We are extremely excited to announce the two official winners for The Arquia Foundation (Fundación Arquia) scholarship in partnership with Architect-US. Thanks to our collaboration with Arquia we can now provide two promising candidates with this spectacular and career-changing opportunity in OMA and Diller Scofidio+Renfro New York.
This scholarship opportunity is a new step towards further connecting the European and American architectural worlds. These opportunities provide architects and designers from Spain or Portugal to challenge the parochial views in the US and provide some refreshing perspectives. This scholarship is a celebration of the foundation’s 30th anniversary by enabling recipients to practice in the US, while also supporting the dissemination of cultural, social, professional, and educational projects in the fields of architecture, construction, design, and urban planning.
In the following section we want to highlight the two official winners that will be going to New York City to fulfill their dream!!!
After finishing his degree in Building Engineering, Luis Somoza went on to work on his Master Degree at the Polytechnic School of Architecture of Madrid, and he graduated in June 2019. Somoza won the opportunity to study and learn in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) from August to December 2017 through an Exchange Grant at the College of Architecture of Chicago. Ever since then he has been interested in working in the USA again. Somoza worked at ORV ARQUITECTOS SL. as an Architectural Intern, while studying for his Masters.
The Project he presented to the 21st Arquia Foundation Scholarship is called Northbridge. In this project he aimed to redesign part of Chamartin Station in Madrid to provide the passengers passing through the space with a more holistic and thoughtful design. Somoza specifically mentions that each level should consider the amount of time that a passenger spends in each area on average.
Felipe Sancho Cervera graduated from the Masters degree in Architecture ETSAB – Barcelona Architecture School about a year ago, and is now getting ready to make the move to the USA! Sancho Cervera submitted his Master Thesis based on Ceramics Innovation and Research Centre above a highway. Within the project he submitted to the Arquia Foundation Scholarship, Sancho Cervera goes into detail on a possible redesign of how roads and infrastructure are made to be more sustainable and energy efficient. The roofs are spaces overlooking the production areas in an atmosphere inspired by Casa Milá and Palau Güell. A new place can be built around the infrastructure, embracing it and using its strength as an urban union. From “hump effect” to “call effect”.
Sancho Cervera has been working at ESPINÀS I TARRASÓ, BARCELONA (SPAIN) since October 2019. Here at Architect-US we are ready to assist Felipe in a variety of ways so he is prepared and ready to travel over to the US to work at the incredible firm, Diller Scofidio+Renfro. He also has blog, so take a look at his other work too!
The scholarship includes Architect-US assisting with the placement of the two architects at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and OMA. An opportunity that will bring a life-changing experience to promising architects looking to gain experience from the most demanded and ground-breaking offices in the United States. The two architects will be given the chance to work with some of the top architects in the world!
If you are interested in working in the US in general and follow Luis and Felipe’s steps, we invite you to register in our Job+J1 Visa Program so we can send you detailed information to achieve your American Dream (first steps, companies we work with, job search recommendations,…).
Looking forward to seeing your name in the Job+J1 Visa Program Pool of Talents or in the Arquia finalists next year! 😃