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Catherine W. Bishir Prize

The Bishir Prize was awarded for the first time in 2012.

The Bishir Prize, named for longtime members and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated articles, the jurors look for an article that is based on primary research, that breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and that contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Articles published in the two years prior to the VAF annual conference are eligible for consideration.

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 2014 Bishir Prize is December 15, 2013.

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.

Send the materials via email to:

Sarah L. Lopez

Put BISHIR NOMINATION in the subject line.
Please expect an email confirmation.

Please address questions to Sarah Lopez, Chair, Bishir Prize Committee at

2013 Prize Winner

Alison K. Hoagland, "Introducing the Bathroom: Space and Change in Working-Class Houses." Buildings & Landscapes 18:2 (Fall 2011): 15-42.
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