SAH/Mellon Author Awards

SAH-Mellon Author Awards


In 2016, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) a grant to administer the SAH/Mellon Author Awards. These awards are designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications. The publication of a monograph continues to be the most valued demonstration of scholarly competence for career advancement and recognition in the humanities. Unfortunately, many authors today must provide both a fully realized text and the financial resources for its image program. The cost for image rights and licensing, especially for digital publications, can be prohibitively expensive.

Through this grant, SAH will provide awards to scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing, reproduction, and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment. This grant is intended as a seed grant to assist authors to pay for these costs and to secure other applicable grants. Awards will be made once in 2016, once in 2017, and once in 2018 for print (hardcover, soft cover) and digital publications (eBook, DVD). Awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality of their project and their demonstrated financial need.

The SAH/Mellon Author Awards jury comprises distinguished mid-career and senior scholars who are members of SAH and whose specializations cover a broad range of scholarship on the built environment. The jury has discretion over the number of awardees and the size of the grant to be awarded, but a typical grant would be $5,000–$6,000. The grants will be made directly to authors to defray the costs of image acquisitions.

SAH is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for supporting this award.


Applications for the SAH/Mellon Author Awards will be considered only for book-length, scholarly manuscripts on architectural history and the history of the built environment that are currently under contract with a publisher. Awards are made solely in support of image acquisition or creation, such as for reimbursement of costs for the reproduction and licensing of images in print and digital formats or the creation of original artwork such as drawings or maps. This award does not cover new photography.

Applications are judged on two primary measures: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance on the part of the author.

Additional criteria for making awards include: (1) support will be for emerging scholars who have recently (within the last six years) been awarded a PhD, assistant professors in the tenure track, postdoctoral scholars, early-career independent scholars and/or early career scholars who are publishing a first book; (2) funds are to be used for reimbursement of anticipated expenses for rights and reproductions as well as commissioning special charts, maps and other types of didactic illustrations (not photographs); (3) SAH will award grants to authors for manuscripts only on architectural history and the history of the built environment.


  • The author must be a current member of SAH.

  • The author will have received a PhD within the past six years (January 2012 – May 31, 2018) and must submit proof and date of PhD and current professional standing.

  • Authors must be under contract with a commercial or nonprofit publisher; self-published books are not eligible.

  • Books covering all periods and areas in the history of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and related subjects are eligible. Publications in art history and visual studies are not eligible and should be submitted to the Millard Meiss Publication Fund administered by College Art Association (CAA). Excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings are not eligible.

  • Awards are open to authors of all nations; however, applications must be submitted in English.

  • A project that has been rejected for an SAH/Mellon Author Awards grant may not be resubmitted.



The application deadline is May 31, 2018. Awards are made in July, and authors receive notification of awards within four to six weeks.


Applicants must submit the Author’s Form and Publisher’s Form along with additional materials listed in the Application Checklist. (See forms below.) The author is responsible for requesting information from the publisher and ensuring that the publisher submits the Publisher’s Form and reader’s reports to SAH.


The author is responsible for submitting the primary materials for the application, including the Author’s Form; a complete list of images, sources, rights requested and obtained, and costs per image; and materials from the manuscript itself. The author is also responsible for requesting and confirming submission of several components of the application from the publisher, including the Publisher’s Form and two or more reader's reports.

The author ensures all materials listed in the checklist below are sent as separate email attachments to (receipt provided).

Applications submitted solely by publishers or for production support will not be accepted. Publishers may submit an application for production costs for the same title to the Millard Meiss Publication Fund.


Email or call 312.573.1365.


2017  Chanchal Dadlani From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in Eighteenth-Century Mughal India (Yale University Press) forthcoming 
2017  Farhan Karim  Modernism of Austerity: Designing an Ideal House for the Poor (University of Pittsburgh Press) forthcoming 
2017  Fabiola López-Durán Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2018)
2017  Conor P. Lucey  Building Reputations: Architecture and the Artisan, 1750-1830 (Manchester University Press, 2018)
2017  Sun-Young Park Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Post-Revolutionary Paris (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
2017  Avigail Sachs  Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics and Science in Postwar America (University of Virginia Press, 2018) 
2017  Suzanne Strum The Ideal of Total Environmental Control: Knud Lönberg-Holm, Buckminster Fuller, and the SSA (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group) forthcoming
2017  Zachary J. Violette  The Decorated Tenement: Taste, Class, and Ethnicity in Gilded Age Boston and New York (University of Minnesota Press) forthcoming 
2016  Peter Christensen  Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure (Yale University Press, 2017) 
2016  Itohan I. Osayimwese  Colonialism and the Archive of Modern Architecture in Germany (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
2016  Robin Schuldenfrei  Luxury and Modernism: Architecture and the Object in Germany 1900–1933 (Princeton University Press, 2018)
2015  Zeynep Celik Alexander  Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
2015  Yvonne Elet  Architectural Invention in Renaissance Rome: Artists, Humanists, and the Planning of Raphael’s Villa Madama (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
2015  Brian D. Goldstein  The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017) 
2015  Cameron Logan  Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C. (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)
2015  Jennifer Mack The Construction of Equality: Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) 
2014 Daniel A. Barber  A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2016) 
2014  Peter Fane-Saunders  Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
2014  Ann C. Huppert  Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy: Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassare Peruzzi (Yale University Press, 2015) 
2013  Francesca R. Ammon  Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016)
2013  Lucy M. Maulsby  Fascism, Architecture and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922-1943 (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

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