2023 Steedman Fellowship


2023 Theme: CARE


Architecture provides a primary form of care to our bodies. It is integral to our health, and therefore allows us to exist on this planet. The act of building defines our relationship with the ecosystem to which we belong. To our peril, and in many ways, architecture has become a powerful tool for the continuity of the different forms of exploitation, value extraction and discrimination that the current economical-political system needs to exist. As a result, it is becoming exactly the limit of human existence on this planet. The current revalorization of the primary purpose of architecture can open paths towards becoming a platform for everyone’s existence. Knowing now the consequences of our recklessness, how might we begin this reconsideration? How might we bring about needed platform for a systemic change that understands this primary necessity?


Fox School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Type: International, open, one-stage
Language: English
Fee: USD75.00
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.


Fellowship award value: USD75,000

1 November 2023 – Submission of documents

• Jury Chair: Tatiana Bilbao

Founding Principal, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO
Professor in Practice, Yale University, Yale School of Architecture
Elisa Iturbe

Co-Founder, Outside Development
Assistant Professor, The Cooper Union – Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Ethel Baraona Pohl

Co-founder, dpr-barcelona
Editor, quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme (2011-2016)
Advisory Board Member, Volume
Kotchkorn Voraakhom

Founding Principal, Landprocess
Designer-In-Residence, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis
Michael Willis, FAIA, NOMA

Founding Principal, MWA Architects Inc. (1998-2016)
Visiting Professor, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis


Submission guidelines

  • 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.).


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