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Rotch Travelling Scholarship 2022

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The project's orientation and massing are based in a communal version of what bell hooks describes as a Home Place: a space built to protect from outside domination, centering the humanizing act of gathering and resistance of black people as subjects rather than objects.

Image: William Smith, 2022 Rotch Scholar

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.

The 2022 Rotch Travelling Scholar is William Smith, who will receive a $40,000 stipend to spend at least six months researching and travelling to study architecture.

The 2022 Rotch Finalists include:

William Smith (winner)

Hayley Bouza

Nathan Karlsen

Dylan Rupar

Ian Miley (runner-up)

Explore the Exhibition

Explore the two competition challenges and the submissions from the five finalists.


2022 Rotch Travelling Scholarship Final Review & Awards Announcement