5 Architecture and Design Practices Granted with the United States Artist Fellowship


5 Architecture and Design Practices Granted with the United States Artist Fellowship

the United States Artists Fellowship Award is an annual scholarship that recognizes “the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, across all disciplines, at every stage of their career.” Each year, individual artists are anonymously nominated to apply by a diverse group of scholars, critics, producers and other arts professionals. Of the 63 winners in 2022, 5 were selected in the fields of architecture and design with the aim of strengthening and enriching the industry and their communities.

Courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Studio BarnesThe planet after geoengineering / DESIGN EARTH.  Image © Isabella Sassi FariasAction item.  Image courtesy of Studio Cooke JohnJennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine.  Hide and seek.  2018. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2018, Winner.  Picture + 7

Since 2006, the USA Fellowship has offered winning artists nationwide an unlimited grant of $50,000, which they can spend as they see fit, and an optional year of financial planning services. To be able to finance the program, the organization organizes an annual fundraiser with the support of philanthropic foundations, companies and individuals “committed to cultivating contemporary culture across the country”.

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Read on to discover the five winning architecture and design practitioners.


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Nina CookeJohn

Action item.  Image courtesy of Studio Cooke John
Action item. Image courtesy of Studio Cooke John

Architect and public artist Nina Cooke John is the founding director of Studio Cooke John, a multidisciplinary architecture and design studio that focuses on transforming the relationship between people and the built environment. The architect responds to the identity crisis by moving from one world to another, as evidenced by his studio’s Point of Action installation, which was exhibited at Flatiron Public Plazas last winter, and his design award-winning Harriet Tubman Monument in Newark, New Jersey.

Dreaming about the combine harvester

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine.  Hide and seek.  2018. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2018, Winner.  Picture
Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine. Hide and seek. 2018. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2018, Winner. Picture

Installation artists and architects Tom Carruthers and Jennifer Newsom of Dream the Combine create site-specific installations that explore imaginary environments and “perceptual uncertainties” that challenge their knowledge and understanding of the world. The duo was awarded the 2021 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2020-2021 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Award, the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the 2018 Art Omi Architecture Residency, and the 2017 FSP/Jerome Foundation Fellowship. .

Germaine Barnes

Courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Studio Barnes
Courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Studio Barnes

Architect Germane Barnes investigates the connection between architecture and identity by examining how the built environment influences black domesticity. He is the 2021 Wheelwright Prize winner from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the 2022 Rome Prize winner, and the 2021 recipient of the Architectural League Prize. His research has been published in several international publications, such as The New York Times, Architect Magazine and PIN-UP Magazine, and his designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Graham Foundation, Design Miami/Basel and the Institut Switzerland, to name but a few.

design earth

The planet after geoengineering / DESIGN EARTH.  Image © Isabella Sassi Farias
The planet after geoengineering / DESIGN EARTH. Image © Isabella Sassi Farias

Architects Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy founded Design Earth as a research practice that “engages the medium of speculative architectural design to publicize the climate crisis”. They received the League Award for Young Architects and Designers from the Architectural League of New York in 2016, as well as two ACSA Faculty Design Awards in 2014 and 2017. Their work has been featured in international exhibitions and museums such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016, 2018 and 2021, and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2017.

GROUND

K11 / SO-IL Center for Art and Culture.  Image © Kevin Mak
K11 / SO-IL Center for Art and Culture. Image © Kevin Mak

Founded by Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg in 2008, SO–IL is a New York-based architectural design firm that engages with the sociopolitical issues of contemporary cities through buildings and interdisciplinary research projects. Its co-founder Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect with more than two decades of professional experience. He has a strong background in institutional spaces, which has led the office to work on projects such as the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, and the Amant Art Campus. in Brooklyn.

The United States Artists is a Chicago-based arts funding organization that has awarded artists nationwide more than $36 million since 2006. This year’s selection comes from 23 states and Puerto Rico, and works in various disciplines, such as crafts, dance, film, media, music, architecture, design and writing, to name a few.

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