Since the 2019 edition, the Arquia Foundation, based on its gradual process of internationalisation, opens the call to Portugal, thus establishing the Iberian Call, to promote the research activity of Portuguese architects and schools of architecture.
Therefore, the contest is open to Spanish and Portuguese doctors of architecture who have read their doctoral thesis in any school of architecture in the world, as well as to foreign architects whose doctoral thesis has been defended in any Spanish or Portuguese school of architecture.
Doctoral theses must have obtained the highest grade (i.e. cum laude, in Portuguese aprovado com distinção e louvor) and must be unpublished, i.e. theses that have been awarded, mentioned or selected in other thesis contests or published partially or in their entirety in any language, format or physical or digital media will not be accepted. Scientific articles in indexed academic journals, requested by some schools for subsequent certifications, are excluded.
The participation of a doctoral thesis in the arquia/thesis biennial contest is limited to a maximum of TWO calls, which may be consecutive or alternate. Therefore, theses that have already been used to apply in two or more previous editions will not be accepted. Likewise, doctoral theses that, when participating in previous arquia/thesis calls, have received a mention or have been selected, finalists or recommended for publication by the jury are not eligible to participate.
Doctoral theses that have urban planning, spatial planning, landscape, large-scale, etc. as the object of research, must be submitted to the 2023 Manuel de Solà-Morales European Prize, whose reward is also the publication of the winning thesis in our collection arquia/thesis. Therefore, theses in this field or architectural discipline will not be eligible to participate in this call.