Research Support

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) Research Support is a resource for faculty and students involved in research at the college. On this page, CAPLA scholars will find current grant funding and partnership opportunities as well as conference and submission opportunities that are focused on built environment research. Links to the University of Arizona and CAPLA resources to support scholarly activity will also be provided on this page. In addition, the current news about the university-wide research initiative Building a Changing World will be included here along with Drachman Institute news and events. Occasionally, we will post a discussion about current opportunities or changing environments. Finally, this page will feature current research activity and accomplishments by CAPLA faculty and students.


Research Opportunties

Announcing another cycle of research seed grants!

CAPLA Research Seed Grants will be awarded to faculty proposals for scholarly work that are deemed worthy and that address one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Progresses scholarly work in the Built Environment
  • Constitutes a multi-discipline approach to the proposed work
  • Includes multiple colleges within the proposed activities
  • Includes international partners
  • Directs the research or scholarly work toward a major grant funding agency focus area
  • Directs the research or scholarly toward a corporate partner

All proposals must constitute new research or scholarly work not already in progress at UA. Each semester up to $20,000 will be allocated to fund p to 5 proposals as appropriate for each proposal scope. Permitted expenditures will include Travel, Conferences, GAs, Site Visits, Equipment, Computational Needs, or other expenses related to scholarly work. It is not intended this fund should replace start-up funds. To qualify, the proposals shall meet the outlined criteria. A university-level peer-review committee will review all proposals and recommend funding to the Dean. The committee will be coordinated by the Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs.

Proposals shall be submitted RII’s Competition Grants portal at by January 28, 2020

CAPLA Research Seed Grants awardees must demonstrate a grant has resulted in at least one proposal before the candidate is eligible for another seed grant for another project.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows successful, top rank faculty to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany.  The award is valued at up to €1.65 million ($1.9 million). 

Deadline: July 31, 2020


Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center Fellowships

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Fellowships are tenable for periods from four to eleven months at a stipend of $4,200 per month.

Deadline: July 15, 2020


Urban Communication Foundation - Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award

The annual Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award recognizes an outstanding book, published in English, which exhibits excellence in addressing issues of urban communication.

Deadline: July 15, 2020


Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in Urban History published in a scholarly journal in 2018

This award is for the best article on urban history published in a scholarly journal with a publication date of 2018 (either in print or online as part of a journal’s early online version). Criteria for selection for all awards: significance, originality, quality of research, sophistication of methodology, clarity of presentation, cogency of arguments, and contribution to the field of urban history.

Deadline: May 1, 2020


Society for Cinema and Media Studies - Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award

This award recognizes innovative work that expands the discipline of film and media studies, emphasizing its relationship to other visual fields, including architecture, art history, and digital media.

Anticipated Deadline: July 30, 2020


Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) - Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award

Established in 1949, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award aims to annually recognize the most, “distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.”

Anticipated Deadline: June 1, 2020


Herbert Feis Award, American Historical Association

This prize is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history, broadly defined. Contributions could, for example, include work as the administrator of a public history group or agency (such as a historical society, a historic site, or a community history project) or as the creator or producer of a public history product or products (such as a museum exhibit, radio script, web site, oral history collection, or film). Often, the contribution will be the result of years of effort in the field, but the prize might also recognize a singular contribution of major importance such as a pathbreaking museum exhibit.  Individuals and collaborative groups are eligible to apply.

Deadline: May 15, 2020


James Harvey Robinson Prize, American Historical Association

The James Harvey Robinson Prize is awarded biennially for the teaching aid which has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes. The work should be a "teaching aid," which encompasses textbooks, source and reference materials, audiovisuals, computer-assisted instruction, and public history or museum materials.  The work should have the potential to influence history education.

Deadline: May 15, 2020


John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association

The John H. Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. This biennial prize must be the author’s first or second book.

Deadline: May 15, 2020


American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Excellence & Innovation Awards

AASCU has a variety of awards:  Regional & Economic Development Award, The International Education Award, The Leadership Development & Diversity Award, The Christa McCauliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award, Sustainability & Sustainable Development Award, Civic Learning & Community Engagement Award.

Applications Open in Early March with announcements in June 2020


Shafik Gabr Foundation

East-West: The Art of Dialogue -- Gabr Fellowship

The Foundation sponsors and fosters exchanges between emerging leaders from Egypt and the other countries in arts, science, law, media and entrepreneurship – both business and social. Program participants spend two weeks in Egypt, followed by a further two weeks in the U.S., building enduring connections through hands-on activities, rigorous discussions, web-based interaction and most importantly, their own collaborative ‘action projects’.  There is not a stipend; however, all lodging, travel, and meals are covered by the Foundation.

Deadline: May 31, 2020


Graham Foundation


Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision throughmaking project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

Grantmaking Focus

Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.

We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Our interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, we support a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators) and organizations (such as non-profit galleries, colleges and universities, publishers, and museums).

