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Oct 01, 2016

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.


Current Exhibition

This exhibition examines the work of Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji through the collection of his original photographs and building documents held at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to our public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.


The Graham is pleased to host the release of the fourth issue of Prescriptions, a quarterly zine edited by Ann Lui and Craig Reshke of Chicago-based architecture office Future Firm. Issue 04 features a conversation with design technology specialist Andrew Heumann, focusing on the role of computation in professional and aesthetic practices.

This presentation will examine the critical encounters that took place in mid-twentieth-century Baghdad, between native architects including Rifat Chadirji and some of Modernism's most renowned figures.

Grantee News

This monograph on Jane Jacobs's writing on cities, focusing on her experiences and writing leading up to her canonical book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and the ideas and themes that preoccupied her seventy year long writing career.

Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing and research on architecture. The application deadline is November 15, 2016.

Rifat Chadirji, IRQ/331/026: E. Abboud Building, Baghdad, 1955. Photographic paste-ups, 8.27” × 11.69”. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation; Image by Andrew Heumann ; read more