Clockwise from upper left: Mohsen Mostafavi, Craig Barton, Preston Scott Cohen, K. Michael Hays, Jorge Silvetti, Elisa Silva, Sarah Herda.
Courtesy Harvard GSD Clockwise from upper left: Mohsen Mostafavi, Craig Barton, Preston Scott Cohen, K. Michael Hays, Jorge Silvetti, Elisa Silva, Sarah Herda.


This morning, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design announced the 2015 Wheelwright Prize Competition jury. The international panel includes: Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard GSD; Craig Evan Barton, Director of the Design School at the Herberger Institure for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Preston Scott Cohen, professor and former Chair of Architecture at Harvard GSD; K. Michael Hays, professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Harvard GSD, Jorge Silvetti, a principal of Boston-based firm Machado and Silvetti Associates and professor at Harvard GSD; Elisa Silva, founder of Enlace Arquitectura as well as professor at the Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela; and Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts in Chicago.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Wheelwright Prize Competition. The international contest will award one early-career architecture school graduate with a $100,000 traveling fellowship, which may be used to research or practice in any country outside the applicant’s own.

2014 winner Jose Ahedo will soon embark on a two-month trip to New Zealand, followed by stays in Mongolia and China, where he hopes to continue his research on animal farming systems.

After traveling through many countries to study parade float design, the winner of 2013’s competition, Gia Wolff, was commissioned by the Tate Modern to create an installation in the Turbine Hall, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

2013 winner Gia Wolff's installation, Canopy, was inspired by Oscar Niemeyer's carnival stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and integrated into the choreography of a performance piece by artist Marlon Griffith.
Oliver Cowling, Tate Photography 2013 winner Gia Wolff's installation, Canopy, was inspired by Oscar Niemeyer's carnival stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and integrated into the choreography of a performance piece by artist Marlon Griffith.


To enter the contest, applicants must submit a CV, brief proposal of approximately 700 words, a travel itinerary, and maximum 10-slide portfolio through the competition website. There is no fee to register for the competition aside from a user fee for SlideRoom, the entry platform, which may be waived for applicants with financial difficulties.

The portal will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 5 and close on Feb. 9. *Please note the deadline extension, previously Jan. 30. Competition organizers urge potential applicants to start gathering the requisite materials now.

The Wheelwright Prize’s organizing committee includes Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, professors K. Michael Hays and Jorge Silvetti, and Assistant Dean Benjamin Prosky. The competition’s winner will be announced mid-April 2015.

For more information on the competition, and to enter, please visit wheelwrightprize.org.