Registration for the 2018 Steedman Fellowship is now closed. Check back in early 2019 for the announcement of the winner of the 2018 Fellowship.


The 2018 Steedman Fellowship theme is Infrastructures, developed by jury chair Andrea Leers:



Our urban environment is shaped not only by its buildings and public spaces, but also by its infrastructure—the fundamental systems, facilities, and services that enable, sustain, and enhance societal living conditions. Infrastructure may be large public services elements such as power plants, roads, and bridges. It may also be small domestic systems or technological components enabling different kinds of human interaction or environmental impact. Or it may be blue-green infrastructure networks of natural ecosystems for water management and long-term sustainability and resilience. At all scales and manifestations, infrastructural elements are increasingly important subjects of design investigation. No longer thrust to the margins of cities, campuses, and communities, they have emerged as important actors in the design of our individual and collective environments.

The Steedman 2018 jury seeks creative research proposals on the design impact and potential for infrastructures to positively contribute to a sustainable urban future. Registration is now closed.

2018 Jury

Andrea Leers, FAIA

Principal and Co-Founder, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Andrea Leers is an internationally recognized leader in urban, campus, and civic design. The work of her practice has been widely recognized with over 100 national and regional awards, including the 2007 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The monograph on her practice, Made to Measure: The Work of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, was published in 2011 by Princeton University Press. Leers is the former director of the Master in Urban Design Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was an adjunct professor, and she has also taught at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. She was appointed by Boston mayor Martin J. Walsch to the Boston Civic Design Commission, and she is a member of the University of Washington Architectural Commission. She was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and Chaire des Amériques at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

Marion Weiss, FAIA
Co-Founder, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design

Marion Weiss is the co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. The firm’s award-winning projects include the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center, Barnard College’s Diana Center, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Current and recently completed projects include the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and a research and development hub for Cornell Tech’s groundbreaking new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. She has taught design studios at Harvard University and Cornell University, and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University. She has been honored with the Arts & Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award, Architectural Record’s 2017 Women in Architecture Design Leader award, Harvard University’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, and the AIA New York Gold Medal of Honor. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum. Weiss earned her Master of Architecture at Yale University. She is a fellow of the AIA and a National Academy inductee.

Lisa Iwamoto
Founding Partner, IwamotoScott Architecture
Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Lisa Iwamoto is a founding partner of IwamotoScott Architecture, which she leads with her partner, Craig Scott. Located in San Francisco, the firm engages in a wide range of projects including 88 Bluxome, a 1 million-square-foot, mixed-use development; the Miami Design District’s City View Garage; two headquarters for Pinterest; Bloomberg R&D’s flagship building; and the Goto Residence. IwamotoScott has received numerous awards, including the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers; Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard; over twenty AIA Design Awards; a P/A Award; and numerous other architecture and interior awards. Their work has been published in hundreds of journals and exhibited in over fifty museums and galleries. Iwamoto earned her Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where she graduated with distinction, and her Bachelor of Science in structural engineering from the University of Colorado. She is the author of Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques, published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press. Iwamoto is a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Linda C. Samuels
Associate Professor of Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

Linda C. Samuels is an associate professor of urban design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches studios and seminars on infrastructural urbanism, urban history and theory, and sustainability metrics. Samuels is co-PI on a grant from The Divided City initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, entitled Mobility For All By All, which aims to increase the social and environmental benefits of the multibillion-dollar proposed MetroLink expansion for residents living along the alignment. Previously, she was the inaugural director of the Sustainable City Project, a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiative of the University of Arizona. Samuels earned her Doctorate in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. While at UCLA, she was a senior research associate at cityLAB, an urban think tank in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, Woodbury University, and Otis College of Art and Design.

Her publications include “Top/Up Urbanism” (2017) in Amplified Urbanism; “Stitches and Insertions” in Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman’s Fast-Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture’s Engagement with the City (2011); and “Infrastructural Optimism” (2009) and “Working Public Architecture” (2010), both published in Places journal. Her latest essay, “Resistance at the Trench: Why Efforts to Reinvent the 101 Freeway in Downtown Los Angeles Continue to Fail” (2017), was recently published in the Journal of Planning History. She is currently writing a book with Routledge Press entitled Infrastructural Optimism. Samuels’ work has been widely supported, including grants from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, UCLA, the Graham Foundation, ACSA, and the LEF Foundation.

Anna B. F. Ives, AIA
Managing Partner, patterhn ives

Lecturer in Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

Anna B. F. Ives is the managing partner of patterhn ives, llc, and a lecturer in architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a diverse portfolio of award-winning work focusing on arts, education, and community. Ives approaches teaching and project work with criticality, rigor, patience, and persistence, finding the complement of the two pursuits essential. With degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University, her education and background brings considerable depth to the practice of architecture. Prior to her graduate education, she studied Chinese history with a focus on economics. Compositing these interests, her thesis investigated advanced international economics as it pertains to Chinese banking and lending policies. Ives worked in offices in New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis prior to founding patterhn ives with partners Eric Hoffman and Tony Patterson.

In 2009 Ives was among 30 outstanding St. Louis-area business professionals selected by the St. Louis Business Journal to receive a 30 Under 30 award. Her thoughtful approach to design balanced with her innate ability in management and language consistently garner trust and appreciation among clients and colleagues.

Eligibility Requirements

The Steedman Fellowship is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who has received an accredited degree in architecture within the last eight years. Fellows must be able to complete their proposed projects within 18 months of receiving the award.

Additionally, at the conclusion of their fellowship, Fellows must be available to travel to St. Louis to share their research with the Washington University and local AIA architectural communities. The exact presentation format will be decided between the Fellow and the Governing Committee, but it could take the form of a public lecture, exhibition, or collaborative design workshop.

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Submission Guidelines

The 2018 Steedman Fellow will be selected based upon the following: the merits of the research proposal; its relevance to the theme; its relevance to the practice of architecture in St. Louis, MO, and around the world; the quality of the portfolio; and evidence of the applicant’s promise to the field and ability to complete the work proposed. Registration is now closed.

All applications must be submitted in English online via the Slideroom link. The application fee is $75. Application materials must include:

A PDF document that encompasses:

  • Project title
  • Project abstract (200 words max) summarizing the proposed research question/s in reference to the theme and primary location/s for study. This abstract will be used for various purposes, including the announcement of the winner and in web, print, and digital promotions.
  • Research proposal (1500 words max) framing the research questions and relationship of proposed research to the broader theme, relevance to the field, and projected outcomes of the study. Describe how research will be conducted in the location/s specified including a rough itinerary, established contacts, and anticipated deliverables. Your proposal may include images or graphics to illustrate your ideas, but these are not required.
  • Budget and time frame for completion (200 words max)
  • Short bio (200 words). This bio will be used for various purposes, including the announcement of the winner and web, print, and digital promotions.
  • CV

Portfolio of work formatted into a single high-quality PDF file of 10-15 pages (10MB max.).

Applicants will be notified by email of the results, and winners will be announced on our website in spring 2019.