It’s safe to say that it rarely pays to be an architect, in the most literal sense. The profession, at least in our times, is a labor of love. So it is important to take note of those few instances in which it DOES pay to give your life to that lofty discipline we call architecture. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) just added one to the list. Today, the institution will announce the the launch of the Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 prize intended to provide valuable funding to a young architect in the beginning of his or her career.
The launch is technically a re-launch: the prize is an expansion of a traveling fellowship that was established in 1935. Previously, it had enabled architects such as Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei to study overseas. According to Architect Magazine, the new Wheelwright Prize will be conferred upon an architect who has received an architecture degree from an accredited institution within the last 15 years, and the size of the award “rivals the Pritzker Prize,” which awards the same amount to its esteemed laureates. “It is clear that today’s fluid movement of people and ideas necessitates new approaches towards the understanding of architecture and urbanization,” said GSD dean Moshen Mostafavi in an official statement. “I am excited that in the coming years the Wheelwright Fellowship will be able to have a significant impact on the intellectual projects of young architects and, in turn, on the future of architecture and the built environment.”
Photo: Gund Hall at Harvard University. Source: Vimeo.
- Kelly Chan