2020 YTAA Finalists Announced

John Hill
23. September 2020
Image courtesy of YTAA

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Creative Europe have announced the twelve finalists, culled from 43 shortlisted projects, competing for the third biennial Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA). Four winners will be announced in early October.

Today's unveiling of the twelve finalists would have overlapped with the exhibition of the YTAA finalists and shortlisted projects that was organized as a collateral event of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Yet as the Biennale was delayed one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so will the YTAA 2020 Exhibition, now scheduled to open on May 22, 2021, at the European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Mora in Venice. An award ceremony and debate will take place in Venice in June 2021.

Regardless of the delay, the four winners of YTAA 2020 — the third iteration of the biennial prize created in 2016 to award the best projects by recent graduates of European architecture schools — will be announced in less than two weeks, on October 5, during YTAA 2020 Day, which also coincides with World Architecture Day and World Habitat Day. The winners will be selected by the jury* from the twelve finalists — listed below and on our dedicated YTAA 2020 page — that they initially selected from the 43-strong shortlist announced earlier this month. More than 380 projects from 36 countries were submitted as part of the third YTAA.

6 of the finalists, listed left to right, top to bottom per above image:

6 of the finalists, listed left to right, top to bottom per above image:

*The members of the YTAA 2020 jury, left to right in above photo:​

  • Martine De Maeseneer (Chair), Vice dean for International Affairs at KU Leuven
  • Oleg Drozdov, drozdov&partners and co-founder of the Kharkiv School of Architecture, Kharkiv
  • Juliet Leach, Head of Marketing, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
  • Rosario Talevi, Curator Making Futures Bauhaus+ and Associate Researcher Universität der Künste, Berlin
  • Bet Capdeferro, bosch.capdeferro architecture, Girona


YTAA is organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe program of the European Union, in collaboration with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); World-Architects as founding partner; the European Cultural Centre as a partner in Venice; the sponsorship of Jung, Jansen and Regent; and the support of USM.

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