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Belgian Architect Aude-Line Dulière Announced as Winner of 2018 Wheelwright Prize

16:00 - 6 April, 2018
Belgian Architect Aude-Line Dulière Announced as Winner of 2018 Wheelwright Prize, via Harvard GSD
via Harvard GSD

Belgian architect Aude-Line Dulière has been selected as the winner of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s 2018 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 award supports travel-based research and investigative techniques to further explore contemporary design. Dulière’s winning proposal Crafted Images: Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction, aims to “examine construction methods and supply systems in the global film industry, engaging the space-making elements of film and set design as well as potential innovations around material use and reuse throughout architecture and construction generally.”

Four Finalists Announced for Harvard's 2018 Wheelwright Prize

06:00 - 20 March, 2018
Four Finalists Announced for Harvard's 2018 Wheelwright Prize, © Felipe Gomes
© Felipe Gomes

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has announced the four finalists for the 2018 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 travel research-based grant available to early-career architects worldwide.

Selected from over 125 applications from nearly 40 countries worldwide, the four finalists are from Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. This year’s jury includes 2014 Wheelwright Prize Winner Jose Ahedo, Edward Eigen, Frida Escobedo, K. Michael Hays, Mark Lee, Mohsen Mostafavi, and Michelle Wilkinson. A winner will be named in April.

Read more about the four finalists below: 

Samuel Bravo Selected as the Winner of the 2017 Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize

16:45 - 2 June, 2017
Samuel Bravo Selected as the Winner of the 2017 Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize, Ani Nii Shobo Lodge / Sandra Iturriaga + Samuel Bravo. Image © Samuel Bravo
Ani Nii Shobo Lodge / Sandra Iturriaga + Samuel Bravo. Image © Samuel Bravo

Chilean architect Samuel Bravo has been selected as the winner of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design 2017 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 travel grant established to support “investigative approaches to contemporary design.”

Bravo’s research proposal, Projectless: Architecture of Informal Settlements, seeks to study the architecture of traditional and informal settlements, offering a contemporary revisiting of Bernard Rudofsky’s “architecture without architects” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1964.

Call for Entries: 2017 Wheelwright Prize

14:00 - 23 December, 2016
Call for Entries: 2017 Wheelwright Prize, 2014 Wheelwright Prize winner Jose Ahedo traveled for the past two years to research the impact of animal farming on the land.
2014 Wheelwright Prize winner Jose Ahedo traveled for the past two years to research the impact of animal farming on the land.

Harvard University GSD's Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant available to early-career architects worldwide. With an open competition process, the Wheelwright Prize recognizes the importance of field research to professional development, and reinforces Harvard GSD’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.

The "Kitchenless" House: A Concept for the 21st Century

08:00 - 17 August, 2016
The "Kitchenless" House: A Concept for the 21st Century, Anna Puigjaner in her office in Barcelona. Image © Cati Bestard
Anna Puigjaner in her office in Barcelona. Image © Cati Bestard

Architect Anna Puigjaner imagines a future in which housing is suited to the needs of its inhabitants. Sometimes that happens to mean not having a kitchen. Her project “Kitchenless” has received the Wheelwright Prize from Harvard University, along with an endowment of $100,000 for research on existing models of communal residences worldwide.

Puigjaner and the other members of the Maio firm work alongside professionals from other disciplines in a beautiful spot in the Gracia district in Barcelona, which functions more as a co-working space than a conventional architectural office. The Maio team opted for this place in 2011, during the crisis, so in order to hold on to it they decided to open the space to other workers. In 2016 they could afford to be alone, but there isn’t any compelling reason for them to do it. This could be a summary of their philosophy and is surely one of the reasons why Puigjaner received the Wheelwright Prize, a unique prize among architecture awards as it doesn’t focus on a specific work or research but the relationship between the two, in direction and ideas.

She does the interview from her office and talks about the changes that lie ahead for the future of housing:

Harvard GSD Announces Anna Puigjaner as the Winner of 2016 Wheelwright Prize

16:00 - 23 May, 2016
Harvard GSD Announces Anna Puigjaner as the Winner of 2016 Wheelwright Prize, MAIO Studio. Image © Jose Hevia
MAIO Studio. Image © Jose Hevia

Anna Puigjaner has been selected from nearly 200 applications as the winner of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design 2016 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 travel grant was awarded for her proposal, Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare, for which she will 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.” Puigjaner notes that this typology is "deeply understood as a tool for social transformations," and through her investigation, she hopes to apply new thinking to the housing dilemmas of today. The prize will fund her travel and research over the next two years.

