Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture

In the conception and development of its activities, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe aims to generate research and debate about modern and contemporary architecture in a manner that is open to paradigm changes, and particularly in relation to concepts which are fundamental today such as identity, social inclusion and all elements of sustainability.

In recognition of the architectural legacy of Lilly Reich, the artistic partner of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the conception and execution of the German Pavilion of Barcelona in 1929, relegated to a second place, if not non-existent, in the story and memory of this masterpiece in the history of architecture, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has established the Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture.

The grant shall cover the study, dissemination and increasing the visibility of the contributions in architecture which have been unduly relegated or forgotten, made by professionals who have suffered discrimination due to their personal conditions. The grant also seeks to promote access in the equality of opportunities in architectural practice.

As an exception, in its first edition, the grant shall be specifically addressed to the study of the work by Lilly Reich herself, and to delving into the knowledge and dissemination of an essential figure in the history of modern architecture.

On July 20 closes the period of admission of proposals, during which several projects have been received from Germany, Italy, Uruguay and Spain. In the upcoming weeks the jury will analyze the proposals presented.

On September 9, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and the Ajuntament de Barcelona announced, at a press conference held in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, the resolution of the 1st Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture that has been granted to the proposal RE-ENACTMENT: LILLY REICH’S WORK OCCUPIES THE BARCELONA PAVILION by Laura Martínez de Guereñu.

The event was presented by Janet Sanz (president of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe), Anna Ramos (director) and Laura Martínez de Guereñu, who presented her research proposal.