Graham Foundation announces 2019 organizational grant recipients

Graham Grants

Graham Foundation announces 2019 organizational grant recipients

A still from Goff in the Desert (Goff in der Wüste), 2002–03, from the 2019 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the publication Counter Gravity: The Architecture Films of Heinz Emigholz. (Heinz Emigholz and Filmgalerie 451, courtesy Graham Foundation)

The Chicago-based Graham Foundation has released a list of organizations that will receive its coveted Production and Presentation Grants to pursue architecture-related projects this year. A total of 54 organizations will be presented with financial support from the foundation, with no grantee’s allocation exceeding $30,000 and few receiving the full amount requested. In line with the Graham Foundation’s mission to “foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture,” awardees will receive assistance with production-related expenses for a variety of undertakings that aim to enrich architectural discourse, including films, publications, exhibitions, and lectures. Final decisions were made on the basis of four criteria: originality, feasibility, capacity, and potential for impact.

The winning projects for 2020 are split into four distinct categories—exhibitions; film, video, and new media projects; public programs; and publications—and were submitted by a wide range of institutions, companies, and non-profits. Among the grantees are Boston’s MASS Design Group, Michael Sorkin’s Terreform, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, and the University of Chicago’s South Side Home Movie Project. Several past grant recipients received funding for new projects this year, including the Museum of Modern Art for a publication on the work of Robert Venturi and Mexico City-based LIGA-Space for Architecture, which is working to highlight Latin American designers in its annual public program. Here is the full list of the 2020 recipients and their respective projects:

EXHIBITIONS (19 awards)

Àkéte Art Foundation
Lagos, Nigeria
How To Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?, 2nd Lagos Biennial

Syracuse, NY
Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury

Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago, IL
Graham Foundation Artistic Director

Cranbrook Art Museum
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living

Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst, IL
Assaf Evron & Claudia Weber

El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera
Buffalo, NY
Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments

Equitable Vitrines
Los Angeles, CA
Florian Hecker

Landmark Columbus Foundation
Columbus, IN
Good Design and the Community: 2019 Exhibition, Exhibit Columbus

LIGA–Space for Architecture
Mexico City, Mexico
LIGA Public Program 2019–2020

Madison Square Park Conservancy
New York, NY
Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà: US Pavilion, 58th International Art Exhibition

Materials & Applications
Los Angeles, CA
Staging Construction

National Building Museum
Washington, DC
Architecture is Never Neutral: The Work of MASS Design Group

National Trust for Historic Preservation—Farnsworth House
Plano, IL
Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered

Oslo Architecture Triennale
Oslo, Norway
Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

Serpentine Galleries
London, United Kingdom
Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami

Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York, NY
Building Cycles

Toronto Biennial of Art
Toronto, Canada
Learning from Ice

University of Illinois at Chicago—College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts
Chicago, IL
A Certain Kind of Life


Architectural Association School of Architecture
London, United Kingdom
Architecture in Translation

The Funambulist
Paris, France
The Funambulist Network

MASS Design Group
Boston, MA
The Whole Architect: Giancarlo De Carlo

University of Chicago—South Side Home Movie Project
Chicago, IL
South Side Home Movie Project Interactive Digital Archive


Association of Architecture Organizations
Chicago, IL
2019 Design Matters Conference

Harvard University—Graduate School of Design—African American Student Union
Cambridge, MA
Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future

Independent Curators International
New York, NY
Curatorial Forum

Chicago, IL
Lampo 2019 Concert Series at the Graham Foundation

New Architecture Writers
London, United Kingdom
Constructive Criticism

University of Michigan—A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Ann Arbor, MI
Re: Housing: Detroit

PUBLICATIONS (25 awards)

Anyone Corporation
New York, NY
Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City, Issues 47, 48, and 49

ETH Zurich—gta exhibitions
Zurich, Switzerland
Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse

Flat Out Inc.
Chicago, IL
Flat Out, Issues 5 and 6

Harvard University—Graduate School of Design–New Geographies
Cambridge, MA
New Geographies 11: Extraterrestrial

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Berlin, Germany
Counter Gravity: The Architecture Films of Heinz Emigholz

Instituto Bardi/Casa de Vidro
São Paulo, Brazil
Casa de Vidro: The Bardis’ Life between Art, Architecture and Landscape

The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction at Fifty

Northwestern University Press
Evanston, IL
Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

New Haven, CT
Paprika! Volume V

Places Journal
San Francisco, CA
Reservoir: Nature, Culture, Infrastructure

Boston, MA
PRAXIS, Issue 15: Bad Architectures

Produzioni Nero Scrl
Rome, Italy
Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

REAL foundation
London, United Kingdom
Kommunen in der Neuen Welt: 1740–1972

Rice University—School of Architecture
Houston, TX
PLAT 9.0

The School of Architecture at Taliesin
Scottsdale, AZ
WASH Magazine, Issues 003 and 004

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
Countryside, The Future

Southern California Institute of Architecture
Los Angeles, CA

Basel, Switzerland
Archetypes: David Ross

The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
The Smokehouse Associates

New York, NY
UR (Urban Research) 2019

University of California, Los Angeles—Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Los Angeles, CA
POOL, Issue No. 5

University of Florida—Graduate School of Architecture
Gainesville, FL

University of Maryland, College Park—School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
College Park, MD
See/Saw, No. 2: Difference

University of Miami—School of Architecture
Coral Gables, FL
Cuban Modernism: Mid-Century Architecture, 1940–1970

Yale University Press
New Haven, CT
Mies van der Rohe: The Architect in His Time