Awards & Honors

Prof. Gutman Wins the Bishir Prize

The Vernacular Architecture Forum has awarded the 2021 Catherine W. Bishir Prize to Professor Marta Gutman for her chapter “Intermediate School 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem” in Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, edited by Ansley T. Erickson and Ernest Morrell (Columbia University Press, 2019).

In making the award, the Bishir Prize committee noted that the chapter’s study of the community controversies around the planning, design, and use of Harlem’s I.S. 201 — the infamous, windowless school that served as a flashpoint in the battle over community educational control in the 1960s — draws on Henri Lefebvre’s concept of production of space and bell hooks’s notion that marginal places can challenge hegemonic social orders; and that through its masterful use of oral history, architecture, ephemera, and other primary sources, it serves as model for understanding how public architecture played a complex role in the charged racial politics of mid-20th century America.