YTAA 2020 Winners Announced

John Hill
5. October 2020
All images courtesy of YTAA

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe have announced the four winners of the third biennial Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA).

As we pointed out when announcing the 12 finalists and 43 shortlisted projects last month,  YTAA's goal is to "support the talent of recent graduates – the architects, urban planners and landscape architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future – as they enter the professional world." 

Submissions for the 2020 edition came from registered schools in Europe plus three guest countries: Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In total, 382 nominated diploma projects were submitted from schools in 36 countries.

The four winners of the YTAA 2020 (alphabetical by country):

The winners were announced today during the first YTAA Day. Due to the postponement of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the YTAA 2020 exhibition will open on May 22, 2021 at the European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Mora in Venice as a collateral event of the Biennale. Before that, the exhibition will start in November 2020, traveling to universities in addition to Venice.

In addition to visibility through the exhibition, the winners receive:

  • a diploma
  • 5,000€ each
  • a profile on World-Architects.com
  • participation in events such as the awards ceremony and the Future Architecture Platform
  • USM furniture to design their work space

Off the Grid. by Willem Hubrechts

Off the Grid. by Willem Hubrechts (BE/University of Leuven)

Off the Grid. by Willem Hubrechts (BE/University of Leuven)

The project rethinks the relation between water management, urbanization and the role of self-steering local communities in times of climate change compromising the water supply for the city of Ayacucho, Peru. It detects leftover spaces in the urban fabric and activates them as water recycling infrastructures generating generous public space.

Off the Grid. by Willem Hubrechts (BE/University of Leuven)

Three places to inhabit the mountain range in the Maule region. by Pía Montero, Maria Jesús Molina & Antonia Ossa

Three places to inhabit the mountain range in the Maule region. by Pía Montero, Maria Jesús Molina & Antonia Ossa (CL/University of Talca)

Three places to inhabit the mountain range in the Maule region. by Pía Montero, Maria Jesús Molina & Antonia Ossa (CL/University of Talca)

Three works to obtain the degree of architect at the School of architecture of the University of Talca. The three architectural objects have been designed, managed and built by students of the School of architecture of the University of Talca (Chile) as part of the titling work, a titling format that involves facing real architectural problems.

Three places to inhabit the mountain range in the Maule region. by Pía Montero, Maria Jesús Molina & Antonia Ossa (CL/University of Talca)

OASI by Álvaro Alcázar Del Águila, Eduard Llargués, Roser Garcia & Sergio Sangalli

OASI by Álvaro Alcázar Del Águila, Eduard Llargués, Roser Garcia & Sergio Sangalli (ES/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech)

OASI by Álvaro Alcázar Del Águila, Eduard Llargués, Roser Garcia & Sergio Sangalli (ES/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech)

Oasi is the renaturalization of a strongly transformed area caused by the patrimonial past, which allows us to approach the river through the strategy of topographic forms that concern floods and the plantation of autochthonous species. A real landscape transformation with natural logics that enables fluvial resilience of the territory along time.

OASI by Álvaro Alcázar Del Águila, Eduard Llargués, Roser Garcia & Sergio Sangalli (ES/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech)

Stage for the City by Monika Marinova

Stage for the City by Monika Marinova (UK/London Metropolitan University)

Stage for the City by Monika Marinova (UK/London Metropolitan University)

The project is an approach for the regeneration of Stoke, an epitome of Britain’s post-industrial towns. Challenging its architectural language of monumentality and democratizing the image of public institutions, a venue for celebration and protest is proposed, allowing integration and acceptance between institutions and society.

Stage for the City by Monika Marinova (UK/London Metropolitan University)
The YTAA 2020 Jury:

  • Martine De Maeseneer (Chair), Vice dean for International Affairs at KU Leuven
  • Oleg Drozdov, drozdov&partners and co-founder of the Kharkiv School of Architecture, Kharkiv
  • Juliet Leach, Head of Marketing, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
  • Rosario Talevi, Curator Making Futures Bauhaus+ and Associate Researcher Universität der Künste, Berlin
  • Bet Capdeferro, bosch.capdeferro architecture, Girona


YTAA is organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe program of the European Union, in collaboration with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); World-Architects as founding partner; the European Cultural Centre as a partner in Venice; the sponsorship of Jung, Jansen and Regent; and the support of USM.

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