This study was produced as part of the CRTKL Research Microgrant Program, which fosters knowledge generation across the firm by supporting small, focused research ideas and projects. The program is also intended to identify new ideas, insights or pivot points that enable us to inform how we think and approach our work. The format is intended to be a safe space in which evolving thought leaders may ideate, fail safely and directly implement findings into our projects, business or culture. The grants represent one of several firmwide research programs that promote, support and inspire research-related endeavors.
The 2020 cohort represents the first set of grantees, which were selected from a pool of 34 total applicants by a diverse jury of design, innovation and architectural thought leaders. These individuals and teams investigated a wide range of topics with support from internal mentors firm-wide, CRTKL Research Fellows and the program jurors.