2018 RAMSA Prize

The RAMSA Prize is a $5,000 grant awarded annually by the partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects to individuals within the firm for the purpose of travel and research. This two-week-long travel fellowship promotes explorations into a location’s sense of place.

The prize is intended to encourage RAMSA design staff to engage in targeted, in-depth research into a city, town, or place, in a way that can meaningfully inform design work. In addition, the prize allows staff to pursue personal interests as an extension of the firm’s research-based design principles.

Congratulations to Kristen Gates and Thomas Nye, recipients of the 2018 RAMSA Prize! Kristen and Tom’s research will focus on Sir Edwin Lutyens’ 1912 plan for New Delhi and Le Corbusier’s 1950 plan for Chandigarh.

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2017 Prize Recipients – Robert Cannavino and Mark Santrach

“Just” Housing: Dutch Social Housing from 1915–1930

Robert Cannavino and Mark Santrach’s research focused on early-20th-century social housing in Amsterdam that originated from the National Housing Act of 1902. The completion of entire neighborhoods during a small window of time between the First and Second World Wars aimed to combat the increasing overpopulation and deterioration of the city, and would promote the planning, funding, and standardization of Dutch housing for decades. “The Dutch created rich urban fabrics with just social housing,” wrote Cannavino and Santrach. “Despite lacking grand civic buildings and the benefit of incremental growth, the new neighborhoods espoused a clear hierarchy of forms, a rich network of public spaces, and a degree of picturesque monumentality.”

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2016 Prize Recipients – Robert Moldafsky and Javier Perez

Understanding Regionalism: The Creation of Place in the Spanish Colonies

 Robert Moldafsky and Javier Perez traveled to cities in central Mexico and port cities in the Caribbean and Central America to study Spanish Colonial architecture. Each location was selected for its unique climate, local materials, and regional differences. Moldafsky and Perez studied “how these sets of stimuli created new variations in Spanish architectural character across New Spain.”

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2018 Finalist – Monica Gaura
Restoration of the Moroccan Riad: Culture, Climate and Courtyards of the Marrakechi Medina
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2018 Finalists – Maria Gabriela Carucci Alvarez and Cassie Nozil
From the Inside: Architecture in Relation to the Female Form in the Time of the Indian Mughal Empire
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