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The 2017 Wheelwright Prize
will begin accepting applications
in December 2016.


Anna Puigjaner, cofounder of Barcelona-based MAIO Studio, wins $100,000 travel grant for her proposal Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare

Cambridge, MA — Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to name Barcelona architect Anna Puigjaner the winner of the 2016 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship aimed at fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. Puigjaner is a graduate of the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BArch 2004, MArch 2008, and Ph.D. 2014). In 2005, she cofounded MAIO Studio with partners Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, and Guillermo López. MAIO operates as a collaborative studio and has completed several projects, spanning exhibition design, furniture, interiors, public spaces, urban planning, and architecture. In summer 2016, the firm will complete its first construction from the ground up, a 22-unit, 6-floor residential building in Barcelona.

Puigjaner’s winning proposal, Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare, takes as its starting point a historic housing type—housing blocks with collective kitchens, as well as other shared amenities such as dining rooms, lounges, and service areas. Puigjaner proposes to study exemplars of collective housing in Russia, Brazil, Sweden, China, Korea, and India, which reflect a variety of approaches to organizing and distributing domestic spaces. Noting that this housing type and notion of collective life were “deeply understood as a tool for social transformation,” she sees its relevance to today’s housing dilemmas and possible lessons for “renewed domestic proposals for the present.”

"Anna Puigjaner believes that architects should do more than simply design buildings and the spaces that surround them, but they should be concerned about the way people actually use those spaces. Her motto—‘Architecture goes beyond physicality’—means that buildings should help people to make their lives more efficient. She seeks to endow architecture with the power to alleviate the burdens of our domestic life. The lightness, subtlety, and cleanliness that is always present in Puigjaner's work allows us a glimpse of how she imagines this architecture should be, and anticipates the lines of investigation she will pursue on her travels with the Wheelwright Prize.” —Rafael Moneo, 2016 Wheelwright Prize Juror

The 2016 Wheelwright Prize jury praised Puigjaner for the relevance of her topic today, as rapidly urbanizing cities struggle to provide adequate affordable housing for their growing populations. The jury emphasized the importance of awarding a research project that could produce new forms of architectural knowledge, and noted in particular the pertinence of Puigjaner’s research to new housing development models as well as the rise of alternative sharing and resource-pooling economies. As in previous years, the competition received nearly 200 submissions from roughly 45 countries, and applications touched on a range of spatial, technological, and social issues.

The research builds on work Puigjaner initiated several years ago, while pursuing her Ph.D. She has published articles on the subject, contributing essays to Space Caviar’s SQM: The Quantified Home (Lars Muller, 2014) and Volume (2013, #. 3). Kitchenless City also reflects MAIO Studio’s particular interest in flexible systems and the potential of variation, ephemerality, and appropriation. Its finalist submission to the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2014, Rooms: No Vacancy, designed with Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, consisted of a grid of rooms offering a succession of different atmospheres and moods. For the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, MAIO created Floating, a series of inflated columns that traveled throughout the Chicago Cultural Center. This drew from previous MAIO projects, Floating: Urban Activator (Barcelona, 2011) and Urban Space System (Barcelona, 2014), which utilized flexible devices to delineate new gathering spots or “monuments” in public spaces. The firm’s first building is, fittingly, a residential block that puts many of its ideas about open systems and changeability into practice.

Puigjaner and her MAIO partners combine design work with academic, research, and editorial activities. The studio currently directs the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme. Their work has been published in magazines including Domus, AIT, Blueprint, A10 and Detail, and has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, and Venice Biennale. Puigjaner teaches at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and Massana School of Arts and Design, and she has lectured at the architecture schools of Columbia University, Yale University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Washington University, among others.

Her research itinerary begins with historical examples, such as the Kommunalkas, which began appearing in the Soviet Union after the revolution in 1917; and the projects spearheaded by Carmen Portinho, who directed Rio de Janeiro’s Popular Housing Department in the late 1940s and 1950s, including the large-scale Gávea and Pedregulho housing projects, both designed by Affonso Eduardo Reidy and completed in the early 1950s. Puigjaner will continue her research by visiting contemporary examples of alternative collective domestic architecture, such as the Sargfabrik complex in Vienna (BKK-2 Architectur, 1996), and Chinese entrepreneur Liu Yang’s You+ International Youth Apartments, affordable communal housing aimed at young adults, now in 14 cities in China. She will go on to study the collective solar kitchens in India and kitchenless housing developments in Korea and Japan.

The $100,000 prize will fund Puigjaner’s travel-based research over the next two years. Wheelwright Prize winners are invited to present their findings at Harvard GSD. The winner of the first edition in 2013, Brooklyn-based Gia Wolff, presented her research Floating Cities at the GSD as part of the school’s Spring 2015 lecture series. The 2014 winner, Barcelona-based Jose Ahedo, will be featured in the GSD’s upcoming Fall 2016 lecture series.

The Wheelwright Prize is now in its fourth year as an open international competition for early-career architects. This year, the Wheelwright Prize jury selected four finalists from among nearly 200 submissions. For the second year, finalists were invited to Harvard GSD to present their work and research proposals. Their presentations may be viewed here. The 2016 finalists were:

SAMUEL BRAVO — Samuel Bravo Arquitecto, Santiago, Chile
BArch 2009, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Samuel Bravo is a licensed architect in Chile. He has worked in a variety of contexts in South America, from Patagonia to the Amazon, developing the relationship between traditional building practices and contemporary architectural production. He is a founding member of Tarapacá Project (2005–11), an initiative aimed at reconstructing heritage areas damaged by earthquakes. The initiative, a collaboration with architect Bernadette Devilat, was launched after the 2005 earthquake in northern Chile and addressed issues such as preservation, vernacular building practices, and public housing policies. Since 2009, he has been working with the Shipibo, an indigenous community of San Francisco de Yarinacocha in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. He collaborated with Sandra Iturriaga on the design of the Ani Nii Shöbo Healing Center (2009–12), a shamanic lodge and retreat, and the Nii Juinti traditional school (2014) for Shipibo children. His work has been exhibited in the 16th and 17th Architectural Biennale in Santiago de Chile and the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2010), and has been published in ARQ, CA, and Casabella. Since 2012, Bravo has taught architectural design as assistant professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Wheelwright proposal: Cultural Frictions: A Transference, From Traditional Architecture to Contemporary Production

BArch 2005, Politecnico di Milano; Postgraduate degree 2011, Architecture and Urban Culture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya; Ph.D. 2013, Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Politecnico di Milano

Matilde Cassani directs her own practice in Milan, working in architecture, art, installation design, and exhibition curation. After receiving her architecture degree from the Politecnico di Milano, she worked in Sri Lanka as a consultant for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), a German organization dedicated to international technical cooperation for sustainable development. Her work focused on post-tsunami reconstruction and launched her interest in the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary Western urban context, which defines her practice today. Many of her projects deal with the varied uses and experiences of public places, such as Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in 2012, an exhibition that explored the impact of religious diversity on the contemporary city; and Countryside Worship, her contribution to the Monditalia, a section in the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), large lenticular prints with alternating views of the Italian countryside, empty and full of worshippers. The piece was recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her work has been published in Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Arqa, Arkitecktur, and MONU. She has been an artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2011) and at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. She has taken part in many international conferences and lectured in various international Universities such as Columbia University in New York and L’Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Cassani currently teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, her alma mater, and at the Domus Academy.

Wheelwright proposal: Once in a Lifetime: The Architecture of Ritual in Pilgrimage Sites

PIER PAOLO TAMBURELLI — baukuh architects, Milan and Genoa
MArch 2002, University of Genoa; Advanced MArch 2004, The Berlage Institute

Pier Paolo Tamburelli is the founder, along with Paolo Carpi, Silvia Lupi, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Giacomo Summa, and Andrea Zanderigo, of the firm baukuh. Established in 2004, the firm has realized a wide range of work, including public and mixed-use buildings, historic renovations, masterplans, and exhibition designs. Some key projects include the library for the Genoa Chamber of Trade (2009), the Italian Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo (2010), and an apartment block in Tirana, Albania. baukuh took part in the Rotterdam Biennale (2007 and 2011), Istanbul Biennial (2012), Venice Architecture Biennale (2008 and 2012), and Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), and was part of the research group for the Dutch National History Museum (2011). Tamburelli worked with Domus (2004–07) and is one of the founders and editors of the architectural magazine San Rocco and of the website The Tomorrow. He has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, including the Architectural Association London, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, EPFL Lausanne, ETSAM Madrid, ETHZ Zurich, Kunsthal Rotterdam, MAXXI Rome, Tongji University Shanghai, and Triennale di Milano. Tamburelli has taught at the PUSA Aleppo, the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, and University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Wheelwright proposal: Wonders of the Modern World

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General Information on the Wheelwright Prize

The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global outlook, attracting deans, faculty, and students from all over the world. Moreover, a mainstay of the Harvard GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices with a diversity of origins. The Wheelwright Prize extends the school’s ethos, encouraging a broad-minded approach to architecture that seeks inspiration from unexpected quarters.

