On Friday, May 4th, the SOM Foundation announced the results of the 2018 China Prize. Three winners—Tangchenxi Wei, Fenghao Lu, and Yuchen Gao—will each receive a $5,000 fellowship grant created to support the students as they embark on travel research outside of China.
Tangchenxi Wei, a graduate student in architecture at Southeast University, plans to travel to Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to study the development of various American communities. Fenghao Lu, an undergraduate student in architecture at Dalian University of Technology, will travel to several cities in Japan to investigate the ambiguity of space and culture. Yuchen Gao, an undergraduate student in architecture at Tongji University, will study the construction of rural areas in Japan and other places.
This year's jury, composed of architects practicing in China, met at SOM's Shanghai office to review submitted portfolios and select the winners. Chaired by SOM Associate Justin Chen, the jury included Silas Chiow, Director of SOM's China office; Anderson Lee, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong; Yuyang Liu, founder of Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects; and Xiangning Li, a curator and professor at Tongji University.
In addition to the winners of the 2018 Prize, the jury recognized six finalists. The SOM Foundation congratulates the following students for the quality of their submissions: Jing Hao, Tongji University; Ke Zhai, Chang'an University; Yining Lu, Tongji University; Yifan Xing, Southeast University; Shuyu Zhang, Xian University; and Yunzi Wang, Zhejiang University.
Undergraduate and graduate students based in China and in their final two years of study are eligible for the annual SOM Foundation China Prize. To enter, students must submit a portfolio, research proposal, and travel itinerary.
About the SOM Foundation
The SOM Foundation grants a variety of awards to students of architecture, design, urban design, and structural engineering. First awarded in 1981, the SOM Foundation fellowships are now an important measure of achievement among architecture and engineering students and their colleges and universities. The Foundation’s goal is to instill in its fellows a heightened sense of responsibility as future design leaders by offering them an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the complexities of the built environment. The awards given are: the SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design; the SOM Travel Fellowship for Architecture, Design and Urban Design; the Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship; the UK Award; and the China Prize.