The Graham Foundation Grant to Krista Thompson for “Antonius Roberts: Art, Ecology, and Sacred Space”

2022 Grants to Individuals

The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce the award of 56 new grants to individuals exploring ideas—across disciplines—that expand contemporary understandings of architecture. Selected from an open call that resulted in nearly 500 submissions, the funded projects include research, exhibitions, publications, films, podcasts, digital initiatives, and other inventive formats that promote rigorous scholarship, stimulate experimentation, and foster critical discourse in architecture. The funded projects are led by 81 individuals, including established and emerging architects, artists, curators, designers, filmmakers, historians, and writers, based in cities such as Buenos Aires, Argentina; Beijing, China; Buffalo, NY; Cape Town, South Africa; Kathmandu, Nepal; Lagos, Nigeria; New York, NY; Porto, Portugal; Praia, Cabo Verde; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Chicago, where the Graham Foundation is based.

The new grantees join a worldwide network of individuals and organizations that the Graham Foundation has supported since 1956. In that time, the Foundation has awarded more than 42 million dollars in direct support to almost 5,000 projects by individuals and organizations. Learn more about each grantee project by clicking the links below.


Albert Brenchat-Aguilar (London, United Kingdom)
“As Hardly Found” in the Art of Tropical Architecture

Imani Jacqueline Brown (London, United Kingdom)
What remains at the ends of the earth?

Sarah Hearne (Los Angeles, CA)
Print Ready Drawings

Sophie Leddick and Edgar Orlaineta (Chicago, IL and Mexico City, Mexico)
Sack, mask and stick

Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Gwynedd, PA)
You will wonder if we would have been friends

Ala Tannir (New York, NY)
The Small Old House by the Sea

Krista Thompson (Evanston, IL)
Antonius Roberts: Art, Ecology, and Sacred Space


saay/yaas: Anna Nnenna Abengowe, Patricia Anahory, and Mawena Yehouessi (Abuja, Nigeria; New York, NY; Paris, France; Praia, Cabo Verde)
her(e), otherwise

Helene Kazan (London, United Kingdom)
Frame of Accountability

Laila Kazmi (Elk Grove, CA)
Reaching New Heights: Fazlur Rahman Khan and The Skyscraper

Catalina Mejía Moreno and Huda Tayob (Cape Town, South Africa; Hove, United Kingdom)
Architectures of the South: Bruising, Remembering, Repairing

Mona Minkara (Boston, MA)
Planes, Trains, and Canes


Emanuel Admassu and Anita N. Bateman (Houston, TX and New York, NY)
Where is Africa

Ashley Bigham (Columbus, OH)
Fulfilled: Architecture, Excess, and Desire

Marshall Brown (Princeton, NJ)
The Architecture of Collage

Louise Emily Carver and Angela Rui (Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy)
Aquaria. Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea

Jean-Louis Cohen (New York, NY)
Russia’s Architecture 1861–1991: Poetics and Politics

Gustavo Diéguez, Felipe Mesa, and Ana Valderrama (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Champaign, IL; and Phoenix, AZ)
Design-Build Studios in Latin America: Teaching through a Social Agenda

Chris Dingwall, David Hartt, and Daniel Schulman (Chicago, IL; Hamtramck, MI; and Philadelphia, PA)
Black Designers in Chicago

David Escudero (Madrid, Spain)
Neorealist Architecture: Aesthetics of Dwelling in Postwar Italy

Oxana Gourinovitch (Berlin, Germany)
National Theatre: Architecture of Soviet Modernism and Nation Building

Freyja Hartzell (New York, NY)
Richard Riemerschmid’s Extraordinary Living Things

Renata Hejduk, Steven Hillyer, Kim Shkapich, and Jim Williamson (Lubbock, TX; New York, NY; Scottsdale, AZ; and Wellfleet, MA)
The Ethical Mirror: Architecture, Dissidence, and the Radical Imagination

Blair Kamin and Lee Bey (Chicago, IL)
Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago

Pamela Karimi (New Bedford, MA)
Alternative Iran: Contemporary Art and Critical Spatial Practice

Indra Kagis McEwen (Montreal, Canada)
All the King’s Horses: Vitruvius in an Age of Princes

Marina Otero Verzier (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Evanescent Institutions: On the Politics of Temporary Architecture

Adair Rounthwaite (Seattle, WA)
This Is Not My World: Art and Public Space in Socialist Zagreb

Ozayr Saloojee and Jamie Vanucchi (Ithaca, NY and Ottawa, Canada)
Design Research for Uncertain Futures

Joel Sanders (New York, NY)
Stalled!: Inclusive Public Restrooms

Robin Schuldenfrei (London, United Kingdom)
Objects in Exile: Modernism across Borders, 1930–1960

Mark Shepard (Buffalo, NY)
There Are No Facts: Attentive Algorithms, Extractive Data Practices, and the Quantification of Everyday Life

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi (New York, NY)
Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement

Susan Slyomovics (Los Angeles, CA)
Monuments Decolonized: Algeria’s French Colonial Heritage

Gregor Stemmrich (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Dan Graham—Some Rockin’

Jo-ey Tang (San Francisco, CA)
arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified

André Tavares (Porto, Portugal)
Architecture Follows Fish

Beth Weinstein (Tucson, AZ)
Architecture + Choreography: Collaborations in Dance, Space, and Time


Riff Studio: Rekha Auguste-Nelson, Farnoosh Rafaie, and Isabel Strauss (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; and Northridge, CA)
Architecture of Reparations—Case Study House

Michelle Barrett and Chris Daemmrich (Kansas City, MO and New Orleans, LA)
Emergent Grounds for Design Education

Kimberly Juanita Brown (Manchester, CT)
Black Elegies

Fernanda Canales (Mexico City, Mexico)
If Women Made Cities: Expanding Coexistence

Dane Carlson, Sonam Lama, and Yungdrung Tsewang (Elsah, IL; Jomsom and Kathmandu, Nepal)
Landscape is Change: Doing the Work of Making Landscape across Time

Jingru (Cyan) Cheng, Mengfan Wang, and Chen Zhan (Beijing, China and London, United Kingdom)
Ripple Ripple Rippling

Tonia Sing Chi (Oakland, CA)
Storytelling Spaces of Solidarity in the Asian Diaspora

Coleman Collins (New York, NY)
The (De)Ontological Oblique

Sharmyn Cruz Rivera and Danny Giles (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Aria Dean (New York, NY)
Abattoir, U.S.A!

Marco Ferrari and Elise Misao Hunchuck (Milan, Italy)
Sky River

Joseph Giovannini (New York, NY)
Zaha: A Biography

Joseph R. Hartman (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Eye of the Hurricane: Politics of Art, Architecture, and Climate in the Modern Caribbean

Sara Hendren (Cambridge, MA)
The “Ideas Team” at Cherry Road: Day Centers, Cognitive Disability, and Reimagining the Art Therapy Encounter

Kelley Lemon (Champaign, IL)
Connections through the Black Agricultural Landscape

Nifemi Marcus-Bello (Lagos, Nigeria)
Africa—A Design Utopia

Sonal Mithal and Arul Paul (Ahmedabad and Mangalore, India)
Queering Nawabi Lucknow: Architecture and the Colonial Archive

Dahlia Nduom (Washington, DC)
Tourism, Tropicalization and the Architectural Image

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