The 2020 Wheelwright Prize
will begin accepting applications
in Fall 2019.


$100,000 traveling fellowship to fund Jaeschke's research proposal UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses

Photo credit: Fabrizio Darold

Cambridge, MA - Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) is pleased to name Polish-born and U.S.-based architect Aleksandra Jaeschke the winner of the 2019 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 grant to support investigative approaches to contemporary architecture, with an emphasis on travel-based research. Jaeschke's winning proposal, UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses, aims to explore the culture and architecture of greenhouses around the world, focusing on the spatiality of horticultural operations, as well as the interactions between plants and humans across a spectrum of contexts and cultures.

Jaeschke was among three remarkable finalists selected from more than 145 applicants, hailing from 46 countries. The 2019 Wheelwright Prize jury commends finalists Maria Shéhérazade Giudici and Garrett Ricciardi for their promising research proposals and presentations.

"With her pioneering work on greenhouses, Aleksandra Jaeschke reasserts that the field of architecture can and should continue to engage deeply with nature, with horticulture, and with ruralism and the countryside," says Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Wiley Professor of Design, Harvard GSD. "As we applaud Aleksandra and look forward to her project, I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate the other two finalists, Maria Shéhérazade Giudici and Garrett Ricciardi, for their outstanding proposals, which made the decision about this year's award exceedingly challenging for the jury."

A graduate of Harvard GSD (Doctor of Design, 2018) and the Architectural Association in London (AA Diploma, 2005), Jaeschke is an architect licensed in Italy and an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the University of Texas at Austin. She was one of the 2014 Kosciuszko Foundation Fellows and will be the Meadows Foundation Centennial Fellow, at the Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas at Austin, from September 2019 to August 2021. She previously taught at the Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles.

Jaeschke's interests range from mainstream discourses on sustainability and broader notions of ecology to cross-scalar integrative design strategies and the role of architects in transdisciplinary projects. Her Harvard GSD doctoral dissertation, Green Apparatus: Ecology of the American House According to Building Codes, investigated how building regulations coupled with green building technologies and incentives shape environmentally-driven design and environmental awareness. While at Harvard GSD, she coordinated the project "Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Housing Research and Prototype Design," exploring sustainability as a building-scale issue, and one of embodied energy, transportation, and sourcing of materials. She co-organized the 2016 Doctor of Design Conference "#decoding," which investigated the impact of codes in mapping of environments, demarcation of legal territories, and operational protocols of logistics and control of the built environment, highlighting the interconnections between design techniques, economic processes, and regulatory mechanisms.

Jaeschke's Wheelwright proposal, UNDER WRAPS, stems from her fascination with the multifaceted nature of greenhouses and the very act of sharing a roof with plant life. Her goal is to investigate the impact of spatial arrangements and speculate about strategies for a more equitable "greenhouse ruralism" and an engaged "urban (horti)culture"-the former to empower farmers, and the latter to engage urban dwellers in the act of caring for plants, which she calls "our living substrate and the ultimate Other."

Jaeschke's intention is to spend extended periods of time in a number of regions with a high concentration of greenhouse agriculture and visit remarkable urban and rural greenhouses that are unique for their singular architecture, adaptive approach to technology, or extraordinary function. She will travel to the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and South Korea, and will also visit significant sites in Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Poland. Her goal is to catalog and compare various greenhouse types, from farm-hoop houses to botanical conservatories; operations, from farming to hospitality; and locations, along a rural-urban transect. Jaeschke also hopes to use her travels to launch collaborative projects.

As with past Wheelwright winners, the $100,000 prize is intended to fund two years of Jaeschke's research travel.

Jaeschke previously practiced at AION, an architectural firm she co-founded and co-directed with Andrea Di Stefano. As part of AION, she managed numerous design workshops and contributed to various publications. She participated in the 27/37 Exhibition of Young Italian Architecture at the Italian Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, and was part of the ARCHITEKTUR! conference series held at the MAXXI Museum in Rome in 2012. In 2013, AION held a solo exhibition, Eco-Machines, in the Wroclaw Museum of Architecture in Poland. In 2011, Jaeschke received the Europe 40 Under 40 Award conferred by the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum.

Jaeschke follows 2018 Wheelwright Prize winner Aude-Line Dulière, whose Wheelwright project Crafted Images: Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction is in its travel-research phase.

Now in its seventh year as an open international competition, the Wheelwright Prize supports travel-based research initiatives proposed by extraordinary early-career architects. Previous winners have circled the globe, pursuing inquiries into a broad range of social, cultural, environmental, and technological issues. The Wheelwright Prize originated at Harvard GSD in 1935 as the Arthur C. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, which was established to provide a Grand Tour experience to exceptional Harvard GSD graduates at a time when international travel was rare. In 2013 Harvard GSD opened the prize to early-career architects worldwide as a competition, with the goal of encouraging new forms of prolonged, hands-on research and cross-cultural engagement. The sole eligibility requirement is that applicants must have received a degree from a professionally accredited architecture program in the previous 15 years.

