Architecture Awards

A British School at Rome Architecture Award enables architects and architectural historians to immerse themselves in this visually stunning city whilst also benefiting from the BSR’s internationally-important Architectural exhibition programme and its unique residential research community.

The Rome Prize in Architecture

The Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship

Rome Prize in Architecture

“A unique experience, architecturally, intellectually and socially”
(Bob Allies, Rome Scholar in Architecture 1981-2)

The prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture is an exciting opportunity for a young architect to spend three or six months in Rome (living at the BSR), and be a member of a vibrant residential community of architects, artists and researchers. It enables somebody to pursue and complete a creative, intellectually coherent and focused architectural project in and based on the city of Rome or its environs. It offers accommodation in a residential studio and board, for three or six months (although preference may be given to a candidate requesting six months), a research grant, a group exhibition each three months, and participation in a range of interdisciplinary activities, including a vibrant architecture programme.

Research area: architecture and urban planning

Open to: architects and post-Part II students of architecture.  Applicants must be of British or Commonwealth nationality, or have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last three years in the UK or Commonwealth.

Duration: three or six months (October 2014 to March 2015)

Research and travel grant: equivalent to £700 per month

About the Rome Prize in Architecture

Closing date: 7 February 2014

Selection criteria

Selection for this Prize at a first stage will be by a panel including members of the BSR’s Faculty of the Fine Arts and private donors who have made possible the renewal of the Prize (including Robert Adam, Bob Allies, Tim Bell, Jeremy Blake, Eric Parry, Hugh Petter and Robert Tavernor); at a second (interview) stage by members of the BSR’s Faculty of the Fine Arts.

In making an appointment to an award the Faculty of the Fine Arts will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:

  1. the quality of the applicant’s creative output and the appropriateness of their qualifications
  2. the extent to which the applicant’s proposal reflects the purpose of the award
  3. the viability of the proposal as a project to be carried out with support from the BSR.

In addition to these three basic selection criteria, the selectors for the Rome Prize in Architecture will take into consideration

  • (i) the presentation of a creative, intellectually coherent and focused project;
  • (ii) the candidate’s demonstration that the project has the potential to develop the given field; and
  • (iii) the potential of the award to impact on the applicant’s professional, creative and intellectual development.
  • The selectors will attempt to ensure that the needs and interests of the successful applicant are compatible with the facilities available at the BSR and the interests of its community.

    Credit will be given to those who are no longer in full- or part-time education at the time of application.

    Candidates are expected to have some knowledge of Italian or be willing to learn. Those who acknowledge the importance of communicating with Italians will derive the most benefit from being at the School.

    Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship

    The Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship is awarded to an architect or architectural historian, to allow them to spend three months at the BSR, studying an architectural topic of their choice. The Fellowship’s aim is to encourage architects and architectural historians to experience the reality of influential Italian buildings and carry out research in and around the city, while benefiting from the collegiate life of the BSR.

    Giles Worsley, the distinguished architectural historian and critic, died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 44. He was an enthusiastic visitor to Italy and a great believer in the importance of Italian architecture of all periods in understanding the development of Western architecture. He was concerned that architecture schools do not give adequate emphasis to the teaching of architectural history and that architectural historians should be encouraged to experience the reality of influential Italian buildings.

    Research area: architecture and architectural history

    Open to: architects and architectural historians. Normally applicants should have recently completed a post-graduate qualification.

    Duration: three months (October to December 2015)

    Travel grant: £180

    Stipend: £700 per month

    Closing date: 18 February 2015

    Specific criteria:

    • Applicants must have British nationality or have been living and studying in Britain for at least the last three years.
    • The Fellow will be required to deliver a public presentation on their research on their return.
    • The project proposed for the Fellowship should be an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.
    • Selection for this Fellowship is by a panel formed of representatives of the RIBA, the British School at Rome and the Worsley family.
    • Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500–700 words indicating the subject of their proposal and their suitability for the Fellowship, and the names and addresses of two referees. They should ask the two referees to send a reference in support of their application.
    • Further details (including selection criteria) are available by clicking here

    Application: Applications and references should be sent to: The British School at Rome, at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.

Award-holders at the BSR

Award-holders here this year

Colin Darke, Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow 2012

Anita Sganzerla, Rome Scholar 2011-12

Award-holders relaxing after dinner

Award-holders on a site visit to Otricoli

Exhibition in Brindisi of the BSR’s very rare Piranesi collection