Wimbledon House. Picture: Iwan Baan

Richard Rogers Fellowship announces winners

Jez Abbott
Tuesday 22 Jan 2019

A world famous school of design has announced winners of a fellowship program named after the renowned British architect Richard Rogers.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Richard Rogers Fellowship is a residency program at Wimbledon House, a landmark home designed by Lord Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s. Now entering its third cycle, the fellowship is inspired by Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary engagement.

The six fellows were chosen from nearly 140 applicants from around the world. In addition to a three-and-a-half-month residency, each fellow receives travel expenses to London and a $10,000 cash purse. They will pursue research on issues ranging from the use of steel and brick in the City of London to historical and multimedia investigations of the city’s estates, markets, and edges.

Since its start, the Richard Rogers Fellowship has drawn scholars from a range of fields and backgrounds to London where they undertake research and salon-style discussions on London’s urban development.

The 2019 Richard Rogers Fellows include spring fellows Esther Choi (Brooklyn, NY) and John Paul Rysavy (Brooklyn, NY); summer fellows Sarosh Anklesaria (Ithaca, NY) and Maria Letizia Garzoli (Trecate, Italy); and fall fellows Peter Christensen (Rochester, NY) and Michael Waldrep (Berlin, Germany).

Fellowship selection committee includes Alison Brooks, K Michael Hays, Sharon Johnston, Hanif Kara, Mohsen Mostafavi, Patricia Roberts, Lord Richard Rogers, and Simon Smithson. The 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship cycle will begin accepting applications in October 2019.

Four years ago Lord Richard and Lady Ruth Rogers gifted the Wimbledon House to Harvard GSD to ensure its continued use as a residence and to provide research opportunities for future generations of practitioners and scholars.

Rogers designed house in the late 1960s for his parents as a pre-fabricated single-story home featuring a bright yellow painted steel frame, glazed façade, and moveable partitions that allow the easy reconfiguration of the interior space.

Considered one of the most important modern houses in the UK, it was granted a Grade II Heritage listing in 2013. Rogers has described the house as a “transparent tube with solid boundary walls” and noted its influence on his subsequent designs of the Centre Pompidou and Lloyds of London.

Architect Philip Gumuchdjian oversaw the restoration of the house to its original state. Landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan restored the house’s grounds.

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