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 that have been published in the previous two years. SAH also presents the Founders' Award for the best JSAH article written by an emerging scholar in the previous two years. 

The 2015 award cycle is now closed. Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards open on June 1, 2015.



The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976

2014 Hitchcock Award Winner

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. 

Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards will open on June 1, 2015. 

2014 Hitchcock Award Winner 
John Harwood, The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945­–1976 (University of Minnesota Press, 2011)



Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

2014 Johnson Award Winner

Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians for excellence in published exhibition catalogues.

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 has established its annual Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award. 

Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards will open on June 1, 2015.  

2014 Johnson Award Winner
Corinne Bélier, Barry Bergdoll, and Marc Le Coeur, eds., Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light (The Museum of Modern Art, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2012)



Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity

2014 Downing Award Winner

Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians for the outstanding publication devoted to historical issues in the preservation field.

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.

Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards will open on June 1, 2015. 

2014 Downing Award Winner:
Jeffrey M. Chusid, Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity (W.W. Norton & Company Press, 2011)



Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes

2014 MacDougall Award Winner

Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians for distinguished scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design.

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.

Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards will open on June 1, 2015. 

2014 MacDougall Award Winner:
Louise A. Mozingo, Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes (MIT Press, 2011)



The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal: Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin

2014 Kostof Award Winner

Spiro Kostof Book Award

Presented by the Society of Architectural Historians for the work that, focusing on urbanism and architecture, provides the greatest contribution to our understanding of historical development and change.

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 is given to a work in any discipline related to urban history that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of historical development and change.

Nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards will open on June 1, 2015. 

2014 Kostof Award Winner:
Christopher Klemek, The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal: Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin (University of Chicago Press, 2011)



JSAH, Volume 72, Number 1, March 2013

2014 Founders' Award Winner
Susan N. Johnson-Roehr


Founders' JSAH Article Award

The Founders' Award is given annually for the best article on the history of architecture published in the preceding two years in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians by an emerging scholar.

2014 Founders Award Winner
Susan N. Johnson-Roehr, “Centering the Chārbāgh: The Mughal Garden as Design Module for the Jaipur City Plan,” JSAH, Volume 72, Number 1, March 2013

The Award
The award consists of a citation to be presented at the Society's Annual Meeting in April. The award will be announced in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Newsletter of the Society after the presentation.

Criteria for Submission
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 Journal 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.

Method of Submission
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 c.v. to the Journal editor immediately upon receipt.