The Nominating Committee of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History invites nominations and self-nominations to the SACRPH Board and to the position of President. Please visit our SACRPH About page for the current leadership.

To submit a nomination, please use our online nomination form. The deadline for nominees is August 31, 2019.

SACRPH welcomes nominees seeking to guide the organization’s strategy, serve on its prize committees, support its conference, and engage in the work of developing the field of planning history.

The Nominating Committee will be reviewing nominees until August 31, 2019. A slate of nominees will be voted on by the SACRPH Board at its next meeting at the SACRPH 2019 Conference, October 31 – November 3, 2019.

SACRPH 2019 Nominating Committee:

D. Bradford Hunt, Newberry Library, President, SACRPH

Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego, and President-Elect, SACRPH

Marta Gutman, City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Mary Corbin Sies, University of Maryland, College Park


SACRPH is soliciting applications from qualified individuals for book review editor of the refereed Journal of Planning History (JPH).

The book review editor of the JPH will manage all aspects of the book review section for the four annual issues of JPH, select books published in planning history each year for review, and commission the reviews. Tasks will also include recording and monitoring the progress of reviews, editing, copy-editing, reviewing proofs, contacting publishers to acquire books for review, and working with the editorial team and colleagues at SAGE Publications to ensure that reviewers adhere to the publication schedule set by SAGE. The book review editor will report directly to JPH’s current co-editors: Dr. Nick Bloom, professor of social science at New York Institute of Technology, and Dr. Sonia Hirt, dean and Hughes professor in landscape architecture and planning at the College of Environment + Design within the University of Georgia, Athens.

For more details, please see the complete Call for JPH Book Review Editor in pdf form.

To apply, please mail or e-mail a letter to the co-editors of the journal who will serve as co-chairs of the search committee by September 1, 2019. Dr. Sonia Hirt is at and Dr. Nick Bloom is at Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the current co-editors of the journal, the publisher,and the search committee co-chairs for any additional information and details.


SACRPH announces its 2019 awards competition, including prizes for the best book, dissertation, and articles in North American city and regional planning. The Laurence Gerckens Prize is awarded to an outstanding teacher-scholar in the field. Nominations for these awards are due August 1. Please see the awards page for further details.


SACRPH 2019 Northern Virginia invites scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of fields to present on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history, worldwide.  Particularly welcome for our 2019 conference in Arlington, Virginia, are complete sessions, papers, roundtables, and poster sessions addressing selected themes in the past, including:

  • Comparative and global studies of planning
  • Immigration and planning
  • Planning and structural racism
  • Gender, sexuality, and planning
  • Planning the military industrial complex
  • 18th and 19th century planning
  • Suburban and peripheral planning
  • Planning for sustainable, inclusive, and equitable metropolises

SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history.

The Program Committee invites proposals for complete sessions of up to three papers, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing.

The Program Committee also invites poster sessions, especially by graduate students at the MA or PhD level, to present their latest research.

Proposals must be submitted by an online submission form, which will be available after December 1.  Proposals must include the following information:

For panel submissions (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; 1-2 page CV for each participant

For roundtable and non-traditional panels (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for session title and contact information on each participant
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including names of participants; one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance; description of the format to be used (roundtable, workshop); 1-2 page CV for each participant

For individual paper submissions (due March 15, 2019):

  • A web-based form for paper title and contact information and four keywords identifying themes of the paper
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 100-word abstract for proposed paper; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)

For poster sessions (due July 1, 2019):

  • A web-based form for poster session title and contact information
  • A single document (PDF or Word) including name of participant; 150-word abstract describing the significance, sources, methods, and major conclusions or outcomes; 1-2 page CV; the filename should be in the format Last Name, First Name, Short Title (i.e. “Doe, Jane, Planning in Arlington.pdf”)
  • Posters will need to be printed by presenters in advance, as we will not have digital capacities for poster presentation; mounting boards and easels will be provided.

Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Do not include illustrations.


