The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for at least six months studying architecture.
In the first stage of the selection process, a weekend-long preliminary design competition is held. Finalists from this competition go on to compete in the second stage, a 10-day competition culminating in a design presentation to a distinguished jury in Boston.
We invite you to explore the innovative designs from the five finalists below. The preliminary competition asked designers for a radical reconceptualization of the elementary school classroom—not only as a temporary response to the pandemic, but also as a catalyst for new models of learning for the 21st century. The final competition asked finalists to design a “lights off” data processing center and landscape that drives a new era of information processing and public leisure in Boston’s Seaport district.
The 2021 Rotch Finalists include:
Kyle Barker AIA (winner)
William Smith (runner-up)
Explore the Exhibition
Please click below to explore the two competition challenges and the submissions from the five finalists.Explore Now
Session hosted on March 26, 2021