Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation Announces 2020 Fellowship and Grant Winners

May 08, 2020
Credit: Courtesy of BBB Foundation, Pratt Center, and ACE Mentor Program

The Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation has announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2020 awards program.

Launched in 2017, the program supports the advancement of architecture, planning, and preservation through three parallel initiatives providing financial support for graduate students, community-based planning, and youth education. The 2020 programs and awardees are:

  • The John Belle Travel Fellowship: Samantha Radice, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Community Planning Grant: Pratt Center for Community Development

  • Youth Education Grant: ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York

The John Belle Travel Fellowship

Courtesy of BBB Foundation

John Belle and Samantha Radice

Samantha Radice’s research project, “The Child, The City, The Street” will explore child-friendly planning outside of the playground in Hong Kong, Albania, Germany, and Belgium. The jury was impressed by the proposal’s goal to support family life and to provide more agency to children in urban areas. Read about her proposal and the John Belle Travel Fellowship on the BBB Foundation website.


Community Planning Grant

Courtesy of Pratt Center

For the third consecutive year, this grant is awared to the Pratt Center for Community Development in support of their initiative “Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone (BASE)” – a campaign to enable the conversion of basements and cellars into safe, legal rental units across New York City. Pratt Center serves as both a technical advisor and a policy advocate for the BASE coalition. Read about their work and the Community Planning Grant on the BBB Foundation website.


Youth Education Grant

Courtesy of ACE Mentor Program

For the third consecutive year, this grant is awarded to the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York to sponsor scholarships for two high school students pursuing higher education in architecture, urban design, or historic preservation. ACE’s mission to educate and support the next generation of the architectural profession advances the Foundation’s goals to inspire young people entering the practice of architecture. The two students will be chosen by the ACE Scholarship Committee in May 2020 and announced by the BBB Foundation shortly thereafter. Read about the ACE Mentor Program and the Youth Education Grant on the BBB Foundation website.


About the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation

The Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation advances the role of architecture, planning, and preservation in strengthening the physical and social fabric of our cities, communities, and institutions.

Through fellowships, grants, and other initiatives, the Foundation engages the full cycle of design, from inspiring young people to enter the profession, to supporting graduate research, to enabling thoughtful, socially-conscious design and planning that directly benefits communities.

This mission is inspired by the core values of Beyer Blinder Belle, which from its founding defined an approach to design focused on architecture empowering people—through their interaction on streets and in neighborhoods, and through their connections to the surrounding built environment.


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