Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award

IPHS has created an award in honour of Anthony Sutcliffe, who was a founding member of IPHS and Planning Perspectives. The award recognizes the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English and completed during the two years preceding the conference. There is no restriction on topic, but submissions that most directly and innovatively address the internationalism of the modern planning movement in line with much of Sutcliffe’s work are especially welcome. The prize was awarded for the first time at the July 2014 conference of the IPHS in St. Augustine, Florida.

Doctoral dissertations completed during 2018 and 2019 are eligible. Self-nominations or nominations from dissertation advisors (on behalf of their students) are welcomed. The award winner will receive free conference registration for the 19 IPHS Conference in Moscow and a $500 prize. All submissions must include the dissertation in single file PDF format, a brief biography of the student with full contact details, identification of the main academic advisor(s) also with contact details, and a letter of affirmation by the dissertation advisor (or some other official university documentation) that the dissertation was completed and successfully passed/defended in the eligibility period.

Submissions deadline is March 31st, 2020. Please submit your nomination to:

The Committee is made up of: Mr. José Luis Sáinz Guerra, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (Chair), Mr. Naoto Nakajima, University of Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Karl Friedhelm Fischer, University of New South Wales, Australia.


Awarded dissertations


Muñoz, Victor Muñoz. (2016) Networked Utopia. Architecture and Urbanism in the Bata Shoe Company Sattellite Cities. Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. (1stprize).

There are many reasons to highlight the great value of this work: first because of the way in which the thesis provides a fascinating transect of the history of universal, early modern and modern approaches to urbanism and their manifestation in the urbanistic conceptions of the Bata Shoe Company Satellite Cities, including their transformation right through to their ‘post-industrial existence; secondly, the way in which it traces the transformation of the classic models from Howard, Garnier, and Le Corbusier linking them to the emerging concepts associated with Fordism; and thirdly, the way in which it provides an original account of the different shape the developments took in different climates. Furthermore, and more importantly, because of the highly original way in which it traces Harvey’s and Scott’s notions of ‘universal’ or ‘high modernism’, as well as of ‘ideals, types, myths and models’, through the development history of almost a century of this bundle of case studies in different parts of the world and right through to the cutting-edge developments of the technologies of the 21st century. Among the additional reasons that make this work, the favourite is its design and graphic presentation. (From the committee’s report)

Crawford, Christina E. (2016) The Socialist Settlement Experiment: Soviet Urban Praxis. 1917-1932. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. (Runner-up prize).

This dissertation is a very detailed and deeply researched submission, opening up fields seldom explored by the academy so far. The focus on non-official Soviet planning and design experimentation is surprising and provocative, and the work on Ernst May and other actors of the time is magnificent. There is also an incredible work of compiling documents from archives in Azerbaijan, Canada, Russia, and the US, and a deep reflection on the role of architecture and city planning in the USSR. The number of new windows opened up is absolutely impressive. (From the committee’s report)



Gonick, Sophie (2015) At the Margins Of Europe: Homeownership, Inclusion, and Protest in Contemporary Madrid. University of California, Berkeley.


Ammon, Francesca Russello (2012) Culture of Clearance: Waging War on the Landscape in Post-war America. Yale University.