The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF), is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. The VAF was organized in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of all aspects of vernacular architecture and landscapes through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods (www.vafweb.org).
In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
- based on primary research,
- emphasizes fieldwork,
- breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
- contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America.
Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published in the two years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. Edited collections are not eligible.
The nomination deadline for the 2014 Cummings Prize is December 16, 2013.
There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award. Books should be sent directly to each of the committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Addresses for sending submissions:
Dr. Elaine Jackson-Retondo, Committee chair
2231 Trafalgar Place
Oakland, CA 94611
Prof. Matthew Lasner
Department of Urban Affairs and Planning
695 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10065
Prof. Richard Longstreth
Department of American Studies
2108 G Street, N.W., #101
George Washington University
Washington, D.C. 20052
Dr. Elaine Jackson-Retondo, Chair
VAF Cummings Prize Committee
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