The Wheelwright Prize, an open worldwide competition that grants to an exceptional early-career architect to encourage new kinds of architectural study, is being offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) for the 2022 cycle.
Emerging architects from all around the globe are eligible for the Wheelwright Prize.
The main criterion for qualifying is that candidates must have graduated from a professionally approved architectural school within the previous 15 years.
It is not necessary to be a member of the GSD.
Applicants must submit a portfolio as well as a research proposal that involves travel outside of their native country.
Applicants are urged to think about the different formats through which architectural study and practice might be communicated while putting up a portfolio, including but not limited to constructed work, curatorial practice, written output, and other forms of inquiry.
The winning architect is expected to devote around two years of intense study to their idea, culminating in a talk on their results.
Wheelwright Prize panel members and other GSD professors are dedicated to giving frequent assistance and peer evaluation throughout the research process, in order to promote the project’s overall growth and development.
This traveling scholarship, established in 1935 in memory of Arthur W. Wheelwright, Class of 1887, has provided unique opportunities for generations of Harvard GSD graduates.
The fellowship was created at a period when many people couldn’t afford to go abroad.
The award allowed some early Wheelwright fellows, such as Paul Rudolph (1937–38), Eliot Noyes (1939–40), William Wurster (1942–43), and I. M. Pei (1950–51), to go on Grand European Tour-style adventures.
Worth of Award
The Wheelwright Prize winner will get the following:
- A $100,000 reward will be awarded to help fund the suggested research endeavor.
- Invitation to give a talk at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design
- The opportunity to publish research in a Harvard GSD journal
Wheelwright Prize Requirements
- In the last 15 years, the applicant must have graduated from a professionally certified architectural degree program. (Those who graduated before January 2006 are not eligible.) Multiple degree holders are eligible to apply if their professional degrees were earned between January 2006 and January 2022. It is not necessary for applicants to be registered or licensed.
- Applicants must not have previously earned an Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship.
- The Wheelwright Prize winner may not hold any other fellowships at the same time.
- Individuals alone are eligible for the Wheelwright Prize; teams or businesses will not be considered.
- Faculty, lecturers, and employees at Harvard GSD are not eligible.
- Winners from the United States will have to do some study outside of the nation.
- The Wheelwright Prize is for independent study only, and it cannot be used to pay for university tuition. The grant, on the other hand, may be used to cover the costs of workshops and conferences.
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How to Apply for Wheelwright Prize
The application process is entirely online. No submissions will be accepted by mail.
Applicants must submit the following. (Materials must be in English.)
Current curriculum vitae.
- Portfolio (maximum of ten photographs); each uploaded file should only include a single image, not numerous images scattered out. Each photograph must be labeled and dated.
- Personal work that exhibits design aptitude will be considered by the judges; student projects may be included.
- If the work is collaborative and/or created by a company, the applicant’s contribution must include conceptual development and/or design, and the applicant’s position must be clearly defined.
- Published articles or research papers authored by the candidate may be included to the portfolio. Authored works should be presented in their original format, with the title and date of publication clearly specified (maximum 3, each clipping to be saved as a separate PDF).
- Please provide an English-language synopsis (maximum 2,500 characters) as an appendix to each PDF if the original publication was not written in English.
- Please generate a compact PDF (no more than 10 pages) with a cover, sample pages, and a concise synopsis (2,500 characters) of the content if the clipping is more than 15 pages.
- A written description of the research project is being suggested (maximum 6,000 characters). The connection of the planned research to the present field of architecture should be articulated by the applicants.
- What are the research project’s ramifications? What influence may it have on practice? Applicants should detail their suggested technique as well as any unique knowledge, talent, or skill needed to carry out their proposal.
- Strong bids will explain how the Wheelwright Prize’s resources will help the project succeed.
- Three professional recommendations list (full name, affiliation, contact information, and relationship to the applicant). At this time, letters are not necessary.
Deadline: The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 31, 2022.
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