Access Award 

In an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes the Access Award supports first-time attendance by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field. This year, the meeting will take place in Salt Lake City, May 31-June 3, 2017. The theme is “Two Utahs: Religious and Secular Landscapes in the Great Basin West.”

There is no geographic restriction on the award and local practitioners, scholars, and students may apply. Winners are not required to give a paper at the meeting, although they may. The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 50 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend of $300 for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Up to two awards will be given per year. Winners, including those giving papers at the meeting, are required to write an article to be published in the VAF’s newsletter, VAN, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees.

Applications should consist of a C.V. or resume and a one-page letter detailing how the candidate heard about the Access Award, why he or she qualifies, and what interests him or her about attending a VAF meeting.   Materials should be submitted as email attachments in Word of PDF format to accessaward@vafweb.org. Questions about the award may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for the nominations is February 1, 2017.

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