The RAMSA Fellowship is a $15,000 prize awarded annually by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for travel and research. The fellowship seeks to promote investigations into the perpetuation of tradition through invention—key to the firm’s own work—and is given 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.
Fellows complete their travel in the summer and present their research to RAMSA staff the following spring. The fellowship now includes an optional residency program, in addition to the travel and research prize. The program provides fellows with a stipend to fund a two-week-long residency at RAMSA’s office in New York City before or after their travel. During the residency, fellows continue to develop their research project with the support of RAMSA staff and resources.
The fellowship is open to graduate students in the penultimate year of a degree program in architecture or a related discipline at a NAAB-accredited school. Now in its eleventh year, past recipients have traveled to Austria, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and various cities in the United States, where they have studied a wide range of topics.
Congratulations to Neha Garg, recipient of the 2023 RAMSA Fellowship! Neha, a Master of Architecture candidate at Cornell University, will be awarded $15,000 to travel throughout Egypt to study the architectural styles and construction techniques of earthen buildings from salt houses in the Siwa region to mudbrick houses in Aswan.
For more information about the fellowship, read our recently published article “A Discussion About Travel, Research, and the RAMSA Fellowship” on RAMSA Storyboard.
The fellowship is administered by RAMSA Research, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mapping Memory: Linking the Landscape of Sicily’s Tuna Fisheries
Giuliana Vaccarino Gearty traveled to Syracuse, Palermo, and Trapani in Sicily to study the architectural styles and preservation techniques of eight tuna fisheries, known as tonnare. Giuliana’s research will include “a folio of drawings and photographs, accompanied by a written article, exploring how these buildings have changed over time, both physically and symbolically, and the ways in which medieval industrial structures can be utilized and experienced in the present.”
Sourcing Material Transformations: Restoring Riad Domestic Spaces
Daniel Hall traveled to Morocco to study the architecture and traditional crafts of the riad, a distinct housing typology with an interior garden or courtyard. He traced the material productions necessary to rebuild each section of the building—stucco carving, tadelakt plasterwork, zellij ceramic tile production, wood carving, horticulture and aquatic practices, metal workmanship, and fabric production—and will create portraits of each of the seven sites of production at various scales.
Qilou: Where Freedom Takes Shape
Yaxuan Liu will travel along the west coast of Taiwan to analyze and document the historic qilou building type. Qilou, a type of colonnaded shophouse with projecting eaves, are found in the western port cities and towns of Taiwan where they date back to the arrival of merchants from southern China. They create a collective public space balanced with private courtyard living. “Flexibly absorbing political, cultural, and economic forces, evident in plan, section, and decoration, qilou offer a thread of spatial continuity across time—a place where Taiwanese people formed distinct cultural customs and traditions that flourish to this day. Thanks to their adaptability, qilou have become a living embodiment of Taiwan's free-spirited culture, filled with the color and chaos of urban life as shopkeepers and residents make each arcade their own.”
2022 Runner-up – Qiuyi Bian, Harvard University
Woven Wooden Bridge: Chinese Floating Shrine
2022 Finalist – Cesar Delgado, Columbia University
Strengthened by Collective Care: The Fujian Tulou
2022 Finalist – Zach Felder, Yale University
Architecture for the Artist: Rural American Artist Communities