The Vernacular Architecture Forum is meeting in Philadelphia from May 29 to June 1, 2019.  Please see their Call for Papers for more information.  The deadline is October 29, 2018.


Two new job postings have been added to the “Jobs” page, one from the University of Pennsylvania and one from the University of Illinois at Chicago; applications due in November 2018.


The John Nolen Research Fund provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2018; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2018. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit


Announcing SACRPH 2019 in Northern Virginia

Thursday-Sunday, October 31 – November 3, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington DC – Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia

In 2019, SACRPH will host its biennial conference in Northern Virginia, a region with a wealth of planning history. This includes early historic preservation efforts (Alexandria), postwar planned communities (Reston), bruising desegregation battles (housing, schools), major military installations (Pentagon, Langley), booming edge cities (Tysons Corner), and immigrant-led transformations (Vietnamese, Salvadoran, South American). The region has plenty for planning historians to contemplate and confront.

The conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington DC – Crystal City, is easily accessible via public transit (METRO), Washington National Airport, and Dulles International Airport.

Please mark your calendars, and we look forward to another engaging conference.

D. Bradford Hunt, President, SACRPH

Image Credits: Camila Ferreira and Mario Duran, 2010; Long and Foster Real Estate, 2014; Dave Bucksbaum, Center for Local History, Arlington County Public Library, 1980


Thank you to everyone for an outstanding 2017 SACRPH Conference. See you again in 2019!

SACRPH held its 17th National Conference on Planning History in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017. The Society wishes to thank all involved — from organizers to attendees — for making this event possible.

We especially thank those who took on leadership roles, including those members pictured above (l-r): Margaret Crawford (now Past-President), J. Mark Souther (Local Arrangements Committee C0-chair), and Program Committee Co-chairs Julian Chambliss and David Freund. Local Arrangements Committee Co-chair Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is not pictured.

In case you could not make it to Cleveland, please check out the conference webpage for more info, including a copy of the program and details on tours (with some online content that can still be enjoyed, even after the conference is over).

The conference also marked changes in the Society’s leadership. We welcome D. Bradford Hunt as SACRPH’s next President, Nancy Kwak as President-Elect, and several new board members: Willow Lung-Amam, Angel Nieves, Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, J. Mark Souther, and Sanjeev Vidyarthi.


The Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 awards competition. The Society recognized these projects and individuals at the 17th National Conference on Planning History, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017.

Laurence Gerckens Prize for Sustained Excellence in the Teaching of Planning History:
June Manning Thomas, University of Michigan [Faculty Webpage]

Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in American Planning History:
Francesca Russello Ammon, Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016). [Yale University Press webpage]

Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for Best Scholarly Article in American Planning History:
Brian D. Goldstein, “‘The Search for New Forms’: Black Power and the Making of the Postmodern City,” Journal of American History 103, no. 2 (September 2016): 375-399.

Journal of Planning History Prize:
Jordan Stanger-Ross and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective, “Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Forced Sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned Property, WWII” Journal of Planning History 15, no. 4 (November 2016): 271-289.

Honorable Mention:
J. Mark Souther, “A US$35 Million ‘Hole in the Ground’: Metropolitan Fragmentation and Cleveland’s Unbuilt Downtown Subway,” Journal of Planning History 14, no. 3 (August 2015) 179-203.

John Reps Prize for Best Dissertation in American Planning History:
Garrett Dash Nelson, “A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for Unit Landscapes, 1816-1956” (University of Wisconsin, 2016).
Patrick Nugent, “The Urban Environmental Order: Planning and Politics on Staten Island, 1945-1984” (George Washington University, 2016).

Student Research Prize for Best Research Paper on Planning History presented at the 17th National Conference on Planning History:
Pedro A. Regalado, Yale University, “Fixed Capital:  Building Transition and Drug Capitalism in New York City, 1961-1997.”


For a full list of SACRPH prizes and past award winners, see the Awards page on the website. SACRPH will hold its next prize competition in 2019.