The American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize 2016 Information Session
Yolande Daniels, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ’04
Pablo Castro Estévez, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ’13
Richard Olcott, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ’04
Mark Robbins, President and CEO, The American Academy in Rome
The Architectural League of New York invites you to an information session on the Rome Prize, an award of The American Academy in Rome granted annually to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The American Academy in Rome President and CEO Mark Robbins will give a presentation on the prize and the Academy, and past winners Yolande Daniels and Richard Olcott will discuss the work they completed while in Rome. A short Q&A will follow.
Yolande Daniels, a founding design principal of Studio SUMO, received the Rome Prize Fellowship in 2004. Daniels worked on her proposal “invisible technologies: Roman Walls,” a study of the socio-political forces behind the morphology of the Aurelian wall, in tandem with “black city2: the miscegenation game,” an installation on segregation and gentrification that was in the Harlemworld exhibition at the Studio Museum. Both projects dealt with the impulses of domination and colonization. The methodology used in the two projects informed each other; however, the project approaches differed: the specificity of the construction of the wall led invisible technologies; while demographic and geographical data led “black city2.”
Pablo Castro Estévez, a principal of OBRA Architects, received the Rome Prize Fellowship in 2013. In his project, Seeking a New Poetic of Dwelling: The Lessons of Modern Social Housing in Europe in the Early Twentieth Century, Pablo sought an “architect’s insight” derived from 20th century modern housing in Europe to expand the horizon of his design efforts. His aim was to collect and describe the effects of simple, sophisticated design maneuvers that defined the works he visited and studied while in Rome.
Richard Olcott, a founding partner and Design Principal at Ennead Architects, received the Rome Prize Fellowship in 2004. Olcott’s proposal, “Hybrid Buildings and the Urban Continuum,” set out to study and analyze the “hybrid buildings” of Rome, or structures that over time had been extensively added to or transformed; his proposal then went on to consider a contemporary intervention of his own design. Through the study of these buildings, Olcott developed an analysis methodology involving digital photography, freehand sketching, watercolor drawings in plan and section, and models to represent each project. Particularly important was the attempt to simultaneously represent the different successive interventions on a site whether they remained or not, so as to see how they influenced each other.
The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Founded in 1894, the Academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. A not-for-profit, privately funded institution, the Academy awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary exchange. The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend ($28,000 for 11-month fellowships; $16,000 for 6-month fellowships) and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome. Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy’s residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars.
The deadline for the nation-wide Rome Prize competition is Sunday, November 1, 2015. Applications will also be accepted between November 2-15, 2015 for an additional fee.
More information on the Rome Prize and the online application can be found here.
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