On February 5th, the Asia Edition of Young Talent Architecture Award is launched as an inherent part of the EU Mies Award (EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award).
YTAA is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in collaboration with the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and World Architects as founding partners, and the European Cultural Centre as the partner in Venice.
YTAA was launched for the first time in 2016 open to all European architecture schools. In 2018, schools from China and South Korea, as guest countries, were invited to participate. In 2020, for the first time, an independent edition is organised with the four Strategic Partners of the European Union in Asia: China, India, Japan and South Korea aiming to promote exchange and cooperation with their YTAA counterparts in Europe and in the 2020 guest countries: Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
By identifying and supporting the best young talents from Europe and Asia and bringing them together in a joint exhibition and awards ceremony in Venice, YTAA facilitates intercultural dialogue and offers cooperation opportunities among professionals, universities, institutions and other relevant partners in the architecture sector.
YTAA recognises the talent of recently graduated architects, urbanists and landscape architects, and facilitates their interaction with the sector’s main stakeholders in Europe, providing the opportunity to develop synergies and complementarities with the architecture offices and institutions of their choice.
Asia Edition of YTAA 2020 is open for graduation projects presented between January 1st, 2018 and December 31st, 2019 by students from a group of selected schools in China, India, Japan and South Korea. This selection has been made possible following a mapping carried out with the support of the EU Cultural Diplomacy Platform.
YTAA also encourages exchange between schools and seeks to improve the skills of architects from the beginning of their professional careers, while also learning about the differences and similarities in the teaching of architecture worldwide. To analyse and discuss the projects designed by these recently graduated architects, the following jury has been invited:
Chairwoman: Momoyo Kaijima → Principal of Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo, Japan
Minsuk Cho → Architect founder of Mass Studies, Seoul, South Korea / Chitra Vishwanath → Principal Architect and Managing Director of BIOME, Bengaluru, India / Li Xiangning → Deputy Dean, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China / Eduard Kögel → Berlin based architect member of the Scientific Committee of ABE Journal and member of Advisory Board of the Journal of Chinese Architectural History at Qinghua University in Beijing
The jury will shortlist a group of works in order to illustrate different ways of working, designing and communicating. It will also select nine finalist projects among which it will choose the three winners.
All nominated designs will be published online; they will also become part of the EU Mies Award Archive as a recognition to their authors and the Schools. The three 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 Award; they will also receive 5.000€ each and a profile in World Architects.
The YTAA results will be presented in a traveling exhibition that will start its journey in Venice during the Biennale Architettura 2020.
Asia Edition of YTAA 2020 Calendar
February 5 → Launch YTAA Asia Edition 2020
March 2 → Deadline for schools’ submissions
March 30 → Deadline for students’ submissions April → Shortlist and Finalists announcement
May 23 → Exhibition Opening in the context of La Biennale di Venezia
June 23 → Announcement of the Winners
September → Awards ceremony in the context of La Biennale di Venezia
More information → http://www.ytaaward.com