Call for Nominations for the 2019 Catherine W. Bishir Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum

Margaret Grubiak's picture
October 12, 2018 to February 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Popular Culture Studies, Urban History / Studies, American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Archaeology

Does your work contribute to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes?  Have you published a scholarly article on the subject in the last two years?  You may be eligible for the Catherine W. Bishir Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum.


The 2019 Catherine W. Bishir Prize, named for longtime VAF member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, will be awarded to the scholarly article published in a juried North American publication between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018 that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Articles considered for the prize should be based on primary research, break new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contribute to the intellectual vitality of these fields. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies.


Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible.


The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Bishir Prize is February 1, 2019.

To nominate an article please submit the following:

  • MS Word document providing contact information, publication data (name of book publishing company or title of journal, and date of publication), and a brief statement contextualizing the author(s) and article.
  • PDF copy of the article.


Nomination materials should be submitted to Dr. Margaret Grubiak at For more information, visit:

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