On April 20, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) announced the 2018 awardees of the SAH Publication Awards and the SAH Award for Film and Video. The seven awardees are divided into six categories, ranging from exhibition catalogues to documentary film.
The Society of Architectural Historians is an international organization advocating the study and preservation of architecture and urbanism. The organization was founded in 1940 at Harvard University, but is now located in Chicago’s Charnley-Persky House, a residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.
Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award:
This award annually recognizes distinguished scholarly publications in the field of architectural history by a North American scholar. There are two winners:
Kathryn E. O’Rourke
Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital
O’ Rourke’s Modern Architecture in Mexico City presents a narrative of Mexico City’s distinctive modernist movement, one blending Aztec motifs and International Style architecture within the same context. O’Rourke looks toward educational centers, government ministries, and private residences to construct her interpretation of this distinct historical moment.
Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi
Rajagopolan’s Building Histories examines the historical memories constructed around “five medieval monuments in Delhi–the Red Fort, Rasul Numa Dargah, Jama Masjid, Purana Qila, and the Qutb complex.” Through archival research, the author seeks to demonstrate how colonial and post-colonial authorities have manipulated architectural history and artifacts to suit their political needs.
Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award:
This award acknowledges an exhibition catalogue that explores architectural history in a unique and engaging way.
Nina Stritzler-Levine and Timo Riekko, Editors
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
Atrek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World began as a Bard Graduate Center exhibition focusing on Finnish architects Alvar Aalto and Aino Marsio-Alto and their design company, Artek. A catalogue of this exhibition, the book features images of over three hundred objects designed by the company and critical interpretations of their work.
Spiro Kostof Award:
This award recognizes interdisciplinary studies of urban history that advance our understanding of urban development.
John North Hopkins
The Genesis of Roman Architecture
Hopkins’ The Genesis of Roman Architecture tracks the development of Roman architecture as the dominant stylistic influence of the Mediterranean world. Additionally, the book examines cultural exchanges between the growing Roman Republic and neighboring civilizations and their impact on Roman artistry.
Building a World Heritage City: Sanaa, Yemen
Building a World Heritage City examines Yemen’s capital as a historic city that has continued its traditional building methods and ways of life to the present day. With the backdrop of the ongoing Yemeni Civil War, the book provides an eloquent account of the threatened ancient settlement.
Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award:
The MacDougall Book Award annually awards a distinguished work focusing on the history of landscape architecture.
John Beardsley, Editor
Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa
Beardsley’s Cultural Landscape Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa is a collection of essays focusing on pre-colonial African landscaping. The sites discussed in the book range from pathways to ceremonial spaces. Through this discussion, the author highlights how these sites were perceived by colonial authorities and by contemporary nation-building policies.
Founders’ JSAH Article Award:
The Founders’ Award recognizes an article published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Sabine von Fischer
“A Visual Imprint of Moving Air: Methods, Models, and Media in Architectural Sound Photography, ca. 1930”
Von Fischer’s “A Visual Imprint of Moving Air” examines the role of photography and images in the early 20th century study of architectural acoustics. In particular, von Fischer focuses on the experiments of Franz Max Osswald, a Swiss academic who used the schlieren technique for photographic sound.
SAH Award for Film and Video:
This award recognizes a film or video that deepens the understanding of the built environment and delivers it to a new audience.
Peter Rosen, Director
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
Rosen’s documentary on Eero Saarinen chronicles the life and work of the Finnish-American architect, and is part of PBS’ American Masters television series. The film includes interviews with contemporary architects Cesar Pelli, Robert A.M Stern and Rafael Vinoly.