International Union of Architects

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) Competition


multidisciplinary, restricted

international project competition

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.


15 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.


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.




Launch: 18 May 2021

Deadline for application: 1 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


Register here


The jury may decide to award an amount of EUR 10,000 to certain participants as compensation


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.


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