The Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) is pleased to announce the third annual Onera Prize for Historic Preservation. Created in 2018, the Prize is generously funded through the Onera Foundation, and is awarded annually at the culmination of the spring semester.
The Onera Prize for Historic Preservation will be awarded to either a graduating student or a team of up to 2 graduating students from Columbia GSAPP’s M.S. Program in Historic Preservation. The intention of the Prize is to provide an opportunity to conduct a project that tests new preservation theories in practice. Selected through a proposal review, the prize will be awarded to the project which shows unique ambition, creativity and passion, and is most likely to make an impact in advancing preservation as a form of contemporary cultural production.
The amount of the award is $25,000. The project may be undertaken anywhere in the world. It may last up to six months after graduation and a final report is requested. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must currently be completing an M.S. degree in Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP. Students completing dual degree programs with Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP are also eligible.
While Columbia’s policy suspending all University-related travel to safeguard against the COVID-19 threat remains in place at this time, GSAPP will still offer graduating master’s students the opportunity to apply for the Onera Prize. Recipients will be announced at GSAPP’s Spring Commencement on April 29th and prizes will be issued after the recipients’ graduation with the expectation that graduates will use such travel prizes in the future when it is safe to travel in accordance with applicable guidance and regulations.
Your application is due to the Historic Preservation Office by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 9, 2021. The application must consist of the following five items:
The application should begin by stating the nature of the proposed project and then explain to the Selection Committee what you intend to do. It should include not only the activities that you plan to undertake but also how they will be accomplished, by whom, where, and when. It should also indicate why you want to do this project.
Be sure to address explicitly the three points in the above paragraph: (1) project description, (2) project rationale, and (3) expected outcomes. These three topics may be used as sub-titles in organizing your text. Proposals which provide a clear description of the proposed project and goals will be prioritized. The selection committee will be comprised of faculty of the Historic Preservation program.
Previous Onera Prize Recipients
Spatializing Preservation: A New Tool for Understanding Preservation’s Role in Urban Histories and Uncertain Futures
Toxic Histories: Unearthing Buried Cities
Aura Maria Jaramillo and Daniella Zamora
Ethan Boote and Morgan O’Hara
Reflective Futures Poughkeepsie
Augmented Reality (AR) at the San Baudelio de Berlanga Hermitage