YTAA Presentation

YTAA – EU Mies Award


The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.


By bringing together the most talented graduated architects and the best architecture firms, the Winners of the YTAA will have the chance to find comprehensive strategies enhancing synergies and complementarities with the firms and work with the studio of their choice.

YTAA Concept

What is it about?


The YTAA aims to support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future. YTAA has emerged from curiosity about and interest in the initial stages in these students’ development and a desire to support their talent as they enter into the professional world.

YTAA Process

Who & How?


In this first edition (YTAA 2016) the nominated Graduation Projects must be from the 2015-2016 academic year (presented between August 2015 and July 2016) and the Schools (architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture) must be from Europe. In later editions the territorial span may grow and the participation of other institutions will be encouraged.


Schools will nominate Graduation Projects that will participate in each edition of the YTAA through an internal selection process.


Three Winners will be chosen by an international Jury from among nine Finalists, and a group of Shortlisted Works will also be selected in order to illustrate different ways of working, designing and communicating.


YTAA Award

Why participate?


All nominated designs will be published online and will become part of the Archive of the YTAA as recognition of their authors and the Schools.


The three Winners will be supported in the creation of a network with the architects and critics involved in the EU Mies Award. They will also receive 5.000€ each; a profile in World Architects; a Vectorworks license; their designs will be exhibited at the EU Mies Award and they will receive a diploma.


Finalists and Shortlisted participants will also be awarded and acknowledged and the Schools will receive special recognition.



YTAA is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the European Union programme Creative Europe and the sponsorship of World Architects, Vectorworks, USM and Jung.


Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Organiser

“A platform to inspire the world through good architecture.” In 1983 the Mies van der Rohe Foundation was created with the aim of reconstructing the Germany Pavilion that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created for the 1929 International Exhibition. The building that can be seen now was inaugurated in 1986, coinciding with the Centenary of the birth of the architect, and it is a true reproduction that was erected in the same location as the original. The works were commissioned to architects Cristian Cirici, Fernando Ramos and Ignasi de Solà-Morales.

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The reconstruction of the Pavilion was a starting point for a larger project. On the one hand the aim was to share and preserve the material heritage of Mies van der Rohe and, on the other, the Foundation was also commissioned to ensure the immaterial legacy of the architect, promoting his innovative spirit in constant dialogue with the present. It therefore fostered, through its schedule of activities, debate and research in the field of architecture and modern urban development.

From its beginning, the Foundation has continued to evolve to respond to this double mandate that combines the best architectural heritage of the 20th century with modern urban and constructive development of the Europe of the future.

Since 1988 the Foundation has organised, with the support of the European Union, the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award” (, which over the last quarter of a century years has become the leading reference for architecture.


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Creative Europe – Organiser

The cultural and creative sectors embody Europe’s immensely rich and diverse cultural heritage, and contribute to the development of our societies. These sectors play a big role in the European economy and help generate growth and jobs. Creative Europe provides €1.46 billion over seven years to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.

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The programme:

– Safeguards and promotes European cultural and linguistic diversity, and fosters Europe’s cultural richness.


– Contributes to Europe’s goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

– Helps the cultural and creative sectors to adapt to the digital age and globalisation.

– Opens up new international opportunities, markets and audiences.

– Builds on the success of the MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes.


Through Creative Europe…

– Up to 250,000 artists and cultural professionals will be supported to share their work across borders.

– Thousands of creative organisations and audiovisual professionals will acquire new skills and strengthen their capacity to operate internationally.

– Publishers will benefit from funding to translate more than 4,500 literary works.

– Book lovers will be able to enjoy their favorite foreign authors in their own language.

– Filmmakers, distributors, sales agents and other audiovisual professionals will benefit from funding for the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of European films.

– Cinema lovers will be able to see films from all over Europe in hundreds of cinemas and festivals around Europe.

– Millions of people will be reached through the projects financed by the programme.


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World-Architects – Founding Partner brings designers, clients, and consultants together in the goal of advancing quality in architecture. Membership at is curated by a highly selective group of architects and critics from around the world. is an important communication tool for building professionals and the leading medium for those who want to create and contribute to good architecture.

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PSA Publishers Ltd. was founded in 1994 in Zurich, Switzerland as a book publishing company. 1997 it launched it’s first architectural online platform, becoming a pioneer in the online publishing of architecture.

Today, PSA publishes Office Profiles of selected architects from more than 50 countries and other professionals, like landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting designers, architectural photographers, and manufacturers.


