WAF Research Grant Initiative

Diversity | Resilience | Wellness | Next Practice Issues

WAF Research Grant
An initiative to support architectural investigation through projects or programs that increase public awareness of the importance of design in the environments in which we live, work, play and learn. Submissions need to address one of the following contemporary architectural issues: diversity, resilience, wellness and/or future of architectural practice.

The WAF Research Grant funds research grants up to $5,000.. Final research ideas, outcomes and deliverables will be published online and made available by the Wisconsin Architects Foundation.


May 1, 2018 - Grant Announcement

September 14, 2018 - Applications and Supporting Materials Due

November 1, 2018 - Notification to applicants of decision

November 1, 2019 - Deliverables Due

Project Submissions

All project submissions will be completed online and include.

- Project Title

- Abstract

- Detailed Project Budget

- Summary of Proposed Outcomes

- Architectural issues:

> Diversity

> Resilience

> Wellness

> Next Practice

- Resume(s) of Principal Researchers

- Two references including contact information

Details of Funding

What is funded:

• Projects that elevate public awareness of Architecture and Architects

• Projects that examine the future of architectural practice

• Projects that consider sustainability, resilience, wellness, ingenuity, creativity

• Projects that focus on cultural, economic, ethnic or racial diversity

What is not funded:

• Capital expenditures

• Endowments or building programs

• Purchase of public ar t

• Travel

• Website development or software purchase

• Archival projects

Selection Criteria

The jury,  comprised of members of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation Board of Directors, will evaluate each submission and award grants based on:

• Relevance of research to the stated architectural issues

• Applicability to the Architectural profession and/or the broader design + build industry

• Innovation of the subject matter

• Quality of stated approach, methodology, rigor and deliverables

• Validity of research methods

Research should focus on architectural knowledge that can be readily applied and conveyed within the profession. The research will result in a final written work, design project, research paper, video or another form of deliverable. Winners may be requested to present their research findings at the AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture.

Questions? Please contact us at aiaw@aiaw.org

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