The Harvard University Graduate School of Design has selected Barcelona architect Jose Ahedo as the winner of its 2014 Wheelwright Prize. The $100,000 traveling fellowship aims to foster investigative approaches to contemporary design among early-career architects.
Ahedo’s winning proposal, Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems, focuses on the architectural and organizational models of animal farming. He plans to research both industrial operations and informal farms throughout developed and developing countries, noting in his essay that neither production mode “responds adequately to the innumerable environmental and social challenges related to animal farming today.”
The jury commended Ahedo “for his integrated approach and his clarity in identifying architecture and design’s potential to shape more sustainable models of production,” according to a statement from Harvard GSD.
Over the next two years, Ahedo will travel to New Zealand, Mongolia, and Germany. He is currently collaborating with Ignacio G. Galan on an installation that will be part of Rem Koolhaas’s Fundamentals at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
Ahedo designed Blanca, a 13-building dairy complex, with the goal of mediating producers, researchers, and consumers. Photo by Javier Tles.