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Erik L’Heureux Wins Harvard GSD's $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

07:00 - 29 April, 2015
Erik L’Heureux Wins Harvard GSD's $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, Stereoscopic House / Pencil Office. Image © Pencil Office
Stereoscopic House / Pencil Office. Image © Pencil Office

Singapore-based American architect Erik L’Heureux has been selected over two other finalists and 200 applicants to receive the Harvard University Graduate School of Design's (GSD) 2015 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 travel grant, now in its third year, was awarded to L’Heureux for his proposal Hot and Wet: The Equatorial City and the Architectures of Atmosphere, which focuses on the "architecture of five dense cities in the equatorial zone - Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Pondicherry, India; Lagos, Nigeria; São Paulo, Brazil - where he will examine traditional and modern building strategies that mediate extreme climate conditions while addressing the mounting pressures of rapid urbanization and climate change."

Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize

15:12 - 3 April, 2015
Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize, Finalists' Work (left to right) - Quynh Vantu’s installation Variable Measure, Malkit Shoshan’s exhibition Zoo, or the Letter Z, just after Zionism, and Erik L'Heureux’s design of a factory building facade. Image © Harvard GSD
Finalists' Work (left to right) - Quynh Vantu’s installation Variable Measure, Malkit Shoshan’s exhibition Zoo, or the Letter Z, just after Zionism, and Erik L'Heureux’s design of a factory building facade. Image © Harvard GSD

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced three architects shortlisted for this year's prestigious Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 grant, which is awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research, is “intended to spur innovative research during the early stage of an architect’s professional career” and “foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.”

Similarly to previous years, the shortlisted applicants were chosen from nearly 200 submitters spanning 51 countries. Each finalist will be invited to speak at Harvard GSD on April 16 (starting at noon) to present their work and research proposals. The event will be free and open to the public. A winner will be announced at the end of April.

“The strength and diversity of the applications are growing each year, making the jury’s job increasingly difficult,” said K. Michael Hays, Wheelwright Prize organizing committee member and 2015 jury chair. “It’s gratifying to see so many young architects approach their work as part of larger intellectual projects.”

The shortlisted architects are...