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The University of Miami School of Architecture invites U-SoA Students, Faculty and Staff to submit proposals for the U-SoA Social Justice Prize. By recommendation of the DEI Committee the Prize funds programming that supports the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in U-SoA and/or the built environment.

Social and environmental justice in the context of a school of architecture entails a wide range of topics: the trends and effects of climate gentrification on economically disadvantaged communities; the unevenly distributed impacts of pollution and toxic waste; ADA and universal design; legislation that impacts safe spaces for discussion of identity; disparity of resources resulting from urban planning policies such as redlining; development of affordable housing, and so on. Architects, planners, developers, and other practitioners working with the built environment are well-positioned to play an active role in shaping dialogue and approaches towards these issues, and U-SoA should facilitate those conversations.

The mission of the U-SoA Social Justice Prize is to actively engage the U-SoA community in dialogue and scholarship that foster a culture of belonging within the School and beyond. Funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to advancing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. All proposals, even those that touch on climate issues, should have precisely developed social equity goals and should identify the specific targeted groups whose voice will be amplified by the proposal and how. Projects may be but are not limited to events, installations, exhibitions, or course creation/development, and may be proposed by any member of the U-SoA community.

In the spring of 2024, the University of Miami School of Architecture accepted proposals for the second cycle of the Social Justice Prize, a program crafted by the DEI Committee as one of multiple initiatives launched in 2023 to advance the culture of belonging within architectural education and professional practice. This prize funds innovative projects that address social and environmental justice through the lens of architecture.  By addressing these critical issues, the Prize integrates the culture of belonging and environmental priorities into the core of architectural education, empowering the School of Architecture community to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable built environment.

This year, the Social Justice Prize honored two exceptional projects that embodied these values and showcased innovative approaches to architectural scholarship and community engagement.

The 2024 Social Justice Prize will fund Professor Lily Wong’s proposal, "Moonrise: Embodying the Mid-Autumn Harvest." In this workshop, Wong will explore non-western embodied knowledge systems in architectural and ecological practices.

The Prize will also support U-SoA Teaching Fellow Demar Matthews and Assistant Director of Communications Madison Brinnon’s  proposal, “Unearthing A Black Aesthetic: Green Haven.” This proposal aims to combat local food injustice through a partnership with the non-profit Green Haven Project to establish a new plant nursery and educational space for the Overtown community.

Learn more about the proposal winners, here.



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  • 2023 Social Justice Prize Winners

    BLex Week (Black Excellence in Architecture Week), submitted by NOMAS

    Project leads: Sacha Braggs, Jaylin Cole

    Project collaborators: Alana Bernard, Christopher Stinson, Liam Green, Mykayla Pauls, Olivia Speaks, Cameron Cathey, Gabby Stanfield, Matthew Jarmon, Maxim Waters, So-Flo NOMA

    Project Brief:

    The University of Miami Chapter of NOMAS will host our first Black Excellence in Architecture Week (BLex Week) this February from the 20th to the 24th. BLex week is a unique opportunity for our students to create spaces and programs on our campus where we recognize Black excellence in the field of architecture and expose our students to diverse topics that typically are not included in our curriculum. The week will be set to tell the story of Blackness in architecture through people, projects, and programs. Beginning with hearing the stories of pioneers in our field and ending with the legacy of aspiring Black architects. BLex week ultimately has three goals:

    1. Educate and expose the campus to untold stories of Black excellence in architecture.
    2. Cultivate spaces to build and strengthen the community between Black UM students, faculty, and local professionals.
    3. Provide an avenue for students to contribute and expand the legacy of Black excellence in architecture through outreach and service.


    Parity in Design Chats

    Project collaborators: Veruska Vasconez, Charlotte von Moos, Sophie Juneau, Andrea Lira, Dagmar Barron, Saung Ya Tu

    Project Brief:

    This proposal is for a half-day event, the “Parity in Design Chats,” where a series of conversations and exchanges on parity in our field will occur. The event will feature open conversations as well as invited speakers. Proceedings are to be transcribed in a workbook. This event aims to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and broader audiences regarding parity in design.

  • Submission Details

    Submissions Must Include

    1. COVER SHEET (one page), which should include:

    • Title of the project;
    • Name, title, department, phone number, and email address of project lead(s);
    • List of project collaborators; and
    • A brief description of and purpose for the project.

    2. PROPOSAL NARRATIVE, which includes (in three pages or less):

    Project description

    • What is the issue or challenge you are looking to address?
    • How does your project or initiative address your identified issue or challenge? What
      are the major activities or components?
    • How does this project align to school-wide goals related to diversity, equity and
    • How will you collaborate with or involve other members of U-SoA (students, staff,
      faculty, other departments, units, alumni) and/or community members?
    • Who is your target audience? (U-SoA community, UM community, general public,
      students, faculty, staff, etc)


    • How will you evaluate the success of your program or initiative? (indicators, data collection methods)
    • Timeframe for project completion, estimated event or launch date

    Budget and Justification

    A complete and detailed budget that includes the precise dollar amount requested and justification for the request.

    • Commitment for funding is given only on an annual basis, and such commitment should not be construed as a commitment for future funding.
    • Lack of a clear, itemized budget is grounds for denying funding.
    • If funds are to be used for the purchase of equipment or materials (including
      computer software or hardware), the proposal must indicate why they are essential to the project, who will be responsible for them, and how they will be used after the project has been completed.
    • All funds must be spent in accordance with university fiscal and procurement policies.
    • If you need assistance creating a budget, please connect with Germane Barnes

  • How To Apply

    Email your application in PDF format to Sophie Juneau ( and Germane Barnes (