International Finsa Award for students of Architecture and Design
- The three best designs will receive 10.000€ in total, to use on a project from Architecture sans Frontières
- Five international prestigious architects, including the prize-winner Simon Allford, will value the buildability, integration and cost-efectiveness
FINSA, the Spanish wood-based panel manufacturer, has recently launched the International Finsa Award for students of Architecture and Design (http://ifa.finsa.com/), which counts on the participation of Universities from all around the world. The aim of the competition is that the future A&D professionals explore and redesign the use of wood and other ecological and recyclable materials within construction.
The judges are five international architects, with huge influence in their country: Simon Allford, partner at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) in London and winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize; Pedro Feduchi, doctor of architecture by Madrid Architecture School (E.T.S.A.M) as professor; Berta Willisch, architect at Avery Hall Invest in New York; Fernando Márquez, architect and chief director at the prestigious Spanish magazine ‘El Croquis’; and Xavier Codina, Barcelona based architect and development practitioner and Chair of Architecture sans Frontières.
The three best designs will receive 5.000€, 3.000€, 2.000€ respectively, to use on a project from Architecture sans Frontières, which will boost the student's career even before it started.
In the first edition of the contest, education is the key. Students and teachers will have the task of building a temporary school with the goal of being able to quickly install the building after any unfavourable situation to help prevent interruptions to learning.
The registration is already open, the submissions period opens the 1st January 2017 and finishes the 31st March 2017. The judges will start to assess the projects on the 15th April and, at the beginning of May, the winners will be revealed according to all the assessments. Finally, Finsa will organize a gala to present the awards in the Matadero Arts Centre in Madrid.
The jury will value the buildability of the project and its flexibility, which means that the submissions should consider the constructability and efficiency of the designed structure, and plan for the future adaptation and evolution of the structure in different locations and situations.
In addition, the integration is essential, so the submissions should consider child protection, health, nutrition, social and psychosocial services, as well as cater for children with different levels of literacy and children with disabilities. The design must also provide adequate space for classes, administration, recreation and sanitation facilities. Furthermore, submissions should consider cost to guarantee the economic viability of the project. The group of students who register for the competition must be supported by a teacher from their University.
The teachers and students interested in participating can find all the information on the website and also on the social media profiles:
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