TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP

2018 Travel Fellowship

The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded annually by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations into the perpetuation of tradition through invention – key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research. Robert A.M. Stern Architects has awarded the prize since 2013. For questions, please contact fellowship@ramsa.com.

2018 Travel Fellowship application will be released in January 2018!


2018 Travel Fellowship

2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame

Gerald Bauer traveled to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Glasgow, Scotland, where he studied the work of Alexander “Greek” Thomson and Frank Lloyd Wright. “Despite being born at opposite ends of the 19th century,” Mr. Bauer wrote in his submission, “and with no evidence of communication in their lifetimes, Thomson’s Greek Revivalism and Wright’s early Prairie Style bear striking resemblances . . . as two strains of an analogous logic which sought an appropriate expression of modernity rooted in historical precedent.” The object of his pursuit, Mr. Bauer continued, will be “to validate the coexistence of modernism and traditionalism in contemporary design.”

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2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame
2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame
2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame
2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame
2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame
2016 Fellow – Gerald Bauer, University of Notre Dame

2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University

Michelle Chen traveled to India, where she studied the architectural shift from a diverse fabric of expressive design languages to a politically and ethnically neutral vocabulary. “In our world of increasingly ubiquitous gleaming towers, clean in form but cleansed of details, looking to centuries-old traditions might be a means toward reestablishing human attachment to our everyday surroundings,” says Ms. Chen. Her proposal promises to “culminate in a book of drawings and text that attempts to chart a path to a more balanced architecture – one which does not forsake cultural expression for a shallow conception of political order.”

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2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University
2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University
2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University
2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University
2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University
2015 Fellow – Michelle Chen, Yale University

2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University

Anna Antropova traveled to Japan, where she studied ancient wood joinery techniques. Her research is driven by the potential transformation and application of ancient timber techniques to modern construction: “This elegant and efficient mode of construction could meaningfully inform our western building industry, an industry addicted to toxic adhesives and an indiscriminate application of metal fasteners. Wood stands to be for our generation what steel and concrete were for the previous two or three, and Japanese joinery offers us a sustainable mode of assembly for a sustainable material with far less embodied energy.” Ms. Antropova aims to reintroduce these techniques, ultimately uniting “old and new, east and west, tradition and modernity.”

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2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University
2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University
2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University
2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University
2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University
2014 Fellow – Anna Antropova, McGill University

2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Dessi-Olive traveled to Kenya, to introduce timbrel vaulting – a traditional clay building system – to craftsman on the island of Mfangano. He proposes locally-manufactured clay tiles as a sustainable solution to the ecological burden of vernacular wooden architecture in a context of rapid deforestation. Collaborating closely with local craftsman, Mr. Dessi-Olive aims to empower builders with a clay construction method they can continue to use and innovate. The intended result of this nine-week collaboration was a small structure, Ekialo Kiona Radio Studio, constructed entirely of timbrel vaults and envisioned as Africa’s first wind/solar-powered radio station.

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2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania
2013 Fellow – Jonathan Dessi-Olive, University of Pennsylvania

2016 Finalists

Jan Casimir, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Orphan Monuments: The Forgotten Vestiges of Communism, 1970–1989
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Jennifer Hsiaw, University of Virginia
Complex by Tradition: Shophouses of Southeast Asia
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Mark Leskovec, Cornell University
Not a Drop to Drink
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Yazma Rajbhandary, Yale University
Rebuilding a Past: A City’s Attitude Towards Disaster
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Ben Vanmuysen, Princeton University
Architecture vs. Infrastructure in Indonesia
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