Norden Fund 2018 Information Session


Roger Anger | Avenue Paul Doumer, Paris | Photo by Priyanka Shah

The Deborah J. Norden Fund 2018 Information Session

Priyanka Shah, 2017 grantee
Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League

The Architectural League of New York invites you to an information session on the Deborah J. Norden Fund, an annual program of the League that supports independent travel and research for students and recent graduates in architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. Past grantee Priyanka Shah will discuss her project, followed by a Q&A about the grant process with League staff.

Priyanka Shah graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a dual master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a designer at Grimshaw Architects.

Shah’s project “Deep Skins: Roger Anger’s Facade Operations” aims to deconstruct the rich facades of residential buildings designed in the 1960s by Paris-based architect Roger Anger. According to Shah, the geometrical intricacy of these facades is a direct antecedent to contemporary computational design.

Anger sought to produce spatial depth in his facades as a reaction to what he considered the loss of human scale brought by the emergence of the curtain wall system. Through a macroscopic baroque technique, Anger created three-dimensional motifs at the scale of balconies, rooms, or apartments, animating the facade of his high-rise buildings.

After visiting over 15 buildings designed by Anger and his practice in Paris and Grenoble, Shah visited the architect’s private archives in Nice. She is currently working on digitizing Anger’s architectural projects to parametrically test the operations driving his facade designs. Shah envisions the project culminating in an interactive digital monograph.

The Deborah J. Norden Fund was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The prize awards up to $5,000 annually in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

Additional Information
For the 2018 call for proposals and competition details, click here.

For a complete list of past winners and funded projects, click here.

For more competition history and features highlighting the work of past Norden grantees through their essays, photographs, and sketches from around the world, click here.

Travel Reports from The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a publication documenting the first ten years of Norden Fund grants, was published in January 2007. To order a copy of the publication, or to ask questions about application submission, call 212.753.1722 ext. 13, or email

Time & Place
Monday, February 26, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
New York, NY 10012
Free and open to all. Reservations required. Limited space available. REGISTER HERE via Eventbrite.