‘Disruption,’ 2021 Steedman Fellowship


Sponsor: Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University/AIA St. Louis

Type: Open, International,
Eligibility: Young Architects who have received a degree from an accredited institution in architecture within the past eight (8) years
15 November 2021 – Submissions deadline
Prize: $75,000
Submission details:

Application materials will include a portfolio, research proposal, budget and timeframe. Extra consideration will be given to creative proposals that minimize carbon footprint. Fellows must be able to complete their projects within 18 months of receiving the award, and must be available afterward to share their research with the Washington University and St. Louis AIA architectural communities.
Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, Jury Chair and Theme author
Other jurors include Shantel Blakely, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School; Billy Fleming, the founding Wilks Family Director of The Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; Janette Kim, founding principal of All of the Above and assistant professor and director of Urban Works Agency at the California College of the Arts; and Marsha Maytum, founding principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) in San Francisco.

Design Challenge:
Climate change, COVID-19, the fight for social justice. In disruptive times, how can architecture help to chart new paths and implement far-reaching solutions?
In a report issued August 5, 2021, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, found that over the next 20 years, global warming is likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius even with sharp cuts in emissions. To prevent even more catastrophic change, the report continues, nations will need to essentially eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
According to theme author, Lazarus, “Pivoting from current trajectories will require urgent disruption,” Lazarus observed. “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 how will they redefine design?”

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Media contact:  Liam Otten