The 2019 Wheelwright Prize jury consisted of Tatiana Bilbao, Loreta Castro Reguera, K. Michael Hays, Eric Höweler, Erik L'Heureux (2015 Wheelwright Prize winner), Mohsen Mostafavi, and Megan Panzano. For extended juror biographies, visit

2019 Wheelwright Prize Finalists

The Wheelwright Prize jury commends the 2019 finalists for their outstanding applications:

Maria Shéhérazade Giudici
Giudici is the editor of AA Files and the founder of Black Square, a collective engaged in research-by-design since 2014. Black Square makes projects, installations, books, as well as functioning as educational platform with a yearly summer workshop. Maria is the coordinator of the History and Theory course at the School of Architecture of the Royal College of Art and a Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association, London. She earned her PhD from Delft University in 2014; her theoretical research focuses on the construction of modern subjectivity, a topic she has explored in her writings and editorial projects – most recently, by coediting with Pier Vittorio Aureli Rituals and Walls: The Architecture of Sacred Space (2016). With Black Square, Maria pursues a trajectory which questions the link between form, image, and use. The first instalment of this research, Black Blocs (2017), has been commissioned by the FRAC Centre-Orléans, and will be followed in 2019 by How to Live in a Jungle, an experiment on the park as civic space exhibited at the Versailles Landscape Biennial.

In her research proposal, Giudici writes: The contemporary city is often considered as a low-intensity landscape shaped by speculation; however, in the last decade this context has become again the scene of conflict, and nowhere more so than in those Mediterranean countries where a legacy of colonialism has come to its endgame in recent demonstrations. Tahrir, Place des Martyrs and Gezi Park are not only controversial symbols of social discontent but also places where the limits of modern citymaking – formless, generic, scaleless – are revealed. The research will find new forms of design agency by rereading these radical moments of political debate and their effect on urban space.

Wheelwright proposal: The Spring of our Discontent: Urban Space and Conflict in the Mediterranean City

Garrett Ricciardi
Ricciardi co-founded Formlessfinder in 2011 as an interdisciplinary practice combining research, writing and design. Drawing from the disciplines of architecture, art and engineering the practice is focused on how the built environment can rethink its relationship to raw materials and natural resources. Ricciardi has been recognized internationally and received numerous design awards including the AIA NY New Practices award, a National Endowment for the Arts project grant, and was a finalist for the MOMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. Ranging from residential and commercial projects to public pavilions and installations, Formlessfinder’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the MAXXI in Rome, The Art Institute of Chicago, Design Miami, 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has published the book “Formless Manifesto” with Lars Muller and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Currently Ricciardi is a Lecturer at UCLA UAD Ideas, and has taught numerous studios at Columbia University GSAPP (focused on the National Park System, Land Art, Land use, Remote Architecture, Infrastructure, and the American Southwest) and at Parsons School for the Constructed Environment. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Princeton University School of Architecture where he was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for Design, and is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (BFA), and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Previously he has worked for the offices of Steven Holl Architects and has collaborated with James Carpenter Design Associates on many large-scale projects including the recently completed St. Louis Arch Museum of Westward Expansion for the Gateway Arch National Park.

In his research proposal, Ricciardi writes: Our MATERIAL COMMONS are in crisis. By traveling to their remote reserves, this proposal seeks to unpack the aggregation of economies, politics, spaces and forms embedded in the relationship between Architecture and Natural Resources. This re-envisioned grand tour begins from the ground down by visiting the resource deposits themselves (Lithium/Chile, Sand/Malaysia, Bauxite/Australia …) – and studying the embedded, often fragile, native geographies to understand the complex relationship between each and three distinctly different architectural outputs: (1) The Architecture Designed FOR Extraction (2) The Architecture Made OF Extraction, and (3) The Architecture Enabled BY Extraction.

Wheelwright proposal: Ground Tour: Material Commons and Architecture as a Limited Natural Resource

The full winner's brochure, which includes jury comments and the winner's portfolio, will soon be available at Applications for the 2020 Wheelwright Prize will be accepted in Fall 2019. For further information, please contact Travis Dagenais at

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2019 Jury
Tatiana Bilbao, Loreta Castro Reguera, K. Michael Hays, Eric Höweler,
Erik L'Heureux, Mohsen Mostafavi, Megan Panzano

2018 Jury
Jose Ahedo, Edward Eigen, Frida Escobedo, Michael Hays, Mark Lee,
Mohsen Mostafavi, Michelle Wilkinson

2017 Jury
Gordon Gill, Mariana Ibañez, Gia Wolff, K. Michael Hays, Mohsen Mostafavi

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

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Erik L'Heureux Wins 2015 Wheelwright Prize

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Jose M. Ahedo Wins 2014 Wheelwright Prize

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Gia Wolff Wins 2013 Wheelwright Prize

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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

2018 Aude-Line Dulière, MArch 2009, Harvard GSD

Research Crafted Images:
Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction
Finalists: José Esparza Chong Cuy,Chicago, IL;
Gustavo Utrabo, São Paulo, Brazil; and Catty Dan Zhang, Charlotte, NC.

2017 Samuel Bravo, BArch 2009,
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Research Projectless:
Architecture of Informal Settlements
Finalists: Lucia Cella, Posadas, Misiones, Argentina;
Andjela Karabašević, Belgrade, Serbia; and Farzin Lotfi-Jam, New York, NY.

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

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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