The GSD-Courances Design Residency affords students the chance to spend six weeks living and working in the certified organic farm, gardens, and park at the Château de Courances, a sixteenth-century domaine located in the Île-de-France, fifty kilometers south of Paris. The residency will expose students to new modes of thought, discourse, and engagement on such topics as sustainable land management, agriculture, conservation, stories of place, and the role of historic sites in contemporary society.

The structure of the residency is fundamentally hands-on. Students will work directly alongside farmers and landscaping crews, learning land management techniques and practices through direct experience. Students will also pursue an independent project or research topic depending on their own personal interests and explorations.

The residency is open to current GSD Master in Landscape Architecture degree candidates. Two positions will be offered each year. The duration of the residency will be for six weeks from approximately the beginning of June to the middle of July. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as part of the application process.

The residency is fully funded through the Penny White Project Fund and the generous support of the Château de Courances.

For important information and proposal guidelines, please visit: https://pennywhite.gsd.harvard.edu/.

Due to university travel restrictions and COVID-19, Courances proposals will not be considered for the 2020-2021 application year. Winners from the previous year will be in residence at Courances, if travel becomes possible.

Recent recipients include:

2018
Mariel Collard (MLA I AP ’19 / MDes RR ‘19)
Juan-David Grisales (MLA I AP ’21 / MDes ULE ‘21)

2019
Michael Cafiero (MLA I AP ’20)
Yoni Angelo Carnice (MLA I ’20)

2020
Caroline Craddock (MLA I ’21)
Dominic Riolo (MLA I ‘21)

2021
Not awarded