The Wheelwright Prize is intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect's professional career. Now open to applicants from all over the world—no affiliation to Harvard GSD required—the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement. "The idea is not just about travel—the act of going and seeing the world—but it is about binding the idea of geography to themes and issues that hold great potential relevance to contemporary practice," says Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

The winner will be selected via an open call for proposals and a rigorous review process. The winner of the Wheelwright Prize will receive:

  • $100,000 cash prize to support travel and research-related costs
  • invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD
  • possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication

The Wheelwright Prize organizing committee includes Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Professors K. Michael Hays and Jorge Silvetti, and Assistant Dean Benjamin Prosky.


Background on the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship

Established in 1935 in memory of Arthur W. Wheelwright, Class of 1887, this traveling fellowship has afforded extraordinary experiences for generations of Harvard GSD alumni. The fellowship was conceived at a time when foreign travel was out of reach for many. The prize enabled several early Wheelwright fellows—including Paul Rudolph (1937–38), Eliot Noyes (1939–40), William Wurster (1942–43), and I. M. Pei (1950–51)—to embark on expeditions that largely followed the tradition of the Grand European Tour.

  • See a full list of past winners of the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship.

  • Eligibility

    • Applicant must have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture degree program in the past 15 years. (Graduates prior to 2000 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided they received their professional degrees between 2001 and January 2016. Applicants need not be registered or licensed.
    • Applicants may not have received the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship previously.
    • Winners of the Wheelwright Prize may not hold other fellowships concurrently.
    • The Wheelwright Prize is available to individual entrants only; teams or firms will not be considered.
    • Current Harvard GSD faculty, instructors, and staff are not eligible.
    • Winners are expected to spend a minimum of 6 months (cumulative) outside of their countries of residence in order to conduct their proposed research.
    • Proposed research itineraries must not include sites in the United States. Research and travel must commence within 12 months of receiving the Wheelwright Prize and must be completed within two years of receiving the prize.
    • The Wheelwright Prize is intended for independent study and may not be applied to university tuition. However, the grant may be applied to fees for workshops and conferences.


    The application process is entirely online. No submissions will be accepted by mail. The 2016 Wheelwright Prize will begin accepting applications in December 2015. Deadline for submissions is February 8, 2016. There is a $10 service fee to submit applications (charged by the online platform, not by Harvard GSD).

    Applicants must submit the following. (Materials must be in English.)

    1. Current CV.
    2. Portfolio (maximum of 10 images); each uploaded file should contain a single image, not spreads of multiple images. Each image must be dated and captioned. The jury is looking for personal work that demonstrates design talent; student projects may be included. If work is collaborative and/or generated by a firm, the applicant’s contribution to the work must specifically involve conceptual development and/or design, and the applicant’s role must be precisely identified.
    3. The portfolio may be supplemented by published articles or research papers written by applicant. Authored works should appear in their original format, with publication name and date clearly indicated (maximum 3, each clipping to be saved as a separate PDF). If original publication is not in English, please attach an English-language summary (maximum 2,500 characters) as an addendum to each PDF. If the clipping exceeds 15 pages, please create a compact PDF (no more than 10 pages) including a cover, sample pages, and brief summary (2,500 characters) of the text.
    4. A written description of proposed research project (maximum 6,000 characters). Applicants should articulate the relevance of their project to contemporary practice, paying attention to the prize’s emphasis on research that holds potential impact on architectural production. The essay should describe the applicant’s experience or familiarity with his/her proposed subject, and his/her suitability to conduct the proposed research. The essay should also address the need for direct or hands-on research as opposed to archival research (i.e., justification for travel), and the benefits they anticipate for their personal and professional development. Applicants will also be asked to write a short summary (maximum 700 characters) of their proposal. This summary is a crucial text as it is the basis for the first phase of judging.
    5. A travel itinerary, including list of sites to visit, contacts, and other resources that support the proposed research agenda. Itineraries may include multiple destinations, in multiple countries, excluding the United States. A budget is not required.
    6. List of three professional references (full name, affiliation, contact information, and relationship to the applicant). Letters are not required at this time.

