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Professional Area / Calls

2001 Scholarships

arquia/scholarships call 2001


20 scholarships to do professional internships in European architecture studios

  • Requirements
  • The Arquia Foundation, taking into account the educational value of practical knowledge of the profession and geographic mobility, announces the second edition of the arquia/scholarships call, which awards 20 scholarships to students in the final years of their studies and to young recently graduated architects, for professional internships in European architecture studios.

    • Candidates
    • Students of Architecture and young architects with Spanish nationality or citizens with a residence permit in Spain who, on the date of completion of the application, meet the following requirements may apply for the scholarship:
      a) Having passed, in a Spanish School of Architecture, at least 60% of the credits required to obtain the degree of architect.
      b) Being registered in the 2000/2001 academic year in a Spanish School of Architecture.
      Having obtained the degree of architect in a Spanish School of Architecture or have obtained the degree abroad and have validated it in Spain, after 30 April 2000.
      Candidates who have received a scholarship from Arquia Foundation in a previous call will not be eligible for the scholarship.

    • Destinations. Participating studios
    • The destination studios are selected by the students of Spanish Schools of Architecture as their favourite places for a professional internship, according to the results of the I Online Survey of Architecture Students carried out by the Arquia Foundation in 1998. The updating of the destination studies is done every 3 years through an online survey.
      The studios participating in this call, with which Arquia Foundation has agreed the admission of interns, are the following:


      AJN Atelier Jean Nouvel

      Alberto Campo Baeza

      Álvaro Siza

      Carles Ferrater

      Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

      EMBT Arquitectos

      Estudio Carme Pinós


      Foster and Partners

      G. Vázquez Consuegra

      Herzog & De Meuron

      Josep Llinàs

      Juan Navarro Baldeweg

      A Coruña
      Manuel Gallego



      Patxi Mangado

      Rafael Moneo


    • Calendar
    • Call opening: 1 January 2001
      Registration period: 1 January to 30 April 2001
      Winners: first week of July 2001
      Awards ceremony: October 2001

    • Participation modes
    • There are two ways to participate: academic record and contest. You can choose to participate in one or both of them simultaneously. 10 scholarships are available for each modality. To ensure proper geographical distribution of the scholarships, this will be weighted in proportion to the number of valid registrations received by centre and modality.
      Academic Record
      Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record. This will be evaluated by the average of the marks obtained in the subjects passed in the degree course, as well as by the average of the marks obtained in the subjects passed in Projects (for this purpose, all those that depend on the Architectural Projects Department will be considered). These average grades will be calculated by the applicant, as specified in Annex I of the Terms and Conditions.
      2001 Contest
      Students will be selected based on the material submitted to the contest.

    • Documentation and submission
    • Information may be edited until registration deadline.
      Academic record
      Once the registration has been completed, access the private user area with your e-mail and password credentials and enter the average of the grades described above in the box provided for this purpose (section scholarships, option 'edit participation')
      Subsequently, preselected participants will be required to submit their academic records in PDF format.

      2001 Contest: 'Matter:Rhythm'
      Required material:
      Any design or expressive media will be valid, however, due to the operational needs of the jury, the evaluation of proposals will be made on three size DIN A2 panels (594 mm x 420 mm) in vertical position, mounted on flat, rigid, light and resistant support.

      Submissions must be made individually. To ensure the anonymity of the participant before the jury, the files sent must omit personal data and include, clearly and visibly, the motto chosen by the contestant.
      This motto must also be included in the application form ( The Jury's decision will be final.

  • Registration
  • Delivery will be made to any office of the Architects Credit Union or to the headquarters of the Arquia Foundation (calle Arcs, núm. 1, 08002 Barcelona, e-mail: The Foundation is not responsible for lost or damaged material. Proposals submitted will not be returned. The Foundation reserves the right to reproduce and/or exhibit all or part of the material.

  • Registration deadline
  • April 30, 2001 at 12 pm

  • Deadline for sending documents
  • April 30, 2001 at 12 pm

  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of:


    Alejandro Zaera studied at the ETSAM and later a Master at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. He founded Foreign Office Architects in London in 1992, and since 2011 he has directed AZPA ltd, following the dissolution of FOA.
    In parallel to his architectural work, Alejandro Zaera has been a guest lecturer at the North-American universities of Columbia, Princeton and Cornell, and at the Berlage Institute and ETSAM in Europe. He is currently dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University, and was director of the Berlage Institute from 2002 to 2006. His critical and theoretical work has been published in various international publications.

    -1991-92 Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    -1992 Establishes Foreign Office Architects, London
    -2011 Establishes AZPA Ltd in London and Barcelona.

    Since July 2012, he has been Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University
    2002-2006 Dean of the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Previous teaching experience: UCLA, USA, Columbia University, USA. Architectural Association, London, UK Princeton University, USA. Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ETS de Arquitectura of Madrid, Spain. Yokohama University, Japan.

  • 2001 Contest Topic
  • 'Matter:Rhythm'

    For a few years, the architectural debate was focused on the critical and theoretical possibilities of architecture; however, the discipline's approach regarding the translation techniques between architecture and other media has evolved, since it now seems appropriate to highlight the qualities of architecture as a material organisation, not as an image or as the incorporation of a certain discourse.
    The object of this exercise is to reflect on this quality of architecture as a material organisation.
    Distribution, organisation, geometry, scale, order, or construction are essentially all the instruments available to manipulate materials and create architecture. Materials, in a generic sense, can be projects, weather conditions, carrier systems, organisations... A material is an organisation that, through homogeneous or differentiated repetition of a certain basic component, occupies an extension. Rhythm and texture are basic components for the creation of a material. A project is the consistent organisation of different materials: a polyrhythmic, homogeneous or differentiated, synchronous or diachronic construction.
    The project included in this exercise consists of incorporating three basic materials into an organisation composed of:
    1. A territory: a lemon estate with a 5 x 5 m mesh between the trees, located somewhere along the Levantine coast (see attached map). The contestant may also choose to build a pavilion in the state.
    2. A project: a pavilion of around 50 m2 for leisure activities for one or two people, which should be related to physical and intellectual culture through rhythmic actions. Playing or listening to music, dancing, practising gym exercises... The specific project is up to the contestant, although it must include a toilet with a shower, refrigerator, fireplace and a place to heat water or make tea.
    3. The contestant may choose the construction system and a material suitable to the place, as well as the weather, project and budget conditions. The construction system must be described in detail and assessed according to its feasibility. The project must be feasible.
    The ability to maintain consistency between project materials will be critically assessed.