Lecturers, James Leng (B.A. Arch '07) and Jennifer Ly (B.A. Arch '07), and Professor Greg Castillo were recently name recipients of the 2020 Graham Foundation Grant. This year the Foundation awarded $320,800 to 52 projects, according to their website.
"Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications," according to the Foundation's mission statement.
The grant sponsors Leng and Ly's courtyard installation at "Craft Contemporary", an L.A. art museum. "Veil Craft" invites "the public to inhabit the interior of a seemingly unfinished construction site".
"The project aims to activate the public’s interest in the overlooked materiality of our built environment, bringing together expert and nonexpert audiences in conversation about Los Angeles’ material culture, thus bridging industry, craft, artistic, and architectural audiences together," the project page states. Read more here.
Professor Castillo claimed funding for his co-edited collection of essays, "Design Radicals: Spaces of Bay Area Counterculture". Castillo and others intend to use the grant to cover color reproduction costs, according to Castillo and the group's Facebook page.
"This collection of essays examines the spatial imaginaries and place-defining practices deployed by Bay Area hippies, Aquarian feminists, Native Americans, avant-garde queers, Black Panthers, disability rights activists, Chicanos, ecofreaks, and cyberfreaks to advance overlapping cultural revolutions," the project page states. Read more here.
On the left: Student-built geostix dome with parachute cover, Odyssey school experiment, Castro Valley, California, 1970