Everyday Modernism wins the Colvin Prize! December 16, 2023 13:49
The annual prize is awarded by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. From the judges' statement:
“The Colvin Prize 2023 is awarded to Everyday Modernism. The judges agreed that the collective endeavour of Jiat-Hwee Chang, Justin Zhuang and Darren Soh had created a book that was conceptually excellent, broad in scope, and ingenious in its use of different angles to explore the city of Singapore. The insightful text and specifically taken photographs combined to make a book that is eminently readable, a model for similar studies, accessible to a wide audience and an invaluable and lasting work of reference.”
We couldn't agree more. Here is some more background on the Association and on the Prize, from the Association's website.
The Colvin Prize
The Colvin Prize is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding work of reference that relates to the field of architectural history, broadly conceived. All modes of publication are eligible, including catalogues, gazetteers, digital databases and online resources. It is named in honour of Sir Howard Colvin, a former president of the Society, and one of the most eminent scholars in architectural history of the twentieth century. The prize was inaugurated in 2017; winners receive a commemorative medal designed by contemporary medallist Abigail Burt.
Judging panel: Dr Elizabeth Darling (Chair of SAHGB + panel chair); Professor Richard Brook (Lancaster University School of Architecture); Professor Louise Campbell (University of Warwick); Dr Laura Fernández-González (University of Lincoln); Professor Simon Pepper (University of Liverpool); Dr Samantha Martin (University College Dublin).
The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain brings together all those with an interest in the history of the built environment – academics, architects, heritage experts and the wider public. As the leading body in the field, we believe that appreciation of architectural history plays a vital role in understanding our culture, past and present.