Harvard’s Wheelwright Prize 2016 – $100,000 Award for Emerging Architects

Harvard’s Wheelwright Prize 2016 – $100,000 Award for Emerging Architects

Deadline: February 8, 2016

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Wheelwright Prize. The Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize is an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research.

About the Prize

The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that is awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work. Now open to applicants from all over the world—no affiliation to Harvard GSD required—the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement.


The winner of the Wheelwright Prize will receive:

  • $100,000 cash prize to support travel and research-related costs
  • invitation to lecture at Harvard GSD
  • possibility to publish research in a Harvard GSD publication


The Wheelwright Prize is open to emerging architects practicing anywhere in the world.

  • Applicant must have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture degree program in the past 15 years. (Graduates prior to 2000 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply, provided they received their professional degrees between 2001 and January 2015. Applicants need not be registered or licensed.
  • Applicants may not have received the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship previously.
  • Winners of the Wheelwright Prize may not hold other fellowships concurrently.
  • The Wheelwright Prize is available to individual entrants only; teams or firms will not be considered.
  • Current Harvard GSD faculty, instructors, and staff are not eligible.
  • Winners are expected to spend a minimum of 6 months (cumulative) outside of their countries of residence in order to conduct their proposed research.
  • Proposed research itineraries must not include sites in the United States. Research and travel must commence within 12 months of receiving the Wheelwright Prize and must be completed within two years of receiving the prize.
  • The Wheelwright Prize is intended for independent study and may not be applied to university tuition. However, the grant may be applied to fees for workshops and conferences.

Judging Criteria

Applicants will be judged based on the following:

  • quality of their design work
  • scholarly accomplishments
  • originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal
  • evidence of ability to fulfill the proposed project


There is a $10 service fee to submit applications (charged by the online platform, not by Harvard GSD). Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio, a research proposal, and a travel itinerary that takes them outside their country of residence.

A winner will be named in April 2016.

For more information, visit the Wheelwright Prize.