Open discourse is essential to advance study and understanding, therefore our grantmaking focuses on the public dissemination of ideas. With our support, the work of individuals and organizations reaches new audiences, from specialized to general, and creates opportunities for critical dialogue between various publics.



John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography from the Society for Visual Anthropology

This award is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.

Deadline: March 15, 2020


Walter S. Mangold Award from the National Environmental Health Association

This award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health professional. These contributions include, but are not limited to, promoting the art and science of environmental health through the development of innovative programming, which can be used to resolve environmental health problems in a multitude of areas, including at the national level; acting as a mentor and role model for peers and others; preventing disease and injury and promoting good health in communities, utilizing the highest standards of modern environmental health practices; and continually urging others to improve by use of all forms of modern communication.

Deadline: March 15, 2020 (anticipated)


Leadership in History Awards - Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History

This award is presented to recognize excellence for projects in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history (including civic engagement, special projects, educational programs, exhibits, publications, etc.), and individual lifetime achievement.

Deadline: March 1, 2020 


Fellowship (Creative Writing) from the National Endowment for the Arts

Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement

Deadline: March 6, 2020 (anticipated)


Lewis-Burke Associates LLC Defense Policy Newsletter 






Conference Opportunities and Workshops

CAPLA Faculty, Help Your Research Find Its Broadest Audience through The Conversation

University Communications has partnered with The Conversation, an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.

The Conversation publishes articles of 800-1,000 words by academics on timely topics related to their research. Articles promoted by The Conservation have six to seven million reads per month.

How Does It Work?

  1. A faculty member works with University Communications to pitch an article (four or five sentences in the pitch, articles themselves are always under 1,000 words)
  2. If the folks as The Conversation like the pitch, they commission the piece
  3. Editors at The Conversation work with authors to establish the angle and structure; every piece is edited for clarity and accuracy by a second editor and copy editor before publication
  4. Authors have control over the final copy—an article is not published without author approval
  5. Once published, The Conversation promotes the piece through partnerships with The Associated Press and Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.—so articles are often republished in national outlets such as The Washington PostTimeCNN and Scientific American, and also in local newspapers

What Does The Conversation Look for in an Article?

1.Is it of interest to a general audience?

2.Is the idea timely?

3.Is the faculty member an expert in what they're writing about?

4.Can the academic cover the topic in 1,000 words or fewer?

What are Some Examples by University of Arizona Faculty?

The Conversation is interested in a wide range of topics, but few are very specific. Some titles from Arizona faculty are “U.S. communities can suffer long-term consequences after immigration raids,” “Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River,” “One step toward making criminal justice less biased” and “Genetic Adam and Eve may have walked on Earth at the same time.”

I’m Ready to Learn More or to Make Pitch! What’s Next?

Learn more by reviewing the attached one-sheet and at an upcoming info session hosted by University Communications. A session oriented specifically to faculty of Arts and CAPLA will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m. in Music Building, Room 114A

If you’re ready to make a pitch, please contact Associate Dean for Research Barbara Bryson,, and Marketing and Communications Manager Simmons Buntin,, who will connect you with the University Communications team. You’ll then work directly with University Communications.

And if your pitch isn’t accepted by The Conversation, Simmons will work with the faculty member to create a pitch sent directly to other editors and/or publish our own CAPLA story.

See additional information here.


Dubai 202: Rapid Cities - Responsive Architecture

A conference coinciding with EXPO 2020: design, planning & construction in the modern world. 

Place: American University in Dubai
Dates: 22-24 November, 2020
Abstracts: 30th June 2020 (Round One)


AGATHÓN Internation Journal of Architecture, Art & Design


Note: The Open Access Journal adopts a daouble-blind peer review process

The Complexity of a Multiscalar Project

AGATHÓN is an Open Access International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, included in the ANVUR list, areas 08 and 10, of Scientific Journals. The International Scientific Committee, for its issue n. 7 | 2020 that will be published in June, promotes the topic From Mega to Nano: The Complexity of a Multiscalar Project.

Abstract Deadline: 5 February 2020

Link to Call for Papers



In historic Canterbury, the University of Kent hosts a conference on built heritage, future architecture and the digital turn.

Conference Dates: 29-30 June 2020  

Conference Location: Canterbury, UK. University of Kent

Abstracts: 10th Feb 2020 (Round One)


* The City and Complexity - Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment

In London, City University hosts a conference on urban design, architecture and infrastructure in the context of the city as a social and economic entity. 

Conference Dates: 17-19 June 2020 

Conference Location: London, University of London

Abstracts: 1st Dec 2019 (Round One) 


Terra 2021 - 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage: Looking Back, Moving Forward - Advances in Conservation, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico June 8-11, 2021. This world congress is being co-organized by the NPS Vanishing Treasures Program, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, under the aegis of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Conservation of Earthen Architectural Heritage.

Conference Dates: 8-11, June 2021

Conference Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Abstracts: 1st March 2020

University Research Initiative Sub-Pillar - Built Environment Research

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