Harvard GSD Shortlists 4 Architects for 2016 Wheelwright Prize

12:00 - 29 March, 2016
Harvard GSD Shortlists 4 Architects for 2016 Wheelwright Prize, The four finalists, clockwise: Samuel Bravo, Matilde Cassani, Pier Paolo Tamburelli and Anna Puigjaner. Image via Wheelwright Prize
The four finalists, clockwise: Samuel Bravo, Matilde Cassani, Pier Paolo Tamburelli and Anna Puigjaner. Image via Wheelwright Prize

Harvard GSD has announced the four shortlisted architects for the 2016 Wheelwright Prize. Awarded annually, the $100,000 grant is for travel-based architectural research.

Selected from 200 applications from nearly 45 countries worldwide, the four finalists are from Italy, Spain and Chile. Each finalist will present their work and proposal on April 20. This year’s jury includes Eva Franch, Jeannie Kim, Kiel Moe, Rafael Moneo, Benjamin Prosky, Mohsen Mostafavi, and K. Michael Hays.

Rafael Moneo and Eva Franch i Gilabert Among Seven Jurors Announced for the 2016 Wheelwright Prize

15:30 - 21 January, 2016
Rafael Moneo and Eva Franch i Gilabert Among Seven Jurors Announced for the 2016 Wheelwright Prize, The Graduate School of Design. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD
The Graduate School of Design. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) have announced Mohsen Mostafavi, Eva Franch i Gilabert, K. Michael Hays, Jeannie Kim, Benjamin Prosky, Rafael Moneo, and Kiel Moe as the jurors of the 2016 Wheelwright Prize. The award, "an open, international competition for early-career architects that supports travel-based research with a $100,000 grant," was relaunched as an international competition in 2012 and is now open to all graduates of professionally accredited programs within the last fifteen years. Last year's winner was Erik l'Heureaux for his proposal to study the extreme climatic conditions of equatorial zones.

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...

2015 Wheelwright Prize

01:00 - 7 December, 2014
2015 Wheelwright Prize , Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

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.

Barcelona Architect Jose Ahedo Wins $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

00:00 - 21 May, 2014
Barcelona Architect Jose Ahedo Wins $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

Barcelona architect Jose Ahedo of Studio Ahedo has been selected over seven finalists and 200 applicants to receive the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s $100,000 Wheelwright Prize. The travel grant, now in its second year, was awarded to Ahedo for his proposal Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems, which focuses on the innumerable environmental and social challenges related to animal farming.

The jury lauded Ahedo’s proposal for “its integrated approach to a broad range of issues, and for his clarity in identifying architecture and design’s potential to shape more sustainable models of production for a global mega-industry.”

Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize

00:00 - 15 April, 2014
Seven Architects Shortlisted for $100,000 Wheelwright Prize, Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center  (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize
Jose Ahedo, Blanca Pyrenees, Education Center (Els Hostalets de Tost, Spain, 2013). Image Courtesy of Wheelwright Prize

Seven architects have been shortlisted from nearly 200 international applicants for Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s 2014 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.”

Ranging from a Barcelona-based architect whose research proposal focuses on animal farming systems to a Croatian architect who wants to re-imagine the “border-scape” in Mediterranean countries, you can review all seven finalists after the break...

Applications Now Open for Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Traveling Fellowship

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
Applications Now Open for Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Traveling Fellowship

UPDATE: This year's jury for the Wheelwright Prize will be: Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Ábalos, Sílvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, K. Michael Hays, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu, and Jorge Silvetti.

Architect Gia Wolff Wins Inaugural Wheelwright Prize

00:00 - 17 May, 2013
Architect Gia Wolff Wins Inaugural Wheelwright Prize, 2013 Wheelwright Prize Laureate Gia Wolff
2013 Wheelwright Prize Laureate Gia Wolff

Brooklyn-based architect and Harvard GSD alumni Gia Wolff has been awarded the $100,000 Wheelwright Prize for her proposal Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats. Now in its first edition, the Wheelwright Prize is a travel grant issued by Harvard University in an effort to foster new forms of architectural research led by cross-cultural engagement.

Mohsen Mostafavi: “The positive response to the Wheelwright Prize has been extraordinary. It is inspiring to see so many talented architects with clear agendas and visions. I am delighted for Gia Wolff, the winner of the prize. Her proposed investigations at the intersection of design, performance, and temporality will surely provide us with new insights and new directions for the future of architecture.”