The 2017 Wheelwright Prize
is now accepting applications.
Deadline January 31, 2017.

Jose Ahedo, winner of the
2014 Wheelwright Prize, will present his research, "Domesticated Grounds," at Harvard GSD on November 17, 6:30 pm. The lecture will be livestreamed. Click here.

      

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Harvard GSD 2017 Wheelwright Prize

International competition for early-career architects to win $100,000 traveling fellowship,
now accepting applications

Cambridge, MA — The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the fifth cycle of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 annually to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research. The 2017 Wheelwright Prize is now accepting applications. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.

The Wheelwright Prize is open to emerging architects practicing anywhere in the world. The primary eligibility requirement is that applicants must have received a degree from a professionally accredited architecture program in the past 15 years (after 2002). Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio, a research proposal, and a travel itinerary that takes them outside their country of residence. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their design work, scholarly accomplishments, originality and persuasiveness of their research proposal, and evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project.

In 2013 Harvard GSD revamped the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, which was established in 1935 in memory of Wheelwright, Class of 1887. The original fellowship was intended to encourage the study of architecture outside the United States, giving outstanding GSD alumni a classic Grand Tour experience at a time when international travel was rare. In the 81-year history of the prize, fellows have included Paul Rudolph, Eliot Noyes, William Wurster, Christopher Tunnard, I. M. Pei, Klaus Herdeg, Farès el-Dahdah, Adele Santos, and Linda Pollak. The new Wheelwright Prize invites architects to imagine a Grand Tour for the 21st century, to propose travel itineraries propelled by compelling research agenda.

“The overwhelming response to the prize reflects the strong desire of an emerging generation of architects to push the boundaries of the profession,” remarked Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi. “Having reviewed hundreds of applications from around the world, it’s clear that young architects everywhere are interested in alternative practices tied to a global spectrum of political, social, cultural, and environmental concerns.”

An international jury will be announced in January 2017. Standing members of the Wheelwright Prize Organizing Committee include Dean Mostafavi and Professors K. Michael Hays. Applications are accepted online only, at wheelwrightprize.org. Finalists for the 2017 prize will be invited to present at Harvard GSD in April 2017, and a winner will named shortly thereafter.


Previous Wheelwright Prize winners:
2016, Anna Puigjaner, Barcelona (BArch 2004, MArch 2008 and PhD 2014, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), for her proposal to study collective housing models in Russia, Brazil, Sweden, China, Korea, and India, and their varied approaches to organizing domestic spaces; click here to view the presentations of 2016 finalists including Samuel Bravo (Santiago, Chile), Matilde Cassani (Milan), and Pierpaolo Tamburelli (Milan).

2015, Erik L’Heureux, Singapore (BArch 1996, Washington University in St. Louis, and MArch 2000, Princeton University), for his proposal to study architecture in five dense cities in the equatorial zone; click here to view the presentations of 2015 finalists including Malkit Shoshan (Amsterdam) and Quynh Vantu (London).

2014, Jose M. Ahedo, Barcelona (BArch 2005, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de la Universitat de Catalunya), for his research on the architecture and organization of structures related to animal farming;

2013, Gia Wolff, Brooklyn (MArch 2008, Harvard GSD), for her study of the spectacular, temporary, urban-scale float structures that transform Rio de Janeiro during carnival. (Click here for the link to her GSD lecture.




INFORMATION
info@wheelwrightprize.org  


About

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

 

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 2002 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided they received their professional degrees between 2002 and January 2017. 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.

    Application

    The application process is entirely online. No submissions will be accepted by mail.The 2017 Wheelwright Prize is now accepting applications. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. 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 i Gilabert, Jeannie Kim, Kiel Moe, Rafael Moneo, Benjamin Prosky,
    K. Michael Hays, Mohsen Mostafavi

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

    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 2017

    2017 Wheelwright Prize General Release




    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





    Contact

    For more information about the Wheelwright Prize or access to high-resolution images for press purposes, please email:

    Cathy Lang Ho
    CLHoffice

    info@wheelwrightprize.org

    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?
      No.


    3. Do I have to have completed any built projects?
      No.


    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 info@wheelwrightprize.org 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




    2016 Anna Puigjaner, BArch 2004, MArch 2008, Ph.D. 2014,
    Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-Universitat
    Politècnica de Catalunya

    Research Kitchenless City:
    Architectural Systems for Social Welfare
    Finalists: Samuel Bravo, Santiago, Chile; Matilde Cassani, Milan;
    Pierpaolo Tamburelli, Milan

    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

    Architecture/Celebration
    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
    MArch'85

    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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