December 15, 2011
Jenny Sabin, assistant professor of architecture, has been named a United States Artists (USA) Fellow in Architecture and Design for 2011. The $50,000 USA grants are awarded each year to 50 outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists.
"While in L.A. to accept the fellowship, I was overwhelmed by the company that I was in," says Sabin; current and past fellows from architecture and design include Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano; Teddy Cruz; Greg Lynn; Neil Denari; and Elena Manferdini, a visiting critic in architecture for the fall semester. There were also other luminaries from dance, literature, and theatre arts.
The USA Fellows are awarded after a lengthy process that includes an initial nomination, formal application, and peer panel review. Founded in 2006, the USA has awarded more than $15 million in annual grants, and is second only to the MacArthur Fellowship for total funds awarded. Fellows are allowed to use the funds in any way they wish.
Sabin, whose work focuses on the intersection between architecture and science, is the principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental design studio, and is also a cofounder of the hybrid research and design unit, LabStudio. She joined the Cornell faculty in August 2011.