The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.
In this way, the Award draws attention to the major contribution by European professionals to the development of new ideas and technologies. At the same time, it offers both individuals and public institutions an opportunity to reach a clearer understanding of the cultural role of architecture in the construction of our cities. Furthermore, the Award sets out to foster architecture in two significant ways: by stimulating greater circulation of professional architects throughout the entire European Union in response to transnational commissions and by supporting young architects as they set off on their careers.
Candidates for the Award are put forward by a broad group of independent experts from all over Europe, as well as from the architects’ associations that form part of the European Council of Architects and other European national architects’ associations.
At each two-yearly edition, the jury selects two winners: one that receives the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in recognition of its conceptual, technical and constructional qualities, and the other that receives the Emerging Architect prize. All the nominated works are included in both the Award catalogue and exhibition.
The Winners of the Prize and the Emerging Architect also receive a sculpture evoking Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion. The Pavilion is the genuine symbol of the Award. Regarded as one of the best architectural works of the twentieth century, the Pavilion embodies the main objectives that led to the institution of the Award: excellence and innovation in conceptual and constructional terms.
The Fundació publishes a catalogue, which features all the nominated works for each edition of the Award.
The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is a biannual and has the main purpose of recognizing and rewarding the quality of the final career projects throughout the European Union.
The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is organized by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union’s Contemporary Architecture Prize – Mies van der Rohe Prize. It is organized in collaboration with the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Council of Architects of Europe (ACE-CAE); and World Architects as a founding partner; the European Cultural Center as a partner in Venice; sponsored by Jung and Jansen; and with the support of USM.
By bringing together the most talented graduate architects and the best companies and architectural institutions, the YTAA winners will have the opportunity to find comprehensive strategies that enhance synergies and complementarities with companies and institutions of their interest.