    An international jury will select a winner based on the quality of the applicant’s portfolio, scholarly accomplishments, originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal, evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project, and the potential for the Wheelwright Prize to impact his or her future development.


    2016 Jury

    Eva Franch

    Eva Franch is a New York–based architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. In 2004, she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs). She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally, appearing at FAD Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, among others. Since 2010 she has been the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 Franch, with the project OfficeUS, was selected by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. She has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture. She has also lectured at educational and cultural institutions worldwide.

    Jeannie Kim

    Jeannie Kim is the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Outreach at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, where she also teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. Previously, she was the director of publications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and director of the National Design Awards at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her research has appeared in numerous publications including Volume, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and Log, as well as the books Cold War Hot Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004), and Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual and Spatial Effects of Glass (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Kim, who received her MArch I from the GSD in 2000, won the Arthur C. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship in 2002.

    Kiel Moe

    Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy at Harvard GSD. His research and pedagogy focuses on an agenda for design and energy that is at once ecologically and architecturally ambitious. Moe’s awards include the 2013 Boston Design Biennial award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, and the 2011 AIA National Young Architect award, among others. He is the author of multiple books, including Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy (Routledge, 2013) and Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). Moe received his BArch from the University of Cincinnati, his MArch from University of Virginia, and his MDes in Design and Environmental Studies from Harvard GSD’s Advanced Studies Program. He taught previously at Syracuse University.

    Rafael Moneo

    Rafael Moneo is the first Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD. He was chair of the Department of Architecture from 1985 until 1990 and currently teaches the lecture courses on contemporary architecture and design theory. Notable among his works are the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida, the Kursaal Auditorium and Congress Center in San Sebastián, the Museums of Modern Art and Architecture in Stockholm, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, and the extension to the Prado Museum in Madrid. Moneo is also an active critic and theoretician, authoring books including Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects (MIT Press, 2004) and Remarks on 21 Works (Monacelli Press, 2010). He is the recipient of some of the top honors in the field, including Spain’s Gold Medal for Achievement in the Fine Arts (1992), the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize (1993), UIA Gold Medal (1996), Pritzker Prize (1996), RIBA Gold Medal (2003), and Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts (2012).

    Ben Prosky

    Ben Prosky is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture in New York. He previously served as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard GSD. In 2009 Prosky cofounded ARCHITIZER, and until 2011 was the director of special events and External Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. From 2002 to 2005, he was Head of Public and University Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Canada, and from 1999 to 2002 he was an exhibitions coordinator for the Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris.

    K. Michael Hays

    K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Hays joined the GSD Faculty of Design in 1988, teaching courses in architectural history and theory. He has played a central role in the development of the field of architectural theory and his work is internationally known. His research and scholarship have focused on the areas of European modernism and critical theory as well as on theoretical issues in contemporary architectural practice. Hays was the founder of the scholarly journal Assemblage and the first adjunct curator of architecture at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000 to 2009).

    Mohsen Mostafavi

    is an architect, educator, and Dean of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and the interface between technology and aesthetics. He serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the board of the Van Alen Institute, and consults on numerous international design and urban projects. He has chaird the jury of the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Architecture and both the European and North American juries of the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction. His many publications include Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) and Ecological Urbanism (Lars Muller, 2010).

