2023 Call for Proposals – Steedman Fellowship


Established in 1926, the James Harrison Steedman Fellowship in Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the United States. The $75,000 award is granted biannually to an emerging architect to support 6-12 months of international travel for architectural research. The fellowship, jointly administered by Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and AIA St. Louis, is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who has received an accredited degree in architecture within the last eight years.

Architecture provides a primary form of care to our bodies. It is integral to our health, and therefore allows us to exist on this planet. The act of building defines our relationship with the ecosystem to which we belong. To our peril, and in many ways, architecture has become a powerful tool for the continuity of the different forms of exploitation, value extraction and discrimination that the current economical-political system needs to exist. As a result, it is becoming exactly the limit of human existence on this planet. The current revalorization of the primary purpose of architecture can open paths towards becoming a platform for everyone’s existence. Knowing now the consequences of our recklessness, how might we begin this reconsideration? How might we bring about needed platform for a systemic change that understands this primary necessity?

The 2023 Steedman Fellowship is now accepting proposals!  All submissions are due by November 1st, 2023.

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