Harvard Graduate School of Design announces the launch of the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship awarded annually to talented early-career architects worldwide proposing exceptional itineraries for research and discovery. With an open application 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 Wheelwright Prize is unique among architecture prizes with its focus on early-career architects: Eligible applicants are architects practicing anywhere in the world who have graduated from a professionally accredited degree program in the past 15 years. (Graduates prior to 1998 are ineligible.) Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio as well as a proposal for a research project accompanied by a travel itinerary. Funds are intended to cover travel and research-related costs.
Online applications will be accepted starting January 10; deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013. An international jury (to be announced in January 2013) 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.