Stewardship Excellence Award: William Stout, Publisher
William Stout has been selected for TCLF’s 2011 Stewardship Excellence Award in recognition of his visionary and longstanding leadership as a publisher, in particular focusing on books that emphasize Modernism and Modern landscape architecture. After more than fifteen years selling books about design, architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture in San Francisco, Stout moved into publishing. In 1995, William Stout Publishers began to fill a vacant niche, covering out of print titles and producing books on overlooked designers and topics. With too many titles to mention, including Living Modern, by Waverly B. Lowell; Thomas Church, Landscape Architect, edited by Marc Trieb; Modern Public Gardens, by JC Miller and Reuben Rainey; and Maybeck’s Landscapes, by Dianne Harris, Stout has produced an unrivaled collection of publications that are scholarly, richly illustrated, and beautifully designed. The books together have raised the profile for post-War landscape architecture in the Bay Area and beyond.