YTAA – EU Mies Award


The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is organised 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. It is organised in partnership with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); and World Architects as a founding partner; the European Cultural Centre as a partner in Venice; sponsored by Jung and Jansen; and with the support of USM.


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

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 an interest the initial stages of these students’ development and a desire to support their talent as they enter into the professional world.


Who & How?


The nominated Graduation projects must be from the two years previous to the year of the Award. The Schools must be from countries participating in the Creative Europe programme[1]. Furthermore, to stimulate the competitiveness and quality of European Schools, the FMvdR, in agreement with the Creative Europe programme, will invite a number of Schools from the European Territory[2] and from selected Guest Countries outside it to participate in each Award.


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


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


[1] This includes:
– Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
– the following EFTA countries: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
– the following Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia.
– the following countries from the European Neighbourhood Policy: Georgia, Moldova, Tunisia, Ukraine
Negotiations are under way with other European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and could result in more countries joining the programme. These countries would then be taken into consideration for participation in the award scheme. Please check the following link, which is regularly updated:


[2] The countries from the European Territory include:
– other ENP countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus
– Russia, Turkey, Kosovo.


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 four Winners will be supported in the creation of a network with the architects and critics involved in the EU Mies Award. They will a diploma and also receive 5.000€ each; a profile in World Architects; furniture from USM to organise their work space; their designs will be shown at the YTAA 2018 traveling exhibition.


Finalists and Shortlisted participants will also be acknowledged and their 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.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe


“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.

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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


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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