The medal is awarded annually by the ACT Institute of Architects in recognition of a significant contribution to the advancement of architecture in the ACT region.
Mr Reeves received his award, together with co-author Dr Alan Roberts, at a ceremony at the National Arboretum on Saturday night.
Their book, 100 Canberra Houses, was published in 2013 by Halstead Press to commemorate the centenary of the national capital. It tells the story of Canberra’s development from 1913 to 2013 through the stories of 100 houses and their occupants, architects and builders.
The judges commented, ‘The result has been a considerable broadening and deepening of appreciation for Canberra’s architectural heritage and a better understanding of the key role of architects in achieving excellence in house design.’
‘This may be felt for years to come’
Mr Reeves says, ‘I am very honoured to receive the Clem Cummings Medal. The book took six years to conceive, research and write and has now sold close to 4,000 copies.’
‘When I complete my studies I plan to write a similar book about Adelaide’s residential architecture.’
Mr Reeves is writing his PhD thesis at UniSA on a history of Australian house design competitions under the supervisory guidance of Assoc Prof Christine Garnaut and Dr Julie Collins.
Mr Reeves is the acknowledged authority on the life and death of law academic Dr George Duncan, having completed his Honours thesis and published widely on the topic.