The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Architecture
The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young architects and building professionals who demonstrate extraordinary talent, dedication, and potential to advance the field of architecture. The prizes are meant to facilitate future discovery and impact for promising architects and building arts professionals at a critical stage in their careers.
Eligible applicants are professionals working in fields related to the built environment, including:
-Architectural Engineering (e.g., sustainable or integrated design)
Eligibility RequirementsMORE >
To be eligible for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Architecture, applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:
1. Applicant must have been born outside the United States.
2. Applicant must not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2017 (born on or after January 1, 1979).
3. Applicant must:
• be a naturalized citizen of the United States;
• or be a permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States;
• or be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the United States for at least 5 years;
• or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
4. Applicant must hold a professional degree in architecture or in a field related to the built environment (license not required).
5. Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.
6. Applicant must not be enrolled as a full-time student.
7. Applicant must not be a past winner of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise.LESS >
Selection ProcessMORE >
A panel of distinguished members of the architecture community will evaluate applications based on its quality, level of creativity, clarity of vision, and impact. The submitted work samples should show curiosity, originality, technical excellence, and potential for longevity within the field. The individuals chosen will have demonstrated commitment to their chosen field.
The prizewinners selected by the jury will be the candidates whose work best exemplifies the characteristics outlined above. Recommendations of the jury will be submitted to the Vilcek Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval. The winners of the Creative Promise Prize in Architecture will be notified by November 2017 and will be invited to attend the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards ceremony in New York City, in the spring of 2018. Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by the foundation.LESS >
Online ApplicationMORE >
If you have not applied to the prizes in previous years, please click the link below to create an account and begin a new application.
If you have applied to the prizes in previous years, please click the link below and use your existing username and password to create an application for the 2018 Creative Promise Prizes. If you do not remember your username and password, please email Shinnie Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have already started an application for the 2018 Creative Promise Prizes and are returning to continue your application, please use the following link.LESS >
Frequently Asked QuestionsMORE >
Can more than one person from an institution submit an application?
Yes, we will consider each application in its own right.
Do applicants have to be nominated by their place of employment?
No, applicants are welcome to create and fill out an application on their own. They do not need to be sponsored.
I am currently here on an O-1/student/other visa; am I eligible?
You are eligible if you currently hold a valid O-1 or H1B visa and have been residing in the United States for at least five years. Any other visa status is not eligible.
I am currently in the process of applying for a green card; am I eligible?
If you are in the process of finalizing the application for a green card and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2017, please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at email@example.com before submitting your application.
I am currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status; am I eligible?
You are eligible if you have an I-797 approval notice showing approval of the I-821D DACA application. If you are in the process of applying for DACA and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2017, please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your application.
I am over the age limit but not by much; can you make an exception?
Regretfully, we are not able to consider candidates who fall outside of our age limit.
I was born in Puerto Rico, Guam, or another U.S. territory; am I eligible?
Regretfully, we do not accept applications from individuals born in U.S. territories.
I was born outside of America, but to American citizens; am I eligible?
Regretfully, we do not accept applications from citizens who were born overseas but are American by birth.LESS >
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Questions about eligibility? Issues with the application system? Please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at email@example.com, with any questions or concerns.