The 2015 Wheelwright Prize
will begin receiving applications
on January 5, 2015.
Registration deadline January 16.
Submission deadline January 30.
      

2015 Wheelwright Prize Competition Opens in January

Harvard GSD launches third round of $100,000 traveling fellowship for early-career architects

Cambridge, MA — The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the third edition of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research. The 2015 Wheelwright Prize will begin accepting applications online on January 5; the deadline for submissions is January 30. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.

In 2013, Harvard GSD revamped the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, which was established in 1935 in memory of Wheelwright, Class of 1887. Intended to encourage the study of architecture outside the United States at a time when international travel was difficult, the award was available only to GSD alumni; past fellows have included Paul Rudolph, Eliot Noyes, William Wurster, Christopher Tunnard, I. M. Pei, Farès el-Dahdah, Adele Santos, and Linda Pollak.

Today’s 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 2000). An affiliation to the GSD is not required. Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio, a research proposal, and a travel itinerary that takes them outside their country of residence.

“Since relaunching the prize two years ago, we have seen hundreds of extraordinary responses from every corner of the globe, exhibiting an admirable ambition among young architects to define new territories of concern for the profession,” remarked Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi. “We look forward to the 2015 competition and anticipate submissions to address an equally impressive range of spatial, technological, urban, social, and political issues.”

The winner of the 2013 Wheelwright Prize was Gia Wolff, a Brooklyn-based architect whose proposal, Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats, studies the elaborate temporary constructions created for carnival festivals around the world, identifying a new type of performance space that ties together notions of community, spectacle, and the city. In the past year, she spent extended periods embedded in the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, and created a site-specific installation in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London for Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival in August 2014.

Earlier this year, Barcelona-based architect Jose M. Ahedo was named the 2014 winner. His project, Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within an Animal Farming System, focuses on various architectural and organizational models of animal farming. His research will bring him to New Zealand, Mongolia, Germany, and China, to study exemplary structures supporting dairy production, livestock farming, and aquaculture. In 2014, the Wheelwright Prize jury also recognized six finalists: Alison Crawshaw (London); Ana Dana Beros (Zagreb); Masaaki Iwamoto (Ho Chi Minh City); Jimenez Lai (Chicago); Sean Lally (Chicago); and Kaz Yoneda (Tokyo). (For more information about the finalists’ proposals, please visit wheelwrightprize.org.)

An international jury will be announced in January 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their design work, scholarly accomplishments, originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal, and evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project.

The Wheelwright Prize’s organizing committee includes Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Professors K. Michael Hays and Jorge Silvetti, and Assistant Dean Benjamin Prosky. The online competition platform (wheelwrightprize.org) will begin accepting applications on January 5, at wheelwrightprize.org. A winner will be named in April 2015.

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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 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 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 1999 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided they received their professional degrees between 1999 and March 2014. 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 online application platform for the 2014 Wheelwright Prize is now accepting applications. Register by starting your application by February 15. (There is no fee to register.) Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2014. (Please note that the deadline has been extended from the previously announced deadline of February 28.) 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.

     

    Jury

    Mohsen Mostafavi

    Mohsen Mostafavi is an architect, educator, and dean of Harvard University GSD. 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. His publications include Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (Architectural Association Publications, 2004); Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010).


    K. Michael Hays

    K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and associate dean of Academic Affairs at Harvard GSD. 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). His research and scholarship focus on European modernism and critical theory. He is a member of the Wheelwright Prize organizing committee.


    Jorge Silvetti

    Jorge Silvetti is a principal of Machado Silvetti and the recipient of numerous awards, including ten Progressive Architecture Awards, and his writings have appeared in all the major international architectural publications. He has been teaching at Harvard GSD since 1975 and served as chair of the Department of Architecture from 1995 to 2002. He was a juror of the Pritzker Architecture Prize from 1996 to 2004. He is a member of the Wheelwright Prize organizing committee.

    2015 Jury to be announced in January.


    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 2015

    Wheelwright Prize 2015 General Release




    Press 2014

    Jose M. Ahedo Wins Wheelwright Prize 2014


    Harvard GSD Announces Wheelwright Prize 2014 Finalists


    Wheelwright Prize 2014 Announces Jury


    Wheelwright Prize 2014 General Release




    Press 2013

    Gia Wolff Wins Wheelwright Prize 2013


    Wheelwright Prize 2013 Announces Jury


    Wheelwright Prize 2013 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








    Past Fellows




    2014 Jose M. Ahedo
    MArch II'08

    Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within an Animal Farming System
    2013 Gia Wolff
    MArch '08

    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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