Firat Erdim AR'01 Receives Rome Prize in Architecture

April 15, 2014

American Academy in Rome, Entrance of the McKim, Mead & White Building

American Academy in Rome, Entrance of the McKim, Mead & White Building

Firat Erdim AR'01 has been awarded the 2014-2015 Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. The winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on 10 April. Winners of the coveted Rome Prizes are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome.

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