In 2024, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and the SOM Foundation initiated Researcher-in-Residence, a joint residency program based in Los Angeles to provide space and time for rigorous work that addresses pressing issues related to the built environment. Each year, a $5,000 fellowship and summer residency are awarded to an architect, artist, and/or researcher based in the United States to conduct original research that contributes to the current topic.
The Researcher-in-Residence program is open to US-based professionals researching or practicing in a discipline that relates to the built environment. Disciplines may include, but are not limited to architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, architectural history, sociology, writing, and/or visual art.
In addition to an award of $5,000, the fellowship offers a four-to-eight-week residency at R.M. Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles, which is also home to the MAK Center’s Study Center. The residency includes private bedroom, work space, bathroom, and access to communal kitchen and social spaces of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House. Residency recipients are encouraged to participate in the activities of the MAK Center and engage with the art and design communities of Los Angeles. Each residency will culminate with a public talk or program related to the recipient’s research and interests.
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