Recent Opportunities


VAF 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

  • Dates: 04 Nov – 15 Dec, 2017
  • Location: Culver City, California, United States
  • Address: 4169 Motor Avenue
  • Email:
  • Phone: 3108374215, 5105933961
The Vernacular Architecture Forum
Call for Nominations: 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize
Due December 15, 2017

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
- based on primary research,
- emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
- breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
- contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America.

Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2016 through December 2017 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

The deadline for the 2018 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2017.

There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at dupton (at)

2018 Cummings Prize committee:

Dell Upton, chair
4169 Motor Avenue
Culver City CA 90232

Cynthia Falk
4 Grove Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Will Moore
226 Bay State Rd.
Boston MA 02215

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