Awards-2014

History of the Rome Prize in Architecture

The British School at Rome is delighted with the renewal of the Rome Prize in Architecture. This prestigious Prize is an exciting opportunity for a young architect to spend three or six months in Rome, 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.

Unique to the BSR experience is the closely-knit engagement with related artistic disciplines within the BSR — painters, sculptors, photographers, for example — as well as historians and archaeologists. Lectures by fellow award-holders,eminent visiting architects, artists and scholars, and exhibitions of work —including the award-holders’ own — create an unrivalled dynamic and snapshot of contemporary culture. Working collaborations are formed by award-holders that last a lifetime.

The renewal of the Rome Prize in Architecture has been made possible with the support of a group of private donors — amongst them, Robert Adam, Bob Allies, Jeremy Blake, Tim Bell, Eric Parry, Hugh Petter and Robert Tavernor, most of whom have held awards at the BSR and whose contribution to this fund is an indication of how highly valued this scholarship is by the architecture community.

For details of how to apply for the 2014-15 Rome Prize in Architecture click here

Former BSR Rome Prize in Architecture award-holders include

Amyas Connell (1926-27)
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1929-30)
Will Alsop (1972-73)
Robert Adam (1973-74)
Robert Tavernor (1979-80)
Bob Allies (1981-82)
David Dernie (1991-93)
David Bass (1993-94)
Sarah Stead (2005-06)
Max Dewdney (2006-07)
Prisca Thielman (2007-08)
James Robertson (2008-09)
Nicholas Champkins (2009-10)
Alison Crawshaw (2010-11)

Amyas Connell (1926-27)

d.1980

An influential New Zealand architect who effectively launched the Modernist architectural style in Great Britain. After completing his residency at the BSR, in 1931 Amyas designed one of the first Modernist houses in England for his BSR Director, Bernard Ashmole, and went on to found the pioneering firm Connell, Ward and Lucas. An eloquent defender of modernism, Amyas was very influential in the international scene, exertinga strong influence on British architecture at a key point of change between the wars.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1929-30)

d.1996

Sir Geoffrey’s BSR Scholarship led to a pioneering book, Italian Gardens of the Renaissance, which did much to re-awaken interest in this great period of landscape design. In 1929 he was a founding member of the Landscape Institute and from 1939-49 its President. In 1948 he became the founding President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). From 1954-68 he was a member of Royal Fine Art Commission and from 1967-74 a Trustee of Tate Gallery. He died in 1996, the best-known English landscape architect of his generation.

Will Alsop (1972-73)

Will Alsop’s avant-garde, modernist buildings are usually distinguished by their vibrant use of bright colour and unusual forms. In 2004, his book Supercity elicited much debate and was the subject of a Channel 4 television documentary and an exhibition at the Urbis museum in Manchester.

Robert Adam (1973-74)

Robert Adam founded the Popular Housing Group in 1995 and International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) from 2000 and is Chair of College Chapters for INTBAU (UK). His work is widely published, broadcast and exhibited. He lectures widely in the UK and abroad and has undertaken lecture tours of the USA, Russia and Iran. Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Elected Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a Trustee Maria Nobrega Foundation, a Director of Design For Homes, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, a Senior Fellow of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (Heritage) and Chair of the College of Chapters at International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU (UK)) Robert was Honorary Secretary of the RIBA between 2001 and 2003, and Trustee of the RIBA Trust from 2003 to 2006.

Robert Tavernor (1979-80)

Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and founding director of the Tavernor Consultancy in London. Robert Tavernor is an internationally-renowned architectural historian and urbanist, who has published widely on architecture and urban design, including the impact of tall buildings on historic cities. He has a long and distinguished academic career, having been appointed to the prestigious Forbes Chair in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh at the age of 36.

Bob Allies (1981-82)

Bob Allies of Allies and Morrison was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and has held visiting professorships at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bath and the University of Maryland. He has been a member of the faculty of the BSR, has served on the Council of the Architectural Association and was a member of the Advisory Board for the CABE/DETR document ‘By Design’. He is currently a member of the CABE National Design Review Panel, a member of the RIBA Awards Group and chairman of the annual Brick Awards.

David Dernie (1991-93)

Head of the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University and a practicing architect David’s research focuses on design, and he has published widely, including the prize-winning monograph Victor Horta, The Villa d’Este at Tivoli, New Stone Architecture, and Exhibition Design.

David Bass (1993-94)

David Bass has lectured widely and run design studios at Cambridge, the Architectural Association and the University of East London, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer. His independent design work includes projects in Tunisia and Ghana, as well as a number of projects in the residential and retail sectors in Britain.

Sarah Stead(2005-06)

In addition to her solo practice, Sarah Stead teaches and exhibits in the UK and Rome.

Max Dewdney (2006-07)

In addition to being director of the Mobile Studio with his partner Chee-Kit Lai, Max has lectured and exhibited widely in Italy and is a visiting critic at a number of leading UK universities. Dewdney and Lai also run an award-winning BSc Degree Unit at the Bartlett, UCL.

Prisca Thielman (2007-08)

Prisca Thielmann is a practicing architect at MacreanorLavington and teacher based in London.

James Robertson (2008-09)

James is a lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture

Nicholas Champkins (2009-10)

Prior to forming Bardakhnova Champkins Architects, Nicholas worked for 11 years with Allies and Morrison. He is acting course leader and degree studio master at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. In recent years he has been a design tutor and critic at the University of Bath and the University of Plymouth, and is currently a professional studies tutor (RIBA Part 3) at the University of Westminster and a critic at the University of Brighton and University of Kent.

Alison Crawshaw (2010-11)

Alison researched unlawful building practices in Rome as part of her residency at the BSR. She is a practicing architect with experience of strategic master-planning and urban design at a range of scales, notably working on Barking Town Square, winner of the European Prize for Urban Space. She has taught at Cambridge University and tutored on behalf of muf at the Royal College of Art, at the Bauhaus in Dessau and at Yale University.

The Big Balcony, an installation representing the illegal construction – abusivismo edilizio – the focus of 2010-11 Rome Scholar in Architecture Alison Crawshaw’ s project


Architecture exhibition Transitions, in which three Indian photographers consider the changing face of Delhi

 

Henk Ovink, co-curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012, takes questions during his lecture on “The Politics of Planning” at the BSR in October 2011