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arquia / thesis

12th Edition

Biennial Architecture Thesis Competition

2019 Iberian Call


  • Latest news on 2019 arquia/thesis. Iberian call
  • As a new feature in this edition, the Arquia Foundation, based on its gradual internationalisation process, has opened the call to Portugal, establishing itself as an Iberian Call, in order to showcase the research work of Portuguese architects and Portuguese schools of architecture.

  • Aim of the competition
  • The Arquia Foundation aims to promote and foster cultural activities in the field of architecture. Included in these activities is the arquia/thesis collection, aimed at the editing and publication of doctoral theses of architecture considered relevant due to their contribution to architectural knowledge, once revised and adapted to the editorial policy by their respective authors. The arquia/thesis collection aims to make valuable material available to the public, to those interested in architectural research, which would otherwise be difficult to access.

    With the intention of expanding and broadening the editorial section of said collection, the Arquia Foundation is holding the current biennial competition to select unedited doctoral theses on architecture.

  • Candidates and doctoral theses
  • Spanish and Portuguese architects who were awarded their doctorates by any school or faculty of architecture in the world can take part in the competition, as well as international architects who gained their doctorate from any Spanish or Portuguese school of architecture.

    Doctoral theses must be unpublished, i.e. theses that have been awarded in other competitions or published partially or in their entirety in any language, format or physical or digital medium will not be accepted. Scientific articles in indexed journals from the academic sphere, which some schools request for subsequent accreditations, are excluded.

    Doctoral theses that were entered in previous arquia/thesis calls, which received a mention or were selected or recommended for publication by the jury, cannot be entered.

  • Documentation and submission
  • After registration, the candidate must access the private area by entering their username (email) and password, and complete the registration by providing a PDF file, DIN A4 format (maximum weight 2 Mb) with the following information:

    • Summary of the doctoral thesis, maximum 600 words, in Spanish.
    • Contents of the doctoral thesis.
    • 300 word report on the suitability of the thesis as regards the editorial policy and new format of the arquia/thesis collection.
    • Biographical note, up to 100 words, with a photograph of the author.

    The following required fields must also be completed:

    • Thesis title, summary/abstract in Spanish, Portuguese and English (maximum 600 words), thesis topic, thesis director, department, reading date, viva and reading centre. The link to the university repository where the thesis is stored in digital format will also be provided.
    • Front page or cover image (jpg 760 x 524 pixels).
    • 3 to 5 images of the thesis (jpg file).

    The information can be edited until the day registrations close (see calendar).
    In a second phase of the competition, the selected candidates will be asked for a copy of the original thesis, in digital format and on paper, for evaluation by the jury.

  • Language
  • The documentation requested for registration and participation in the call must be provided in Spanish. Complete theses that have been selected may be submitted in the second phase of the competition and in their original language.

  • General assessment criteria
  • A series of criteria on the quality of research in the architectural field are defined; the doctoral theses submitted must consider such criteria, including:

    • Doctoral theses must be original and unpublished, both in terms of the submission to the competition (not previously published) and the proposed topic and approach.
    • Doctoral theses must contain material from original sources, such as archives of architects, libraries, research centres, etc.; whether national or international; as well as verified bibliographic references.
    • They will be in line with the editorial policy of the Arquia Foundation and its social nature (architectural dissemination, current affairs or social demand issues, etc.); as well as its interests and international projection.
  • Calendar
  • The registration and admission period for the requested documentation will begin on Monday 11 March 2019 and end on Monday 6 May 2019 at 12 p.m. (noon) .

    First Phase: May-September 2019. Each member of the jury will select a maximum of four research projects from the dossiers submitted, which will pass to the second phase of the competition. In mid-September 2019, the selected contestants will be asked to submit a complete copy of the doctoral thesis in paper and digital format.

    Second Phase: September-November 2019. . The members of the jury shall read, review and assess a maximum of 16 selected doctoral theses.

    Jury meeting and competition decision: December 2019. At the end of the year, the jury meeting will be held in order to proceed to the competition decision, as well as the respective publication and notification.

  • Jury Composition
  • In this call, the profile of the members of the jury has been reviewed and modified, incorporating a representative from Portugal.



    Blanca Lleó Fernández

    Professor, Department of Architectural Projects of the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, ETSAM, UPM, Madrid
    (Casting vote to settle in case of a tie)

    Professor of Architectural Projects since 2012 and Professor at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 1990. Visiting Research at Cambridge Univ. (UK) and at Princeton Univ. Visiting Professor at Rhode Island School of Design and at Cranbrook Academy of Art (USA). Visiting Professor at the National Univ. of Colombia (Medellín), at the Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, at the European University of Madrid UEM, at the Univ...


    Carlos Guimarães

    Doctor of Architecture, Professor, Department of Architectural Projects, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto. Porto, Portugal

    Professor at the School of Architecture of Porto since 1982, in the area of Architectural Projects. Doctor of Architecture as of 1999 with the thesis titled “Architecture and Museums in Portugal. Between Reinterpretation and New Work”. Doctoral thesis tutor, and since 2010, tutor of thesis projects for the doctorate course in the Faculty of Architecture of Porto, FAUP. Director of the FAUP from 2010 to 2018, as well as a member of the Scientific Council and the Senate of the University of Porto. As an architect, he founded the CG+LSC Arquitectos studio ( in the late eighties with...


    Montserrat Nogués i Teixidor

    Architect, as trustee and on behalf of the Arquia Foundation

    Architect who graduated in 1983 from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona, specialising in projects, urban planning and history. In her contribution to the cultural dissemination of architecture, she was the architect responsible for cultural services at COAC (College of Architects of Catalonia) in the Girona region (1985-1990), curator and designer of different exhibitions, organiser of workshops, conference cycles and coordinator of various publications and books on architecture by COAC.
    In her professional career, she was the architect responsible for infrastructure and public works for Calonge City Council (2000-2003). She is currently part of the ammarquitectes architecture studio.


    Jorge Tárrago Mingo

    Professor, Department of Architectural Projects of the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra, ETSAUN, Pamplona

    (Burgos, 1975) Architect who graduated in 2000 with a degree in architecture from the ETS of the University of Navarra and gained his PhD in architecture (ETSAUN, 2005) with the doctoral thesis entitled 'Habitar la inspiración/construir el mito. Casas-taller de artistas en el periodo de entreguerras’, awarded by the Association of Friends of the University of Navarra and the Artistic Research Grant of the BBK Foundation-Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, published later as a book (Valencia, 2007)...


    Director of the Arquia Foundation

  • Awards and Mentions
  • The jury may grant a maximum of two prizes and four mentions. The prizes consist of the commitment by the Arquia Foundation to edit and publish the theses, with first and second prize, in a trilingual edition (Spanish, English and Portuguese), in the new design of the arquia/thesis collection.

    This commitment will be conditional upon the necessary reworking to be completed by the author of the thesis in accordance with the editorial criteria of the Arquia Foundation. Theses that obtain a "mention" will be given preferential consideration in the editorial plans of the Arquia Foundation, according to the editorial calendar and budget assigned in the annual action plan.

    The competition may be declared void. Participants will be informed of the competition decision by email and it will be final.

    The twelfth call of the Arquia Foundation's competition for the Biennial Doctoral Thesis of Architecture was sponsored by Arquia Banca.