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.
Applicants must have received a degree from a professionally accredited architecture program in the past 15 years (graduates prior to 1999 are ineligible). No affiliation to Harvard is required. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of personal work and a research proposal supported by a travel itinerary. Registration deadline is February 15, and submission deadline is March 4 (please note it has been changed from the previously published deadline of February 28).
The 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.
The 2014 Wheelwright Prize jury is: Iñaki Ábalos, Sílvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, K. Michael Hays, Mohsen Mostafavi, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu, Jorge Silvetti.
Past recipients of the prize, which was previously known as the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, include Paul Rudolph, Eliot Noyes, William Wurster, Christopher Tunnard, I. M. Pei, Farès el-Dahdah, Adele Santos, and Linda Pollak. The 2013 Wheelwright Prize winner was Brooklyn-based architect Gia Wolff, with her proposal “Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats,” a study of the elaborate temporary and mobile constructions realized annually for carnival festivals around the world.