05/02/19 Faculty Members Awarded Grants by Graham Foundation


Professors Alison Hirsch and Ginger Nolan were awarded grants by the Graham Foundation for 2019. The foundation, which aims to “foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture,” awards grants to individuals whose projects are innovative, feasible, and will make a meaningful impact on the field as a whole. This year, $462,800 was distributed to 63 projects by individuals.

Hirsch was granted funds to pursue her proposed project, Landscape and “the Working Country”: Food Justice and Landscape Ethics in California’s Central Valley. Drawing on Raymond Williams’s assertion that “a working country is hardly ever a landscape,” the project focuses on the confluence of land, labor, transcultural settlement, mobility, and agriculture in the lower San Joaquin Valley. Hirsch was also awarded a Graham Foundation grant in 2013, which resulted in her book, City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America.

Nolan’s winning proposal details her planned book, Savage Mind/Savage Machine: Design Technics and the Making of Magical Thought. The work will chart how constructions and understandings of race have been developed through spatial and technological practices, combing the disciplines of design history, media theory, and race studies. It is an expansion of her Ph.D. dissertation, “Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Techniques and Disciples of Creativity, ca. 1880-1985,” for which she was awarded the 2013 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing.

For a full list of winners and more information, visit the Graham Foundation’s website here.

Related Links: Graham Foundation: 2019 Grantees



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