Winners of the 2014 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize

The following authors were chosen as recipients of prizes from among the 30+ titles considered this year:

Francis R. Kowsky 

awards_jackson_2014_pic2.pngThe Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System

University of Massachusetts Press, 2013

In this book Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Buffalo State College Francis R. Kowsky, author of several books on the subject of nineteenth-century American architects and architecture, uses original plans, drawings, photographs, reports, and letters to portray the series of parks and parkways Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed for Buffalo, New York in 1868.  


Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, Jacob Tilove

awards_jackson_2014_pic5.pngParadise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City

Monacelli Press, 2013

In Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City Robert A.M. Stern, founder and principal of Robert A. M. Stern Architects and author of numerous books on architecture, with co-authors David Fishman and Jacob Tilove trace the history of an important urban-planning phenomenon from its origins in late eighteenth-century England through its twentieth-century development in northern Europe and the United States.


Joseph Manca

awards_jackson_2014_pic3.pngGeorge Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012

In this richly illustrated book, architectural historian Joseph Manca, Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art History at Rice University, uses Washington’s personal diaries, correspondence, and visitors’ descriptions of Mount Vernon to portray the first president’s activities as an art collector, amateur architect, and landscape designer.


Jared Farmer 

awards_jackson_2014_pic1.pngTrees in Paradise: A California History

W.W. Norton & Co., 2013

In Trees in Paradise Jared Farmer, an environmental historian with an interest in the American west, portrays California’s arboreal wealth as a work of history rather than nature by describing how settlers, horticulturists, and civic reformers planted millions of trees to create groves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. He also discusses the consequences of timber cutting, fire, disease, and infestation— causes for the decline of the nonnative redwood and an overall environmental degradation. However, a discussion of the protective laws and sustainable harvesting practices currently being put in place provides an encouraging perspective on the future landscape of the Golden State.


Karen M'Closkey

awards_jackson_2014_pic4.pngUnearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013

Karen M'Closkey, cofounder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia, outlines how George Hargreaves, founder of Hargreaves Associates, and his longtime associate Mary Margaret Jones approach the design of public places, particularly those that involve the transformation of abandoned sites into topographically and functionally diverse landscapes. Illustrated with more than one hundred and fifty color and black-and-white images, this study includes such important examples of the firm’s work as San Francisco's Crissy Field, Sydney Olympic Park, and the Louisville Waterfront Park.