Venice, 29 June 2023
Creative Europe and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are proud to announce the Winners of the 2023 edition of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Awards in the Young Talent category. The projects have been revealed today during the EUmies Awards Day 2023, which has included the Granting Ceremony and Debates, that has taken place in Palazzo Michiel in Venice, as part of the Collateral Events of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
THE WINNERS OF YOUNG TALENT 2023 ARE:
→ Laura Hurley from the School of Engineering and Architecture, SEFS of the University College Cork & Munster Technological University with the Project “Peripheral Cartographies”: ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/1436
→ Dinko Jelecevic from the Faculty of Architecture of the Graz University of Technology with the project “Valter”: ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/1488
→ María de la O Molina Pérez-Tomé from the Madrid School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid with the project “Eden Archipelago”: ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/1574
The Winners have been announced by Mr. Georg Häusler, Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport in the European Commission (DG EAC); Mrs. Oya Atalay, President of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE); and Mrs. Jutta Kastner, Policy officer at the European Commission (DG EAC).
Mr. Georg Häusler pointed out that “the results of the EUmies Awards Young Talent 2023 show the competitiveness achieved by these young professionals through the amazing transfer of skills from their professors. Young Talent is a key example of the aims of the European Year of Skills, in which these skillful architects and those that will have the opportunity to work with them will be empowered to successfully handle professional challenges and to fully engage in society”.
The jury members highlighted:
"An award is a platform from which to send a message through the selection of a group of projects. For us it was important to embrace diversity, to create a group that integrates diversity of ways of thinking, ways of projecting, ways of analysing reality, ways of transforming reality, ways of learning architecture, ways of understanding architecture". N’Goné Fall.
"As a jury member I wanted to emphasize the importance of preserving the connection with reality in the submission by addressing the most urgent or most relevant issues today". Snežana Vesnić.
The EUmies Awards Young Talent 2023 is enriched with a parallel award, the Young Talent Open, an initiative of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe not funded by the European Union, for schools from the African continent and members of the Council of Europe which are not part of Creative Europe. Mr. Dubravko Bacic, member of the Executive Board of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE) announced the winner:
THE WINNER OF YOUNG TALENT OPEN 2023 IS:
→ Shaha Raphael from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London for the project “Earth Bound”: http://ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/1612
Following the announcements, each winner has engaged in a set of conversations with the representatives from the European Union, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, ACE-CAE, EAAE, LINA architecture platform, and the jury members N’Goné Fall, Manuel Henriques, Jennifer Mack, Simone Sfriso and Snežana Vesnić. The conversations have tackled the topics of
‘Cultural Heritage and memory’, ‘Cartographies and identity’, ‘New Ecologies within the City’ and ‘Exchange and roots’.
The trophies have been produced by the Architecture School of Kharkiv, Ukraine, which had to move to Lviv National Academy of Arts due to the war. They have been made from reused Ukrainian oak wood. The school’s director, Oleg Drozdov, jury member of the EUmies Awards Young Talent 2020, expressed the school’s happiness to be present in the awards ceremony through the video showing how the trophies were produced and through having these delivered to each winner so that they would take a small part of Ukraine with them.
The event ended with a visit to the exhibition in Palazzo Mora and a celebration that brought together the winners and many of the finalists and shortlisted authors who received their diplomas.
The EUmies Awards Young Talent Winners will be supported in the creation of a network with the architects and critics involved in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards. To support their professional development the Winners will receive:
→ a trophy, a diploma, and the catalogue
→ 5.000 € each project
→ a profile in World-Architects.com
→ visibility through the EUmies Awards Young Talent 2023 exhibition in Venice and universities worldwide
→ participation in events such as the LINA architecture platform
→ USM furniture to design their workspace
Exhibitions and publication
The exhibition “EUmies Awards. Young Talent 2023. The Laboratory of Education”, inaugurated last May at Palazzo Mora, will remain open to the public until November 26 as a Collateral Event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
As in the previous editions, the travelling print-it-yourself exhibition can be hosted by universities, institutions, and other relevant partners in the architecture sector.
To download the exhibition material, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publication will be presented in Fall 2023.
The EUmies Awards are organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. They are organised in partnership with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); World Architects as a founding partner; the European Cultural Centre as the venue partner in Venice; sponsored by Jung, Jansen, and Regent Lighting; and with the support of Alma and USM.
Young Talent Open is an initiative of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of ACE-CAE, EAAE, WA, Jung, Jansen, Regent Lighting, Alma, USM and ECC and not funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture. Neither the European Union nor the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture can be held responsible for them.
THE WINNING PROJECTS
University College Cork & Munster Technological University (School of Engineeringand Architecture, SEFS). Cork (IE)
This is a project that talks about the exploration inarchitectural processes that open up and unfold thepotentials of what architecture can be. Throughcartographic generation, as a method of recognitionand identity of a specific place, an architecturalsystem of unfinished artefacts emerges on thelandscape that reclaim with their presence the lost memory of the original place. The project ispositioned as a political statement and a tool for thedecolonisation of the territory. The jury highlights theexcellence of this project as an example thatillustrates the importance of unrestricted freedom in the explorative and speculative approachto the architectural project in the academic field.
Graz University of Technology (Faculty of Architecture). Graz (AT)
This project deals with the heritage and memory of the place through the insertion of an architectural proposal as an activating layer over its pre- existences. As opposed to forgetfulness and contemplation, it proposes civic use; cultural, artistic and educational activity, a new activating and representative narrative layer for all the citizens of Sarajevo.
The project stems from a precise understanding of the pre-existence and proposes a delicate and sophisticated intervention that operates through the poetics of light and tectonics, dignifying and bringing life to the place. This project is an excellent example of an architectural intervention on an existing building, on how to treat heritage with respect and delicacy, but being proactive and active. The jury wants to emphasize how this project represents in an excellent way the potential of architecture as a conciliatory tool between the past and the present, illustrating how to move forward.
María de la O Molina Pérez-Tomé
Polytechnic University of Madrid (Madrid School of Architecture). Madrid (ES)
This is a brilliant proposal that deals with a very pertinent and contemporary issue of our time: providing the city with a place for the preservation and growth of plant species that nourishes all its green spaces from its heart, without depending on external imports. Eden Archipelago endows the city with self-sufficiency in its regeneration and care of the flora. The jury wishes to emphasize the in-depth research and documentation work on which this project is based and the excellent technical development that has been carried out. The project proposes an open system that revives Buckminster Fuller's architectures, updating them and adapting them to our contemporary times. The jury highlights the optimism and freshness that this proposal brings to our current climate emergency context.
YOUNG TALENT OPEN:
Architectural Association School of Architecture. London (UK)
The jury wishes to emphasise the high degree of brilliance and maturity that this project exudes in its way of interpreting the territory in which it intervenes, starting out from a profound understanding of the geological landscape and the vernacular construction techniques that define it to create a contemporary and hyper-contextualised proposal at the same time. This project proposes a constructive process and an architecture as a
meeting point between the territory and the community of people who inhabit it. It proposes a contemporary way of living outside the urban in harmony with the landscape and in community, and an intelligent application of new technologies at the service of the essence of the place and on a human scale.
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