American Academy in Rome Announces Rome Prize Winners

American Academy in Rome Announces Rome Prize Winners

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 117th annual Rome Prize, a national competition awarded to approximately thirty individuals who show outstanding work in the arts and humanities. The prize includes a fellowship and stipend, a study or studio, and an invitation to Rome for six months to two years to work within the Academy and with its students to further explore artistic, professional, or scholarly pursuits while learning from the knowledge of peers. This year, 44 individuals comprised nine peer juries that completed the application selection process.

Highlighted below are the winners that make up this years architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, and landscape architecture categories.


James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize
Thomas Kelley
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Partner, Norman Kelley, LLC, Chicago, IL and New York, NY
Economy of Illusions: A (re)Valuation of Rome’s Visual Culture

Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize
Catie Newell
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College, University of Michigan
Principal, *Alibi Studio, Detroit, MI
Involving Darkness


Rolland Rome Prize
Nicholas de Monchaux
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley
Robustness, Resilience, Redundancy and Rome.

Abigail Cohen Rome Prize
Catherine Wagner
Artist, San Francisco, CA
Professor, Department of Art, Mills College
Re-classifying History II


Booth Family Rome Prize
Thomas Leslie
Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University
“Building Correctly:” Pier Luigi Nervi and the Synthesis of the Constructeur

National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize
Thompson M. Mayes
Deputy General Counsel, Law Department, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Why This Place Matters

Mark Hampton Rome Prize
Max Page
Professor of Architecture and History, Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Usable Pasts: The Legacy of Mussolini and the Lessons of Scarpa


Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Bradley E. Cantrell
Director and Associate Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University
Synthetic and Responsive Ecologies

Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize
Elizabeth Fain LaBombard
Associate, James Corner Field Operations, New York, NY
Living on the Edge: Re-thinking Landscape on the Periphery of Rome