Announcing Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s Inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award

Posted by Hannah Force on 4/19/16 9:14 AM

We’ve recognized over 30 of the world’s most outstanding design students over the past two years with Vectorworks Design Scholarships. So to supplement this ongoing program and further our commitment to tomorrow’s visionaries, we’re sponsoring the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA). This inaugural prize supports graduating architects, urban planners, and landscape architects in Europe, helping them to transform the world and create remarkable experiences with their designs.

Open to only European higher education institutions, schools must register and nominate their students’ best capstone projects from the 2015-2016 academic year by July 29, 2016. (Interested students should forward this article to their professors to ensure that their university participates!)

In October 2016, an esteemed panel of international judges will select nine finalists, each of whom be profiled in world-architects and receive a free license of Vectorworks Designer with Renderworks software. From there, the judges will determine the final three winners and award each of them €5,000 and a brand new laptop, as well as the opportunity to have their design highlighted at the EUMiesAward exhibition. As if that wasn’t enough, winners will also tour leading architecture firms across Europe to network with designers and maybe even meet their potential future employer.

The YTAA will be awarded every two years based on the decisions of a jury of specialists representing diverse schools and trends in the fields of architecture and architectural criticism. Visit YTAA’s website to learn more about the award or to register your institution for consideration.

The Story Behind YTAA

Organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the YTAA is also backed by Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award.

The Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the inspiration behind YTAA. The Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the inspiration behind YTAA.

“A pioneer of modern architecture and an avid supporter of design education, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe inspired the Young Talent Architecture Award, which honors the professional and academic drive he tirelessly exhibited throughout his life,” said Stewart Rom, chief marketing officer at Vectorworks. “We are therefore proud to support and honor Mies’ commitment by helping students in their journey to envisioning impactful, transformative designs that future generations will experience, enjoy, and admire.”

Traces of Mies’ legacy are visible all over the world, but he also left his mark on the iconic city of Chicago, Illinois. After leaving his native Germany in 1938, Mies headed the architecture school at the Armour Institute of Technology, which is known today as the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). In this position, he was commissioned to master plan the campus and design new buildings. All of his buildings still stand on campus, including his renowned masterpiece, the S.R. Crown Hall.

Mies’ S.R Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Photo courtesty of Naotake Murayama. Mies’ S.R Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Photo courtesty of Naotake Murayama.

P.S. If you're joining us for the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit next week, we hope you can find some time while in the Windy City to explore IIT’s campus and discover some of Mies’ inspiring projects!

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