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2017 WINNERS
TO BE ANNOUNCED
IN JANUARY

2017 WINNERS
TO BE ANNOUNCED
IN JANUARY

The Richard Rogers Fellowship is an annual international competition.

HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN (GSD) IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A RESEARCH RESIDENCY AT THE WIMBLEDON HOUSE, A MODERN MASTERPIECE DESIGNED BY WORLD-RENOWNED BRITISH ARCHITECT RICHARD ROGERS.

Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is dedicated to advancing research on a wide range of issues—social, economic, technological, political, environmental—that are critical to shaping the contemporary city.

The Fellowship is inspired by Lord Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. Harvard GSD is currently accepting applications from accomplished architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists, and other specialists whose research will be enhanced by access to London’s extraordinary libraries, archives, practices, institutions, and other resources. Fellowship winners will be awarded a three-month residency at the Wimbledon House, travel expenses to London, and a cash prize of $10,000 USD.

Harvard GSD will inaugurate the Wimbledon House as the residence for the Richard Rogers Fellowship and as a venue for lectures, symposia, and events in 2017.

THE HOUSE

In 2015, Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers generously gifted the Wimbledon House to Harvard GSD to ensure its continued use as a residence and to provide a unique research opportunity for future generations of practitioners and scholars.

Rogers designed house in the late 1960s for his parents, Dr. William Nino and Dada Rogers. The pre-fabricated single-story dwelling features a bright yellow painted steel frame, glazed façade, and moveable partitions that allow the easy reconfiguration of the interior space. Considered one of the most important modern houses in the UK, it was granted a UK Grade II Heritage listing in 2013. Rogers has described the house as a “transparent tube with solid boundary walls,” and noted its influence on his subsequent designs of the Centre Pompidou and Lloyds of London.

British architect Philip Gumuchdjian is overseeing the restoration of the house to its original state.

the FellowshiP

The Richard Rogers Fellowship is a unique residency program that focuses on London as a site of opportunity.

The Fellowship is intended for individuals whose research will be enhanced by access to London’s extraordinary institutions, libraries, practices, professionals, and other unique resources. By providing the distinctive facilities of the Wimbledon House and academic support, the goal of the Richard Rogers Fellowship is to encourage in-depth investigation into a wide array of issues that are pertinent to the sustainable and equitable development and transformation of the city.

Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi noted, “We are grateful to Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers for their gift which provides scholars and designers an extraordinary space near the resources of London as they consider alternative architectural and urban futures.”

Residency terms

  • Spring (February 15 – May 15)
  • Summer (June 1 – August 31)
  • Fall (September 15 – December 15)

Fellows will be selected annually for three-month
residencies. Lodging includes a private bedroom with a desk and a private bathroom. Residents will share the common living spaces. In the application section, candidates will be asked to indicate their preferred residency term.

Two fellows will share the residence during each term. (Due to the nature of the quarters, partners and families cannot be accommodated.)

The Fellowship is accompanied by cash prize of $10,000 USD.

Fellows must secure their own necessary travel documents and visas. Visa requirements vary depending on the country of origin and length of stay. Individuals visiting the UK for research purposes most often require a Standard Visitor Visa. The GSD will furnish letters of invitation, if necessary.

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The Richard Rogers Fellowship is available to professionals and scholars working in fields related to The built environment,

including architects, designers, landscape architects, planners, engineers, historians, journalists, curators, economists, policymakers, sociologists, and other related fields. The focus of the residency program is to provide support to practitioners and scholars engaged in research that addresses alternative and sustainable urban futures.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, though advanced degrees are preferred.
  • There is no age restriction but preference will be given to applicants with substantial professional or academic credentials.
  • The Fellowship is open to applicants residing anywhere in the world.
  • Applicants must demonstrate professional or research experience in a field related to the built environment.
  • Winners are expected to secure their own travel and visitor’s documents; UK requirements differ depending on the country of origin and length of stay.

Application

Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Current CV
  • Brief research proposal (700 words), including description of the need for a residency in London
  • Portfolio (up to 10 images or documents), including design work and/or research projects and publications
  • Three references (names and affiliations only; letters will be requested of finalists)

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A 2017 RESIDENCY (SPRING, SUMMER, OR FALL) IS 28 NOVEMBER MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Winners will be notified by early December.

