AIA Names 2017 Latrobe Prize Winners

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) College of Fellows has honored three architecture professors from Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory with the 2017 Latrobe Prize. David Fannon, AIA; Michelle Laboy, co-founder of FieLDworkshop; and Peter Wiederspahn, AIA, principal of Wiederspahn Architecture have received the biennially bestowed award and $100,000 for their study of “Future-Use Architecture.”

“This is an opportunity to expand on a pedagogical model, which we developed to help students systematically consider and design what is essential and long-lasting in architecture, and apply it to the challenges of practice,” Laboy said of the winning project.

Named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the prize is awarded for a two-year research program that aims to jettison the architecture profession forward.

This year’s jury for the Latrobe Prize included Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA; Frank M. Guillot, FAIA, of Guilot-Vivian-Viehmann; Sylvia Kwan, FAIA, of Kwan Hanmi Architecture/Planning; Lenore M. Lucey FAIA, Chancellor of College of Fellows; Jud Marquardt FAIA, of LMN Architects; Raymond G. Post FAIA, of Post Architects; Clemson University’s Katherine Schwennsen, FAIA; and Marilyn Jordan Taylor FAIA, from the University of Pennsylvania.