Wheelwright Prize for Early-Career Architects 2021 (100,000 USD)

Cambridge, MA — The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is inviting applications for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition for talented early-career architects.

The Wheelwright Prize is open to emerging architects practicing anywhere in the world. This annual prize is dedicated to fostering expansive, intensive design research that shows the potential to make a significant impact on architectural discourse. Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio and research proposal that includes travel outside the applicant’s home country. In preparing a portfolio, applicants are encouraged to consider the various formats through which architectural research and practice can be expressed, including but not limited to built work, curatorial practice, written output, and other manifestations of research.

However, the winning architect is expected to dedicate roughly two years of concentrated research related to their proposal, and to present a lecture on their findings at the conclusion of that research. Throughout the research process, Wheelwright Prize jury members and other GSD faculty are committed to providing regular guidance and peer feedback, in support of the project’s overall growth and development.

Nevertheless, applicants will be judged based on the quality of their design work, scholarly accomplishments, originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal, evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project, and potential for the proposed project to make important and direct contributions to architectural discourse.

  • The Wheelwright Prize awards 100,000 USD to the grand winner,
  • An invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD, and
  • The possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication.
  • The primary eligibility requirement is that applicants must have received a degree from a professionally accredited architecture program in the past 15 years.
  • An affiliation to the GSD is not required.
  • Applicants may not have received the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship previously.
  • Winners of the Wheelwright Prize may not hold other fellowships concurrently.
  • The Wheelwright Prize is available to individual entrants only.
  • Current Harvard GSD faculty, instructors, and staff are not eligible.
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Entry Procedures

Applicants must submit the following

  • Current CV.
  • Portfolio (maximum of 10 images)
  • The portfolio may be supplemented by published articles or research papers written by the applicant.
  • A written description of the proposed research project (maximum 6,000 characters)
  • List of three professional references (full name, affiliation, contact information, and relationship to the applicant).
Deadline: January 31, 2021

For more information and application visit the official site.