The Partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects are pleased to announce that Kristen Gates and Thomas Nye won the 2018 RAMSA Prize with their proposal Harmony of the Whole: Cities Beautiful in 20th Century India. The RAMSA Prize is a $5,000 grant awarded annually by the partners to a RAMSA employee, or a team of two employees, for the purpose of travel and research. Now in its third year, the two-week-long travel fellowship promotes exploration into a location’s sense of place and is intended to encourage RAMSA staff to engage in targeted, in-depth research into a city, town, or region in a way that can meaningfully inform design work. In addition, the prize allows staff to pursue personal interests as an extension of the firm’s research-based design approach.
Ms. Gates and Mr. Nye’s research will focus on Sir Edwin Lutyens’ 1912 plan for New Delhi and Le Corbusier’s 1950 plan for Chandigarh—two chronologically and geographically adjacent examples of the rare opportunity to design new cities with public and institutional buildings, monuments, residences, and furniture all at once, under the direction of a single architect.