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Competition Info


Single or multiple awards of up to $15,000.


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application.

Jury Guidelines

Proposals should engage in advanced architectural investigation that contributes to the practice, teaching or knowledge of the Art and Science of Architecture. The Brunner Grant is a prestigious award given to mid-career architects. Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Qualified : Applicant qualifications
  • Need : The project cannot be completed without funding
  • Contemporary : Engages with contemporary architectural issues
  • Relevant : Engages current local and global issues
  • Useful : Project results in useful end product

Application Requirements

A complete application includes the Application Form, three letters of recommendation and the $50.00 application fee. The application form and recommendation letters must be submitted both electronically (PDF) and in hard copy.

Application Form

  • Cover Page Form: The Cover Page Form must be placed on the front of hard copy submissions.
  • Project Description: In approximately 1,000 words explain the background information for the project, the objective of study as well as the method and scope of work. Applicants should keep in mind that their proposal will be reviewed by practicing architects.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Maximum length is three pages. Applicants may include an extended resume as supporting material.
  • Budget: Applicants should include all expenses associated with the project as well as any additional sources of funding. Applicants must provide proof of matching funds and/or grants if such funding is critical to the submission.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation must be received by the due date.

Application Fee

The $50.00 entry fee may be paid online through our secure third party platform or in the form of a check, submitted with the hard copy application, made payable to the Center for Architecture.


  • Applicants may submit additional supporting documentation, preferably not exceeding five pages.
  • Recipients may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return.

Application Instructions

In addition to mailing a hard copy submission, the application form and recommendation letters must be emailed as PDF documents to PDF documents may not exceed 5 MB. Please save PDF documents in the following manner:

Application Form
Brunner Application – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: Brunner Application – Smith

Letters of Recommendation
Brunner Recommendation – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: Brunner Recommendation – Smith

Supporting Material
Brunner Supporting Material – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: Brunner Supporting Material – Smith

Email subject lines should follow the same format:

Example email subject line: Brunner Application – Smith
Example email subject line: Brunner Recommendation – Smith

Application Fee

The $50.00 application fee may be paid online.


Hard Copy Submission

In addition to being submitted electronically, the application form and recommendation letters must be submitted in hard copy.

Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Supporting Material

Print out the application form and staple it together, placing the Cover Page Form on the front. Applicants are strongly advised to send a completed application form and three letters of recommendation in one package. Recommenders may send letters separately. Mail documents to:

Center for Architecture
ATTN: Brunner Application – Applicant’s Last Name
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Submissions may be hand-delivered to the Center for Architecture and should be addressed in the following manner:

Center for Architecture
ATTN: Brunner Application – Applicant’s Last Name

Who is Arnold W. Brunner

The Arnold W. Brunner Grant was established by Emma B. Brunner, the wife of architect Arnold William Brunner, in the early 1950s.

Its purpose is to advance study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture.

Arnold William Brunner was born in New York City in 1857. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied under William R. Ware. He spent his early career working in the architecture office of George B. Post and later founded the firm Brunner & Tyron with Thomas Tyron. Brunner is one of the founders of the Architectural League of New York (1881) and was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1892).

Brunner designed and erected many buildings, including Congregation Shearith Israel, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Students’ Hall at Barnard College, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Richard W. Hayes, AIA  – Build Now: Practical Training at the Architectural Association after World War II
Karen Kubey  – Good Neighbors II
Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Jonas HauptmanSmart Cross-Laminated Bamboo


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Wanda Liebermann —
Right to the River: A Critical Geography of the New River in Broward County, Florida
Joel Sanders —
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Seher Erdogan Ford  From Church of Studius to Mosque of Imrahor and Beyond: Architectural Heritage in VR
Stephanie Ryberg-Webster   Restoring the Rustbelt: Historic Preservation amid Urgan Decline, Clevland, Ohio: 1970-1985


Nicole Joslin   Distributed Housing Infrastructure for Regional Sustainability


Peggy Deamer — Architecture and the Sherman Antitrust Act
Mary McLeod — Le Corbusier’s Response to World War II: His Proposals for Refugee Housing
Ruth-Claire Weintraub — Exposure, Explanation, Evolution: the Professional and the Personal in Architectural Education


Chris Maurer — Unearthing Building Potential: A Design Primer for Rammed Earth and Compressed Earth Block Systems

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects — 4D Lightful Gardens


Susannah DrakeMapping Urban Flow: A Dynamic Cartographic Analysis of Hydrologic Cycles in New York City 

Yutaka Sho — Sustainable Housing in Rwanda


V. Guy Maxwell — Bird-Friendly Glass Testing Flight Tunnel


Doris Sung — Sunny Side Up


Ian Harris — Archiculture


Alysa Nahmias — Unfinished Spaces: Cuba’s Architecture of Revolution


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