Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


The Rieger Graham Prize Application

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Rieger Graham Prize was first offered in 2006 and is awarded to a recent graduate or practitioner of architecture once every two years.

The centerpiece of the Prize is a three-month Classical Design Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the premier overseas center for independent study and research in the fine arts and humanities.

The purpose of the Prize is to promote the practice of classical architecture and to foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition.

The total award will include Academy fees, travel allotment and stipend. Due to space limitations, we can only provide Affiliated Fellows with single room accommodations. We are unable to host spouses/partners or children of Affiliated Fellows.


The Charles Rieger and John D. Graham Architectural Art Prize results from a bequest by the late Charles Rieger, Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.

Rieger bequeathed to the Institute a painting by a friend and mentor, artist John D. Graham (female portrait, Aurea Mediocritas, 1952) and stipulated that the painting be sold to endow a prize in the field of classical architecture.



The deadline for Academic year 2018/2019 is December 11th 2017

Application Documents

The applicant must submit a proposal for a project involving research, documentation and design, showing how the applicant sees fit to explore Rome in the best way possible for his/her career development. The foremost priority in choosing the Prize recipient will be the project’s link to the opportunity to learn from Rome and its environs in situ.

Application documents must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume or CV describing educational credentials and related professional experience
  • Statement of Intent — a proposal not to exceed three pages in length, which describes how the applicant see fit to explore Rome in the best way possible for his/her career development
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from teachers or professionals
  • Samples from past work, (no more than ten (10) images, photographs, or drawings) whether accomplished in school or in the field as a practicing professional

All submission materials should be submitted by email to Edith Platten at: Hard copy applications will not be accepted.


In addition to the merits of the project proposal and personal credentials, the jury will look for exceptional and demonstrable skill as measured by samples submitted from past work.

The jury will judge such talent against the complementary Vitruvian ideals of strength, function and beauty as revealed by both the conception of the design samples and their manual execution.

Theoretical as well as practical merit will thus determine the selected fellow.


After completing study in Rome, the Prize winner will be required to submit some tangible or publishable result from his/her experience, which will be the property of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and which can be featured in Institute publications and/or exhibitions as applicable.

The winner’s encounter with the classical past must be documented through finished drawings or through other presentation media of designs or documentation which explore the lessons learned from Rome.

All work from the Prize must be completed within six months of the end of the residency in Rome.


Candidates must have received a four or five year Bachelor of Architecture degree, Master of Architecture degree, or Master of Fine Arts degree prior to the fellowship. The prize will be limited to United States citizens.

Please Inquire

Edith Platten at: or call (212) 730-9646, ext. 113