CityStudioSTL Student Awards

WashU Student Chapter of ASLA members with Add/Remove/Improve installation, spring 2016.

CityStudioSTL Student Awards are open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who propose to continue a community collaborative project from a curricular or cocurricular experience. Awards will support students who wish to either complete a project begun in a course, or expand the project’s original scope; priority is given to initiatives that are already under way.

Proposed projects must involve an individual, organization, or partner in the St. Louis community. A range of projects will be supported, including those that engage art, design, or architecture in addressing issues such as health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, urban planning, creative placemaking, and sustainability. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their existing partner as they develop their plans, in order to ensure the partner’s needs are met.

Awards will be $300 per student or group of students, and offered twice a year at the end of each semester. In some circumstances, additional funding may be provided to help support projects based on application budgets. 

Eligibility & Application

Full-time Washington University undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply for CityStudioSTL Awards, whether as individuals or as a team. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- At least one applicant must be enrolled in the Sam Fox School OR
- The proposed project must be generated from a Sam Fox School course, regardless of the home school of the applicant(s)

Download 2020/2021 CityStudioSTL Student Awards Program Guidelines & Application>>

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted to Liz Kramer, Associate Director of the Office for Socially Engaged Practice, at by the following deadlines:

Spring: 5p, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

Grant Recipients

Fall 2020
Carlos Salazar-Lermont, MFA-VA22, received a CityStudioSTL Student Award to support a collaboration with the Venezuelan Association of Missouri, focused on engaging the Venezuelan community in the production of a project titled Monument to the Venezuelan Diaspora. The sculptural work is intended to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the Venezuelan diaspora, and to provide opportunities for members of the community to both contribute to and interact with the piece. This project is part of Salazar-Lermont’s studio practice. 

Read the full news release about the award>>

Spring 2020
Kay Ingulli (BFA22) and Carmen Mariá von Unrug (BFA20) will work with the Crown Center for Senior Living to build a program that matches volunteer WashU students with Crown Center residents to cook meals and spend time together. In spring 2020, all three students participated in Interaction Design: Understanding Health and Well-Being, led by senior lecturer Enrique Von Rohr and lecturer Christine Stavridis. 

Lu Yu (MArch) will document work by Mark Pappas to renovate the former Carnegie Library in St. Louis’ Hyde Park neighborhood. Yu originally met Pappas through senior lecturer Michael Allen’s graduate studioVacant/Ruined/Wild: Feral Urbanism. Her documentation will take the form of a visual essay with architectural survey drawings, photos, and illustrations. 

Read the full news release about the award>>

Fall 2019
Trevor McKee, BFA21, will continue his work with Better Family Life’s Operation Clean Sweep initiative using the CityStudioSTL Student Award. In fall 2019, McKee was a student in assistant professor Meghan Kirkwood’s Drone Photography class; he will continue his work documenting the demolition, deconstruction, and cleanup of vacant lots and buildings to support the initiative’s goals. 

Read the full news release about the award>>

Spring 2019
Two groups of students received funding to continue a project with a community partner in the St. Louis region that they began in a Sam Fox School course:
Rachel Bennett, MArch/MUD21, Kyle Kapaun, MArch20/MCM20, and Megan Folkmann, MArch20, will work with the Fox Park community to develop ideas for the underutilized fieldhouse located in Fox Park, following their participation in associate professor Catalina Freixas’s Inclusion and Neighborhood Resilience [v 2.0] Fox Park studio in spring 2019.

Lauren McDaniel, MLA20, and Natia Kapanadze, MLA20, will organize events at the Griot Museum of Black History to screen commercials for objects in the museum’s collection. The commercials were created by students in assistant professor Eric Ellingsen’s fall 2019 Visualizing Ecological Processes course.

Read the full news release about the award>>

Fall 2018
Communication Design students Tolu Atoyebi, Rachel Jackson, Madeline Montoya, and ZeCora Smith were awarded the CityStudioSTL Student Award to continue their partnership with the Freedom Arts and Education Center in the City of St. Louis. The students developed a proposal for a comprehensive branding system for the organization in the course Communication Design: Design for Social Impact, taught by assistant professor Penina Acayo Laker. The branding system will help publicize the Freedom Arts and Education Center’s role in the community and improve communication about existing programs and resources. With their award, the students will print materials they designed and host a workshop at the Center, where participants will produce signage and artwork to be displayed throughout the facility. 

Read the full news release about the award>>

Spring 2018
Amela Parcic, March18, will continue her installation and gardening efforts at Milque Toast Bar, located at 2212 S. Jefferson Ave., which she began in the Foodscapes seminar, taught by lecturer Lynn Peemoeller.

Virginia Eckinger, MLA20, will work with the Washington Montessori Elementary School in the Central West End to plan and implement improvements to a learning garden outside the school. The garden was the site for her project in the Planting Design seminar, taught by senior lecturer Rick Kacenski.

Fall 2017
Will Sun, BS18, and Rob Birch, MArch17, developed and printed a folding map and booklet for Northside Community Housing and the 4theVille initiative to help share stories of the history and residents of the Ville neighborhood. They initiated this project as part of the course American Cultural Landscapes, taught by senior lecturer Michael Allen.

Read the full news release about the award>>

Spring 2017
Casey Ryan, MArch17, will continue her collaboration with the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association, building upon a proposal she developed with classmates as part of the course Developing Sustainable Urban Communities. Read the full news release about the award>>

Fall 2016
David Winningham, MFA18, will offer an extension of the Art of Justice workshops he started in fall 2016 at the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson. Through these hands-on activities, participants engage in discussions and performances that facilitate dialogue about identity, racial inequality, and social justice.

A group of MLA students will continue their collaboration with the Baden neighborhood in North St. Louis. Building on relationships built during a spring 2016 landscape architecture studio, the students plan to work with Our Lady of the Holy Cross Church to create a multipurpose outdoor community space. Participating students include Alisa Blatter, Jingcheng (Jason) Wu, Margot Shafran, and Shelbey Sill.

Read the full news release about the awards>>

Spring 2016
Jun Bae, BDes16, used his funds to screen Exodus in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. The film—which Bae began in associate professor Denise Ward-Brown's course Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides in fall 2015 and completed during his capstone course with lecturer Elisa Kim in spring 2016—tells the human story of the St. Louis Place residents who will be displaced by the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency development planned for the neighborhood. Bae spent months getting to know residents, interviewing experts, and editing the final video.

Exodus and a second film by Bae, Bob's Tour—Understanding What We See, were screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival in July 2016. The latter film offers a striking portrait of longtime community activist and associate professor Bob Hansman, and the city he loves.

View Exodus online>>
Listen to Bae discuss his films on St. Louis Public Radio>>
Read more about the NGA's site on NextSTL>>

Fall 2015
The WashU Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects received the inaugural CityStudioSTL Student Award in January 2016 for an extended exhibition of Add/Remove/Improve. Conceived as the chapter's 2015 contribution to PARK(ing) Day—a global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborated to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places—the public installation asked community members to consider what they would add, remove, or improve in their community.

View images from the project on Facebook>>
Read the full news release about the grant>>