Prizes and Events in Architectural History

2 May 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) is still accepting submissions for two of its growing suite of internationally-renowned prizes. These prizes and awards are the most prestigious in the country for the discipline of architectural history. They are open to all historians of the built environment, and you do not need to be a member to participate.

We particularly encourage submissions from masters and doctoral students in all relevant disciplines, including but by no means limited to:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Architecture
  • Art History

On as diverse a range of themes as possible, including:

  • Histories of design
  • Histories of planning
  • Histories of construction
  • Histories of buildings in use
  • Histories of interiors and interior design
  • Histories of practice and professionalism

We are looking for work that it is innovative, ambitious and rigorous in the history of the built environment. Previous winners of our awards and prizes have gone on to have esteemed careers in architectural history and heritage.Please consider submitting work and encourage students, colleagues and friends to do so too. Further information and methods of submission can be found on our website ([

James Morris Essay Prize for Architectural History

  • Submission Deadline – 31st May
  • For who? Graduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Heritage Professionals, Architects
  • For what? Unpublished research up to 10,000 words
  • Prize £400, consideration for publication in Architectural History
  • The James Morris Essay Prize is named after James Morris (1878-1964), a British-born and -educated architect who worked in South Africa from 1902, including a period spent in the office of Sir Herbert Baker. It was generously endowed by his grandson, Dr Simon Morris. It is awarded to the best essay received on British Colonial and Post-Colonial Architecture. The prize is presented at the Society’s annual lecture.

Hawksmoor Essay Medal

  • Submission Deadline – 31st May
  • For who? Graduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Heritage Professionals
  • For what? Unpublished research up to 10,000 words
  • Prize £400, Medal, and consideration for publication in Architectural History
  • To encourage new architectural historians, the Society’s Essay Medal (popularly known as ‘the Hawksmoor’) is awarded annually to the author of the best essay submitted in competition. Early career and unpublished researchers are particularly encouraged to submit new work for the competition. As a permanent reminder of the winner’s achievement, a bronze medal featuring a relief portrait of Nicholas Hawksmoor based on the bust of the architect by John Cheere is awarded and inscribed with the winner’s name and date. This is presented at the Society’s Annual Lecture.

Architectural History Workshop

Booking now openAimed at graduate students and early career researchers

20 May 2017The Gallery, Cowcross Street, London

Convenor: Dr Julian Holder, Education Officer, SAHGB; Student Co-convenors: Kieran Mahon, The Bartlett (UCL) and Matthew Wells, RCA/V&A.

This new event, which replaces the hugely successful Graduate Student Research Forum, provides a venue for students and new researchers to present new research and research in progress. It also provides networking opportunities and sessions useful for career development. The event is run by and for students, and aims to support the next generation of architectural historians including our own PhD Scholars. Composed of a mixture of formal and informal sessions we aim to make this an unmissable event in the architectural history calendar.. The Workshop takes place on Saturday 20th May. No funding is available and a contribution of £10 is requested from all attendees to cover costs. Lunch and coffees etc are provided. Click here for more information.

Beyond “By”: Towards an inclusive architectural history’

Booking now open. 20 free student/early career researcher places

Open to all members and interested parties.

3 June 2017, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre of the London School of Economics in Sheffield Street, WC1

Convenor: Dr Jonathan Kewley, Honorary Secretary, SAHG

BPrice:  £60 (students £25, early career researchers £40)

The Symposium for 2017 will look at questions about how we study buildings, from ancient times up to the present day – questions at the heart of current architectural history debates. Click here for the programme and further information.

2018 Symposium – Call for Chair 

We are also looking for a Chair for the 2018 Symposium, to be held in the early summer. We invite statements of interest from individuals, or small groups of individuals The subject of the Symposium can pertain to any aspect of the history of architecture and the built environment. Subjects might be historical, historiographical, methodological, or theoretical. They might be broadly conceived or narrowly focused.Recent symposia have explored ‘The Official Architect: Missing Chapters in the History of the Profession’ (2016), ‘The Tercentenary of Vitruvius Britannicus: Architectural Books in Eighteenth-Century Britain’ (2015), and ‘Transportable and Transformable: Temporary Conditions in Architecture (2013).

See here for further examples:

You do not need to be a member of the SAHGB to submit a proposal. We especially welcome proposals from junior career scholars. Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words, together with a brief CV, to by Friday 26 May 2017.