Belgian architect Aude-Line Duliere has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Design‘s (GSD) 2018 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 travelling fellowship awarded annually to talented emerging architects worldwide, who propose exceptional itineraries for significant travel and research. It recognises the importance of field research in professional development as an architect.
Duliere’s winning proposal, Crafted Images: Materials Flow, Techniques, and Reuses in Set Construction Design, investigates the supply chain and construction methods in the film industry to investigate potential avenues for adaptive reuse that can be applied to the AEC industry, as well.
“Aude-Line’s work demonstrates a sophisticated vision of spatial quality in a variety of forms that translates into her interest in the architecture of set design,” says Harvard GSD Dean and Iranian-American architect Mohsen Mostafavi. “By exploring material reuse strategies at the intersection of film, construction, and architecture, Duliere’s project offers exciting possibilities for innovative approaches to sustainability, infused with an equally important, and very sensitive consideration of aesthetic beauty.”
Duliere, who holds an M.Arch from the GSD and works as an architect and movie production design assistant in Europe, was selected from among five finalists for the prize. She will use the prize money to further investigate the ideas formulated in her submission.
In 2017, Chilean architect Samuel Bravo won the Wheelwright Prize for his work on informal settlements across the globe.