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Arcus Endowment + Arcus Foundation Chair

In 2000 the College of Environmental Design received generous funding from the Arcus Foundation in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to create the Arcus Endowment. The endowment supports a wide range of critical and creative activities at the intersection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues and architecture, city and regional planning, and landscape architecture. The endowment has supported the Arcus Award program (2002-2005) and a biennial scholar-in-residence program (2006-2010).

In 2010, the college received a gift of $1 million from the Arcus Foundation that, combined with a match from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, created a new $2 million endowed CED chair named the Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment. The Arcus Chair builds upon work enabled by the Arcus Endowment, and is a timely initiative to introduce new generations of students to a practice of environmental design that respects difference, challenges hetero-normative assumptions, and confronts injustice and inequity in the making of buildings, communities, and metropolitan regions.

The establishment of the Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and the Built Environment opens a new chapter in CED’s efforts to develop pedagogy focused on design and difference. The new position will enable CED to build on the energy and excitement of the Arcus Endowment and lead the way in creating more equitable environments for LGBTQ communities in the Bay Area and internationally.

In the 2015 academic school year, CED initiated its first round of grant projects designed to support, highlight, and celebrate the diverse student body at CED and to communicate a strong commitment to inclusivity and equity in Wurster Hall. Thanks to philanthropic funders like the Arcus endowment, CED awarded its first group of Diversity Platform grants to faculty, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and areas of expertise. A second round of funding was released for the 2016/17 year. 

Read the FRAMEWORKS article about the history of the Arcus Foundation Chair and the Arcus Endowment.

Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment

2010- Present, C. Greig Crysler, Professor in Architecture

Arcus Scholars

2009–2010 Joel Sanders

  • Joel Sanders, Architect; Associate Professor of Architecture, Yale University

2007–2008 Annmarie Adams

  • William C. Macdonald Professor, School of Architecture, McGill University

Arcus Award

2005 Program Recipients

  • Leonardo Diaz-Borioli
  • GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
  • Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman

2004 Program Recipients

  • Marlon Bailey
  • GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
  • Christopher Roebuck
  • The Tides Center
  • Jess Wendover and Sam Zimmerman

2003 Program Recipients

  • Lisa C. Henry Benham
  • Lawrence Cohen
  • Jason Lem
  • The Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project
  • Pina Petricone
  • Queers in Space

2002 Program Recipients

  • Renia Ehrenfeucht
  • QED (Queers in Environmental Design)
  • Joel Sanders
  • Sonny Ward
  • Susan P. Wyche