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Michael Brill Award

The Michael Brill Research Grant In Urban Communication and Community Design

Sponsored by:

Urban Communication Foundation


Photo courtesy of Dr. Sue Weidemann

About the Award

The Michael Brill Award for Urban Communication, Design, and Human Behavior supports innovative research that seeks to enhance the quality of community life by examining human communicative behavior in the context of the technologies and the physical environments in which those interactions occur. This research should address and connect theoretical perspectives from the fields of communication, design and the social sciences. Research supported by the Brill Grant may focus on how physical community places influence the mode, nature, and content of human communicative behavior OR use a communication lens for examining community places and human activity.

This Grant honors EDRA member Michael Brill, whose work encompassed both design and communication as a way to extend his recognition that both fields are undergoing radical change.


Amount of Award




Eligible participants must be EDRA members to apply for and receive this grant.


Awardee Responsibility

Research results based on the grant must be presented at an EDRA conference within 3 years of Grant’s award. The awardee must acknowledge the Grant when presenting or publishing work resulting from research supported by the Grant.


Application Requirements

For a complete description of the application requirements, please download this document.

Critical dates

 November 1, 2020*
 Phase 1 Proposals due
 November 30, 2020*
 Notification of advancement to Phase 2
 January 31, 2021*
 Phase 2 Proposals due
 February 28, 2021*
 Notification of Grant Award
 May 19-22, 2021*
 Presentation of Grant Award, at the EDRA Conference
(all submittal times are 11:59 PM Pacific Time)


Past recipients

2020 Recipient

Prof. Kyoungmee Kate Byun -  Northern Arizona University 

Exploration of human perception towards physical settings of an exhibition as a narrative environment: A study using Virtual Reality (VR)


2019 Recipient

Chester Harvey- UC Berkeley

How Does Streetscape Design Communicate Walkability and Influence Walking Behavior?


2018 Recipient

Miyoung Hong

Understanding Communication and Patient Care Delivery in Two Different Outpatient Clinic Designs: A Comparison of Onstage/Offstage and Linear Modules.


2017 Recipient

Georgia Lindsay

Communicating Sustainability in the Green Science Museum.


2016 Recipient

Nastaran Tabyanian - Pennsylvania State University

Developing an Online Platform for Participatory Resilient Urban Landscape Design.


2015 Recipients

Seunghae Lee and Paul Platosh - Oregon State University

Wayfinding and Augmented Reality.