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Architecture Student Research Grant

Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Grant winners will be announced at the Beaux Arts Ball, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Presentation of the work to the university at large as a short lecture and gallery exhibition will be in Fall of 2016.

Each year, the graduating architecture students fund a gift to the college in honor of their class. The Architecture Student Research Grant (ASRG) tradition, initiated by the Class of 2013, provides a unique opportunity for students to support outstanding research by their peers.

The Architecture Student Research Grant 2016 calls for projects that push the boundaries and possibilities of the discipline of architecture. Students are encouraged to explore landscapes, cities, and urban contexts. They are also encouraged to engage with the cultural and political forces of architecture. Successful propositions will discover new forms and methods of working, making, and representing.


All current undergraduate or graduate students from the architecture programs at Taubman College graduating in the class of 2017 are eligible to apply. Students are encouraged to include team members from other disciplines, as well as from different stages of education (e.g. an undergrad / grad team). Solo proposals will be accepted. At least one team member must be from Taubman College, with other individuals potentially recruited from additional disciplines.


Project proposals can take many forms: built objects, public installations, experiments, in representation, curatorial practices, written works, etc. The final format of the research will be both an exhibition and public lecture, therefore projects that maximize the potential of these formats will be preferred. Finally, the budget is real. Projects that convey a strong awareness of their research / exhibition costs and how they plan to optimize the use of their funds will be favored.


All submissions should be sent as a single PDF file to Deniz McGee (denizmc@umich.edu) by the deadline. The material will be evaluated anonymously by a blind jury of graduating students. Applicants must ensure that no part of the submittal could be used to identify them by name. Submittals must include the following:

  • 1 page project proposal that contains a 250-word abstract and may include images
  • 1 page proposed project schedule
  • 1 page line-item budget
  • Samples of previous work for each team member (not to exceed 1 page/architecture student)

ASRG is Funded by the 2016 class gift fund & supported by the office of the architecture program chair

Give to ASRG

The grant encourages research through making as part of the design process, and projects are presented to the college-at-large in both an exhibition and a public lecture. The grant is open to all continuing Taubman College architecture students who are enrolled in the program.

Email Deniz McGee with any questions.

2015 ASRG Donation