Architecture Faculty Woods and Morris Receive Graham Foundation Grants

The Leaf House, designed by Shimul Javeri Kadri, SJK Architects, is part of Professor Mary Woods's research for a forthcoming book. photo / provided
Women headloaders, Hyderabad, India
Women headloaders at a construction site in Hyderabad, India, are part of Professor Mary Woods's research for a forthcoming book. photo / Mary N. Woods
Work by Ron Herron
Ron Herron's Death Valley is part of Mark Morris' research for a planned book.
Work by Ron Herron
Ron Herron's Instant City is part of Mark Morris' research for a planned book.
June 7, 2016

Professor Mary N. Woods and Visiting Associate Professor Mark Morris are among the recipients of new grants from the Chicago–based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which supports "innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture."

The Graham Foundation this year awarded more than $490,000 in new grants to support 59 projects undertaken by individuals and collaborative teams of architects, designers, curators, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and writers representing 42 countries.

Woods's grant is in support of her forthcoming book, Women Architects in India: Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi (Routledge, 2016).

"This is a major and seminal text on women architects in India, as well as a history of practice and education — a history not only unknown in the West, but also in India," says Woods. The book is the first study of women architects in modern India, who were part of an ambitious program of post-independence where architecture and female emancipation were central to nation building. Woods also received grants from the AAP Dean's Fund and Cornell's South Asia Program for this publication.

Morris's research for a planned book, Ron Herron: Archigram and After, focuses on the untapped archive of the creator of "Walking City" and other seminal projects from the groundbreaking British architectural group. His writing will focus on visual representation at the eve of digital revolution, and works combining ink drawing, collage, photography, and xerography. Morris shares the grant with Herron's son, Simon, of the University of Greenwich, who collected his late father's original drawings, lecture notes, professional correspondence, image source material, and ephemera from the early 1960s to mid-1990s.

"This grant will put me in London for the month of July with unique access to the material, which I will be indexing and scanning with the view to link it to the existing Archigram archive online hosted by the University of Westminster, in preparation for the book."

Over the past 60 years, the Graham Foundation has supported more than 4,000 individuals and institutions internationally.

By Patti Witten