SAH past president and landscape historian Elisabeth MacDougall, the award honors the late historian's role in developing this field of study.

MacDougall Award Past Recipients

2017 MacDougall Award Winner:
Elizabeth McKellar, Landscapes of London: The City, the Country, and the Suburbs, 1660–1840 (Yale University Press, 2013)
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FOUNDERS' JSAH ARTICLE AWARD


The Founders' Award is given annually for an article published by an emerging scholar in the preceding two years in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians that exhibits excellence of scholarship and presentation. For the purposes of this award, an "emerging scholar" is defined as someone under the age of 40 or within five years of the completion of a terminal degree at the time of submission of the article. Authors will be asked by the JSAH editor whether they are eligible, and if eligible, authors will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae.

Criteria for Award
  1. Publication in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians during previous two years Articles from the December issue may be forwarded in galley form. 
  2. Excellence of scholarship and presentation
Upon publication of each issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Founders Award application materials are sent to all eligible JSAH authors. Those interested in being considered for this award are asked to submit a CV to the JSAH editor immediately upon receipt.

Founders' Award Past Recipients

2017 Founders Award Winner: 
Dustin Valen, “On the Horticultural Origins of Victorian Glasshouse Culture,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 75, no. 4 (December 2016): 403–423.
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