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Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 recognizes the talent and commitment of a graduated from ETSAM-UPM

His talent, effort and dedication have led Julio Gotor to be one of the winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018. This award recognizes the talent and commitment of Young european architects. Gotor is graduated from the ETSAM-UPM.


A total of 334 Graduation Projects submitted  by 451 students from 118 Schools from all over Europe in 99 cities as well as from China and Korea, which participated as guest countries this year, were presented to the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 (YTAA). Among them, has highlighted the proposal of Julio Gotor, valued by the jury as one of the four winners of this competition. It awards outstanding architecture, urban and landscape graduation projects,  developed by those who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future.

Julio Gotor is graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM-UPM), where he atended a Master programme. His master´s thesis, supervised and guided by UPM Professor Manuel Ocaña, aimed at the recovery of underground spaces in the city of Madrid, has been awarded by YTAA.

Under the heading “Perdidos”, Julio Gotor´s project proposes to rehabilitate and recovery a network of medieval tunnels still remaining in Madrid underground and adapting them for public use. The exits of this network are the key of this project. Three different urban options are given: a park over a hillside, an existing building and a “hard” square.

“Each access- exit-entrance included in the project has been treated understanding the technique applied in each case as a process of liberation between thinking and matter.
The proposal shines technically”, says Prof. Ocaña. The evolution of spatial thought permitted to Julio the use of ancient techniques, ruled out the technology in order to implement them. 90% of the proposal is built with ceramics.

The award jury stressed that the Project is working with different scales at the same time: urban, infrastructural and tectonic. And all of this is carried out by through experimentation with architectural composition.

At the moment, the young Spanish architec is working in the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, in Basilea.

About YTAA

YTAA aims to support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future. YTAA has emerged from curiosity about and interest in the initial stages in these students’
development and a desire to support their talent as they enter into the professional world.

The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. This year, YTAA has merged with the European Medal for the best diploma project and is organised in partnership with the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE). World Architects is a founding partner; the European Cultural Centre is a partner in Venice; and the award is sponsored by Jung and Jansen; with the support of USM.

The YTAA Awards Ceremony will take place on September 20 in Venice under the motto ‘Europe’s youngest architecture talent’.