Richard Rogers’ iconic Wimbledon house provides GSD and its students with a living lab for the study of the built environment in post-World War II Europe.

Investigating and Transforming the Built Environment

Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) commitment to design excellence and societal engagement extends around the globe and now across the pond with the gift of 22 Parkside—a house in southwest London designed by prominent British architect Richard Rogers.

Rogers donated the house to our U.K. entity for the benefit of GSD and established a new fellowship program, the Richard Rogers Wimbledon House Research Program, which aims to investigate urban, architectural, and design elements—particularly of post-World War II Europe—that improve and transform the built environment. While the property currently undergoes repairs and renovations, it will be used in the future to accommodate fellows during their residency and host lectures, symposia, and related events.

Although our U.K. entity maintains ownership and upkeep of the house and property, GSD maintains full responsibility for all programmatic activities.

Harvard Global Services in England

This project operates under our local entity, Harvard Global U.K. As a registered U.K. charity and private company, we’re able to support a variety of activities and services across England and Wales.

For GSD, we provide our standard suite of services for office administration and gift administration, as well as undertaking work unique to this project, such as:

  • Securing U.K. charity and Gift Aid registration
  • Transferring ownership of the house and managing gifts associated with it
  • Liaising with consultants to assess house repairs and renovations
  • Engaging local support to maintain the house and property