Win a Scholarship to work at DS+R or MQA NY this 2022!!!

Architect-US and Fundación Arquia (The Arquia Foundation) began collaborating back in 2019, and this year we are excited to keep the work going with two top firms in New York City. By keeping this relationship strong, we have been able to provide wonderful opportunities for young, ambitious and talented architects from Europe to make the hop over the pond to the USA.

Both Diller Scofidio + Renfro and MQA are working together with Architect-US hand in hand to provide more chances for young architects and designers to have a life-changing opportunity, while gaining experience from the most demanding and ground-breaking offices in the United States.

The Arquia Foundation announces the XXIII edition of the Arquia / Scholarship contest, for which it awards 37 scholarships aimed at students in the final years of their degree and young architects recent graduates, destined to the realization of professional practices in architecture studies and cultural institutions in the industry.

Once you start working towards obtaining a scholarship from the Arquia foundation, you have to make sure that you fit all the important requisites regarding eligibility. You can find out all about the scholarship by going to Arquia | Architect-US Scholarship.

The deadline for admission of entries and the material required for the contest is Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12 noon (Spanish peninsular time).

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Basic Information and Requirements for any Arquia Scholarship

Eligible Candidates

Those architecture students and young architects with Spanish or Portuguese nationality or citizens with a residence permit in Spain or Portugal who, on the date of completion of the application delivery, meet the following requirements may apply for the scholarship:


a) Have passed at least 60% of the credits necessary to obtain the qualifying title for the exercise of the profession of architect in any school of architecture in Spain or Portugal.
b) Be enrolled in the 2021/2022 academic year in an architecture school in Spain or Portugal.


Having obtained the qualifying title for the exercise of the profession of architect in a school of architecture in Spain or Portugal, or having obtained the title outside of said countries and approved in one of them, after April 30, 2021.

Calendar of Events

  • Call opens: January 3, 2022
  • Registration period: January 3 to April 22, 2022
  • Results: last week of July 2022
  • Delivery: October 2022
  • Enjoy the scholarship: from October 2022

How to participate?

There are two forms of participation: academic record and contest. You can choose to participate in one of them or in both simultaneously. 12 scholarships are announced for the contest modality and the rest for the expedient modality. To ensure an adequate geographical distribution of the scholarships, this will be weighted proportionally to the number of valid registrations received by study center and modality.

Candidates may choose to carry out the internship in all destinations offered by the Arquia Foundation within the Program, selecting their preferences in their registration as long as they meet the specific requirements of each scholarship.

Academic record.

Candidates will be selected based on their academic record. This will be valued by the average of the marks obtained in the subjects passed in the career, as well as by the average of the marks obtained in the subjects passed in Projects (for this purpose, all those that depend on the Department of Architectural Projects will be considered). Said average marks will be calculated by the applicant, as specified in Annex I of the Bases.


The students will be selected by virtue of the material contributed to the contest, as specified in Annex II of the Bases.

Documentation and Delivery

The information can be edited until the day and time that the registrations end: April 22, 2022 at 12 noon (Spanish peninsular time).

Academic record. Once the registration is done, access the private user area by inserting email and password and enter the average of the grades described above in the box provided for it (scholarships section, option ‘edit participation’). Subsequently, the pdf of the academic record will be required from those shortlisted.

Contest 2022: ‘A house, a study, an office’. Once you have registered, access the private user area by entering your email and password and attaching and completing the required fields.

Everything necessary to understand the project will be summarized in a PDF panel in horizontal A1 format and a maximum size of 10 MB.

The required graphic information will include:

  • Main images of the project;
  • Planimetry of the environment;
  • Most significant plans, sections and elevations;
  • Possible perspectives, axonometric views, collages, sketches and photographs of models.
  • Brief text of 100 words to explain clearly and precisely the design arguments that support the proposal.

Participation is ANONYMOUS. Any proposal received after the closing of registrations that has personal data will be directly discarded from the call.

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Judge for the Selection Process

Fabrizio Barozzi

Fabrizio Barozzi (Italy 1976). He studied architecture at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and then completed his academic studies at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla and the École d’Architecture de Paris La Villette. Fabrizio taught at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona (2007–2009) and has been an Associate Professor at the University of Girona (2009–2016) and Visiting Professor at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (2013–2015), MIT in Cambridge , Massachusetts (2016-2018) and Cornell University in Ithaca (2020), United States.

In 2004, together with Alberto Veiga, he founded the Barozzi Veiga architecture studio in Barcelona. Since then the office has worked internationally on public and private projects, focusing on cultural, civic and educational buildings.

Theme of 2022 Contest

‘Una casa, un estudio, una oficina.

In a natural or urban environment, characterized by a marked identity, it is proposed to project an architecture to live and work.

The location of the project is a personal choice. The chosen place must be identified with a precise character or with a reference element, such as the relationship with the presence of a river, a lake, a certain view, a topography, etc. Or, explore unique urban conditions: the trace of a ruin, an unfinished square, the proximity of a relevant pre-existence, the limit of a historic town or a generic urban outskirts without apparent quality.

The program will consist of a house for a family of 5 people with two adjoining work spaces: an atelier for a young architect with an office for 10 people and a studio for a photographer. Each area will have its own access, must maintain some privacy and may be organized independently or grouped in a single building.

The project must respond in a sensitive and unexpected way to the chosen context, realizing the specific, physical and minimal qualities that characterize it, thus trying to shape a place and not just an architecture.

The proposal will reflect on the intimate conditions of living and the collective conditions of working; with an economical use of constructive means, to give form and meaning to the intermediate spaces: those that mediate between the different programs and those that arise between the architecture and the built or natural landscape.

Everything necessary to understand the project will be summarized in a Pdf panel in horizontal A1 format (72 dpi) and a maximum size of 10 MB. The required graphic information: main images of the project; a planimetry of the environment; most significant plans, sections and elevations; possible perspectives, axonometric views, collages, sketches and photographs of models.

Finally, a synthetic text of 100 words must clearly and precisely explain the design arguments that support the proposal.

Access to all the info for the Arquia Scholarship 2022 contest here!!

Architect-US’ involvement will be with helping you find a position in the American firm, the bureaucratic processes of the J1 Visa paperwork, medical insurance, and all the official documentation required by the State Department to legally work in the US.

If you are interested in working in the United States, we highly recommend that you register in our  Job+J1 Visa Program so we can send you detailed information on how we can help you reach the dream opportunity you’ve been after.

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