Western European Architecture Foundation
In France to draw, to think creatively, and to learn by doing
Each year, the Western European Architecture Foundation awards the Gabriel Prize-a $20,000 grant for the study of classical architecture and landscape in France. Prize winners embark on a three-month itinerary of their own devising.
Laureates spend much of their sabbatical sketching, measuring, and, in the course of three months, producing three large renderings. In the process, each prize winner comes to know some of the masterpieces of France.
The Gabriel Prize, named in honor of French architect Jacques Gabriel (1698-1782), focuses on preserving the tradition of drawing and painting for future generations of architects.
See Our Purpose, Draw Your Future
“The essence of the Gabriel Prize is not about the final three drawings. The essence of the Gabriel Prize is about the experience.
And when somebody looks at that and takes that approach, they will actually find that they start learning from the moment that they fill the application."
- PJ Fleming, President
The 10th Anniversary Alvin Holm Lecture/Symposium is featuring 1996 Gabriel Prize Laureate, Stephen Harby
Support the FoundationThe Gabriel Prize is a United States charitable organization founded in 1990 through the bequest of George Parker, Jr. Through prudent financial management, we have been able to continue his mission for 30 years, far longer than he ever anticipated.
Our Laureates have since shared with us the life changing experiences they have had due to their transformative time of study and drawing with the Gabriel Prize - from gaining tenure at universities, to publishing their own books, to simply regaining their source of inspiration to continue their practice.
The Gabriel Prize has changed their lives and allowed them to draw their future. It has brought a missing element of the past for later American architects to study and appreciate. We are asking for your support to help us continue this mission and to change a few more lives. And in doing so, the future of American architecture.