Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award

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The Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award was established in 2020 to honor excellence in single built project and single design program guided by the conviction that access to high quality architecture is not a privilege, it is a human right. Architecture for Social Justice is defined by the following objectives: first, to engage a broader cross-section of society, especially those not typically able to access architectural services and, second, to create innovative design solutions that address complex social and economic inequities that impact these communities

This yearly award celebrates the commitment of designers who work on behalf of the public good while receiving no or below *market rate compensation.

A monetary award of $2,500 will be given by the AIA Chicago Foundation for built projects and/or design programs that exemplify socially just design practices and impact. Non-monetary honorable mentions may also be awarded. There is no cost to enter.

*Market rate compensation is based on conventional fee structures.

ABOUT ROBERTA FELDMAN, PH.D.

Roberta Feldman, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture. As an architectural activist, researcher, and educator she is committed to democratic design. Feldman’s work is grounded in the conviction that high quality design is a meaningful and necessary component of an equitable and sustainable society. Her expertise in such work has been recognized nationally and internationally.

PROJECT AND PROGRAM JURY

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The following criteria will guide jurors in their decisions:

  • Equity: The contribution(s) of the built project and/or program to equitable social and economic consequences.
  • Engagement: Meaningful and inclusive community and/or other stakeholder(s)’ participation and collaboration.
  • Problem solving: Constructive strategies that leverage designer(s)’ and partner(s)’ assets to address built project and programmatic challenges such as cost constraints, difficult and/or conflicting objectives, political obstacles, ethical dilemmas, and others.
  • Design excellence: High standards of design evident in built projects and programmatic materials.
  • Innovation: Effective, new methods and/or design solutions that address socially just design.
  • Replicability: Applicability and affordability of a project’s or program’s method(s) and design to meet the needs of other design practices.
  • Other qualities, described by the applicant, that are particularly relevant to the submitted built project and/or program.

View all the 2021 Submissions and Award Recipients.