Michael Brill Grant in Urban Communication and Environmental Design

Michael Brill Grant in Urban Communication and Environmental Design

Sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation (UCF) and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

The goal of this grant program is to encourage innovative research projects that provide a bridge between the fields of communication and environmental design. Named in honor of Michael Brill, architect and long-time EDRA member, for his leadership in work place environments and communication, this grant is funded by the Urban Communication Foundation and administered in conjunction with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). This grant supports new research or research in progress.

Amount of Award: $2500 per grant
Eligible participants must be EDRA members to apply for and receive this grant. Each complete application should include: (a) a statement or research proposal in no more than two pages describing the nature and significance of the project in relatively non-technical terms, anticipated schedule (expected completion time); plans for dissemination of the project results, and a budget, (b) an appendix of up to two pages for bibliography, photos, figures, etc. may be included, and (c) a copy of the applicant’s current CV or resume.

For updates and inquiries about this research grant, go to the EDRA website.

2017 Recipient of the UCF/EDRA Urban Communication Research Grant

Georgia LindsayGeorgia Lindsay

University of Colorado Boulder

Communicating Sustainability in the Green Science Museum

Georgia Lindsay is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, and founding director of the Environmental Design thesis-based honors program. Her research focuses on museums and the experience architecture creates in them. She is the author of The User Perspective on Twenty-First- Century Art Museums (Routledge 2016) and co-editor of Revisiting “Social Factors: Advancing Research into People and Place” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015). She received her PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been attending EDRA since her second year in grad school.

Previous Recipients of the UCF/EDRA Urban Communication Research Grant


Nastaran Tabyanian

Pennsylvania State University

Developing an Online Platform for Participatory Resilient Urban Landscape Design


Seunghae Lee and Paul Platosh

Oregon State University

Wayfinding and Augmented Reality


Dr. Shalini Misra

Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech.


Sheila Gobes-Ryan

Adjunct Instructor at Hillsborough Community College


No Award.


Joongsub Kim,  PH.D., RA, AIA, AICP
Associate Professor
Coordinator: The Detroit Studio + Community Outreach Program

Assessing Shrinking City Models: Focus on Strategies for Citizen Participation