Architecture has played a fundamental and critical role at the BSR since its foundation in 1901; studied both as a scholarly and practical subject, its scope is now understood to include all aspects of the design of the physical environment and its preservation.
Rome is a place where the modern encounters the old, thus the ideal realm for practising architects and architectural historians alike. Residencies at the BSR offer access to Rome and Italy as an exceptional repertory of cultural heritage and provide award-holders with a route into the intellectual heart of the Eternal City. Unique to the experience is the closely-knit engagement with a variety of artistic disciplines within the BSR, as well as with researchers in, for example, archaeology, art history, classics, history and modern Italian culture.
A range of lectures by fellow award-holders, eminent visiting architects, artists and scholars, and exhibitions of work — including that of award-holders — create an unrivalled dynamic and snapshot of contemporary scholarship. In the recent past we have had a vibrant architecture events programme and we intend to develop this further in coming years through the contribution of the appointed award-holders.
Currently, Architecture at the BSR is specifically supported by the Rome Scholarship in Architecture (recently known as the Scholars’ Prize in Architecture), the Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship, the Quebec Residency and the Nicholas Boas Travel Scholarship. You can view all architecture awards tenable at the BSR here. Other awards at the BSR support a broad range of scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Visual Arts, whose research interests may encompass or intersect with Architecture. Finally, the Paul Mellon Rome Fellowship, is another post-doctoral opportunity open to architecture scholars.
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.