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Competition: British Council residencies, Latin America

Torres del Parque by Rogelio Salmona
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The British Council has launched an open call for architects to participate in two flagship residency programmes in Columbia and Uruguay

Open to all UK-based practitioners, the open call seeks participants for a pair of four-to-six-week residencies dedicated to the Modernist architects Rogelio Salmona and Julio Vilamajó.

The winning entrants will receive travel grants, free accommodation, access to key archives and contacts, and will be encouraged to visit all the built completed projects by Salmona and Vilamajo in Colombia and Uruguay respectively.

According to a British Council announcement: ‘These new residencies seek to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of these architects in their own countries and across Latin America, whilst creating long-term connections between designers and architects in the UK, Colombia and Uruguay.

‘In addition, these residencies provide unique development opportunities for talented British architects, designers and other creative practitioners, exposing them to the rich architectural tradition of Latin America, particularly in relation to Modernism, as well as the wider culture and society of the region. Once back in the UK, fellows will be encouraged to formulate proposals for projects disseminating their findings.’

The British Council is a UK government body for promoting international cultural relations and educational opportunities. The organisation has hosted a number of residencies for architects including the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship programme in Brazil which terminated in 2016 after four years of operation. An open call is currently underway for participants in a creative residency in Aarhus, Denmark.

The latest open call seeks participants for the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship in Colombia and Julio Vilamajó Residency in Uruguay.

Salmona was born in Paris in 1927 but studied at the National University of Colombia and started practising in Bogotá in 1958. Recognised as a leading figure in 20th-century Latin American architecture, Salmona completed a number of influential works including the Torres del Parque (pictured), the Colombian National Archives, the Virgilio Barco Library, and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Centre.

Vilamajó graduated at the age of 20 but completed a smaller number of works due to his premature death at the age of 53. Key works in his native Uruguay included the Facultad de Ingeniería, Casa Vilamajo, Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, Mesón de las Cañas, Monumento a la Confraternidad Argentino-Uruguaya.

João Guarantani, senior programme manager for Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council said: ‘We are very excited by these two new residency opportunities in Latin America, inspired by the four-year Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship programme we ran in Brazil until 2016, which enabled talented UK-based architects and designers the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the best examples of Modernism in the region.

‘We hope these will be inspirational trips that could lead to wider discussion and exchange of ideas between the UK, Colombia and Uruguay.’

The deadline for applications to the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship is 19 May, while those interested in the Julio Vilamajó Residency have until 26 May to apply.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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