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Harold Hay Memorial Fund

About the harold hay memorial fund

The NewSchool Architectural Foundation’s Harold Hay Fund seeks to honor the vision and dedication of Harold Hay by sponsoring action-oriented research, practical lectures, and the construction of demonstration projects that advance the knowledge, understanding, and application of passive solar technologies in the built environment.

Use / allocation of funds

Annual allocations are established by the NewSchool Foundation Board of Directors. ​There is no limit on the number of projects that may be awarded, but the total amount awarded will not exceed established allocations. ​Awards may be made for the purposes of lecturer fees, honoraria, student stipends, or fabrication costs for prototypes, demonstrations, or installed operating systems.

Threshold Criteria

Each proposal requires a NewSchool Faculty or staff sponsor. ​Per the terms of the Hay Fund bequest, projects should be student-focused, promote a fossil fuel-free future, and/or should address issues of social and environmental responsibility. Projects may also educate the public on historical and new energy-efficient design, and support students doing extraordinary research in these subject areas during their final year of research.

qualitative criteria

  • Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:


  • Projects that enhance cross-disciplinary understanding of the built environment.


  • Projects that can result in physical construction or prototypes


  • Projects that have a significant impact on the studio experience of the involved students.


  • Projects that make a contribution to the academic culture of the NewSchool.


  • Projects that embrace the tenets of social, environmental, and professional responsibility.


  • Projects that have practical applications.


  • Projects that have matching funds.

performance criteria

  • The completed project(s) must include a presentation of the findings/outcome, available free to the public.


  • The project should be completed within the calendar year, though exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the Board, for projects that require a different timeline.



  • Project submittal will be evaluated by a Committee of the NewSchool Foundation.


  • The Foundation reserves the right to further develop and refine select project proposals in collaboration with the proposers.


  • After award decisions are made, funds are anticipated to be available for disbursement immediately thereafter.


  • The Foundation reserves the right to make no awards.



  • All proposals should include a concise statement of the problem or issue that is to be explored, and how this relates to the proposal criteria.


  • The means by which this is to be done.


  • The names of any lecturers or technical professionals who would be remunerated or provided honoraria by the project.


  • A conceptual budget for allocation of the Foundation funds and other resources that are a part of the project.


  • The entire proposal should be no more than (4) pages, 11-point Arial with 1” margins.



  • Questions may be submitted in writing to Lucy Campbell at the email address above; she will distribute them to the review committee for their response.

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