Architecture

Architecture

Architecture Event, 2017
Architecture Event, 2019
Exhibition at the BSR ‘Brave New World. New Visions in Architecture. Mean Home’, 2019
Foyer of the BSR, 2014. Copyright Country Life

Architecture Awards

Architecture has been one of the principal disciplines of the British School at Rome. Studied both as a scholarly and practical subject, its scope is now understood to include all aspects of the design of the physical environment: buildings; interiors; landscape; urban design and planning; transport; infrastructure, and the conservation of historic heritage.

Currently, architecture at the BSR is supported by the Rome Scholarship in Architecture, the Robert Adam Rome Scholarship in Architecture, the Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship, the Quèbec Residency and the Nicholas Boas Travel Scholarship. Other awards in the humanities at the BSR support both Early Career Scholarships and Senior Fellows as well as Fine Arts Residencies, with research interests that may encompass or intersect with architecture. Finally, the  Paul Mellon Rome Fellowship is open to post-doctoral architecture scholars.

General information on architecture awards at the BSR can be found here.

Those who hold awards draw from and contribute to the BSR’s uniquely lively and engaged intellectual environment, including the possibility to enhance their own practice and research skills. Equally important is the opportunity to immerse themselves in a city of historical and contemporary significance.

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The Rome Scholarship in Architecture is an exciting and valuable opportunity for an early-career architect or post-Part II student of architecture to spend three months in Rome, and be a member of a the BSR’s vibrant residential community of architects, artists and researchers.

It enables somebody to pursue their own, self-directed programme of research. This research — related to the city of Rome or, if appropriate, elsewhere in Italy — may take the form of an architectural project, a theoretical study or an historical investigation, or indeed a combination of all three.

The selectors for this Scholarship will be the members of the Faculty of Architecture.

Open to

  • early-career architects and post-part II students of architecture

  • British and Commonwealth nationals, and to those who have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last three years in the UK or Commonwealth

Duration
3 months (late September–late December 2024)

Offers

  • accommodation in a study-bedroom and board at the BSR

  • a monthly research and travel grant to cover additional expenses

How to apply
For more information about the Scholarship, including general conditions and eligibility click here.

Applications must be submitted through our grant management platform.

Architects who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for both the Rome Scholarship in Architecture and the Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship, but will need to submit a separate application for each.

Closing date for applications
Monday 11 December 2023: APPLY NOW

 

The Giles Worsley Fellowship is awarded for the study of architectural history. It is open to architectural historians and architects whose research in the field or architectural or urban history would benefit from the opportunity to spend three months at the BSR experiencing the reality of buildings and spaces in and around Rome which are related directly or indirectly to their subject of study. While the research carried out at the BSR may be part of a wider project, the intention is that it should be brought together and presented at the end of the Fellowship as a discrete piece of work.

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 universities 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.

Selection for this Fellowship is by a panel formed of representatives of the RIBA, the British School at Rome and the Worsley family. Applications will also be reviewed by members of the BSR’s Faculty of Architecture.

Open to

  • architectural historians and architects whose research is in the field of architectural or urban history

  • British and Commonwealth nationals, and to those who have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last three years in the UK or Commonwealth

Duration
3 months (late September–late December 2024)

Offers

  • accommodation in a study-bedroom and board at the BSR

  • a monthly research and travel grant to cover additional expenses

How to apply
For more information about the Fellowship, including general conditions and eligibility click here.

Applications must be submitted through our grant management platform.

Architects who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for both the Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship and the Rome Scholarship in Architecture, but will need to submit a separate application for each.

Closing date for applications
Monday 11 December 2023: APPLY NOW

 

The Robert Adam Rome Scholarship in Architecture is awarded to an architect or scholar to study the tradition and evolution of classical architecture in Rome and Italy, which could include associated urban form.

The successful candidate will spend three months at the BSR undertaking a self-directed programme of research. This research — related to the city of Rome or elsewhere in Italy — may take the form of research, measurement or drawing, a theoretical study, an historical investigation or a combination of all four, all related to the tradition and evolution of classical architecture. It will include a final report or portfolio that can be published with the specific objective of informing current architectural practice.

The award-holder will have access to the extensive collections of the BSR Library and Archive and will join our community of artists and scholars, contributing to and benefitting from the intellectual and social exchange that is a fundamental part of life at the BSR.

Open to
British and Commonwealth nationals

Duration
3 months (January-March or April-June 2025)

Offers

  • board and accommodation in a study-bedroom

  • monthly research and travel grant of £800

How to apply
The call for applications will open on 15 March 2024. For more information about the Scholarship, including general conditions and eligibility click here.

Applications must be submitted through our grant management platform.

Closing date for applications
1 June 2024

 

Various other residencies are tenable at the BSR, but the competitions are administered by other organisations: any enquiries should be addressed to these organisations.

Quebec Residency

A three-month residency for architects undertaking architectural research (architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and environmental design) and for visual artists whose work is related to architectural research, this opportunity is open to Quebec residents. Further details are available by clicking here.

Nicholas Boas Travel Scholarship

These one-month residencies are open to students of the Architectural Association School of Architecture and in the Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge, and are administered by those organisations.

 

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