START APPLICATION

Selection commiTtee

Ricky Burdett

Director, LSE Cities

Ivan Harbour

Architect and Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

K. Michael Hays

Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard GSD

Hanif Kara

Co-founder AKT II and Professor in Practice, Harvard GSD

Mohsen Mostafavi

Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design and Dean, Harvard GSD

Farshid Moussavi

Architect and Professor in Practice, Harvard GSD

Patricia Roberts

Executive Dean, Harvard GSD

Richard Rogers

Architect and Founder, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner

FAQS

HOW LONG IS THE RESIDENCY?

Fellows will be awarded a residency of up to three months. Harvard GSD seeks applicants who will make the most of their stay in London.

WILL HARVARD GSD ASSIST ME WITH MY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VISA?

Fellows are required to secure their own valid travel documents and visas; requirements vary depending on country of origin and length of stay. Harvard GSD will furnish letters of invitation, if helpful.

ARE HARVARD UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS, LECTURERS, AND STUDENTS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Yes. But the competition is open to applicants anywhere in the world, and an affiliation to Harvard is not needed.

I AM CURRENTLY A STUDENT, AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

The minimum requirement for application is a professional degree in a related design field or a graduate degree in an affiliated area, with the expectation that applicants have some level of demonstrated experience beyond their academic coursework.

CAN I SELECT MY PREFERRED RESIDENCY TERM?

Fellows will be asked to rank their preference: Spring (February 15 to May 15), Summer (June 1 to August 31) or Fall (September 15 to December 15). The Selection Committee will try its best to assign winners to their preferred term. Flexibility is appreciated, and may improve one’s chances of being awarded a fellowship.

HOW MANY FELLOWS WILL SHARE THE RESIDENCE AT ANY GIVEN TIME?

Two.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE LIVING ARRANGEMENT?

The Wimbledon property consists of two buildings—the primary residence and a smaller similar structure that was originally a pottery studio. The studio has been renovated to have two small private bedrooms, each equipped with a desk and private bathroom. Fellows will reside in the renovated studio and share the use of the main house’s kitchen and common spaces. The primary residence will host occasional events, such as lectures and symposia.

WILL MEALS BE PROVIDED?

No. The Fellowship comes with a cash award, which should help to defray some of the cost of living in London.

CAN I BRING MY PARTNER OR FAMILY?

Due to the nature of the quarters, partners and families cannot be accommodated.

WILL YOU CONSIDER JOINT APPLICATIONS BY PARTNERS/COUPLES?

Partners/couples wishing to submit a joint proposal must apply individually. If the Selection Committee deems each individual deserving of a fellowship, the partners/couple will have the chance to share a residency term. The Wimbledon House cannot accommodate more than two residents at any given time.

WHAT KIND OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT MIGHT FELLOWS EXPECT DURING THEIR RESIDENCIES?

Fellows are expected be independent. They should plan to arrange their own travel and secure their own access to libraries, institutions, et cetera. Harvard GSD will help furnish any letters necessary to access special archives or institutions, if helpful.

DO I NEED TO GET LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM MY REFERENCES?

You do not need to submit letters at this time. If you are selected as a finalist, we will contact your references. We strongly advise that you notify your references about your application, should they be contacted.

MAY I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION BY MAIL?

No, all applications must be submitted via our online platform.

I AM ENCOUNTERING PROBLEMS WITH THE ONLINE APPLICATION PLATFORM, THE REGISTRATION FEE, OR HAVING OTHER TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

Please email info@richardrogersfellowship.org if you experience any problems with the online platform or difficulties completing your submission.

WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP WINNERS?

Winners of the Richard Rogers Fellowship are expected to cooperate with Harvard GSD with regards to media outreach, publications, documentation of work, participation in events, and so on. If research undertaken during a residency results in publications or exhibitions, winners must credit the Richard Rogers Fellowship. Fellows will be asked to submit a brief summary of their London work (2 to 3 pages) within six months of completing their residencies.

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