University of Florida School of Architecture Professor Charlie Hailey was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. This exclusive award was bestowed upon a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.
Hailey has written books that explore topics ranging from camps as contemporary global spaces to design/build education as a process of experiential learning. His latest book, Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place, due out in early September, is a collaboration with photographer Donovan Wylie to study Slab City in Southern California. This joint research finds connections between autonomy, necessity and control in the well-known but often misunderstood informal settlement built on the residue of a World War II training camp.
“We are very proud of Professor Hailey’s scholarly accomplishments and we look forward to exciting new developments that will result from his Guggenheim Fellowship,” stated Chimay Anumba, dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, which houses the School of Architecture.
Hailey is one of two people from UF to win the award this year, and is one of 22 Guggenheim Fellows who are currently at or recently retired from the university. The other 2018 recipient is Nancy Rose Hunt, professor of history and African studies.
This year’s class represents 49 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 69 different academic institutions, 31 states and three Canadian provinces.
“It’s exceptionally satisfying to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows,” Guggenheim Memorial Foundation President Edward Hirsch stated. “These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best.”