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2021-22 Call for JAE Fellows

Supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Call for JAE Fellows

The JAE and ACSA recognize the critical need to support the scholarship of architectural educators and researchers who face and continue to encounter systemic and structural obstacles, including racism, within academia and beyond. As a step toward this commitment, we have established one-year Fellowships and online publication commitments for cohorts of four architectural educators, designers, and researchers per year who self-identify as Black, Native/Indigenous, and/or as members of groups that are and have been historically and systemically marginalized and excluded, and whose academic labor is precarious, including adjunct, lecturer, and other non-tenure track faculty. Proposals may be made by individuals or as part of a collective and will be selected for advancement by the JAE Fellows Advocates. A key component of the JAE Fellows program is to help shift conversations and systems around conventional forms of review and assessment, and to productively unsettle exclusive systems and platforms of scholarship, design, research, and creative practice.

The Awards

Each fellowship includes a one-time award of $5,000 and an individually tailored commitment of mentorship and advocacy from the JAE Fellows Advocates. Awardees and Advocates will commit to established meetings throughout the duration of Fellowship. JAE Fellows’ work will be published at the end of the Fellowship period on JAE’s website and additional programming is planned—as desired by each Fellow—to highlight their work, including webinars, interviews, online conversations, and other events to engage a broader public and to open an expansive discourse on the future of disciplinary scholarship and publication. A commitment of this project is to provide a platform for Fellows and their work.

The Criteria

Applications are open to architectural educators located anywhere in the world. This Fellowship encourages and is designed to strengthen modes of architectural research that take risks and are not yet well-supported, including work that challenges structural and systemic injustices, that advances new conversations about architectural education/pedagogy, practice, and/or theory, and that engages nontraditional methodologies and presentation methods (including primarily visual work, collectively authored work, documentary work, and other writing genres). Proposed projects created during this Fellowship may be part of a larger, ongoing research project. Fellows may also propose to expand the possibilities of online publishing and the digital platform of the jaeonline.org, including time-based, video, and sound-based work.

Application Details

To apply for JAE Fellows, please share a Project Narrative that frames your research inquiry, method(s), and desired outcomes in relation to your academic goals and desire for peer support (500 words), along with a maximum 2-page C.V., 200-word bio, and 1 – 5 work samples (in .pdf, .mov, .avi, etc.) that support the project proposal. The JAE Fellows program welcomes project descriptions, personal narratives and non-conventional work samples that might operate as desires, commentary, counters, ripostes, critiques, elegies, poems, playlists, videos, and more.

Applications are open via this online portal as of October 25, 2021. Application deadline is December 20, 2021.

JAE Fellows Advocates

The JAE Fellows Advocates are an international network of renowned architectural educators: Neeraj Bhatia (California College of the Arts), Jay Cephas (Princeton University), Sarah Deyong (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Nathalie Frankowski (Iowa State University), Cruz Garcia (Iowa State University), Joyce Hwang (University at Buffalo), Jennifer Newsom (Cornell University), Mitchell Squire (Iowa State University), Thena Tak (University of British Columbia), Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco (Bard College), and Huda Tayob (University of Cape Town).

Neeraj Bhatia is an architect, urban designer, and educator whose work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is the founder of the design practice, THE OPEN WORKSHOP as well as an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts where he also directs the urbanism research lab, the Urban Works Agency. Select distinctions include the Architectural League Young Architects Prize, Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, and the Canadian Prix de Rome. THE OPEN WORKSHOP’s design-research has been commissioned by the Seoul Biennale, Venice Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, amongst other venues. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education and the JAE Fellows Jury.

Jay Cephas is Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University where his research investigates the relationships between technology, identity, and spatial practices. Cephas recently served as a 2019 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and undertook research examining the encounter between racial difference and the history of urban theory through the work of W.E.B. Du Bois. His forthcoming book delves into the “structuring structures” of industrial urbanism by analyzing the agonism entangling technical systems, labor practices, and the urban imaginary in early twentieth century Detroit. He is an Associate Editor for a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Architectural Education, served on the at-large Editorial Board from 2018 – 2021, and is a member of the JAE Fellows Jury. Cephas received a Graham Foundation grant for the Black Architects Archive in 2020.

