The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has revealed the six winners of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, which offers a three-month residency in Richard Rogers’ seminal Grade II*-listed Wimbledon House
The winners include Havard research associate Namik Mackic, from Norway; architect and planner Maik Novotny, from Germany; and professor Dirk van den Heuvel, from The Netherlands.
They are joined by former manager of the public lectures and conferences programme at Harvard GSD, Shantel Blakely, who is based in Massachusetts; and Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall, who are husband-and-wife principals of Mexico City-based architecture firm a|911.
The winners were selected from more than 200 applicants from around the world. Each will spend three months in the house, which Rogers built for his parents in the late 1960s. They will also be granted travel expenses to London plus a cash prize of $10,000.
The fellowship was set up to allow the house to continue being used as a residence and as a research opportunity. The Harvard GSD was gifted the house last year by the Richard Rogers Charitable Settlement.
Mohsen Mostafavi, dean and professor of design at Harvard GSD, said: ‘The spirit of the fellowship is intended to carry forward and expand on Rogers’ deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means of bettering human life.
‘At the GSD, our work is organised around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical approach requiring exploration and collaboration across disciplinary lines. We are very fortunate and excited about this opportunity to support, learn from and promote cross-disciplinary research internationally, in the context of London’s thriving architecture, design, and art communities and vast institutional resources.’
Residencies are open to architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists and other specialists from anywhere in the world.
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.
The applications for the residencies were judged by a panel including Richard Burdett, Ivan Harbour, K Michael Hays, Hanif Kara, Mohsen Mostafavi, Farshid Moussavi, Patricia Roberts and Richard Rogers.
Rogers has previously said that Wimbledon House informed his designs for Lloyd’s of London and the Centre Pompidou. The house has been undergoing renovation for the past year, overseen by former Rogers’ associate Philip Gumuchdjian, and will receive its first fellows later this month.