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PennDesign's Marcinkoski Named 2015-16 Rome Prize Winner

NEW YORK--The American Academy in Rome named Christopher Marcinkoski, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, among 29 winners of the 2015-16 Rome Prize Fellowship.

Rome Prize winners are selected by independent juries of distinguished scholars and artists through a national competition process that represents the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. More than 900 applications were submitted from 46 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, making this an exceptionally competitive field.

The prestigious fellowship offers an opportunity for prize winners to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The prize includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome, Italy. Marcinkoski’s proposal, titled “Rome, Empire Building and The City That Never Was,” was awarded the Rolland Rome Prize in the category of Landscape Architecture.

“I am very honored to join the ranks of these scholars and have the opportunity to continue ongoing research related to the increasing proliferation of foreign-motivated speculative urbanization activities on the African continent, reflecting on them as a kind of soft empire building,” Marcinkoski said.

Marcinkoski shares this honor with PennDesign faculty members Randall Mason and Karen M'Closkey who won the Prize in 2012-2013. He will depart for Rome to begin the fellowship in January 2016. 

“The interdisciplinary mix of the Rome Prize winners represents the leading edge of contemporary American scholarship and creativity,” said Academy President Mark Robbins. “Each Rome Prize Fellow is enriched by their experience in Rome and when they return, their work has a profound impact on the cultural life of the US and beyond for decades to come.” 

The 2015-16 fellows were recognized at a ceremony in April at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.

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