This year's Wheelwright Prize, a travel fellowship for early-career graduates of architecture programs, has been awarded to architect Aude-Line Dulière for her proposal "Crafted Images: Material Flows, Techniques, and Uses in Set Design Construction." Awarded by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the $100,000 prize is designed to support the proposed research and travel. Dulière, who earned an M.Arch. from the GSD, plans to examine the reuse of materials in film sets, with the idea that these lessons can be applied to the construction industry. She intends to study sets and studios in India, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom, among others.
The other finalists for this year's Wheelwright Prize were José Esparza Chong Cuy, Gustavo Utrabo, and Catty Dan Zhang. The 2018 jury was comprised of architect Jose Ahedo, the 2014 Wheelwright Prize winner; Edward Eigen, an associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture at the GSD; architect Frida Escobedo; Michael Hays, a professor of architectural theory and the associate dean for academic affairs at the GSD; architect Mark Lee, a professor in practice of architecture and incoming architecture chair at the GSD; Mohsen Mostafavi, Intl. Assoc. AIA, the GSD dean; and Michelle Wilkinson, a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Last year's winner was Chilean architect Samuel Bravo for his project, "Projectless: Architecture of Informal Settlements."
Read ARCHITECT's past coverage of the Wheelwright Prize.