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Scholarships 2009

arquia/scholarships 2009 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 10th 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 2008/2009 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 2008.
      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 2009
      Registration period: 1 January to 30 April 2009
      Winners: first week of July 2009
      Awards ceremony: October 2009

    • 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.
      2009 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.

      2009 Contest: 'The room to keep the witch's broom’
      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:
      A document in PDF format with a maximum of 10 DIN A4 pages, that must include all the necessary documentation for understanding the proposal: justified report, diagrams, floors, elevations, sections, perspectives, photomontage, photographs of models, etc.
      The maximum size allowed for the PDF 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
  • 30 April 2009 at 12 pm

  • Deadline for sending documents
  • 30 April 2009 at 12 pm

  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of:

    Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

    Pamplona, 1959
    Architect from the Universidad de Navarra, winner of the Extraordinary Dissertation Award. He was a scholarship holder in the Academia Española de Historia, Arqueología y Bellas Artes in Rome, Visiting Scholar at the School of Architecture of Princeton University.
    He has received several awards and honours such as the III Spanish Architecture Biennial for the Centro de Salud de Azpilagaña in Pamplona, the V Spanish Architecture Biennial the 8 Relocation Houses in the Carmen de Valencia neighbourhood, the VII Spanish Architecture Biennial for the Expansion of the Palau de la Música de Valencia, among others. The "El Musical" Cultural Centre was a finalist at the 2004 FAD awards and was selected to represent the Spanish Hall at the Architecture Biennial in Venice.
    He has been Professor of Architectural Projects at the Universidad de Navarra, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Iberoamericana de México D.F. In 1994, he moved to Valencia where he has continued with his professional activity and as Head Professor of Architectural Projects at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. His work has been exhibited in several magazines and publications, such as, El Croquis, A&V, Arquitectura Viva, Architectural Record, Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Techniques&Architecture y Detail.

  • 2009 Contest Topic
  • 'The room to keep the witch's broom'

    Alison Smithson was given the fascinating task of creating a witch's broom room by Axel Bruchhäuser. To do this, he created a small cabin sitting on pillars next to the treetops that rest, in turn, on a slight slope that descends to the river crossed by a bridge from the witch's house. Its tiny interior is designed to see the river, the house from behind, look down and see the forest floor, and look up and see the canopy formed by the leaves and the sky.
    Although unfortunately in many cases reality takes care of denying it, the exercise of architecture is not understood if it is not to contribute to the construction of a preferable world. In order to carry out this commitment, we must set a creative process in motion for each project, so we can move from intentions to reality, being able to acquire a solution in this complex journey, an important work emerging as a result.
    To great extent, reaching a better world is not viable without reflection and, in order to carry it out, it is necessary to distance oneself from reality in order to understand it, since if only the close look is exercised, one ends up paying attention exclusively to the particular. However, the further we move away, the loss of detail allows us to perceive the existence of an invisible and diffuse structure that supports our proposals. If we continue to distance ourselves, we have the feeling that this frame is also part of an even more abstract and intangible skeleton. Accessing these enclaves, even if only for an instant, means entering an imprecise and unfocused universe in which time and the specific features of each place are diluted. It is probably in these diffuse spaces where we come to recognize the attitudes and proposals of others and discover affinities invisibles to a closer look, even more, I would say that, due to their indetermination, they are suitable to ask themselves the questions and to acquire the commitments that have to guide our decisions.
    Making a space for reflection is not easy in the culture of immediacy in which we are immersed, but to achieve it means giving oneself the opportunity to open a window to the unknown, to the immensity that, as Gaston Bachelard reminds us in his book The Poetics of Space, it "inhabits within us", "is linked to a kind of expansion of being that life represses and caution stops, but that starts again when we are alone. As soon as we are immobilized, we are somewhere else; we are dreaming of a world that is immense. Immensity is the movement of the immobile man".
    Pressed by the excess of noise and information, it is vital to have a protective shelter which is an indispensable requirement for the patient search. If this search is necessary, and in my opinion it is, what should the ideal space for thought be like, that stronghold of maximum freedom from which we project ourselves outwards? What should that shelter be like so that it provides the necessary tranquillity to think about a more just and supportive world and, as a consequence, transform it into a more habitable place?
    I do not intend to forget the other shelters, those that press on us every time there is famine, war or natural disasters, and which we often forget about as soon as they are no longer in the news, but only through the former is it possible to give the adequate response that the latter demands.
    Antonello da Messina designed one of these places to accommodate Saint Jerome, Father of the Church and translator of the Bible into Latin. Jules Verne proposed it to us in De la terre à la lune, Alvar Aalto built Nemo propheta in patria with a similar intention and Le Corbusier spent the last days of his life in the paradigmatic Cabanon. They all have in common their smallness, and probably this made Alison Smithson open her window, that of the room to keep the witch's broom, to the immensity of the forest, Antonello da Messina to the immensity of the refined Italian landscape, Alvar Aalto to the immensity of the Finnish lakes, Le Corbusier to the immensity of the Marenostrum, and Jules Verne to the most overwhelming immensity of all, that of the infinite universe.

    Purpose of work
    A minimum shelter is the most humane architecture precisely because of this condition of body protection and intimacy, with the needs of rest, hygiene and food resolved.

    That which they deem fit. It can be real or virtual, figurative or abstract, but in both cases the choice must be justified.