    2015 Jury
    K. Michael Hays, Craig Evan Barton, Preston Scott Cohen, Sarah Herda

    2014 Jury
    Iñaki Ábalos, Sílvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu,
    Mohsen Mostafavi, Jorge Silvetti

    2013 Jury
    Yung Ho Chang, Farès el-Dahdah, Farshid Moussavi, Zoe Ryan,
    Mohsen Mostafavi, K. Michael Hays, Jorge Silvetti

    Press 2016

    Anna Puigjaner Wins 2016 Wheelwright Prize

    Harvard GSD Announces 2016 Wheelwright Prize Finalists

    2016 Wheelwright Prize Announces Jury

    2016 Wheelwright Prize General Release

    Press 2015

    Erik L'Heureux Wins 2015 Wheelwright Prize

    Harvard GSD Announces 2015 Wheelwright Prize Finalists

    2015 Wheelwright Prize Announces Jury

    2015 Wheelwright Prize General Release

    Press 2014

    Jose M. Ahedo Wins 2014 Wheelwright Prize

    Harvard GSD Announces 2014 Wheelwright Prize Finalists

    2014 Wheelwright Prize Announces Jury

    2014 Wheelwright Prize General Release

    Press 2013

    Gia Wolff Wins 2013 Wheelwright Prize

    2013 Wheelwright Prize Announces Jury

    2013 Wheelwright Prize General Release


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    FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions

    1. I’m uncertain if my degree qualifies me to apply.
      The Wheelwright Prize is intended to support research that will impact practice. For this reason, we are making it available to those who have received a degree from a professionally accredited architecture program—in other words, a program that is the prerequisite to take licensure exams. Because degree programs vary from country to country, we do not specify the degree name or number of years in a program, but we expect applicants to hold the international equivalents of the U.S. professional architecture degree, the 5-year BArch or MArch I. Applicants must have received this degree in the 15 years prior to the prize cycle. (For example, applicants to the 2015 Wheelwright Prize cycle must have completed their degrees between 2000 and the prize deadline.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided the architecture degree was conferred within the past 15 years. Professional degrees in landscape architecture, urban planning, Ph.Ds, post-docs, et cetera, do not alone satisfy the eligibility requirement. There are other fellowships available for doctoral or post-doctoral research. This prize is intended for young practitioners.

    2. Do I have to be licensed?

    3. Do I have to have completed any built projects?

    4. Can I apply with a partner?
      No. The original terms of the fellowship specifies that the prize be awarded to single individual each year. Jurors review portfolios to assess personal talent and potential. Prizewinners may opt to collaborate with partners after the prize is conferred.

    5. What does the registration entail?
      The registration involves simply starting your application. You may opt not to complete or submit your application, of course. The $10 submission fee is the last step of the process. It costs nothing to register.

    6. The portfolio requirement states that each slide should contain one image each.
      Can I combine images?

      The jury reviews the submissions as a projected slideshow. Slides that include several images are less legible than single images. We strongly advise against complicated portfolio-style layouts on single slides. If you must combine images, we recommend that you do not include more than 2 or 3 images. You will not be disqualified but please be aware that the jury has a limited amount of time to understand your work and legibility should be a priority.

    7. How do I secure “copyright and permissions” related to my artwork?
      We reserve the right to use any aspect of your submission to promote the Wheelwright Prize. Applicants are expected to secure reprint permission for the images they include in their applications. If you are submitting professional photographs, you must secure the photographer’s consent in the event that Harvard GSD decides to publish the work in conjunction with news about the prize. If the work belongs to a firm, the firm should be aware that it is included in your submission and may be reproduced in conjunction with news about this prize. We will ensure that all published images are captioned to include appropriate credits, as provided by applicants.

    8. What do you mean by “personal” work?
      We encourage you to submit work that demonstrates your personal design interests, approach, and “voice.” We understand that young architects are not likely to have a significant body of completed work. Speculative and student work are not only acceptable but expected! We also expect that many young architects may have spent extended periods working in firms. It is fine to submit firm work, though please include only projects with which you were substantially involved, and specify your role (preferably with respect to design).

    9. May I submit materials by mail?
      No, all applications must be submitted via our online platform.

    10. If I have applied in the past, may I reapply?
      Yes! We encourage people to reapply. Every year, the jury changes as does the applicant pool. Please try again! The application platform makes it easy for those reapplying to import their previously entered information. When you log in, you will see the information related to your previous application. Be sure to select the current prize program.

    11. Do I need to get letters of recommendation from my references?
      You do not need to submit letters at this time. If you are selected as a finalist, we will contact your references. We strongly advise that you notify your references about your application, should they be contacted.

    12. I am encountering problems with the online application platform, the registration fee, or having other technical difficulties.
      Please email if you experience any problems with the online platform or difficulties completing your submission.

