Projecting Fellows, a free, virtual, five-evening symposium hosted by the University of Virginia School of Architecture, launches Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 and proceeds weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm EST through February 2nd, 2021. The event series brings together the 2019-2020 class of fellows from American architecture schools to explore a cross section of emerging interests in the discipline and the vehicle of the fellowship project.
Each year, several architecture schools nationwide name fellows to join their programs and develop an intensive research or teaching project during a short-term appointment. With the fellowship comes some combination of project support, cross-pollination between research and teaching, and a platform with which to present and exhibit the work. Commonly selected via national call for proposals, fellowship projects are dually indicative of emerging interests in academia and evolving institutional agendas. While each school supports the development and dissemination of fellowship work, no comprehensive venue for dialogue between fellows has taken shape.
Leveraging the new normal of virtual engagement, Projecting Fellows creates a discursive platform, inviting fellows to share their work and to address emergent directions in architectural discourse. The paradigm shifts of 2020 make such dialogue across geographic boundaries and institutional lines more critical than ever. Projecting Fellows will address the meta project of the architectural fellowship – its role, its curation, and its consequences in shaping the discipline.
Across the series, twenty-four fellows and ten moderators representing seventeen American architecture schools will participate in lively discourse. Each evening will feature short presentations by a series of fellows, followed by discussion led by a pair of distinguished moderators. All events are free and open to the public. Please register in advance for access to the live Zoom sessions via the event website.
The series was organized by Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann, both Assistant Professors at the University of Virginia, Cofounders of After Architecture, and 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellows at the University of Tennessee. Chris Cote led art direction and graphic design for the series and Wei-Hao Wang led web design and development.
January 5th: Digital Imaginary
Moderators: Maya Alam, Dana Cupkova
Fellows: Viola Ago, Galo Canizares, Michael Jefferson, Zahra Safaverdi, Benjamin Vanmuysen
January 12th: Material Cultures
Moderators: Brandon Clifford, Alvin Huang
Fellows: Adam Barrett Miller, Jacob Comerci, Zach Cohen, Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann
January 19th: Publics
Moderators: Sylvia Lavin, Jason Young
Fellows: Jorge Orozco Gonzalez, Karen Kubey, Piergianna Mazzocca, Young-Tack Oh, Ryan Roark
January 26th: Infrastructures and Ecologies
Moderators: Neeraj Bhatia, Felipe Correa
Fellows: Priyanka Bista, José Ibarra, Zannah Matson, Galen Pardee
February 2nd: Modes of Practice
Moderators: Erin Besler, Sekou Cooke
Fellows: Menatalla Ahmed Agha, Matīss Groskaufmanis, Eduardo Mediero, Amelyn Ng, Hans Tursack