Priyanka Shah wins Lawrence B. Anderson Award

Priyanka Shah SMArchS, MCP '08 has received the 2017 Lawrence B. Anderson Award for her research proposal, "The Architecture of the Deal: Excavating forces behind architectural form in the largest urban projects in New York and Paris.” The award will support Shah’s investigation of local development deals, zoning regulations, financing mechanisms, and the difference between welfare and pro-market governance to locate relationships between these drivers and the resulting architecture of two neighborhoods: Hudson Yards and Clichy Batignolles.

Priyanka Shah works as an architect in New York City. Her research interests include the work of the French modernist Roger Anger, for which she received the Deborah J. Norden Fund Grant from the Architectural League of New York, and the relationship of urban form to social conditions, which she will pursue as part of her Anderson Award research. She also serves as a New York Chapter Steward for The Architecture Lobby.

The Lawrence B. Anderson Award was established in the spring of 1987, in honor of the former dean of the School of Architecture and Planning (1965-1971), to be presented every other year in support of creative documentation as a valuable form of learning. The endowment fund was initiated by two of Anderson’s former students, I. M. Pei ‘40 AR and William E. Hartmann ‘39 AR, as a lasting tribute to their teacher. Project documentation for each winner can be found in the Rotch Library and Visual Collections.