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Young Architect of the Year Award

Now in its 16th year, YAYA recognises the most promising new architectural practice in the European Union. This category is open to fully qualified architects who have been practising for 12 years or less.

Organised by BD, the unique judging process involves internationally renowned architects and critics and results in one of the most rigorous and stimulating competitions around. The winner of the Young Architect of the Year Award will be announced at the Architect of the Year Awards gala dinner on the 2nd December at The Brewery, London.

Entry Deadline: 17th September
Entry Cost: Free (for YAYA only)

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Entry Criteria:

This award is open to fully qualified architects who have been practising for 12 years or less at the point of the deadline for entries. Entries will also be accepted from practices where the majority of principals have been practicing for 12 years or under.

  • If there are only two principals, both need to have been practicing for 12 years or less on the deadline.
  • Entries from architects with a strong philosophy but without the back-up of much built work are encouraged, as are entries from previous YAYA entrants
  • The award is open to UK and European architects
  • Architects should be registered with ARB or the relevant architectural body in their country
  • Entries can be submitted through nomination or by the individual

How to enter:

  • Register with your email address and enter the details for your practice
  • Select Young Architect of the Year as your category
  • Complete the summary of your projects and why you or your nominated candidate should win
  • Upload your electronic presentation (please see below for more information about the format of the presentation)
  • Submit your entry
  • Once you have completed the online entry system, please send us a memory stick that includes your electronic presentation and high resolution jpeg images of all the individual images used in the presentation.

Your entry presentation:
Please prepare your entry as electronic A1 scale landscape presentation panels in pdf format.

  • A maximum of TWO panels showing a minimum of TWO and a maximum of FOUR projects should be submitted
  • Please include the name of the practice and YAYA on each panel
  • Please make a clear distinction between completed projects and uncompleted or unbuilt work including the completion dates. You may choose to use separate panels to display the two types

Your entry should include: 

  • Name of practice
  • Location
  • Names of principals
  • Set up date
  • Practice size
  • Website address
  • Picture of the practice/principals
  • As many photographs, sketches and/or visualisations as you feel appropriate
  • At least one plan and one section drawing
  • Details of up to four projects: the project’s name, location, client, dates for the commencement and completion of construction and contract value
  • A concise 100-250 word description of the projects, conveying the challenge of the brief, the design intent, and key facts
  • Please write a short statement (up to 200 words) setting out why you deserve to win. Detail the range of work you are involved in and as far as possible illustrate a breadth of built work
  • Also then please provide a short 3 minute filmed presentation setting out why you deserve to win. Outline the range of work you are involved in and as far as possible illustrate a breadth of built work. This video will be used during the judging process to help select our winning candidate.

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Young Architect of the Year 2013 Winner:

Josep Camps and Olga Felip Aquitecturia

Museum Energy_3

ARQUITECTURIA are a young practice based in Girona (Barcelona). The practice has worked at very different scales, from an ephemeral installation to the future Master Plan Studies to recover the relationship between Girona and its rivers. Read More on the YAYA 2013 Online Exhibition

Finalists

  • ONO Architectuur
  • RCKa
  • Studio Weave
  • HAT Projects