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Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) is inviting early-career architects from all over the world to apply for the 2018 Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize International Competition. Applicants should be talented architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work. This annual prize aims to foster new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.

Applicants have to submit a portfolio, a research proposal, and a travel itinerary that takes them outside their country of residence. Finalists will be asked to travel to the GSD for finalist presentations on 5 March 2018.


The winner of the 2018 Wheelwright Prize will receive a US$100,000 grant to support travel-based research; an invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD; and the possibility to publish his/her research in a Harvard GSD publication.


Applicants must have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture degree program in the past 15 years (those who graduated prior to 2003 are ineligible). Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided they received their professional degrees between 2003 and January 2018. Applicants need not be registered or licensed architects. Applicants can be from anywhere in the world and affiliation to Harvard GSD is not required. Only individuals may enter this competition: teams or firms will not be considered.

Winners have to spend a minimum of 6 months (cumulative) outside of their countries of residence in order to conduct their proposed research. Proposed research itineraries must not include sites in the United States. Research and travel must commence within 12 months of receiving the Wheelwright Prize and must be completed within 2 years of receiving the prize.
The Wheelwright Prize is intended for independent study and may not be applied to university tuition. But the grant may be applied to fees for workshops and conferences.

Applicants will be judged on the quality of their design work, scholarly accomplishments, originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal, and evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project.

Those who have previously received the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship are ineligible, as are those who are concurrently holding other fellowships. Current Harvard GSD faculty, instructors, and staff are also not eligible.


Applications are to be done online by 14 January 2018.

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