International Award for Architecture Diploma

Son Başvuru Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2007
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The aim of these awards is to encourage architecture students to research and reflect on new patterns and approaches within the current cultural context. We invite them to work on relevant themes such as the digital revolution, environmental awareness, multi-disciplinary demands, the role of information management, innovation and globalization. Given the current situation of architecture it seems necessary to redefine some of our profession’s traditional ways of thinking.

We should take a fresh approach, research and integrate knowledge and strategies. These might be found nowadays in other disciplines or environments. It is necessary to explore the full potential that new possibilities can offer.

It is clear that there are rapid changes taking place in new tools, technologies, processes and products. This is also the case with social and client awareness, legal requirements and regulations. Shifts in responsibility are occurring within the construction industry. Logically architects are refocusing their attention and looking for sources of inspiration in places unexplored until now.

The awards intend to acknowledge those Final Year / Diploma projects that generate new ideas, methods or awareness aiming to provide architectural solutions, improved methodologies and cutting-edge technologies to face the near future. A very open minded approach has been taken. The intention is to raise our awareness about the issues of tomorrow.

A prize will be awarded in each of the following areas:
- Building and Nature: A necessary compromise? Limited energy resources, the environment, ecological awareness, sustainability, architecture and landscape. Community life, urban life.

- New Tools to represent and generate architecture. From paper to video. Animation as a new format and method for technical and creative expression. The multi-disciplinary process of teamwork, data integration and management.

- Techniques to materialise and Build habitable Physical Spaces. The materiality of occupied space. Habitat and technology, engineering and comfort. Globalization and the need for intermediate technologies. Feasible, affordable and buildable habitation.

Any Final Year/ Diploma project presented during the academic years 2006 and 2007 at a School of Architecture that is officially recognized in the country of origin is eligible for submission.

The jury will grant three prizes, one in each of the three areas mentioned above. The three winners will be those who, in the opinion of the jury, present the most interesting proposals in any of the areas mentioned above. Allocation of projects to areas will be at the discretion of the jury.

Three prizes of 5,000 euros each will be awarded together with a certificate. In addition winners will be eligible for an internship at an ACXT-IDOM studio.

The deadline for submission is midnight 30th October 2007. Submissions arriving after the deadline will be accepted if proof of posting within the competition entry period is provided.


The jury of the competition will be formed by:
- Dr. Iñaki Ábalos, Architect, Professor Madrid School of Architecture
- César Azcárate, Architect. Partner ACXT
- Thomas Krens, Director Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation 
- Dr. Jesús Llamazares, Architect. Partner ACXT 
- Dr. Javier Quintana, Director Rafael Escolá Foundation. Head of R&D 
- Jesús Susperregui, Architect. Partner ACXT 
- Antonio Villanueva, Industrial engineer. Director of the Sustainability Department of IDOM 
- Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Historian and Journalist
- Laura Espejo. Architect. Partner ACXT. Secretary of the juryYarışma Şartnamesi
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