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Inscripción Abierta 2021
Premio Peña Ganchegui

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The Peña Ganchegui Archive, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Architecture of the Basque Government, convenes the PEÑA GANCHEGUI PRIZE to the Young Basque Architecture, aimed at architects who, individually or collectively, carry out their professional work in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country or who have obtained in it the qualifying title for the exercise of their profession.

This biennial Prize receives its name after the architect Luis Peña Ganchegui (Oñati 1926 - San Sebastián 2009), the highest reference of Basque Architecture in the second half of the 20th century.

1. Aims

The award is granted with the intention of recognizing a young architectural trajectory and, at the same time, promoting a career with emerging projection, giving visibility to those contributions that, besides assuming an exemplary professional practice, contribute to promote, develop and consolidate the architectural culture.

Therefore, the prize is not awarded to a specific work or job, but a set of works of a diverse nature. The prize rewards the incipient emergent trajectory of an architect or of a team led by one or several architects within their first 10 years of exercise after qualifying.

2. Target persons

All architects or teams led by architects can enter for the competition, provided that in addition to fulfilling the geographical requirement (having their headquarters in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country or having trained as architects there) they have obtained their qualifying title after May 5, 2011. In the case of teams, the requirement must be met by all the architects who integrate it.

Architects who are family or work related with the members of the Jury, or those who have obtained it in an earlier edition, will not be eligible for the Peña Ganchegui Prize.

It will be the candidates themselves who will present their candidacy, contributing their merits that may include works, projects and research that contribute to the field of Architecture, covering all areas and scales, from the design of objects to interventions on the territory.

3. Selection criteria

The Jury is sovereign to establish the procedure that it considers appropriate to judge the works in order to assess the criteria of professional capacity, originality, innovation, consistency and those others that it decides to incorporate in its judgment.

4. Jury

The Jury will be composed of 5 members, including a representative of the Department of Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing of the Basque Government and a representative of the Archivo Peña Ganchegui, both of them with voice but without vote, to which three external members will be added with voice and vote, of which two, at least, must be architects. It will also count on a secretary, without voice or vote, appointed by the Archivo Peña Ganchegui.

The Jury of the Third Edition of the Peña Ganchegui Prize counts on the following external members:

Elías Torres (Eivissa, 1944). Architect since 1968 by the Architecture School of Barcelona, and PhD since 1993, he has shared his professional studio with José Antonio Martínez Lapeña since 1968. Professor of Architectural Design, Drawing and Landscape Architecture at the ETSAB from 1969 to 2014, he has occasionally taught at the University of California, Harvard University and the University of Virginia. National Architecture Prize 2016 and RIBA International Fellowship in the same year, he is the author of several books, and his work has been awarded and published on numerous occasions.

María González (Huelva, 1975). Architect since 2000 by the Architecture School of Sevilla, she has been teaching there since 2005. After collaborating with Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, she founded, with Juanjo López de la Cruz, the SOL89 studio, from which they try to combine research, teaching and profession. Their work, regularly published in specialised publications, has won numerous national and international awards, including the Enor Young Architecture Award and their inclusion in 40 under 40, the Chicago Athenaeum's selection of young European architects, both in 2014.

Isabel Concheiro (Santiago de Compostela, 1976). Architect since 2002 by the Architecture School of Barcelona, she collaborated between 2001 and 2008 in the studios of Josep Llinàs, Josep Llobet and Serra+Adroer. Between 2008 and 2014 she was assistant to Josep Lluís Mateo at ETH Zürich, and to Vylder+Taillieu and Jeannette Kuo at EPFL, Lausanne. She is currently editor-in-chief of TRANSFER Global Architecture Platform, and lecturer and coordinator of the master's degree at HEIA Freiburg. She shares her studio Concheiro de Montard with Raphaël de Montard.

5. Prize

The Jury will select a maximum of 10 finalists, one of which will be awarded a single prize of € 6,000. The selected candidates will receive an accreditation of their status as Finalists in the Peña Ganchegui Prize, which in the case of the winning architect or team will have an outstanding format.

6. Dissemination

The award has its own dissemination platforms, available through the url where any information related to the Peña Ganchegui Prize will be published, both during the convocation phase and after the decision, including the communication of the result and the dissemination of the awarded works that can be object of an exhibition and / or publication.

7. Entry

To be eligible for the Prize, candidates must register by 25 July 2021. To do this, they must pay € 20 in the account ES50 2100 5092 11 0200067386 of "La Caixa", indicating "Premio Peña Ganchegui Saria" and the name of the candidate or the team (as applicable) as well as filling out the online form available for that purpose on the website of the award ( The information required includes: Name and surname of the candidate or candidates; Date of qualification; Place of qualification; Workplace; Address, telephone and e-mail for contact. Candidates must submit in this phase, electronically, the proof of payment of the registration fee.

Candidacies, which must be submitted before 05/09/2021 through the online application available on the award website, will consist of one or more PDF files that will include:

– A submission report, in vertical DIN A4 format, of the trajectory that is submitted to evaluation of the Jury, with a maximum extension of 500 words.

– A maximum of 6 pages, in horizontal DIN A3 format, of free content and composition, including graphic and / or written material that illustrates the trajectory that opts for the Peña Ganchegui Prize.

– The documentation proving the fulfilment of the requirements needed to qualify for the Peña Ganchegui Prize.

8. Acceptance of the rules

Entering the Peña Ganchegui Prize competition implies the full acceptance of its rules by the candidates, who also agree to the use by the organizationof all the materials contained in the documentation presented in order to carry out the exhibitions and / orpublications deemed appropriate by the organization.

Any doubts in the interpretation of the present rules will be resolved by the Jury, whose decision will be final.

9. Schedule

05/05/2021: Convening the Peña Ganchegui Prize 2021.

25/07/2021: Deadline for registration.

05/09/2021: Deadline for submission of candidacies.

07/10/2021: Jury decision and presentation of the Prize.

10. Inquiries

Inquiries regarding the award convening can be addressed to this email address: