The 2018 RAMSA Travel Fellowship jury selected a winning entry yesterday at RAMSA's New York office. The winner, Wilson Harkhono, a Master of Architecture candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will be awarded $10,000 to travel to Indonesia to catalog and analyze the highly characteristic indigenous architecture of the country's traditional homes—the Rumah Adat.
In his proposal Rooted Future: Resurfacing Lost Identity, Mr. Harkhono wrote that post-independence, "the idea of revolution to all aspects of Indonesian life, producing 'modern' buildings to align Indonesia closer to Western countries, exacerbated the decline of Rumah Adat. This proposal seeks to resurface the roots of Rumah Adat by traveling to various regions to sketch, diagram, study, photograph, and experience first-hand the variegated traditions in each of the different regions."
The jurors were persuaded by the geographic focus of the proposal and the clarity of its intent. "Mr. Harkhono's tight and manageable area of exploration in Indonesia intrigued us," said the jury. "His proposal to learn from traditions that have been suppressed and nearly lost speaks to the mission of the Fellowship."
The jury also praised the following finalists:
- Osehikhueme Etomi (Cornell University): Rethinking Colonial Africa: Investigating Indigenous African Architectural Practices and Cultures.
- Daniel Kiser (University of Notre Dame): California Style: The Romance of Spain in America.
- Grace McEniry (Harvard University): Section Matters: Walking to Reveal a Region.
About the RAMSA Travel Fellowship
The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded annually by the Partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. Established in 2013, the Fellowship seeks to promote investigations of the perpetuation of tradition through invention—key to the firm's own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and will be awarded each year 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. The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is open to graduate students in their penultimate year of a professional or post-professional degree program in architecture at one of the 20 participating schools in the United States and Canada. These schools are: Columbia University; Cornell University; Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; McGill University; Pratt Institute; Princeton University; Rhode Island School of Design; Rice University; Syracuse University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Miami; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Notre Dame; University of Pennsylvania; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; and Yale University. To learn more about the Fellowship, please watch the video here.
About Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 250-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. Over its forty-nine-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. As the firm’s practice has diversified, its geographical scope has widened to include projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. The firm maintains an attention to detail and commitment to design quality which has earned international recognition, numerous awards and citations for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects, and a lengthening list of repeat clients. The firm's founder and senior partner, Bob Stern, a practicing architect, teacher, and writer, was honored with the 2017 Topaz Medallion, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture.