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Scholarships 2015

arquia/scholarships 2015 call


20 grants for internships in European architecture studios
3 grants for internships in the civil service, Ministry of Public Works, Department of Architecture, Housing and Land
2 grants for internships at the Metrópoli Foundation


  • Requirements
  • The Arquia Foundation, taking into account the educational value of practical knowledge of the profession and geographic mobility, announces the XVI 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 2014/2015 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 2014.
      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 VI Online survey for students of Architecture carried out by the Arquia Foundation in 2014. 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

      Aires Mateus

      Alberto Campo Baeza

      Álvaro Siza

      AZPML. A. Zaera-Polo M. Llaguno Architecture

      Carles Ferrater

      Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

      EMBT Arquitectos

      Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos

      Estudio Carme Pinós

      Foster and Partners 

      Fundación Metrópoli

      Fundación Metrópoli

      Herreros Arquitectos

      Herzog & de Meuron

      Lacaton & Vassal Architectes

      Ministerio de Fomento

      Ministerio de Fomento

      Ministerio de Fomento


      Nieto Sobejano, Arquitectos

      NO.MAD Arquitectos. S.L.

      Patxi Mangado

      Rafael Moneo

      RCR. Aranda Pigem Vilalta

    • Calendar
    • Call opening: 1 January 2015
      Registration period: 1 January to 30 April 2015
      Winners: first week of July 2015
      Awards ceremony: October 2015

    • Participation modes
    • There are two ways of applying: academic transcript and tender. You can opt to participate in one or both simultaneously. 10 grants are awarded for each mode. To ensure adequate geographic distribution of the grants, the number of valid entries will be weighted proportionally by school and application mode.
      Academic transcript
      Candidates will be selected according to their academic transcript.This is assessed by the average mark obtained in degree subjects passed, as well as by the average mark obtained in design project modules passed (for this purpose, all modules that come under the department of architectural projects shall be taken into consideration). These average marks will be calculated by the applicant as specified in Annex I of the requirements.
      2016 tender
      Students will be selected according to the material submitted to the tender.

    • 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.

      2015 Contest: A tower to fly
      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: (PDF file): 1 PDF file in DIN A3 format with:
      a maximum of 5 pages, with all the information: drawings, perspectives, photographs of the model and memory, and a short story 'A tower to fly' that answers the question: why do we climb heights?
      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, 2015 at 12 pm

  • Deadline for sending documents
  • April 30, 2015 at 12 pm

  • Jury
  • The jury will be composed of:

    Juan Domingo Santos

    (Granada, 1961) is an architect from School of Architecture in Seville (1986), professor of architectural projects at Granada School of Architecture since 1994, visiting professor at the Technischen Univertät München (Germany, 2010) and has been a guest professor at various national and international schools of architecture.

    With his work, he develops research around architectural intervention on heritage and landscapes in transformation. His projects and works have been selected for international and national exhibitions such as On-Site, New Architecture in Spain organised by the MoMA in New York; the 7th Biennale di Architettura di Venecia; and the Spanish Architecture Biennial (1993-1994 and 2010-2011), among others. He has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards, has won the Enor Award and obtained recognition for Architecture at the 11th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning, and an award at the 8th Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    He recently won the international contest Atrio de La Alhambra with Álvaro Siza.

    His book 'La tradición innovada. Escritos sobre regresión y modernidad' published by the Arquia Foundation in its collection Arquia/Thesis has won the FAD Award for Thought and Criticism in 2014.

    His studio is located in the alcohol tower of an old sugar factory in Granada, which he recovered with a project to revitalize an industrial space as a place to live and work, a place that has conditioned his way of understanding architecture and heritage, and an activity that, at the same time, was meant to rescue this abandoned industrial area. On this topic, he has made the short film 'Un encuentro' junto al director de cine Juan S. Bollaín (A meeting with the film director Juan S. Bollaín), which relates his occupation of the factory and the experiences he has had since 1986.

  • Topic of the 2015 tender
  • Soñé que San Giorgio Maggiore volaba hacia las alturas…

    Aims to project a space between the sky and the earth, above or below the clouds, a space where to live, observe the world and the stars. Like a kite that flies in the air.

    A place to stay forever, like the lighthouse keeper in his lighthouse or the bell-ringer in his tower. A space to signal to the world, an ephemeral symbol inhabited by "strange beings".
    Air towers, wind, light and water catchers.

    Taking into consideration the shadow that is casted on the earth, how it rises and falls, in the light and in the air, a construction built suspended in the air but touching the ground, with vertigo.

    The tower was the closest thing to a dream house...

    The story has begun. It's up to the student to finish it.

  • Ministry of Public Works grants
  • The Arquia Foundation, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Public Works, Department of Architecture, Housing and Land, awards 3 grants for architecture students and young architects so that they can undertake internships in the civil service, the Ministry of Public Works, Department of Architecture, Housing and Land.

  • Metrópoli Foundation grants
  • The Arquia Foundation has agreed the admission of 2 recently-qualified architects with an interest in urban planning, innovation and development of the city with the Metrópoli Foundation, so that they can undertake internships at their facilities in Madrid.