Architecture Design External Fellowship Residency

MacDowell Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: MacDowell

Description: MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. 

Award: A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

Eligibility: Applications accepted from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Emerging & established artists welcome to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply. Artists may apply only once every 24 months. 

Deadline: For Fall 2021, accepting applications Feb. 15-April 15, 2021. See website for additional dates.

Architecture Competition External Landscape Architecture

Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles

Deadline: February 12, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Organized by the Mayor’s Office and Christopher Hawthorne, the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, with support from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the James Irvine Foundation, and Citi.

Description: Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles is a $100,000 design challenge asking architects and landscape architects to help imagine appealing and sustainable new models of low-rise, multi-unit housing. The aims of the competition are: to promote housing affordability, new paths to homeownership, and innovative models of sustainable residential architecture; to support emerging architects and excellence in design; to confront historical patterns of racial and environmental injustice in housing policy in Southern California; and to develop healthy models of post-COVID living. Participants may enter in any or all of the following categories: Fourplex, Subdivision, (Re)Distribution, and Corners. See website for more info.

Award: In each category, cash prizes will be awarded as follows, for a total of 12 winning proposals: $10,000 for first place, $3,500 for second place, and $1,500 for third place. Winning proposals will be collected in a publication, featuring complementary critical essays and reflections on the future of housing policy and residential architecture in low-rise Los Angeles, to be made available in 2021.

Eligibility: Advance registration required. To register, email with the subject line “Low-Rise Design Challenge.” Upon receipt of email, applicants will be sent the full design challenge brief, including detailed submission instructions.

Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021

Architecture Design External Fellowship

2021 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design

Deadline: May 1, 2021 12:00 am

Source: CINTAS Foundation

Description: CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture & design, creative writing, music composition and the visual arts. Candidates in the fields of architectural design, interior design, urban design and urban planning may submit applications for this fellowship. CINTAS fellows are free to pursue their artistic activities as indicated in their application. 

Award: $20,000 

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships. CINTAS Fellowships can only be awarded a maximum of 2 times to an individual.

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Architecture External History / Theory Landscape Architecture Residency

Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Deadline: March 12, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Places Journal

Description: Places seeks to build capacity in the ranks of design writers and to raise the cultural visibility and influence of the design disciplines. For more than a generation, the number of practicing design critics has been dwindling. Yet the need for informed and incisive criticism of architecture and landscape architecture remains pressing. Growing demands for greater urban equity and social justice; the accumulating impacts of the climate crisis; the rapid proliferation of new digital and material technologies; increasing calls for professional reform — all are posing challenges for the design disciplines and underscoring the importance of serious and sustained critical discussion. The Critics-in-Residence program will encourage authors to move beyond the limits of the traditional project review and produce wide-ranging essays that are conceptually rich and culturally ambitious, organized around some strong theme or set of ideas. For this inaugural round, two critics will be selected, one in architecture and one in landscape architecture. Residencies will begin in May 2021. 

Award: Critics will be in (virtual) residence with the journal for a term of one year and receive a stipend of $7,500 to write four major critical essays.

Eligibility: The residencies are open to all. Particular consideration will be given to independent authors who are not already benefiting from institutional and organizational resources and support.

Deadline: March 12, 2021

Architecture External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory

Barakat Major Awards Including Conservation and Conservation Training

Deadline: March 31, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Barakat Trust

Description: Supports fieldwork, research, study, exhibitions, conservation and documentation projects, and  training of professionals in fields associated with history, heritage, conservation and archaeology relating to: 
1) the history of art, architecture, and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
2) the archaeological investigation of the Islamic world; 
3) the conservation of artifacts, buildings, and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before 1920; 
4) libraries, museums, and other public institutions exhibiting the art and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
5) education and training associated with 1-4; and 
6) conferences, exhibitions, and publications associate with 1-4.

Award: Up to £10,000; awards may not be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs or to the institution at or through which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. 

Eligibility: Open to established scholars attached to research institutions, curators, and heritage professionals

Deadline: 12 am GMT, March 31, 2021

Architecture External Grant History / Theory

Barakat Publication Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Barakat Trust

Description: Supports the costs of a major publication on the history of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920, the archaeological investigation of Islamic world, and the conservation of artifacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before 1920.

Award: Up to £6,000; awards may not be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs, or to the publisher.

