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2008 Scholarships

arquia/scholarships 2008 call


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 9th 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 2007/2008 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, 2007.
      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 III Online survey for Students of Architecture carried out by Arquia Foundation in 2005. 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:

      Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

      AJN Atelier Jean Nouvel

      Alberto Campo Baeza

      Álvaro Siza

      Carles Ferrater

      Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

      David Chipperfield Architects

      EMBT Arquitectos

      Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos

      Estudio Carme Pinós


      Foster and Partners 

      Herreros Arquitectos

      Herzog & de Meuron


      NO.MAD Arquitectos. S.L.


      Patxi Mangado

      Rafael Moneo

      RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta

    • Calendar
    • Call opening: 1 January 2008
      Registration period: 1 January to 30 April 2008
      Winners: first week of July 2008
      Awards ceremony: October 2008

    • 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.
      2008 Contest
      Students will be selected on the basis of 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.

      2008 Contest: '150%’
      Once the registration has been completed, access the private user area with your e-mail and password credentials, and attach the required documents and complete the required fields.
      Required material:
      Power-Point consisting of 20 slides, all the documentation must be included: diagrams, plans, elevations, perspectives, photomontages, photographs of models, specifications, etc. These documents must include a photographic image of the 'before' (100%) and photomontage of the 'after' (150%).
      The maximum size allowed for the Power Point file is 5 Mb.

      Proposals submitted by means other than the Internet or received after the call has been closed will not be accepted. Submissions must be made individually. To ensure the anonymity of the participant before the jury, the files sent must omit personal data. Delivered material must include, in a clear and visible way, the motto chosen by the contestant and their school of origin. The jury's decision will be final. The Foundation reserves the right to reproduce and/or exhibit all or part of the proposals submitted to the contest.

  • Registration
  • Registration for the arquia/scholarship contest can only be done through the online registration system, completing the form.

    To facilitate the registration process you can save the registration status and continue at another time.

  • Registration deadline
  • April 30, 2008 at 12 pm

  • Deadline for sending documents
  • April 30, 2008 at 12 pm

  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of:

    José Antonio Sosa Diaz-Saavedra

    Architect from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Doctor of Architecture and Professor of Architectural Projects at the ULPGC, visiting scholar at Harvard University, 2000, Guest Critic, at the ETH Zurich, Studio Basel, 2005. Member of Nred arquitectos. Member of LIP(a)

    His professional work has been published in many specialized magazines, Quaderns, BASA, Arquitectura (Madrid), Architecti, ON, Arquitectura Viva, Arquitectos, Domus China... as well as in: 'Guía de Arquitectura de España 1920-2000' Edit. Tanais and in the 'Guía de Arquitectura Española 1929-1996' (Edit .Actar) 'Lo moderno en España' by Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero (Edit. Tanais 2001). Also in the '"Diccionario Metápolis de Arquitectura Avanzada' (Edit. Actar 2002) Spanish Architecture, ed Padura, 2008.

    He has taken part in group exhibitions such as the one organized by the Eight Floor Gallery under the motto Hard & Soft (New York, 1997) curated by Ana Maria Torres, Uno es Siempre Dos at the Association of Architects in Tenerife, curated by Clara Muñoz in 2001. 'Espacios de Intimidad', Los Aljibes Hall, Lanzarote 2003; 'Sede de los Órganos Judiciales' CAAM, 2004; 'Arquitectura para la Justicia', COAC, Madrid, 2005; 'Bienal de DakÁrt', 2004; 'Bienal de Arquitectura de Sao Paulo', Brazil, October 2005; and a sole exhibition, 'nred arquitectos', in December 2006

  • 2008 Contest Topic
  • '150%'

    Reducing land consumption, the consumption of new territories, without decreasing population growth results an increased density of built up areas. Usually this formula translates into an increased height of new buildings by replacing existing ones or, alternatively, by creating new expansion areas. But what about cities that are already built? Can the previous solution be applied to this situation, without demolishing the old city first?

    Recycling is giving a new life to that considered old. Many low-density urban areas would strengthen or improve their condition by creating new housing spaces or increasing the surface area of existing housing with the aim of improving the social condition of their inhabitants. Little-used, empty areas without the required density to generate urban life: Densely populated historic centres, landscaped urbanisations, low height expansion districts, public housing complexes...

    The general reflection that is proposed is based on the application of this questioning to already built areas. Acting on existing buildings by making use of their roofs, suspending or thickening their facades and creating living spaces, building under the premise of areas with greater density and apply that to specific spaces in any city... superimpose; injecting new densities into urban areas: increasing their building densities by 150%, which is the proposed goal, without losing sight of the fact that the ultimate reason is recycling an existing city; saving on the consumption of new land. Understanding that an alternative to the environmental sustainability of soils is to reuse those which already exist more thoroughly. Kind of like what happens with sheets of paper. It is better to use both sides than using recycled paper on one side only...


    A suitable location is to be chosen in the origin or host city. When selecting the location, it is important to analyse the current density conditions. Propose alternatives to superimpose new building densities. Improve the conditions of public areas. Create new meeting areas. Although the selected area may cover different environments: a plaza, a street, or the space between buildings... the end goal is to develop a specific expansion on a specific building. It would be interesting to convey the overall picture though a photomontage or drawings; but fundamentally, this is aimed at the development of a specific project on a specific building.

    Some references to further specify the considerations.

    In the sixties, Jean Louis Chaneac moved forward with his proposals for an insurrectional architecture based on a sense of rebellion against the bureaucratic machine, as well as on the promotion of the construction of 'pirate units' that, hanging from the facades of existing public housing complexes or settling as clandestine parasites on the roofs of these buildings, literally invaded their surfaces like an uncontrolled fungus. He named this proposal 'anarchitecture': a movement which promotes insurrection in favour of improving the living conditions of tenants due to the notable increase in their surface areas.

    More recently, Lacaton and Vassal designed and carried out several actions on public housing complexes aimed at their refurbishment and expansion. A high percentage of houses in our cities is part of the housing complexes that were erected mainly between the Second World War and the eighties. Many of these housing complexes today do not meet the most adequate living conditions. Lacaton and Vassal's proposal seeks to improve their conditions by building rather thick structures.

    Despite being focused on public housing complexes, this research on the simultaneous principles of transformation and increased density can be extrapolated (although to a lesser extent). It can also be applied to consolidated cities. To cite a recent example, this would be the case of the Roof-Top Urbanism proposal by the Chinese team Urbanus, in which they seek to build on top of existing buildings...


    These reflections are of general interest and constitute a path that should always be followed bearing in mind that the ultimate goal is to reduce land consumption, preserve the territory and, at the same time, recycle that which already exists.

    With respect to the level of research and works, these should show the impact new densities would have on the existing building, while at the same time creating the proposed housing models in accordance with their construction and structural system, especially with regard to the interrelationship with existing structures (or the specific expansion system proposed). Whether using lightweight modules made of light materials, in line with some lightweight prefabrication, such as Werner Aisslinger's Loft Cube; or from existing elements on the market, such as containers or more comprehensive systems in which the structure itself serves as a support frame for the housing units.

    This new domestic space, which is added to a pre-existing space, can be formulated as an expansion to the living spaces included in the buildings that serve as the base of the work; or as housing units designed for a young user, easier to imagine in transformative contexts aimed at recycling such as those to be achieved.