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Special Series: Vernacular Architecture Studies

The Vernacular Architecture Forum’s Special Series in Vernacular Architecture was established in 2002 as a way of encouraging and supporting the production of books that introduce, clarify, and explore central issues in vernacular architecture studies. Published in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Press, Special Series volumes target a wide audience that includes the general public as well as professionals and students in both academic and public sector communities. Short, tightly-focused, and well-illustrated studies that can become affordable educational tools are favored. Preferred topics range widely, from practical instruction in field survey and documentation methods to the critical investigation of theoretical frameworks that inform thinking within the field.

Authors contract directly with the University of Tennessee Press and may apply to the VAF Board for funds to offset the cost of preparing illustrations and acquiring "permission to publish" rights. The series is guided by an Editorial Board, whose function is to solicit and review manuscripts as well as shape the direction of the series more broadly.

Current Volumes

Carter, Thomas, and Elizabeth C. Cromley. Invitation to Vernacular Architecture: A Guide to the Study of Ordinary Buildings and Landscapes. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005.

Carson, Cary. The English House in America: Seventeenth Century Cultural Process.
(Manuscript accepted by Series Editorial Board; manuscript to be submitted to University of Tennessee Press.)

Hubka, Thomas.  Naming the Unnamed: Nomenclature in Vernacular Architecture Studies
(Manuscript in preparation for submission to Series Editorial Board.)