Our research proposal 'Unsettled Air: Atmospheric Dimensions of Architecture' has been selected by Harvard GSD Wheelwright Prize jury - Gordon Gill, Mariana Ibañez, Gia Wolff, Mohsen Mostafavi and K. Michael Hays - to compete for prestigious 2017 Wheelwright Prize scholarship.

We proposed to study experiential qualities of architectural spaces in a variety of different extreme climate conditions, and to pursue a new type of architectural knowledge about invisible atmospheric processes that trigger the senses and engage human bodies with their immediate surroundings. Research methodology relies on profound contextual experience, based on subjective response and objective observations, along with precise onsite measurements of the atmospheric parameters, and computational simulations and digital visualizations of the analyzed spaces. The results would be presented in a virtual research platform as a database of gathered architectural knowledge in terms of light, sound, heat, humidity, airflow and odor, aimed towards better understanding of our immediate reality and consequently, towards an increased control and responsibility over the environments we create as architects.

'Wheelwright Prize supports travel-based research initiatives proposed by extraordinary early-career architects. Previous winners have circled the globe, pursuing inquiries into a broad range of social, cultural, environmental, and technological issues. The Wheelwright Prize originated in 1935 as the Arthur C. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship. In 2013 Harvard GSD relaunched the prize as an open international competition, available to candidates who received an architecture degree in the previous 15 years.'

This year finalists were selected from more than 200 applicants in over 45 countries, and include: Samuel Bravo (Chille), who won the prize, Lucia Cella (STUDIO CELLA, Posadas, Misiones, Argentina), Andjela Karabašević (AKVS architectural studio, Belgrade, Serbia) and Farzin Lotfi Jam (farzinfarzin, New York, NY).

Harvard GSD Official Release

For more information on our work and research proposal, please contact us via email - akvs.arch@gmail.com .