    13. What are the obligations of the prizewinner?
      The winner of the Wheelwright Prize is expected to commence his/her research project within 12 months of winning the prize, and to complete it within 2 years. He/she is expected to spend a minimum of 6 months (cumulative, over the course of the two-year period) outside his/her country of permanent residence. Winners are not required to submit a report, but they will be invited to participate in programs at Harvard GSD (lecture series, publications, exhibitions).

    Past Fellows

    2015 Erik L'Heureux, BArch 1996, Washington University in St. Louis
    MArch 2000, Princeton University

    Research Hot and Wet: The Equatorial City
    and the Architectures of Atmosphere
    Finalists: Malkit Shoshan, Amsterdam; Quynh Vantu, London

    2014 Jose M. Ahedo, MArch II 2008, Harvard GSD

    Research Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity
    Within an Animal Farming System
    Finalists: Ana Dana Beros, Zagreb; Alison Crawshaw, London; Masaki Iwamoto, Ho Chi Minh City; Jimenez Lai, Chicago; Sean Lally, Chicago; Kaz Yoneda, Tokyo

    2013 Gia Wolff, MArch 2008, Harvard GSD

    Research Floating City: The Community-Based
    Architecture of Parade Floats

    2010-2011 Elisa Silva
    MArch '02

    Interpreting Design Knowledge Through Latin American Slum Upgrading Efforts
    2009-2010 Ying Zhou
    MArch '07

    Urban loopholes and pragmatist landscapes: spatial productions and the Shanghai Expo 2010
    2008-2009 Mason White
    MArch '01

    Meltdown: Thawing Geographies in Arctic Russia
    2007-2008 Carlos Arnaiz
    MArch '03

    Four Experiments in Urbanism: The Modern University City in Latin America
    2006-2007 Miho Mazereeuw
    MArch/MLA '02

    Post-Disaster Architecture and Urbanism: 3 Cities along the Ring of Fire
    2005-2006 Joshua Comaroff
    MArch/MLA '01

    The Archaeology of Afro-Modernism
    2004-2005 Cecilia Tham
    MArch '02

    The Roundabout Spectacle
    2003-2004 Ker-Shing Ong
    MArch/MLA '02

    A City in Miniature
    2002-2003 Jeannie Kim
    MArch '00

    Stuck in the Middle Again
    2001-2002 Sze Tsung Leong
    MArch '98

    Endangered Spaces: The Casualties of Chinese Modernization
    2000-2001 Farès el-Dahdah
    MArch '96

    Utopian Superblocks: The Evolution of Brasilia's 1,200 Housing Slabs since 1960
    1999-2000 Paolo Bercah
    MAUD '89 DDES '92

    1998-1999 Nana Last
    MArch '86

    Cartesian Grounds: The Extended Planes of Modernism
    1996-1997 James Favaro
    MArch '82

    The Influence of Underground Transportation on the Development of Cities
    1995-1996 Raveervarn Choksombatchai
    MArch '87

    Seam: Connecting Spatial Fabric
    1994-1995 Edwin Y. Chan

    The Glass Building Revisited
    1993-1994 Richard M. Sommer
    MArch '88

    Traces of the Iron Curtain: A Creative Redescription
    1992-1993 Jeffrey A. Murphy
    MArch '86

    Housing Courtyards of the Amsterdam School
    1991-1992 Roger Sherman
    MArch '85

    The Simulation of Nature: Alvar Aalto and the Architecture of Mis en Scene
    1990-1991 Holly Getch
    MArch '91

    Conventions of Representation and Strategies of Urban Space from the 18th to the Early 20th Centuries: Juvarra, Repton, Schinkel, Le Corbusier

    1989-1990 Wellington Reiter
    MArch '86

    The Walled City Reconsidered: A Study of Roman Passage Architecture
    1988-1989 Elizabeth A. Williams
    MArch '85

    Event, Place, Precedent: The Urban Festival in Western Europe
    1987-1988 Linda Pollak
    MArch '85

    The Picturesque Promenade: Temporal Order in the Space of Modernism
    1986-1987 Christopher Doyle
    MArch '85

    Sequence and Microsequence: Urban Drama in Baroque Italy
    Frances Hsu
    MArch '85

    Transformation of the Landscape in Modernism: Gardens of Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier
    1985-1986 Paul John Grayson
    MArch '56

