Launch of 2nd Lilly Reich Grant

John Hill
16. June 2020
German Pavilion, Barcelona, 1929 (Photo: Pepo Segura)

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe is launching the second edition of the Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture today, June 16, on the 135th anniversary of Lilly Reich's birth.

The grant is named for the German designer who was Mies van der Rohe's "artistic partner in the conception and execution" of the German Pavilion in the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, per the foundation that bears his name but not hers. The grant acknowledges how women have been "relegated to second place" or in many cases not recognized at all for their contributions. 

Suitably, the first Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture was given to Laura Martínez de Guereñu in 2018 for "Re-Enactment: Lilly Reich's Work Occupies the Barcelona Pavilion." An exhibition of the same name, an outcome of the grant, is on display at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion until July 15.


Re-Enactment: Lilly Reich's Work Occupies the Barcelona Pavilion (Photo: Pepo Segura)

In the foundation's words, the Lilly Reich Grant "aims to support the study, dissemination and visibility of contributions to architecture that have been unduly relegated or forgotten, made by professionals that have received discriminatory treatment." Furthermore, "it will also seek to promote equal access to the practice of architecture worldwide."

The second edition of the grant consists of two parts: the Lilly Reich Grant of academic research, focused, as in the previous edition, on the study of Lilly Reich's work, and the Lilly Reich Grant for Senior High School Students Research, which aims to encourage high schoolers to carry out research projects focused on reverting the invisibility of women in architecture. 

Visit the Mies van der Rohe Foundation website for submission deadlines and other information on the Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture.

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