Architecture competition "New York Affordable Housing Challenge" Rising Star award winner - University of Sevilla

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winner of the Rising Star prize of our “New York Affordable Housing Challenge” competition - Antonio González Viegas from Spain!

Rising Star prize winner from Spain

I am currently in the last semester of architecture in the University of Sevilla (E.T.S.A.s.) - Spain. I speak spanish, german and english and have developed special interest in the subjects of project and construction, such as in the CGI - BIM area, which I had to learn by myself. I have spent two semesters in Mainz (Germany) as Erasmus student, and look forward to keeping traveling and learning architecture from other countries.

I have tried to take advantage of the opportunities I was given in the university, participating in several investigation projects (most of them linked to 3d and Architecture Digital Representation), such as:

- Investigation and digital development of Traianeum Ruins in Italica (Sevilla), constructing and 3d-printing a model of the roman ruins with prof. Francisco Montero Fernández.

- Investigation of the city of Sevilla through GIS- systems, with prof. Francisco Montero Fernández.

- Annual collaboration in the Urban Sketchers Project, giving some lectures about the topic in March 2015, with prof. Jose María Lerdo de Tejada.

- Collaboration (short practise) in the studio Hamman Architekten (Oppenheim, Germany), with prof. Heribert Hamman.

- Annual collaboration with teachers of the drawing department, giving lectures about 3d to younger students.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

In Spain, we have a saying for describing a person who knows a little bit of everithing: “aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada” (“apprentice of everything, master of nothing”). For me, this definition fits very well with the situation of architecture in relation to other disciplines, beeing its main value the transversal vision of reality.

I think that architecture is the science of the daily things, conducting several specialised knowledges and making them work together for this purpose. Therefore, architecture is present as a background for every aspect of our everyday lifes.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Architecture vision competitions are very stimulating, especially for students, offering an open space for sharing ideas from all over the world. I cannot think of a better way of learning, discovering new perspectives and ways of thinking a reality. Furthermore, they are one of the best incentives to test ourselves and improve.

In addition, I personally took part in this competition because I found that the possibility of getting an internship in North America is worth the effort.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

I would definitely advice every student to take part at least in one architecture vision competition during their studies. Its an unique experience that will only help to improve their skills and knowledge.

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project COMPETITION
Mega Dunes Eco Lodges - Abu Dhabi

Design comfortable, sustainable visitor huts for the Abu Dhabi protected nature reserve

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 17
Feb 28
Jun 01
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project COMPETITION
Monte d'Oiro Wine Tasting Room

Design an iconic space for guests to enjoy the wines and the views of this Portuguese vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 21
Mar 03
Jun 05
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2020 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture with the second annual Microhomes competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
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project COMPETITION
Kurgi Observation Tower

Design an eco-farm observation tower in UNESCO biosphere reserve

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 24
Mar 06
Jun 08
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ideas COMPETITION
RE-Stock London Housing

Submit affordable housing solutions for the one of the world’s most iconic and expensive cities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 28
Mar 10
Jun 12
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ideas COMPETITION
Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 16
Sep 08
Nov 03
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ideas COMPETITION
Prisons Redesigned!

Redesign and improve the way prisons work

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 18
Sep 10
Nov 05
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essay COMPETITION
ESSAY: The Architecture of Prisons

Submit your essay on prison architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 19
Sep 11
Nov 06
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ideas COMPETITION
Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 23
Sep 15
Nov 10
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essay COMPETITION
What is Sustainable Architecture?

Share your opinion on sustainable architecture in the open essay competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 24
Sep 16
Nov 11
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