The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) announces the recipient of the 2020 Wheelwright Prize. The prize consists of a $100,000 fellowship that funds the travel-based research of the recipient.

Awarding this prize is a tradition started by the GSD in the year 1935. Currently, in its eight-year, the prize is an international competition drawing over 170 applicants from over 45 countries.

About the recipient

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Daniel Fernández Pascual is an architect, educator, researcher and urban designer. His proposal “Being Shellfish: The Architecture of Intertidal Cohabitation” made him the recipient of the 2020 Wheelwright Prize.

He has a master’s degree from ETSA Madrid in architecture. Fernández Pascual also holds master’s degree from TU Berlin as well as Tongji University Shanghai in science. The recipient holds a PhD from the University of London’s the Centre for Research Architecture.

Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe are the founders of Cooking Sections. This is a research practice founded in 2013 that explores architecture and changing ecosystems through food. They have a research project on the Isle of Skye, Scotland for close to four years.

Cooking Sections has held several exhibitions including the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tate Britain and SALT Istanbul are to host future exhibits.

About the proposal

He aims to find a use for the materials obtained from there coastal areas in contemporary architecture. He hopes for a sustainable alternative to materials like concrete.

His passion to save and preserve coastal ecosystems stems from his time as a child. He spent his early life in Spain in the 1980s and 90s.

Spanish-born, London-based; Daniel Fernández Pascual was in the top three finalists for this year’s prize alongside Gustavo Utrabo, a Brazilian architect and Bryony Roberts, a New York-based architectural designer.


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