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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
Applicants will be asked to submit:
Director, LSE Cities
Architect and Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard GSD
Co-founder AKT II and Professor in Practice, Harvard GSD
Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design and Dean, Harvard GSD
Architect and Professor in Practice, Harvard GSD
Executive Dean, Harvard GSD
Architect and Founder, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner
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.
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.
Yes. But the competition is open to applicants anywhere in the world, and an affiliation to Harvard is not needed.
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.
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.
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.
No. The Fellowship comes with a cash award, which should help to defray some of the cost of living in London.
Due to the nature of the quarters, partners and families cannot be accommodated.
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.
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.
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.
No, all applications must be submitted via our online platform.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any problems with the online platform or difficulties completing your submission.
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.