SAH | Places Prize Awarded to Ginger Nolan

Ginger Nolan, inaugural recipient of the SAH | Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment

In collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians, we are pleased to announce that Ginger Nolan is the recipient of the 2022 SAH | Places Prize on Race and the Built Environment. The award supports the production of a major work of public scholarship that considers the history of race and the built environment through a contemporary lens.

Nolan is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the relationships between architecture, media, infrastructures, and race in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her books include Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Racial Science and Twentieth-Century Design and The Neocolonialism of the Global Village.

Nolan’s project, “Responding to Racialized Risk: African American Insurance, Churches, and Co-Ops,” will explore the strategies that Blacks developed to contend with their exclusion from access to financial capital, affordable housing, and other infrastructures of household risk management. Her proposed article will draw on archives of African American insurance companies, banks, church-sponsored housing projects, and rural co-operatives, as well as articles and ads in African American magazines.

Nolan will receive a $7,500 honorarium to fund archival research and travel. The award outcomes will include publication of her article in Places and a public lecture presented by the SAH.

Established in 2021, the SAH | Places Prize was envisioned by Charles L. Davis II, associate professor of architectural history and criticism at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and co-chair of the SAH Race + Architectural History Affiliate Group.