Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Award, 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.

The deadline for nominations for the 2023 Cummings Award is Tuesday, December 20, 2022. 

Details on submissions here

Past Cummings Award Winners

    2022 Cummings Award Recipient

    David P. Monteyne, For the Temporary Accommodation 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 Cumming Award page for more details about For the Temporary Accommodation of Settlers: Architecture and Immigrant Reception in Canada, 1870-1930

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