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Want to live rent-free in a Richard Rogers house for three months?

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Architects and academics are being offered the chance to live in Richard Rogers’ seminal Wimbledon house, which he built for his parents in the late 1960s

An open international competition has been launched by the building’s owner, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), which was gifted the house last year by the Richard Rogers Charitable Settlement.

Up to six people a year will be offered three-month residencies at the house in west London under the programme, named the Richard Rogers Fellowship.

The fellowship was set up to allow the house to continue being used as a residence ‘and to provide a unique research opportunity for future generations of professionals and scholars’.

In a statement, a spokesman for GSD said: ‘The fellowship is inspired by Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist.’

Places are open to architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists and other specialists from anywhere in the world.

Fellowship winners will be granted travel expenses to London plus a cash prize of $10,000.

The home, which has been restored to its original domestic state, will also be used as a venue for lectures, symposia and events from next year.

Designed by Rogers and his then wife Su in 1967, the Grade II*-listed property at 22 Parkside is close to Wimbledon Common and was built for his parents Dada and William Nino Rogers.

The prefabricated single-storey property, known as the Rogers House, was later adapted for Rogers’ son Ab and his family to live in before being put up for sale in 2013 for £3.2 million.

However, the property was later taken off the market before being gifted to GSD.

Applications for the residencies will be judged by a panel which includes Richard Burdett, Ivan Harbour, K Michael Hays, Hanif Kara, Mohsen Mostafavi, Farshid Moussavi, Patricia Roberts and Richard Rogers.

Deadline: 28 November 2016

Inquiries: www.richardrogersfellowship.org or info@RichardRogersFellowship.org

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