Descriptions of the awarded projects
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation supports research, publications, exhibitions, and events about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Its project-based awards are available to individuals and organizations through a highly competitive application process.
The 2022 roster of grants to individuals included the following:
Kelley Lemon (Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and BLA 2002)
- Project: “Connections through the Black Agricultural Landscape”
- Research exploring connections between Black-owned farms across the state of Illinois, that documents their stories and products, and proposes native landscape architecture plans for the farms.
Ana Valderrama (MLA 2013 and current Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture student), with Gustavo Diéguez and Felipe Mesa
- Project: Design-Build Studios in Latin America: Teaching through a Social Agenda (ORO Editions)
- Presenting twelve design-build studios from seven Latin American countries and their teaching of architecture through a social agenda over the last twenty years, this book highlights projects built by students and professors in association with underserved communities, diverse institutions, and public and private universities in the region.
Sonal Mithal (Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture 2015)
- Project: “Queering Nawabi Lucknow: Architecture and the Colonial Archive”
- Challenging and examining the colonial archive that actively obliterated the Lucknow nawabs’ artistic and architectural vision on the pretext of their queerness, this research establishes queer architecture—an extension of a personality, performativity, and a site for embodied knowledge production and experience—as a category of historical architectural inquiry.