European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)

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Region I - Western Europe | Spain

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced a restricted international multidisciplinary project competition for the design of the new JRC Site Headquarters in Seville, Spain.

5 applicants will be selected to take part in the design competition and each will receive a payment of 10,000 Euros. The competition is endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) as being in accordance with the UNESCO-UIA Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning.


  • Launch: 18 May 2021
  • Deadline for application: 7 July 2021
  • Selection of participations and invitation to participate: Application deadline + 6 weeks
  • Deadline for Q&A: 1 month after invitation
  • Deadline for submission of design concepts: 3 months after invitation
  • Jury evaluation: 3 weeks after deadline for submission
  • Announcement of results: 1 week after evaluation

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Keywords : Institutional, Sustainability

Theme and objectives

The competition seeks a forward-looking, innovative and cost-efficient construction, aiming at integrating multiple disciplines to achieve the highest sustainability targets for a new construction project. Participants are also requested to integrate in their proposal a reflection on the future of office workspaces in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.


Open to all architects entitled to practice in their country of residence.

Jury Members

  • Bernard Magenhann, Deputy Director General of JRC, European Commission, Jury Chair, Belgium
  • Mikel Landabaso, JRC Seville site Director, European Commission, Spain
  • Lone Wiggers, Architect, Denmark
  • Silvia Benedito, UIA representative, Architect, Portugal
  • Patrick Bouchardon, Landscape Architect, France/Britain
  • Christiane Gerlach, Chief architect of European Commission, OIB (Brussels Infrastructure Office), Architect, German
  • Felipe Castro Bermúdez-Coronel, Architect, representing the Seville City Council, Architect Spain

Alternate jurors

  • Asunción Fernández Carretero, Deputy Director of Directorate JRC.R, European Commission, Spain
  • Vincenzo Cardarelli, Adviser, Seville Site Development, Directorate JRC.B, European Commission, Italy
  • Anne Holtrop, Architect, Netherlands
  • Laurent Gravier, UIA representative, Architect, French

Key dates

07/07/2021Deadline for application


  • 1st prize: EUR 30,000
  • 2nd prize: EUR 25,000
  • 3rd prize: EUR 15,000

The jury may also decide to allocate 2-3 honourable mentions to projects that have a particular merit.


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