Project Reports: NYSCA Architecture + Design Grants

In 1988, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) initiated the Architecture + Design Program to fund the independent projects of architects, landscape architects, designers, historic preservationists, and scholars that have potential to advance the field and contribute to the public’s understanding of the designed environment. Individual proposals, which must be submitted through a non-profit sponsor, have included the development of design prototypes, historical studies of building types, theoretical design studies or texts, and explorations of new technology in the design fields. While the projects have varied greatly in form and intention, all have been selected based on the Council’s stated goal of supporting innovative ideas being explored outside of traditional practice by individuals whose work may not be broadly known.

The Architectural League has served as a non-profit sponsor for designers seeking NYSCA independent project grants since the program’s inception. Funded projects have ranged from in-depth studies of New York City’s Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, to investigations for adapting waterfront architecture to become more environmentally productive, and the creation of a new hybrid farm, educational center, and resident gathering place in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

In this feature we’re proud to highlight the work of our past NYSCA independent project grant winners. As with our Norden Fund Travel Reports, the projects below are described by the grantees, in their own words and images.

The first iteration of this ongoing feature was published on March 3, 2014. Project reports will continue to be added.

Architecture + Design Program Independent Projects grants are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.