SAH Publication Awards

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. 

The winners of the 2019 Publication Awards will be announced at the SAH 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Nominations for the 2020 Publication Awards will open in June 2019. Please check back for more information.



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

2018 Winners:
Kathryn E. O’Rourke
Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016

Mrinalini Rajagopalan
Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi
The University of Chicago Press, 2016


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

2018 Winner:
Nina Stritzler-Levine and Timo Riekko, Editors
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
Bard Graduate Center, New York with The Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, 2016



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

2018 Winner:
John North Hopkins
The Genesis of Roman Architecture
Yale University Press, 2016

Honorable Mention:
Michele Lamprakos
Building a World Heritage City: Sanaa, Yemen
Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015


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

2018 Winner:
John Beardsley, Editor
Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa
Dumbarton Oaks, 2016


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

2018 Winner: 
Sabine von Fischer
“A Visual Imprint of Moving Air: Methods, Models, and Media in Architectural Sound Photography, ca. 1930” 
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 76 No. 3, September 2017


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

No award was given in 2018.


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