Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is conferred annually upon the book that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated works, the jurors look for a publication that:

  • is based on primary research;
  • emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of  environments as evidence;
  • breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology; 
  • contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America; and
  • nominated works must be in English.

Past Cummings Prize Winners

    2022 Cummings Prize Recipient

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    David P. Monteyne, For the Temporary Accomodation of Settlers: Architecture and Immigrant Reception in Cananda, 1870-1930 published by McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History, 2021.

    Please visit the 2022 Cummings Prize page for more details about For the Temporary Accomodation of Settlers: Architecture and Immigrant Reception in Cananda, 1870-1930

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