International Competition: EU Commission Joint Research Centre

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20 MAY 2021

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced an international multidisciplinary project competition with prequalification for the design of the new JRC Site Headquarters in Seville, Spain. It is endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) as being in accordance with the UNESCO-UIA Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning.  

The competition seeks a forward-looking, innovative and cost-efficient construction, aiming at integrating multiple disciplines to achieve the highest sustainability targets for a new construction project. Participants are also requested to integrate in their proposal a reflection on the future of office workspaces in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
Bernard Magenhann, Deputy Director General of JRC, European Commission, Jury Chair, Belgium
Mikel Landabaso, JRC Seville site Director, European Commission, Spain
Lone Wiggers, Architect, Denmark
Silvia Benedito, UIA representative, Architect, Portugal
Patrick Bouchardon, Landscape Architect, France/Britain
Christiane Gerlach, Chief architect of European Commission, OIB (Brussels Infrastructure Office), Architect, German
Felipe Castro Bermúdez-Coronel, Architect, representing the Seville City Council, Architect Spain
Alternate jurors
Asunción Fernández Carretero, Deputy Director of Directorate JRC.R, European Commission, Spain
Vincenzo Cardarelli, Adviser, Seville Site Development, Directorate JRC.B, European Commission, Italy
Anne Holtrop, Architect, Netherlands
Laurent Gravier, UIA representative, Architect, French

1st prize: EUR 30,000
2nd prize: EUR 25,000
3rd prize: EUR 15,000

The jury may also decide to allocate 2-3 honourable mentions to projects that have a particular merit.

Launch: 18 May 2021
Deadline for application: 1 July 2021
Selection of participations and invitation to participate: Application deadline + 6 weeks
Deadline for Q&A: 1 month after invitationDeadline for submission of design concepts: 3 months after invitation
Jury evaluation: 3 weeks after deadline for submission
Announcement of results: 1 week after evaluation

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