    Housing and Lifecare Facilities Planning and Design for the Elderly in Japan, Israel, Europe
    1982-1983 Joanna Lombard
    MArch '77

    American Gardens and the European Precedent: A Design Analysis of Public Space and Cultural Translation
    1981-1982 Hector R. Arce
    MArch '77

    The Grid as Underlying Structure: A Study of the Urbanism of Gridded Cities in Latin America
    1979-1980 Nelson K. Chen
    MArch '78

    Indigenous Patterns of Housing and Processes of Urban Development in Europe and Southeast Asia
    1978-1979 Susie Kim
    MAUD, '77

    Time-Lapse Architecture in Sicily
    1976-1977 Corky Poster
    MArch '73

    Leon J. Goldberg
    MArch '72

    Housing Facilities for the Elderly: A Cross-Cultural Study
    1974-1975 Alan Chimacoff
    MArch '68

    An Investigation of the Relationship between Architecture and Urban Design of Significant European Urban Centers and their Exploration of Formal, Spatial, Geometric, Proportional, and Scalar Characteristics

    1973-1974 Klaus Herdeg
    MAUD '64

    Formal Structure of Public Architecture in Persia and Turkestan
    1972-1973 Ozdemir Erginsav
    MArch '61, MAUD '63

    1971-1972 Minoru Takeyama
    MArch '60

    1970-1971 Theodore Liebman
    MArch '63

    1969-1970 Robert Kramer
    MArch '60

    1968-1969 Adele Marie de Souza Santos
    MAUD '63

    1967-1968 William H. Liskamm
    MArch '56

    1966-1967 William Lindemulder
    MArch '58

    1965-1966 Peter Woytok
    MArch '62

    1964-1965 William Morgan
    MArch '58

    1963-1964 Paul Krueger
    MArch '59

    1962-1963 B. Frank Schlesinger
    MArch '54

    Water and the Urban Image
    1961-1962 Albert Szabo
    MArch '52

    1960-1961 Donald Craig Freeman
    MArch '57

    1959-1960 John C. Haro
    MArch '55

    1958-1959 Paul Mitarachi
    MArch '50

    1957-1958 Don Hisaka
    MArch '53

    1956-1957 George F. Conley
    BArch '53

    1955-1956 Dolf Hermann Schnebli
    MArch '54

    1954-1955 Ferdinand Frederick Bruck
    1953-1954 Royal Alfred McClure
    MArch '47

    1952-1953 William J. Conklin
    MArch '50

    Gottfied Paul Csala
    BArch '54

    Helmut Jacoby
    BArch '54

    Edward Stutt
    MArch '53

    1951-1952 Frederick D. Holister
    MArch '53

    Donald Emanuel Olsen
    MArch '46

    1950-1951 Ieoh Ming Pei
    MArch '46

    Jacek von Henneberg
    MArch '51

    Jerry Neal Leibman

    1949-1950 Henry Louis Horowitz
    MArch '50

    Jean Claude Mazet
    MArch '50

    Edward Chase Weren

    George Elliot Rafferty
    MArch '50

    1948-1949 Vaughn Papworth Call
    MRP '49

    1947-1948 Joseph Douglas Carroll, Jr.
    MCP '47

    1946-1947 Jean Paul Carlhian
    MCP '47

    Noel Buckland Dant
    MRP '48

    Martin Daniel Meyerson
    MCP '49

    1945-1946 William Lindus Cody Wheaton

    Kurt Augustus Mumm
    BCP '46

    Ira Rakatansky
    MArch '46

    Stanley Salzman
    MArch '46

    1944-1945 Robert William Blachnik
    MArch '45

    Alvaro Ortega
    MArch '45

    Theodore Jan Prichard
    MArch '44

    Helge Westermann
    MArch '48

    1943-1944 Christopher Tunnard

    1942-1943 Albert Evans Simonson

    William W. Wurster

    1941-1942 Phillip Emile Joseph

    1940-1941 Leonard James Currie
    MArch '38

    1939-1940 Eliot Fette Noyes
    MArch '38

    1938-1939 Walter H.Kilham, Jr.
    MArch '28

    1937-1938 Constantine A. Pertzoff

    1936-1937 Newton Ellis Griffith

    Paul Marvin Rudolph
    MArch '47

    Walter Egan Trevett

    1935-1936 RPrentice Bradley
    MArch '33

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