Seven University Design Research Fellowships have been awarded to leading professors of architecture, landscape architecture, and design from American universities who will create installations highlighting their research. University Design Research Fellows were selected for their ability to tackle specific sets of issues germane to the future of the city and the Mississippi Watershed region, such as sustainability and material reuse, non-human habitat, watershed ecologies, emergent technologies, and migration. The University Design Research Fellows for 2020–2021 are:

Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller
Texas Tech College of Architecture, El Paso

Ang Li
Northeastern University

Derek Hoeferlin
Washington University in St. Louis

Joyce Hwang
University at Buffalo

Jei Jeeyea Kim
Indiana University

Lola Sheppard and Mason White
University of Toronto & University of Waterloo

Natalie Yates
Ball State University