The Graham Foundation awards its 2020 Grants to Organizations

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The Graham Foundation awards its 2020 Grants to Organizations

Serpentine Pavilion 2020 designed by Counterspace, design render, exterior view. The pavilion was one of 36 organizations to receive a Graham Foundation grant this year. (© Counterspace)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (for organizations and exhibitions, at least): The Chicago-based Graham Foundation has revealed the 36 international organizations who will split $480,000 in grants, all committed to expanding on the ways we interact with architecture.

It’s quite a varied list, too, broken up into four sections: Exhibitions; Film, Video, and New Media Projects; Publications, and Student-Led Publications. Much in the same way as the 2020 individual grant recipients, announced at the end of July, varied from well-known practitioners to up-and-coming theorists, so too did the foundation’s approach to awarding the 2020 Grants to Organizations.

Of course, there are the big New York names including The Queens Museum’s After the Plaster Foundation, or, “Where can we live?” exhibition, an exploration of the economics, ethics, and what “home” really means. Also included are the Museum of Modern Art’s forthcoming Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America exhibition and the Black Reconstruction Collective for Black Reconstruction Collective Manifesting Textile within the exhibition itself. The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s Building Cycles 2, the second iteration of its Building Cycles program, now focusing on landscapes and territory, was also given a grant.

The full list of recipients is as follows, and more information on all of them are available on the Graham Foundation’s website:


Acute Angles (Chicago)
Space p11: Interior Landscape Residencies and Exhibitions, 2021

Black Reconstruction Collective (New York)
Black Reconstruction Collective Manifesting Textile

Chicago Architecture Biennial (Chicago)
The Available City, 2021

Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (Istanbul, Turkey)
Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one, 5th Istanbul Design Biennial

The Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

Prospect New Orleans (New Orleans)
Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow

Queens Museum (New York)
After the Plaster Foundation, or, “Where can we live?”

The Renaissance Society (Chicago)
Haig Aivazian: All of the Light

Serpentine Galleries (London, United Kingdom)
Serpentine Pavilion 202021 designed by Counterspace

Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York)
Building Cycles 2

University of Chicago (Chicago)

University of Pennsylvania—Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia)
Jessica Vaughn: Our Primary Focus Is To Be Successful


The Architecture Lobby (Shaker Heights, Ohio)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Chicago)
The Sky Was Different


Association of Architecture Organizations (Chicago)
2020 Design Matters Conference: Radical Transformations

Open Architecture Chicago & The Trust for Public Land (Chicago)
The Urban Hack


Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, Canada)
CCA Singles

Concordia University Press (Montreal, Canada)
Clara Porset: Living Design

Dalhousie Architectural Press (Halifax, Canada)
Design Matters series: “Colonization Through Design” and “Situated Practices in Architecture and Politics”

Fenester (Prague, Czech Republic)
Private Views: A High-Rise Panorama of Manhattan

The Funambulist (Paris, France)
The Funambulist Correspondents

Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing (Mexico City, Mexico)
Notebooks Series

Minerva Projects (Pine Plains, New York)
Project 4: Rey Akdogan

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore)
World of Variation, 1970/2020 — Revisiting the i Press Series on the Human Environment

Places Journal (San Francisco)
Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (Chicago)
Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism

The Royal College of Art (London, United Kingdom)

Society of Architectural Historians (Chicago)
Twenty Historically Contested Sites: Race and Ethnicity Shaping the Built Environment

University of Utah—School of Architecture (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Dialectic VIII: Subverting – Unmaking Architecture?


Harvard University—Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
New Geographies 12: Common

Paprika! (New Haven, Connecticut)
Paprika! Volume VI

Rice University—School of Architecture (Houston)
PLAT 10.0: Behold

University of California, Berkeley—Architecture Department (Berkeley, California)
Room One Thousand: Issue 9

University of California, Los Angeles—Department of Architecture and Urban Design (Los Angeles)
POOL, Issue No. 06

University of Illinois at Chicago—College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts (Chicago)
Fresh Meat Journal Issue XII: Finding Agency in Uncertainty