Adoption of Paris Prize
Buell Center Paris Prize

Three prizes of $3,000 each* will be given to students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation whose fall semester architectural design (MArch & AAD) studio projects most successfully comply with, interpret, and/or critically extend the terms and spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Special consideration will be given to work that combines the social, technical, political, and symbolic implications of the climate accord in an architecturally specific fashion, at multiple scales.

Applicants must submit the following in PDF format: a 400-word description of one studio project, with complete visual documentation, as well as a carbon footprint estimate and other technical specifications, on no more than six letter-sized pages in landscape orientation; curriculum vitae with contact information; and the name and e-mail address of the project’s studio critic. Group submissions from team studio projects are accepted. Please submit applications to by Friday, December 15, 2017. A jury will select one winner from each of the first-, second-, and third-year fall semester studios. Winners will be announced at the start of the 2018 spring semester.

This prize forms a part of the Buell Center’s ongoing research project, “Power: Infrastructure in America.” An info session will be held on October 10, 2017 at 6PM in 504 Avery Hall. For more information, please write to

*In accordance with University and Federal policy, prizes and awards are taxable and are reported to Financial Aid to be included in the student’s financial aid package, and may reduce other financial aid the student may receive.

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