Announcing 2018 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship

Open to accomplished practitioners and scholars working in fields related to the built environment—application deadline is November 14

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announces the 2018 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a residency program based at the Wimbledon House, which was designed by Lord Rogers in the late 1960s. The London-based Fellowship is intended to encourage in-depth, original forms of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Open to accomplished practitioners and scholars working in fields related to the built environment, the Fellowship seeks research proposals focused on those topics that have been central to Lord Rogers’s life and career, including questions of urbanism, sustainability, and how people use cities. The Fellowship is inspired by Lord Rogers’s commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist.

Each of the six selected fellows receives a three-month residency at the Wimbledon House in London, as well as round-trip travel expenses, a $10,000 USD cash stipend, and unique access to London’s extraordinary institutions, libraries, practices, professionals, and other resources. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2017.

The fellowship’s inaugural six fellows, drawn from a pool of more than 200 applicants, have applied their 2017 residencies toward investigation of a diverse series of topics, including examinations of public and affordable housing; how food and cooking transform cities; and citizen-driven urban regeneration initiatives. The GSD celebrated the Fellowship alongside Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers with an event at the Wimbledon House in June 2017. The GSD aims to further activate the house and fellowship as platforms for ongoing dialogue and exchange.

In 2015, Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers generously gifted the Wimbledon House—designed by Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s—to Harvard GSD to ensure the Heritage-listed property’s continued use as a residence and to provide a unique research opportunity for future generations of professionals and scholars.

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, and must propose new or ongoing research that would benefit from a residency in London. Applicants must have completed a graduate or professionally accredited degree. Preference is given to practitioners and researchers with significant academic credentials or experience in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or urban design, as well as applicants who propose ambitious research projects with the potential to make a significant impact on relevant fields of research or practice. Winners are expected to secure their own travel + visitor’s documents (UK requirements differ depending on the country of origin and length of stay).

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV, portfolio of design work and/or research work, and research proposal. The deadline for submissions is November 14, 2017; winners will be announced in December 2017.

The Fellowship Selection Committee includes: Richard Burdett, K. Michael Hays, Hanif Kara, Mohsen Mostafavi, Farshid Moussavi, Patricia Roberts, and Lord Richard Rogers.