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Projects are judged on the merit of design innovation with the emphasis of pushing the envelope beyond conventional methods and exploring new theories, ideas, and approaches to contemporary design. Additional criteria for evaluation includes the use of the latest building technologies, the investigation of new materials, the incorporation of energy conservation and environmental consciousness in design, a practical sensitivity to the environment and to urban and rural surroundings and conditions, and a forward-thinking respect for “green design” as mandated by the European Union.

The jury will select individual architects on the basis of submitted work and the potential of their impact on the future of the profession.

The results of Europe 40 Under 40 are announced in Summer and take the form of an exhibition opening in Europe and scheduled for travel. The exhibition is also presented in the United States by The Chicago Athenaeum. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and documents the work of the 40 selected architects.

European Centre for Architecture Design Art and Urban Studies invites young architects to submit for Europe 40 Under 40 either on line at or by posting the submission. 

Each applicant can submit between 1-3 projects for consideration.
For posted applications, attach the following on one CD-ROM (per project):

• A postal or online completed application form.
• One to three (1 to 3) photographs per project, site plans, floor plans, sections, and elevations, in 300 dpi JPEG format no larger than 4-6 MB.
• One-page description per project.
• Application fee of €200.

  • Cheques made payable to: The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Payment can be made by Mastercard/Visa/American Express or by bank wire transmission. Email for electronic payment details.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
28 Butlers Court
Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Dublin 2
Tel/Fax: +353/ (0)1-670 8781

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Application 2018
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