2018 YTAA Winners Announced

John Hill
28. June 2018
Image: World-Architects

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

As we pointed out when announcing the 12 finalists and 40 shortlisted projects last month, YTAA aims 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 came from registered schools in Europe and, for the first time this year, from China and South Korea: 334 nominated diploma projects from schools in 34 countries.

The four winners of the YTAA 2018:

  • Hendrik Brinkmann, College of Architecture, Media and Design Berlin University of the Arts
  • Matthew Gregorowski, The Cass Faculty of Art Architecture & Design London Metropolitan University
  • Loed Stolte, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment Delft University of Technology
  • Julio Gotor Valcárcel, Madrid School of Architecture Polytechnic University of Madrid

​An awards ceremony will take place at Palazzo Mora in Venice on September 20th in the framework of the YTAA 2018 Exhibition, a Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia that will remain open to the public until November 25th.

Sadly, one winner will not be in attendance on September 20th. According to a press release from YTAA: "Loed Stolte passed away on December 24, 2017. His family wished to keep his memory alive by participating in the award and disseminating his work. YTAA 2018 is dedicated to his memory."

The YTAA is organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the European Union program Creative Europe. World-Architects is founding partner for the award. Sponsors are Jung and Jansen with support by USM.

Hendrik Brinkmann

Hendrik Brinkmann: NEUE BAU|AKADEMIE BERLIN - a club for the former & future architecture

NEUE BAU|AKADEMIE BERLIN - a club for the former & future architecture

Hendrik Brinkmann, from Berlin University of the Arts, focused on a contested Berlin site that was home to Karl Friedrich Schinkel's 1832 Bauakademie. Damaged in WWII, the brick building was demolished in the early 1960s to make way for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of East Germany, which was torn down three decades later following reunification. With calls to rebuild Schinkel's Bauakademie, Brinkmann goes a different route and "studies Schinkel’s ideas and visions and reinvents them in a playful way."

​The Jury considered that the author sets a rhetorical project with questions to be asked with engagement, implicitly having a social and cultural relevance.

Hendrik Brinkmann: NEUE BAU|AKADEMIE BERLIN - a club for the former & future architecture

Matthew Gregorowski

Matthew Gregorowski: Deplorable Framework

Deplorable Framework

Matthew Gregorowski, from London Metropolitan University, ambitiously proposed a "holistic reinvention of the British countryside." Responding to "a series of housing, elderly care, and landscape management crises," Gregorowski's project imagines new estates in underused portions of the UK's national parks, documenting the changes with beautiful drawings.

The Jury was attracted by the complexity of the post Brexit situation and how the author deals with a strong concept to reimagine this new situation.

Matthew Gregorowski: Deplorable Framework

Loed Stolte

Loed Stolte: The Bank of England: a dialectical project

The Bank of England: a dialectical project

​Loed Stolte, from Delft University of Technology, designed an impressive building over a building: a contemporary addition to John Soane's "ruin-esque" Bank of England. Mixing historical images with amazing design drawings, Stolte's project confronts history in a manner that is refreshing yet respectful.

The Jury was startled by the originality of this project, an intellectual piece of work which is extremely solid: the ruin, the money, the bank. The drawings are amazing and they are complemented by an incredible piece of writing.

Loed Stolte: The Bank of England: a dialectical project

Julio Gotor Valcárcel

Julio Gotor Valcárcel: Perdido (Lost) -P.R.U.S. of Madrid

Perdido (Lost) -P.R.U.S. of Madrid

​Julio Gotor Valcárcel, from Polytechnic University of Madrid, looked to the history of Madrid, specifically the medieval unerground Mayras built with Roman vault construction. Those forgotten spaces would be recovered and made accessible. Based on extensive research done via 3D software, the new public spaces would poetically link our contemporary age to antiquity.

The Jury highlighted that the project works with different scales at the same time: urban, infrastructure and the tectonics, through experimentation with the architectural system.

Julio Gotor Valcárcel: Perdido (Lost) -P.R.U.S. of Madrid

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