American Academy in Rome announces 2017 Rome Prize winners

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American Academy in Rome announces 2017 Rome Prize winners

The American Academy in Rome announced its winners for the 2017–18 Rome Prize, a fellowship that supports advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year’s 29 recipients will receive a stipend, workspace, and living space at the Academy’s 11-acre campus in Rome to pursue further work among peers.

Winners are selected annually through a national competition process and evaluated by an independent jury of scholars and artists. Highlighted below are the individuals that won the prizes for architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, and landscape architecture.


Founders Rome Prize
Brandon Clifford
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ghosts of Rome

Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize
Keith Krumwiede
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology
A Pattern Book of Houses for a World After the End of Work


Mark Hampton Rome Prize
Jennifer Birkeland and Jonathan A. Scelsa
Partners, op.AL
The Roman Roof-Scape—The Atrium as Landscape–Urban Infrastructure

Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize
Tricia Treacy
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Department of Art, Appalachian State University
modes + methods of dialog + collaboration

Historic Preservation and Conservation

Charles K. Williams II Rome Prize
Lisa Deleonardis
Austen-Stokes Professor, Department of the History of Art, John Hopkins University
A Transatlantic Response to Worlds That Shake: Jesuit Contributions to Anti-Seismic Building Design in Early Modern Italy and Peru

Booth Family Rome Prize
Liz Ševčenko
Director, Humanities Action Lab, The New School + Rutgers University–Newark
Confronting Denial: Preservation for a Post-Truth Era

Landscape Architecture

Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Rosetta S. Elkin
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Associate, Arnold Arboretum
Shorelines: The Case of Italian Stone Pine

Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize
Alison B. Hirsch AND Aroussiak Gabrielan
Co-founders, foreground design agency, Los Angeles, California; Hirsch: Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, School of Architecture, University of Southern California; Gabrielian: Ph.D. Candidate in Media Arts + Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
Rome Real-and-Imagined: Cinematic Fictions and Future Landscapes

For more on the 2017–2018 Rome Prize winners, see this list here. For more on the American Academy in Rome, see its website here.