CityStudioSTL Student Awards

WashU Student Chapter of ASLA members with Add/Remove/Improve installation, spring 2016.

CityStudioSTL Student Awards are open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who propose to continue a community collaborative project from a curricular or cocurricular experience. Awards will support students who wish to either complete a project begun in a course, or expand the project’s original scope; priority is given to initiatives that are already under way.

Proposed projects must involve an individual, organization, or partner in the St. Louis community. A range of projects will be supported, including those that engage art, design, or architecture in addressing issues such as health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, urban planning, creative placemaking, and sustainability. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their existing partner as they develop their plans, in order to ensure the partner’s needs are met.

Awards will be $500 per student or group of students, and offered twice a year at the end of each semester.

Eligibility & Application

Full-time Washington University undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply for CityStudioSTL Awards, whether as individuals or as a team. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- At least one applicant must be enrolled in the Sam Fox School OR
- The proposed project must be generated from a Sam Fox School course, regardless of the home school of the applicant(s)

Download 2017/2018 CityStudioSTL Student Awards Program Guidelines & Application>>

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted to Liz Kramer, Assistant Director of Community-Based Design & Sustainability, at kramer@wustl.edu by the following deadlines:

Fall: 5p Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (decision by the start of the spring semester)
Spring: 5p Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (decision by Commencement)

Grant Recipients

Spring 2017
Casey Ryan, MArch17, will continue her collaboration with the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association, building upon a proposal she developed with classmates as part of the course Developing Sustainable Urban Communities.

Read the full news release about the award>>

Fall 2016
David Winningham, MFA18, will offer an extension of the Art of Justice workshops he started in fall 2016 at the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson. Through these hands-on activities, participants engage in discussions and performances that facilitate dialogue about identity, racial inequality, and social justice.

A group of MLA students will continue their collaboration with the Baden neighborhood in North St. Louis. Building on relationships built during a spring 2016 landscape architecture studio, the students plan to work with Our Lady of the Holy Cross Church to create a multipurpose outdoor community space. Participating students include Alisa Blatter, Jingcheng (Jason) Wu, Margot Shafran, and Shelbey Sill.

Read the full news release about the awards>>

Spring 2016
Jun Bae, BDes16, used his funds to screen Exodus in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. The film—which Bae began in associate professor Denise Ward-Brown's course Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides in fall 2015 and completed during his capstone course with lecturer Elisa Kim in spring 2016—tells the human story of the St. Louis Place residents who will be displaced by the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency development planned for the neighborhood. Bae spent months getting to know residents, interviewing experts, and editing the final video.

Exodus and a second film by Bae, Bob's Tour—Understanding What We See, were screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival in July 2016. The latter film offers a striking portrait of longtime community activist and associate professor Bob Hansman, and the city he loves.

View Exodus online>>
Listen to Bae discuss his films on St. Louis Public Radio>>
Read more about the NGA's site on NextSTL>>

Fall 2015
The WashU Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects received the inaugural CityStudioSTL Student Award in January 2016 for an extended exhibition of Add/Remove/Improve. Conceived as the chapter's 2015 contribution to PARK(ing) Day—a global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborated to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places—the public installation asked community members to consider what they would add, remove, or improve in their community.

View images from the project on Facebook>>
Read the full news release about the grant>>