Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced seven finalists for the $100,000 Wheelwright Grant which is awarded annually for travel-based architectural research. This prize was first given in 1935 to purely GSD grads until it was revamped in 2013 to be an open competition.
The 2014 competition received nearly 200 submissions from 46 countries. The jury awarded special commendation to seven individuals for their exceptional design talent and imaginative research proposals. The winner will be announced on April 30th.
Wheelwright proposal: Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems.
Jose Ahedo established his own firm, Studio Ahedo, in 2010. His first completed project is Blanca, a dairy complex in the Pyrenees, which includes 13 buildings comprising animal facilities, research labs, and an education center.
Ana Dana Beros
Wheelwright proposal: INTERMUNDIA: Re-Imagining Border-Scape in Mediterranean Countries.
Ana Dana Beros is an independent architect, curator, editor, educator, and exhibition designer.
Alison Crawshaw Architecture
Wheelwright proposal: The Poison and the Cure: Rubbish in the Information Age.
Alison wrote a thesis on illegal building practices in Rome during her time as a Rome Scholar.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Ho Chi Minh City
Wheelwright proposal: Tropical Skin: Study on New Building Envelope for Tropical Megacities.
His work includes low-cost housing, a kindergarten, and workplaces, has been widely published.
Wheelwright proposal: Caricatures, Fictions and Hyperboles: A Revisit of the World of Wonders.
Jimenez Lai is the principal of Bureau Spectacular and an assistant architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Wheelwright proposal: Climate Design: The Architecture of Energies.
Sean Lally is the founder of the firm Weathers and assistant architecture professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Takram Design Engineering
Wheelwright proposal: Utopics of Cities: Amorphous Contemporaneity of Ideal.
Kaz Yoneda is the founder of the Architecture and Space Design Unit at Takram Design Engineering