SAH | Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment

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The Society of Architectural Historians congratulates Ginger Nolan, winner of the inaugural SAH | Places Prize.  

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals has closed.

The prize is a unique collaboration between the Society of Architectural Historians and Places Journal. The successful applicant will propose an original work of public scholarship that considers the history of race and the built environment through a contemporary lens. The inaugural prize will address the theme of settler colonialisms, broadly considered. Potential submissions might examine the persistent role of architecture in legitimizing categories of racial difference and settler occupation; the evolving role of state power in racializing access to civic infrastructures; public amenities that undermine native self-determination; enduring governmental policies and institutional practices that exacerbate housing inequality and land dispossession; and similar subjects. Global and transnational topics are strongly encouraged.

2023 Award Details

The winner of the SAH | Places Prize will receive an honorarium of $7,500 to produce a major work of public scholarship to be presented as a public lecture through the Society of Architectural Historians and published in Places Journal. The recipient will have a period of 12 months to develop the lecture and an additional six months to complete the article. During this time the recipient will be expected to participate in selected SAH programming and may plan additional process workshops or events within the Society if desired. Travel and accommodation associated with the public lecture will be funded in addition to the honorarium.

2023 Award Timeline

January–February 21, 2022: Submission of proposals

March–April 2022: Award selection

April 28, 2022: Awardee announced at SAH Annual International Conference and through Places Journal

May 2022–May 2023: Research and development of lecture and article

June 2023–December 2023: Public lecture and completion of article for publication in Places

Criteria for Application

The SAH | Places prize is open to mid-career, senior, and independent scholars who demonstrate a strong commitment to public scholarship.


Application Documents/Requirements

  1. A cover letter outlining the significance of the proposed topic
  2. A brief proposal describing your prospective article, no more than 500 words
  3. Three samples of published writing, including a work of public scholarship, if possible
  4. An up-to-date CV of no more than 5 pages

Application documents should be assembled into a single PDF in the above numerical order. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF by email to by 5 pm CST, February 21, 2022; please write “SAH | Places Prize” in the subject line. Writing samples that exceed the file size of Gmail (or other email) attachments should be submitted by a file sharing system referencing the same email address. Application receipt will be confirmed by the SAH office.


Selection Process

The recipient will be notified by early April 2022. Applications will be reviewed by the SAH | Places Prize Committee, which will be composed of leadership from the SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group, editors from SAH’s related programming areas, and the editors of Places Journal. We strongly encourage applicants to browse previous prize-winning essays in Places Journal and to read the journal’s statement on public scholarship in advance of submission. We also encourage applicants to read about the SAH IDEAS Initiative on the SAH website.


About the SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group

The SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group was established by the Society of Architectural Historians in 2019 to promote research activities that analyze the racial discourses of architectural history, past and present. The group’s activities promote a race-conscious architectural history that analyzes the constitutive role of race thinking in the social construction and representation of cultural differences abroad. We strive to develop an inclusive academic culture that will promote the dissemination of pioneering research produced by new entrants and senior scholars in the field. Our goals are threefold: to create a platform for existing and new scholarship in the field; to reach new publics for this work; and to develop mentorships and networking opportunities for graduate students and junior scholars. The SAH | Places Prize was envisioned by Charles L. Davis, II, the co-founder of the SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group.


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for its operating support.
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