Registration opens September 5, and proposals are due November 15.
Jury + Applications
The 2021 competition jury is chaired by Mary Ann Lazarus, MArch ’78, who also developed this year’s theme.
An internationally recognized leader in sustainable design, Lazarus points out that a major report, issued August 8 by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), found that over the next 20 years, global warming is likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius even with sharp cuts in emissions. To prevent even more catastrophic change, the report continues, nations will need to essentially eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
“Pivoting from current trajectories will require urgent disruption,” Lazarus observed. “Radical solutions are required at all scales and systems. How does architecture—in all its modalities—disrupt and drive change? How can architecture have a measurable impact? What are the disruptions to define the next decade and how will they redefine design?”
Lazarus, who coordinates the Sustainability Program in WashU’s University College, is a consultant at the Cameron MacAllister Group, where she works with design firms to define and develop sustainability and resiliency goals. She also serves on the AIA’s Strategic Council and the AIA Climate Change and Design Excellence Committee. She previously served as firmwide director of sustainable design at HOK and authored the AIA’s Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan.
Other jurors include: Shantel Blakely, assistant professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School; Billy Fleming, the founding Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; Janette Kim, founding principal of All of the Above and assistant professor and director of Urban Works Agency at the California College of the Arts; and Marsha Maytum, founding principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco.
Application materials will include a portfolio, research proposal, budget, and time frame. Extra consideration will be given to creative proposals that minimize carbon footprint. Fellows must be able to complete their projects within 18 months of receiving the award and must be available afterward to share their research with the Washington University and St. Louis AIA architectural communities.
Registration will open September 5 and proposals are due November 15. For more information, visit steedmanfellowship.wustl.edu.