The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 SOM Foundation Structural Engineering Fellowship. The $20,000 fellowship is awarded annually to a graduating student who specializes in structural engineering to conduct independent travel and research that contributes to the SOM Foundation’s current topic and has the potential to influence the practice and teaching of how structures can positively impact our built environment.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SOM Foundation Research Prize. Two teams—one from the University of Texas at Arlington and one from Tulane University—will each receive a grant of $40,000 to conduct original research. The Research Prize was created in 2018 to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research with the goal of addressing critical issues of our time. This year’s topic, “Examining Social Justice in Urban Contexts,” encouraged applicants to explore and identify long-term policies, immediate actions, and comprehensive plans have the potential to shape a more equitable and sustainable future. Twenty-one proposals were submitted from faculty and universities across the US, focusing on antiracism, advocacy, climate change, environmental justice, governance, inclusiveness, mobility, participatory processes, public space, resilience, urban ecology, and youth.
Robert L. Wesley, retired SOM Partner and eponym of the SOM Foundation's newest award, was the convocation speaker for the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture on Friday, December 18, 2020.
The SOM Foundation's Robert L. Wesley Award is featured in the December 2020 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. The article, “Copycats Wanted” by Timothy A. Schuler, highlights “several new or recent scholarships aimed at supporting design students of color.”
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual SOM Foundation Research Prize. The awards program, which comprises two $40,000 grants, is designed to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research that addresses the critical issues of our time.
SOM Foundation Fellow Seth Denizen, winner of the 2019 Research Prize, will deliver the Kiley Fellow Lecture at Harvard GSD on Monday, September 21 at noon EST. During the lecture, titled “Thinking Through Soil: Case Study from the Mezquital Valley,” Denizen will discuss the project supported by the SOM Foundation and developed with Montserrat Bonhevi Rosich and David Moreno Mateos.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Robert L. Wesley Award. The new award will support BIPOC undergraduate students enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or structural engineering programs across the US. The $10,000 award is an unrestricted scholarship that aims to support the academic development of the student. In addition to the economic support, recipients of the award will be paired with one of the jurors who will act as their mentor for the year. The award honors Robert L. Wesley, the first Black partner at SOM. For more information about the award, visit the award page.
The “Right to Sewage“ project, recipient of the 2019 SOM Foundation Research Prize, has been featured on Harvard GSD. The article by Alex Anderson, titled “The Right to Sewage: Agriculture, climate change, and the growing need for cities to embrace wastewater reuse,” explains that the ”work will be a call to action to think about ‘the future of the cycle of water‘ and to envision ‘new human/biological relationships‘ in Mexico City.”
The SOM Foundation and its Board of Officers have been closely monitoring the unprecedented situation created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This spring, we had planned to launch the call for our 2020 SOM Foundation Structural Engineering Research Fellowship and our 2020 SOM Foundation China Prize. After evaluating the current situation, we have decided to postpone the call until 2021.
The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 SOM Foundation Research Prize. Two teams—one led by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and one led by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Architecture—will each receive a grant of $40,000 to conduct original research. The SOM Foundation Research Prize was created in 2018 to cultivate new ideas and meaningful research with the goal of addressing critical issues of our time. This year’s topic, “Shrinking our Agricultural Footprint,” seeks to define new spatial conditions that reduce our agricultural footprint and advance approaches to sustainability and resiliency in the short- and long-term future.