The Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize was established with a gift by long-term friends, business partners, and GSD advocates Samuel Plimpton MBA '77, MArch '80 and William J. Poorvu MBA '58. The first prize award of approximately $20,000 and a second prize award of $10,000 recognizes the two top teams or individuals for a viable real estate project completed as part of the GSD curricula that best demonstrates feasibility in design, construction, economics, and in fulfillment of market and user needs.

The Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize is open to all masters-level students enrolled at the GSD regardless of their seniority or degree program and aims to encourage collaborative, cross disciplinary work. A review committee comprised of faculty members from each department will select a shortlist of candidates who will participate in a review and be asked to submit a revised application in March. The faculty committee, Chairs, and Dean will review the revised submissions and select the winner(s) in May.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a PDF document that includes the information requested below to Caroline Newton by 12:00PM EST on Friday, January 26, 2018. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications must include the following three components in one PDF document with the filename “Applicant_Name_PlimptonPoorvuPrize2018”:

    1. Coversheet listing the following information:
      2018 Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize Application
      Applicant Name
      Degree Program
      Graduation Date
      GSD Email Address and Permanent Email Address
      Course number and title in which the work was submitted
    2. Written Statement that includes a description of the project demonstrating the project’s feasibility in design, construction, economics, and in fulfillment of market and user needs. (1 page, approximately 300 words) If any aspect of collaborative work is submitted by an individual, the authorship of such work should be clearly identified and distinguished from that of the applicant. Projects performed as independent studies outside the GSD or as part of a professional commission will not be eligible.
    3. Visual Representation of up to 15 pages to supplement the written description (8.5×11 inch format)  Note: Hardcopy, CDs, slides, loose materials, or physical models will not be accepted.

Questions may be submitted to Caroline Newton, Office of the Dean.


First prize has been awarded to Patricia Alvarez (MDes ’18), Lisa Hollywood (MAUD ’17), Chris Merritt (MLA II ‘ 17), and Lindsay Woodson (MDes & MUP ’17). Their submission, NoBe Nexo, re-envisions an 18-acre site in North Beach, Miami Beach as a mixed-use development that addresses sea-level rise, storm surge, and food insecurity issues.

Nexo Paseo from The Grove The Grove is strategically positioned as a cultural center, for diverse performances and festivals, such as wine tastings, gourmet dinners, seminars, cooking demonstrations and restaurant services.

Second prize has been awarded to Maxime Faure (MAUD ’18), Van-Tuong Nguyen (MDes ’18), and Carla Wijaya (MAUD ’18) for their proposal, The W, a mixed-use housing development on Boston’s North End waterfront that includes housing for students, young professionals, and single householders, and provides a publicly accessible landscape connection along the waterfront.

Maxime FAURE - TheW_Overview