Sarah Deyong is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a BArch from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Princeton University. Her current book project focuses on pedagogy in the design studio. With grants from the Graham Foundation and the Glasscock Center of the Humanities, she has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the JAE, the JSAH, Praxis, AD, The Journal of Architecture, and Journal of Visual Culture. She is a coauthor of The Changing of the Avant–Garde: Visionary Architectural Drawings from the Howard Gilman Collection (Museum of Modern Art, 2002). Her essay, “Rethinking the Legacy of the Sixties: Pliny Fisk’s Political Ecology,” published in the Journal of Architectural Education in 2014, garnered an ACSA/JAE Best Scholarship of Design Award. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education, and the JAE Fellows Jury.

Joyce Hwang is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and the Founder of Ants of the Prairie, an office of architectural practice and research that focuses on confronting contemporary ecological conditions through creative means. She is a recipient of the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the MacDowell Fellowship. Hwang is on the Steering Committee for US Architects Declare, serves as a Core Organizer for Dark Matter University, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education and the JAE Fellows Jury. She is a registered architect in New York State, and has practiced professionally with offices in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Barcelona. She received a post-professional MArch from Princeton University and a BArch from Cornell University.

Jennifer Newsom is an architect, artist, and cofounder with Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine. They have produced numerous site-specific installations in the U.S. and Canada that explore the perceptual uncertainties at the boundary between real and illusory space. She is winner of the the 2021 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2020-2021 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, the 2020 AIA MN Special Award, the 2018 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, the 2018 Art Omi Architecture Residency, and the 2017 FSP/Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Jennifer is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and is Assistant Professor at Cornell AAP.

Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco is an architect, educator, and theorist. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Bard College where she also codirects the architecture program. She has taught at the Architectural Association, Iowa State University, University for the Creative Arts, and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and has professionally collaborated with Arup Integrated Urbanism, Foster + Partners, Wiel Arets, and Fernando Romero. Her research explores architecture as an interface between contemporary forms of governance and capital. She is at work on an architectural genealogy of property regimes in Mexico. She is widely published, and has exhibited at Think Space in Zagreb, the Venice Biennale, and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. She holds a BArch from Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico, a MArch from the Berlage Institute, and a PhD from the Architectural Association. She is a member of the JAE Fellows Jury.

Mitchell Squire is an architect, artist, storyteller, toymaker, provocateur, and member of the JAE Fellows Jury. He is also Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University. In 2010 he was a resident of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as well as one of seven artists to receive the Midwestern Voices and Visions award, spending five weeks in residence at Ox-Bow, a Michigan school affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his BA in architecture and MArch from Iowa State University. He joined that faculty in 2001 and teaches, among other courses, a seminar on ethics and esthetics titled “Goodness and Beauty,” and a design studio on toys and the role of playfulness, curiosity, and “trouble-making” in intellectual development and problem–solving. Squire has held visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, and the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York.

Thena Tak is the founder and principal of LILO: Little Office and is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver, Canada where she teaches graduate-level option design studios, research methods, and advanced digital media. Her current research engages the notion of surrogates as both a point of inquiry and a working methodology with a particular focus on its relationship to the more-than-human-world. Prior to teaching, Tak worked professionally at a number of renowned offices including Vincent James Architects Associates in Minneapolis, Howeler and Yoon Architecture in Boston, and Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin. She holds a MArch with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a BArch from Cornell University Architecture, Art and Planning. She is a member of the JAE Fellows Jury.

Huda Tayob is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She is former program convenor of history and theory and coleader of Unit 18 at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her general academic interests include a focus on minor and subaltern architectures, and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. Her recent publications include “Subaltern Architectures: Can Drawing ‘Tell’ a Different Story?” (Architecture and Culture, 2018) and “Architecture-by-Migrants: The Porous Infrastructures of Bellville” (Anthropology Southern Africa, 2019). She is cocurator of the open–access curriculum project RaceSpaceArchitecture.org with Suzi Hall and Thandi Loewenson, and the Archive of Forgetfulness (2020 – 2021), a pan–African online exhibition and podcast series. She holds a MArch from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She is a member of the JAE Fellows Jury.

WAI Architecture Think Tank is a planetary studio practicing by questioning the political, historical, and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism through a panoramic and critical approach. Founded in Brussels during the financial crisis of 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI is one of their several platforms of public engagement that include Beijing-based anti-profit art space Intelligentsia Gallery, and the free and alternative education platform and trade-school Loudreaders. Based on the emancipating and persecuted alternative practice of education performed by lectores like Luisa Capetillo in the tobacco factories in the Caribbean, Loudreaders is an open pedagogical platform and free trade school that engages with architectural education as a form of mutual aid and critical solidarity amidst Covid-19. Cruz and Frankowski are Associate Professors of Architecture at Iowa State University and members of the JAE Fellows Jury.