Through the networking of the different disciplines and countries to one another, a reference work has been produced in which thousands of buildings by established and emerging offices can be searched according to typologies or geographical regions. is the umbrella that brings them all together, offering effective new channels for building professional networks around the world. Additional features include Daily News, weekly building reviews, an international job board, events calendar and weekly eMagazine Newsletters from, and in German, English and Spanish.


The website is strategically marketed to appeal to architects and professionals, including real estate developers/owners, investors, business managers, institutions and government agencies. We also attract the interest of both national and international media.


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Vectorworks – Sponsor

Vectorworks cares about design. Since 1985, it has served the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, drawing inspiration from the world around us and encouraging the more than half a million designers who use Vectorworks software to create experiences that transform the world.

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Vectorworks’ commitment to develop the world’s best cross-platform CAD and BIM software has revealed a simple truth: great design begins with the inspiration of the designer. Vectorworks supports that inspiration by guiding the exploration of discovery and finding creative solutions by providing powerful tools to help designers capture ideas, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and realize their vision.


Vectorworks serves those who desire to create experiences that are memorable and build things that truly matter.


Vectorworks recognizes that great design is about revealing opportunities that explore the unexpected while fully satisfying the demands of an increasingly complex world. By acknowledging the value of a designer’s dream and striving to facilitate the creation of something that’s truly appreciated, Vectorworks uniquely positions users to express the best in the built environment.


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JUNG – Sponsor

In 1912, Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co. KG was founded in Schalksmühle located in the Sauerland region of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Within over 100 years of its successful history, the company has established as a specialist for electrical switches and systems under the motto “Progress as a Tradition”.

Having its own subsidiaries and represented by a number of agencies all over the world, JUNG has firmly established in the industry, also on an international scale. Our success is based on teamwork and innovative strength.


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JUNG provides equipment and systems that win over by advanced technology, sophisticated design, and a large variety of features. On the one hand, our portfolio includes switches, socket outlets, dimmer, and observers.

On the other, it includes innovative systems for controlling features in your home. From lighting, blind, or temperature control to wireless and KNX technologies, door communication, and multimedia control, a large range of applications is covered.

In addition to comfort and security, also the requirements regarding costeffectiveness and energy efficiency are met. JUNG manufactures its products in Germany.

At our sites in Schalksmühle and Lünen , we continuously manufacture high-quality products on which our worldwide customers rely. For this reason, JUNG was awarded a certificate in 2011: As the first manufacturer in North-Rhine Westphalia, the company was awarded the “Made in Germany” certificate by TÜV NORD.


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JANSEN – Sponsor

Jansen AG, founded in 1923 and based in Oberriet, Switzerland, develops, manufactures and markets welded and drawn precision steel tubing, steel profile systems and plastic products for the construction industry and wider industrial use. Within the division Steel System, Jansen develops and produce multifunctional profile systems for windows, doors and facades in in steel and stainless steel.


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Even today, the Jansen Group is entirely familyowned and has a global workforce of around 1000. Jansen has offices and distributors worldwide. In addition to Jansen AG Oberriet (CH), the Jansen Group includes Jansen Gmbh Dingelstädt (DE) and distributors in shanghai (CN) and Istanbul (TR). The very latest production facilities and continuous investment in quality assurance and employees skills have earned Jansen products a name synonymous with Swiss quality and innovation all over the world.


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USM – With the support of

USM – “Ulrich Schärer Münsingen” – stands for timeless design and the highest levels of quality. The successful Swiss company which specializes in furniture systems, USM U. Schärer Söhne AG, employs around 400 employees at its headquarters in Switzerland and at its sister companies in Germany, France and the USA, UK and Japan. The manufacturer with the Swiss production location is represented in over 30 countries world-wide via sales partners.

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USM Modular Furniture Haller was launched onto the market in 1965. Its acceptance into the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (USA) at the end of 2001 is a high distinction and confirms the artistic character of the product.


The famous classic is used in offices and public buildings as well as in the private sphere.


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The Team

Meet the YTAA team!

Anna Sala Giralt, YTAA coordinator

Jordi García, YTAA executive secretary

Anna Bes, YTAA digital archive

Txell Cuspinera, YTAA documentation

Marjolaine de Fréminville, YTAA intern

Núria Saban, YTAA designer


Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Ivan Blasi, EU Mies Award coordinator

Toni Garijo, managing director

Miriam Giordano – Labóh, communication & pr