Awards & Honors

Marta Gutman Named President-Elect of SACRPH

Professor Marta Gutman, an award-winning author and historian, is accepting a new leadership role as the president-elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Her term as president will begin in 2021.

The society is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, bridging the gap between scholarly study of cities and the practice of urban planning.

“In keeping with my own values and training, SACRPH insists on interdisciplinary inquiry, engaging scholars, from the U.S. and many other parts of the world, and practitioners who are planners, architects, and preservationists,” Gutman said. “SACRPH wants to open conversations between policy-makers and historians, and these are conversations that we must have if we are to tackle and solve the pressing issues of our time. I hope to involve more faculty and students with SACRPH and use this engagement to help dismantle silos, academic and professional.”

Gutman recently contributed to the new book Educating Harlem: A Century of School and Resistance in a Black Community (Columbia University Press, 2019) with a chapter titled “Intermediate School 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem.”

Her first monograph, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850–1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), earned her four prizes including the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. The prize recognizes interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities.

She was also a 2018 Distinguished CUNY Fellow for which she took up a semester-long appointment at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), a program of the Graduate Center, CUNY. Gutman is also a founding editor of PLATFORM, a new digital forum for conversations about buildings, spaces, landscapes, and the critical role of architecture, planning, and urbanism in today’s world, globally.