Announcing the SAH/Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment

Left: From the SAH Race and Architecture Affiliate Group website. Right: Charles Davis.
Left: From the SAH Race + Architectural History Group website. Right: Charles L. Davis II.

We are pleased to announce that Places Journal is collaborating with the Society of Architectural Historians on a new prize that will support innovative public scholarship on race, architecture, and the built environment.

The SAH/Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment will award a $7,500 honorarium to a scholar who will research and write a significant work of public scholarship, to be published on Places, and deliver a major public lecture, presented by the SAH. The prize recipient will also participate in related programming, including a series of informal talks and short writing opportunities.

The SAH/Places Prize is the brainchild of Charles L. Davis II, associate professor of architectural history and criticism at the University of Buffalo and co-chair of the SAH Race and Architectural History Affiliate Group. As Davis notes, “Literature on race and architecture is still a growing field that needs our continued support.”

“This important collaboration will not only extend SAH’s engagement with public audiences, it also will expand Places’ coverage of contemporary issues, and spotlight an architectural historian whose work furthers our understanding of how race intersects with architecture, landscape, and urbanism,” says Pauline Saliga, executive director of the SAH.

The SAH and Places will issue a formal call for applications later this year.

If you wish to make a contribution to support the SAH/Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment, please visit