Cultural Landscapes Research Database

The Center for Cultural Landscapes’ research database provides easy access to a rich archive of primary source material, maps, documents, photographs, reports, and studio work related to specific sites in Virginia and beyond from students and faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. For instructions on how to upload resources click here.

You can browse the collection by site below:


Downtown Mall


Preston Avenue

Rivanna River

Vinegar Hill

Virginia Food Heritage Project

If you have questions or material to be considered for inclusion, please email Graduate Research Assistant Heather Courtenay at

Fellowships & Internships

Grants, Scholarships & Awards

  • The Richard Guy Wilson Prize for Excellence in The Study of Buildings, Landscapes and Places is an annual prize that recognizes the work of any full-time UVA student, regardless of rank or school, who produces the best work of scholarship or creativity that relates to architectural history or landscape history. Accepted submissions include, but are not limited to writing, design, poetry, painting, legal/business briefs, scholarly/research essays, film, and photography. The prize, which comes with a $5000 cash award, will be selected by a small committee of University faculty. Richard Guy Wilson joined the UVA School of Architecture in 1976. For 40 years, he has had a major impact on countless students through his knowledge, teaching, mentorship—and his wit. The Richard Guy Wilson Prize is a wonderful tribute to RGW, and the Architectural History department, the longest standing of its kind in American higher education. Submissions should be sent to Carly Griffith ( by 5:00 pm on May 25, 2017.
Symposia, Conferences & RFPs  
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library Landscapes of Pre-Industrial Cities Organized by Georges Farhat (University of Toronto) and John Beardsley (Dumbarton Oaks), the Garden and Landscape Studies symposium “Landscapes of Pre-Industrial Cities” explores the complex and dynamic relationship between environmental factors and the development of urban form. How was the modern dichotomy between the urban and the rural historically expressed with respect to land use, environmental control, and resource management? To what extent were territorial expansion, hydraulic management, and land reclamation determinant factors in the design, evolution, and historical fortunes of pre-industrial cities? What sense can we make of the contemporary concepts of urban sprawl, biodiversity, climate change, connectivity, and integrated management of natural resources if applied to pre-industrial urban landscapes? The symposium will take place May 5-6, 2017 in Washington, D.C.. You can find more information here.

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum Salt Lake City Conference 2017 VAF presents its annual conference, titled Two Utahs: Religious and Secular Landscapes in the Great Basin West, from May 31-June 3, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2017 event marks the 30th anniversary of the first VAF conference in Utah, which was held in May of 1987. Dr. Thomas Carter of the University of Utah reprises his role as conference organizer. The Salt Lake City conference highlights the process by which the vast interior of the western United States was transformed beginning in the nineteenth century into one of the world’s most distinctive regional landscapes. The story is expressed in the Two Utahs conference title, which acknowledges the central role The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also referred to as the Mormons or LDS Church, played in the place-making process, while at the same time recognizing the significant contributions of non-Mormon forces. Rather than framing the narrative within a simple Mormon/non-Mormon opposition, we break things down into a more fundamental dialogue with religious and secular forces; both Mormons and non-Mormons, and how they had to find ways of making a living and utilizing, even exploiting the region’s ample natural resources. The real duality in the landscape may be between idealism (religious utopia, Edenic nature, sustainable development) and pragmatism (individual enterprise, outdoor recreation, economic growth). Conference tours have been designed to introduce attendees to the intricacies of the region’s built environment, and to raise questions about how landscapes are constructed, maintained, contested, and changed. To learn more and register, visit the conference webpage

  • Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017. This is the first time that SAH has met outside North America in over 40 years! Meeting in Scotland's largest city, world renowned for its outstanding architectural heritage, reflects the increasingly international scope of the Society and its conference. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals and preservationists from around the world will convene to share new research on the history of the built environment. The Glasgow conference will include 36 paper sessions, eight roundtables, an introductory address and plenary talk, 33 architecture tours, the SAH Glasgow Seminar, and more. For more information and to register, click here