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The James Harrison Steedman Fellowship in Architecture

Established in 1926, the James Harrison Steedman Fellowship in Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the United States. The $75,000 award is granted biannually to an emerging architect to support 6-12 months of international travel for architectural research.

We are living in disruptive times as we live out the Anthropocene, defined by climate crisis driving unprecedented current and future weather extremes and an ongoing global pandemic, alongside centuries of systemic racism in stark need of addressing. In order to rapidly pivot from current trajectories, the IPCC* has called for urgent disruption to change course. Radical solutions are required at all scales and systems. How does Architecture—in all its modalities—disrupt and drive change? How can architecture have a measurable impact? What are the disruptions to define the next decade? And will they redefine design?

The Steedman is an award that fosters international research in architecture through investigations outside of one’s home country. In light of the COVID-19 and climate crises, extra consideration will be given to creative proposals that minimize carbon footprint.

Submission Guidelines

The next Steedman Fellow will be selected based upon the following:

  • The merits of the research proposal
  • Its relevance to the theme; its relevance to the practice of architecture in St. Louis, MO, and around the world
  • The quality of the portfolio
  • Evidence of the applicant’s promise to the field and ability to complete the work proposed.
  • Extra consideration will be given to creative proposals that minimize carbon footprint.

Application materials must include:

A PDF document that encompasses:

  • Project title
  • Project abstract (200 words max) summarizing the proposed research question/s in reference to the theme and primary location/s for study. This abstract will be used for various purposes, including the announcement of the winner and in web, print, and digital promotions.
  • Research proposal (1500 words max) framing the research questions and relationship of proposed research to the broader theme, relevance to the field, and projected outcomes of the study. Describe how research will be conducted in the location/s specified including a rough itinerary, established contacts, and anticipated deliverables. Your proposal may include images or graphics to illustrate your ideas, but these are not required.
  • Budget and time frame for completion (200 words max)
  • Short bio (200 words). This bio will be used for various purposes, including the announcement of the winner and web, print, and digital promotions.
  • CV
  • Portfolio of work formatted into a single high-quality PDF file of 10-15 pages (20MB max.).

Eligibility

The Steedman Fellowship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who has received an accredited degree in architecture within the last eight years. Fellows must be able to complete their proposed projects within 18 months of receiving the award.

Additionally, at the conclusion of their fellowship, Fellows must make arrangements to share their research with the Washington University and local AIA architectural communities. The exact presentation format will be decided between the Fellow and the Governing Committee, but it could take the form of a public lecture, exhibition, or collaborative design workshop.

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