The University Design Research Fellowships highlight current research by leading professors of architecture and design working at public institutions in the Heartland. These fellowships boldly spotlight innovative research advancing the field, and provide the rare opportunity for faculty to exhibit their research within inspiring contexts. Exhibit Columbus is proud to award six fellowships to professors representing eight universities.

Viola Ago and Hans Tursack
The Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sean Ahlquist
University of Michigan

Christopher Battaglia
Ball State University

Sean Lally and Matthew Wizinsky
University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Cincinnati

Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago
Indiana University

Marshall Prado
University of Tennessee


All of the installations by University Design Research Fellows can be viewed from the sidewalk or a flat grassy area. Grass may be damp or muddy due to weather. Experiences within each installation vary from site to site.