The Graham Foundation Announces the 2022 Organizational Grants Winners

After announcing the 56 individual grantees for 2022 in May, the Chicago-based nonprofit Graham Foundation has announced 36 award-winning projects — exhibitions, public programs, publications, digital initiatives including podcasts and more — led by organizations dedicated to US$338,000 – Dollars in scholarships will be shared this year. While the list of awardees is Chicago- and New York-heavy, it also includes projects from organizations in other areas, including Buenos Aires, Montreal, London, Mexico City and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Just to give you a taste, funded projects include an upcoming solo exhibition by artist Charisse Pearlina Weston at the Queens Museum, an upcoming collection of writings on playground design by the late Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Han Oberlander of Concordia University Press, and a restaging of the 2019 exhibition Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture, designed and curated by Sekou Cooke at Design Museum Atlanta.

Dedicated to promoting “the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in art, culture and society,” the Graham Foundation has provided more than $42 million in direct support to nearly 5,000 organizations and individuals around the world granted since its inception in 1956. As the Foundation noted in its announcement, many of the organizations honored in this grant round are on the younger side, with the majority being established within the last 15 years.

The 2022 organization’s honorees include the Ragdale Foundation, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (also the most recent recipient of an NEH grant), MAS Context, Counterpublic and the African Futures Institute in Accra, Ghana, founded by Lesley Lokko.

Several friends of A including New York Review of ArchitectureStorefront for Art and Architecture, the Architectural League of New York and gallery space a83 in Soho are among the 2022 Graham Foundation organizing grantees. Student-led publications from schools such as Rice Architecture, the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University and the college of Architecture, Design and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago complete the list.

All 36 Graham Foundation 2022 Organizational Grantees and their respective winning projects are listed below, while more information on each can be found here.


a83 (New York City)
Architectural Imaging in 1980s New York: The John Nichols Printmakers & Publishers Collection

Any Corporation (New York City)
model behavior

Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)
Himali Singh Soin: Static Reach

Himali Singh Soin, a confirmation, 2022. Video still. Courtesy of the artist. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to the Art Institute of Chicago for the exhibition Himali Singh Soin: Static Reach

The Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago)
Rathin Barman: Unexplained Structures

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City, California)
Harpers Ferry: An Interpretive Epicenter

Counter-Public (St. Louis)
Counterpublic 2023

Available (Buenos Aires)
Making Architecture Available, 2022–23 program

Floating Museum (Chicago)
Floating Monuments: Mecca Dwellings

Floating MuseumConcept sketch for Floating Monuments: Mecca Dwellings, 2022. Courtesy The Floating Museum. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to the Floating Museum for the exhibition Floating Monuments: Mecca Dwellings

LIGA – Space for Architecture (Mexico City)
Arquitectura Para Dioses (Architecture for Gods)

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House (West Hollywood, California)

Museum of Design Atlanta (Atlanta)
Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture

Queens Museum (New York City)
Charisse Pearlina Weston: by [a] tomorrow: lighter than air, stronger than whiskey, cheaper than dust.

Ronald (“Ron”) Edward Galella, Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) protests at the World’s Fair, opening day 1964 (printed 1994). Vintage gelatin silver print. Courtesy Queens Museum. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to the Queens Museum for the exhibition of Charisse Pearlina Weston: [a] tomorrow: lighter than air, stronger than whiskey, cheaper than dust.

Ragdale Foundation, endowment (Lake Forest, IL)
Echo, 10th Anniversary Ragdale Ring: Reconnecting With Our Roots

Art and Architecture Showcase (New York City)
On the ground

Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio)
Sharing circles: Carol Newhouse and the WomanShare collective

Carol Newhouse, Scrapbook Page, 1974. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to the Wexner Center for the Arts for the exhibition Sharing circles: Carol Newhouse and the WomanShare collective

Film, video and new media projects

The Architectural League of New York (New York City)
Seeing the whole: designing for climate, biodiversity and equity in a complex and dynamic world

Beverly Willis architecture Foundation, endowment (New York City)
New angle: voice

Society of Architectural Historians—Race and Architectural History Affiliate Group (Chicago)
I Pity the Lands: Comparative Space Histories of Settler Colonialism, Race & Podcast

Public Programs

Association of Architectural Organizations (Chicago)
Design Matters Conference 2022

Mobile Manufacturer Chicago (Chicago)
Interdisciplinary and cross-generational design summit


African Futures Institute (Accra, Ghana)
FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture, Volume 3: 19.8

Makola Market, 2022, Accra. Photo: Festus Jackson-Davis. From the Graham Foundation 2022 grant to the African Futures Institute for publication FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture Volume 3: 19.8

Bracket (Toronto)
bracket [On Sharing]

California College of the Arts – Department of Architecture (San Francisco)
Review of Design Book Review

Concordia University Press (Montreal)
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander on educational playgrounds

The Experiment (New York City)
Nineteen Reservoirs: On Their Formation and the Promise of Water for New York City

Faktur (University Park, Pennsylvania)
Invoice: documents and architecture, booklet no. 4 and 5

Geoffrey Bawa Trust (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa archive

Geoffrey Bawa, Yala Sand Dune Scheme, Elevation, 1968. Ink on paper. Drawing by Nihal Amarasinghe (attributed to). Courtesy of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to Geoffrey Bawa Trust for publication Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa archive

Goldsmiths College, University of London – Center for Research Architecture (London)
Research Architecture: Provocations, Practices and Proposals

Manifest Institute of the Americas (New York City)
Manifesto: A Journal of the Americas, eds 4-5

MAS context (Chicago)
MAS context 34: AIR

aerial view, Pamplona Encounters, Pamplona, ​​1972. Copyright Jose Miguel de Prada Poole. With kind permission of the author. From the 2022 Graham Foundation grant to MAS Context for publication MAS context 34: AIR

New York Review of Architecture (New York City)
New York Review of Architecture, 2022

Student Publications

Paprika! (New Haven, Connecticut)
Paprika! volume viii

Rice University – School of Architecture (Houston)
PLATE 12.0

Texas Tech University – School of Architecture (Lubbock, Texas)

University of California, Los Angeles – Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design (Los Angeles)
POOL, Issue No. 08

University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Architecture, Design and Art (Chicago)
Fresh Meat Magazine 14

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