Deadline: 12 am GMT, March 31, 2021

Architecture Design External History / Theory Residency

Bauhaus Lab 2021

Deadline: February 28, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Description: Bauhaus Lab is a three-month research program for scholars and practitioners in the fields of architecture, design, and curating. The aim of the Bauhaus Lab is to create an interdisciplinary research community which addresses a topic from the field of global modernism over a three-month period. Each Bauhaus Lab focuses on a modern design object that simultaneously serves as a thematic anchor and starting point for the collective mission of research. The program is held in English and is free of charge. At the end of the three-month period the findings will be presented in the framework of a joint exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau. The 2021 theme is “Vegetation Under Power.”

Award: All participants will be provided with workspaces in the Bauhaus Building and receive a contribution toward their housing expenses and a modest per diem. The program includes field trips to various sites in the Anhalt region; the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation covers travel and accommodation expenses incurred during these excursions. Participants are expected to be present on site during the entire period of the program, to contribute to the collective research, and to meet regularly with the program organizers for follow-up and feedback.

Eligibility: International career entrants and postgraduates from the fields of architecture and design as well as young curators and design researchers can apply. People with profiles hitherto marginalized in Western academic and cultural institutions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

Architecture External Fellowship History / Theory Landscape Architecture

United State Capital Historical Society Fellowship

Deadline: March 15, 2021 11:59 pm

Source: United States Capital Historical Society

Description: This fellowship is designed to support research and publications on the history, art, architecture, or landscape of the United States Capitol and related buildings. Fellowship support permits scholars to use the extensive documents housed in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. The proposed topic must directly relate to some elements of art or architecture within the United States Capitol complex: the Capitol, the congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court buildings, and the Botanic Garden. It may include studies of individual artists, architects, or other historical figures and forces. The research must involve the resources of the Architect of the Capitol, including the architectural drawings, manuscripts, and reference collections, or material on the Capitol in the Library of Congress, National Archives, or other specific collections identified in the applicant’s proposal.

Award: Fellowship may be requested for a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year. Stipend is $2,500 per month, up to a maximum of $30,000 for a full year, pending the availability of funding. It is expected that full time will be devoted to research during the tenure of the fellowship. Research space will be provided in the Curator’s Office of the Architect of the Capitol. Limited support services also will be provided. Travel and research expenses are to be covered by the monthly stipend. Fellows are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation.

Eligibility: Graduates students enrolled in a degree program in art or architectural history, American history, American studies, museum studies, or decorative arts, and scholars with a proven record of research and publication may apply.

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Architecture External History / Theory Residency

Baird Society Resident Scholar Program

Deadline: March 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Smithsonian Libraries

Description: The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program was established to support the study of some of the Smithsonian Libraries’ most unique and valuable holdings: rare books and Special Collections. Stipends are available for individuals working on a topic relating to these collections, which are located in Washington DC and New York City. Please see website for information on collections.

Award: Stipend of $3500/month for up to six months; scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian full-time during their award to devote full-time effort to the research proposed and to be regular users of Smithsonian Libraries special collections. The scholar will have access to the Smithsonian Libraries’ other collections and patron privileges such as interlibrary loan services. Scholars may be invited to address an informal colloquium of Smithsonian Institution staff and fellows on the topic of his or her research.

Eligibility: Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply.

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Architecture Building Science Competition External

The Next EPIC Challenge: Reimagining Affordable Mixed-Use Development in a Carbon-Constrained Future (GFO-20-305)

Deadline: September 10, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: California Energy Commission

Description: The purpose of this solicitation is to fund a design-build competition that will challenge multi-disciplinary project teams to design and build a mixed-use development—using cutting-edge energy technologies, tools and construction practices—that is affordable, equitable, emissions-free and resilient to climate change impacts and extreme weather events. This solicitation will be conducted as a two-phase design-build competition. Up to 12 teams (up to three teams from each of the four regions) will be selected for the Design Phase. Up to four teams (one from each region) will advance to the Build Phase. The CEC may consider adding a third-phase grand prize challenge awarded to the best of the Please see website for the full solicitation.

Award: Up to $12M (divided amongst 12 teams) available for the Design Phase and an additional $36M available for the Build Phase contingent up on approval of the CEC’s 2021-2025 EPIC Investment Plan.

Eligibility: The Concept Application of this solicitation is open to all entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. Please see solicitation for full eligibility requirements.

Deadline: 5 pm, May 7, 2021