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Professional Area / Calls

Scholarships 2011

arquia/scholarships 2011 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 12th 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 2010/2011 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 2010.
      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 IV Online Survey on Architecture Students carried out by the Arquia Foundation in 2008. 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

      Alberto Campo Baeza

      Álvaro Siza

      AZPML. A. Zaera-Polo M. Llaguno Architecture

      Carles Ferrater

      Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

      DPA Dominique Perrault Architecte

      EMBT Arquitectos

      Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos

      Estudio Carme Pinós

      Foster and Partners 

      Herreros Arquitectos

      Herzog & de Meuron

      Lacaton & Vassal Architectes


      Nieto Sobejano, Arquitectos

      NO.MAD Arquitectos. S.L.

      Patxi Mangado

      Rafael Moneo

      RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta

    • Calendar
    • Call opening: 1 January 2011
      Registration period: 1 January to 30 April 2011
      Winners: first week of July 2011
      Awards ceremony: October 2011

    • 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.
      2011 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.

      2011 Contest: 'Chance and necessity’
      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
      Document in pdf format containing only the following documentation: -Plants -Elevation view -Longitudinal sections -A three-dimensional image (or sectioned model photo) that best explains the project.
      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
  • April 30, 2011 at 12 pm

  • Deadline for sending documents
  • April 30, 2011 at 12 pm

  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of:


    FUENSANTA NIETO and ENRIQUE SOBEJANO are Architects graduated from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and from Columbia University in New York, USA.
    They are Project teachers at Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) and at Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), respectively, and founding partners of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, S.L.

    They have been speakers and/or visiting professors at various Spanish and international universities and institutions.
    They were directors of the ARQUITECTURA magazine, of Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, (1986-91).
    Their works and projects have been published in several Spanish and international publications, and have been part of various exhibitions.

  • 2011 Contest Topic
  • 'Chance and necessity'

    Architecture is always the result of an interpretation of multiple, apparently unconnected circumstances. We are constantly forced to work within limits, whether necessary or random, which make it possible for scattered and arbitrary events to demand only one idea to explain them. The aim of the work is to develop a project that is small in size but complex in its limitations, experimenting with the concept of housing as a result of the specific conditions of the chosen location and a double functional programme set at random.

    The limits to be respected are as follows:

    1. A site in Berlin, between party walls, deep and narrow, of
    5.00 m wide and 30 m long located between a street and an inner block yard.

    2. A project of two independent houses that each participant will project by choosing two from the following users:
    -A blind person who lives alone and plays the piano
    -An older couple with a dog and a son who lives abroad
    -A single novelist with a large library who is very fond of cooking
    -A family with two children and a grandmother who often stays at home
    -Four Erasmus students of Architecture, Economics, Music and Mathematics
    -A IT expert who works at home with his own gym space

    3. The surface area of each of the two houses may vary between 75 and 150 m2 depending on the project chosen

    4. Public access to the block yard must be respected by allowing pedestrians to walk through it currently in use.

    5. The existing arc can be eliminated if deemed appropriate.