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Sep 26, 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 art duo MSHR premieres Macro Synthetic Helio Resistor, a quadraphonic performance involving their new Boolean logic chip-based analog modular synthesizers in a feedback system with lasers, strobes and incandescent lights.  

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

The 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale considers both our attachment to place and our relationships to the objects we own, share, and exchange by asking three crucial questions: Where do we belong? What does “home” mean? How do we manage and imagine our belongings?

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.

The deadline has passed. The 2018 Grants to Individuals applications will be made available next summer, and will be due September 15, 2017. Thanks to all who have submitted this year. We will announce the winners in May 2017.

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