Harvard GSD Announces 2018 Richard Rogers Fellows

The six winners—who will stay in the Rogers-designed Wimbledon House in London—will research a diverse range of subjects, from housing cooperatives to digital fabrication.

2018 Richard Rogers Fellows
The fellows will live on-site at the Richard Rogers–designed Wimbledon House, which was recently renovated. Learn more about the house and the renovation here. Courtesy Iwan Baan

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) Richard Rogers Fellowship sends six scholars to live and research in London for three months. The program, now in its second year, also covers travel expenses and awards $10,000. Like their predecessors, the current fellows are an international crowd and their research subjects are highly varied. “From property guardianship to large-scale prototyping of urban environments, the diversity of subjects taken up by the 2018 cohort of fellows is extraordinary, and the way they propose to engage their projects with London is very exciting to see,” says Mohsen Mostafavi, GSD dean, in a press release.

In many instances, the fellows will capitalize on their presence in London to expand their work. For example, Kaz Yoneda, the founder of Tokyo-based firm bureau 0-1, will use the 2012 London Olympics as a critical lens for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Irina Davidovici, a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, studies the early history of social housing and will be conducting a comparative analysis of Zurich and London’s co-housing projects. Aleksandr Bierig, a PhD candidate studying urban and architectural history at the GSD, was already studying the history of the coal trade in relation to classical British architecture. His fellowship, which will advance his PhD, will zero-in on the commodity’s role in shaping London’s architecture, infrastructure, and laws.

“We look forward to the second year of this important program, and are eager to witness the consequences of this research,” says Mostafavi. More details on the fellowship are available here.

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