The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’ dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).
Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.
Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 1st of May 2015. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.
Participating architects will have the opportunity to compete before this panel of internationally renowned judges, charged with designating the winner of the BigMat ’15 International Grand Prize (30.000€), as well as the winners of the five BigMat ’15 National Prizes (5.000€) and twelve finalists (1.500€). In the interest for disseminating information about the runners-up and the prizewinners, a catologue will also be published. The last edition’s catalog can be read here.
Panel of judges
The panel of judges will comprise one member for each of the participating countries –all of which experts of recognized prestige- as well as the President of the jury, Jesús Aparicio (Doctor in Architecture and Professor of Architectural Projects at the Technical University of Madrid – ETSAM) and the Awards Secretary, Jesús Donaire (Architect and Associated lecturer in Architectural Projects at the Technical University of Madrid – ETSAM). The ´15 BigMat Award members of the jury are:
- Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels City): Mr. Olivier Bastin. bMa “Bouwmeester”, architect for the Ministry in the Brussels Region.
- Czech Republic: Mr. Martin Rajnis. Architect, founder of Huť architektury and winner of the 2014 Global Prize for Sustainable Architecture.
- France: Mr. Henri Ciriani. Architect and 2012 Gold Medallist of the French Academy of Architecture.
- Italy: Mr. Franceso Dal Co. Architect, renowned architecture historian and researcher, director of Casabella Magazine and several times in charge of Biennale Venezia.
- Portugal: Mr. Manuel Aires Mateus. Architect, founder of Aires Mateus and Lecturer at the Accademia di Architettura de Mendrisio, Switzerland.
- Spain: Mr. Antonio Ortiz. Architect, founder of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos and winner of the 2014 Architecture Gold Medal from the CSCAE.
There will be only one registration window for applications regarding necessary documentation, beginning on January 15th and concluding on May 1st, 2015. The presentation of the documentation needed for phase one consists in two horizontal panels in A3 format with all the information necessary to understand the project. Registration and uploading of each project’s documentation is accessible in the PROJECT REGISTRATION section of the digital platform:
The Panel of Judges will initially select a maximum of 20 works of architecture from each of the countries, giving a maximum total of 120 works overall. In order to validate their proposals, candidates must upload the following information on the PROJECT REGISTRATION tab for each of the projects they wish to submit:
– Identification and contact details for the office authoring the project.
– Identification and contact details for the author or team leader for the project.
– Title of the work, year of its completion and location.
– Brief description of the project (maximum 300 words).
– One single PDF document less than 10 MB in size, containing two horizontal DIN A3 panels with the documents necessary for the understanding of the project.
Once the first round of the selection process is complete, a maximum of 120 candidates will be invited to submit a hard copy of more detailed documentation to the headquarters of the BigMat Group in Paris in the middle of June, 2015.
Once the 20 works have been shortlisted for each country, the Panel of Judges, comprising its president, secretary and six members, will meet to select the three runners-up in each country, the five BigMat ’15 National Prizes, the BigMat ’15 Special Mention for Young Architects or any other mention the panel of judges may deem appropriate, and the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Grand Prize.
The final awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on Friday November 20th, 2015. It will be essential for the main author of each of the runner-up projects to attend, at the expense of the BigMat group, this final ceremony in order to be able to be considered for the BigMat ’15 National Prizes, the BigMat ’15 Special Mention for Young Architects and the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Grand Prize.