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 promotes the study, dissemination and visibilisation 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.

2018- First edition of the Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture

On May 12, during the Architecture week 2018, Fundació Mies van der Rohe presented the first edition of the Grant opening the call for presentation of candidate projects. As an exception, in its first edition, the grant was 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. Consult the rules 2018.

On July 20, the period of admission of proposals closed, through all of it, several projects from Germany, Italy, Uruguay and Spain were received. During the following weeks, the jury analysed the proposals presented.

The Jury gathered on 1st October for the Grant resolution. On October 9, Fundació Mies van der Rohe and 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 was 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 explained her research proposal.

The intervention resulting from the research opened on March 6 2020 with an event in the Pavilion that included a presentation by Laura Martínez de Guereñu followed by a round table discussion with Wolf Tegethoff and Christiane Lange, renowned experts in the work of Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and members of the Grant jury.

2020- Second Edition of the Lilly Reich Grant for equality in architecture:

Marking the 135 anniversary of Lilly Reich’s birth, Fundació Mies van der Rohe presents the second edition of the Grant named after her in recognition of her legacy on June 16. Due to the situation caused by COVID-19 regarding events with an attending audience, the presentation event could not be made in a format open to the public and so was replaced by a danced visit by performer Toni Mira to the intervention Re-enactment: Lilly Reich’s work occupies the Barcelona Pavilion.

The novelty of this second edition is that we expand the scope of the grant by incorporating a specific call for senior high school students that aims to encourage them to carry out curricular research projects focused on reverting the invisibilizations in architecture, both from a historical and a contemporary point of view. The proposals granted will be co-tutored by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and will be able to access to the Archive of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award  and the Historic Archive and Collection of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

The application periods for both modalities are:

16.06.2020 to 16.07.2020 Applications for high school students who plan to submit their curricular research project during the 2020-2021 academic year

04.09.2020 Closing of the period for the presentation of projects for the Lilly Reich Scholarship for academic research

08.03.2021 to 08.04.2021 Submission of applications for high school students who plan to submit their curriculum research project during the 2021-2022 academic year

 

 

 

16.06.2020 Call for proposals – 2nd edition.

16.06.2020 to 16.07.2020 Applications for high school students who plan to submit their curricular research project during the 2020-2021 academic year

04.09.2020 Closing of the period for the presentation of projects for the Lilly Reich Scholarship for academic research

08.03.2021 to 08.04.2021 Submission of applications for high school students who plan to submit their curriculum research project during the 2021-2022 academic year

Consult the rules here