Richard Rogers Fellowship
Thank you for your interest in the Richard Rogers Fellowship. As of 2020, the program has concluded. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design thanks all of the outstanding fellows, selection committee members, and supporters who made the Richard Rogers fellowship a success over the past five years.
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) offered 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 was 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 was inspired by Lord Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. 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. For five years, six fellows were awarded a three-month residency, travel expenses to London, and $10,000 USD cash prize, enabling them to have access to London’s extraordinary institutions, libraries, practices, professionals, and other resources. The goal of the residency program was to support research that addressed alternative and sustainable urban futures.
Like Harvard GSD’s Wheelwright Prize (launched in 2013), the Richard Rogers Fellowship was an open international competition that encouraged in-depth, original forms of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Eligible candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, though advanced degrees were preferred. Candidates were asked to submit a CV, portfolio of design work and/or research work, and research proposal.