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Note: Due to the uncertainty around international travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must postpone the deadline for this competition to October 1, 2021. Two winners will be named in 2021.

Prix de Rome in Architecture  - Professional

Neeraj Bhatia

Neeraj Bhatia

Photo: Ben Kumata

Current Winner

Neeraj Bhatia

Neeraj Bhatia is a licensed architect and urban designer from Toronto. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, where he also co-directs the urbanism research lab, The Urban Works Agency. Neeraj is founder of The Open Workshop, a transcalar design-research office examining the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. In 2016, The Open Workshop was awarded the Architectural League Young Architects Prize. He is co-editor of the books Bracket [Takes Action]The Petropolis of TomorrowBracket [Goes Soft]Arium: Weather + Architecture and New Investigations in Collective Form. Neeraj has a master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo.


What is this prize?

The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded to a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed their first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.

Prize amount

$50,000 for the work program, travel and public presentation

How to qualify

Apply to the Council as an “individual applicant” or as an “architectural firm”.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all applicants.

For eligibility criteria, the application form and for further information on this prize, see the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture Guidelines.



Who created this prize?

Inspired by the Prix de Rome in architecture, which was created in the 18th century and helped young architects train in Italy, the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture was established in Canada in 1987 in pursuit of a vision of a more outward-looking vision towards the world.

For further information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Cumulative list of winners

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