Submissions open for Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

The Canada Council’s annual Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is now open for submissions. The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded to a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed their first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.Prix de Rome

The prize encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice by supporting the prize recipients to travel around the world to develop their skills and their creative practice, and to strengthen their position in the international architecture world. Candidates are to define the program of work and related travels that will best support the development and recognition of their practice.

Travel can consist of multiple trips to a number of destinations, spread over a two-year period. Proposed activities can include:

  •  visits to outstanding buildings
  • participation in biennales, conferences, colloquiums, competitions and architectural workshops
  • meetings with editors, critics and curators of architecture.

Inspired by the Prix de Rome in architecture, which was created in the 18th century and helped young architects train in Italy, the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture was established in Canada in 1987 in pursuit of a vision of a more outward-looking vision towards the world.

The prize amount is $50,000, which is intended to contribute to the costs of the proposed program of work and related travels. The funds cannot be used for activities and expenses that occur before the March 1 application deadline.

Applications can be submitted as an individual, or as an architectural firm, with different criteria for the two categories. More information about the prize is available via the Canada Council website, linked here. A cumulative list of past winners is also available through the site.