SAHGB. Annual Prizes in Architectural History

15 March 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) is accepting nominations and submissions for 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. Nominations are normally accepted from members, but unsolicited nominations will be considered on merit.We particularly encourage submissions from:

  • Masters and doctoral students in relevant disciplines
  • Heritage professionals
  • Practising architects, in particular those working with historic environments
  • Full-time academics at all career stages in relevant disciplines

The society welcomes submissions of work relating to the history of the built environment from all 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  (http://www.sahgb.org.uk/).

James Morris Essay Prize for Colonial and Post-Colonial Architecture

  • 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 Unpublished research up to 10,000 words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.

The Colvin Prize

  • Nominations Deadline – 1st April 
  • For who? Established Academics, Heritage Professionals, Large Research Projects, Architects
  • For what? Published reference works, digital resources, catalogues
  • Prize Medal
  • The Society is pleased to invite submissions and nominations for the inaugural Colvin Prize. A new contemporary medallion has been commissioned for prizewinners. The Colvin Prize is named in honour of Sir Howard Colvin (1919-2007), a former president of this Society. The prize is awarded annually to the author (or authors) of an outstanding work of reference on an architectural subject. The work of reference must be by a British or Commonwealth author, or on a British or Commonwealth subject. All modes of publication are eligible, e.g. catalogues, gazetteers, websites. The prize will be administered by the existing Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion (ADH) committee, and follow the same procedures as those laid down for the ADH Medallion. Please email nominations to the Secretary, honsecretary@sahgb.org.uk.

Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion 

  • Nominations Deadline – 1st April 
  • For who? Established Academics, Heritage Professionals, Architects
  • For what? Published monographs of exceptional quality
  • Prize Medal
  • The Society is also currently welcoming nominations for its most prestigious prize for the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion. The ADH award is given annually to the author of a literary work which, in the opinion of the SAHGB award committee, provides an outstanding contribution to the study or knowledge of architectural history. The work must be by a British author (or authors), or deal with an aspect of the architectural history of the British Isles or the Commonwealth, and have been published within the past two years. The winner of each year’s award is announced at the annual lecture in October at the Courtauld Institute. To nominate works of exceptional quality and literary merit, please email the Secretary,honsecretary@sahgb.org.uk.