9th biennial tender

Biennial architecture thesis tender aimed at selecting unedited doctoral theses for subsequent publication in one of the collections edited by the Arquia Foundation. Calls held: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Requirements for participation

1. Aim of the tender

The Arquia Foundation aims to promote and foster cultural activities in the field of architecture. Included in these activities is the arquia/thesis collection, aimed at the publication of doctoral theses of architecture considered relevant due to their contribution to architectural knowledge, once revised and adapted by their respective authors. The arquia/thesis collection thus aims to make valuable material available to those interested in architecture studies that would otherwise be difficult to access.

With the intention of increasing the editorial section of said collection, the Arquia Foundation holds a biennial tender to select unedited doctoral theses.


2. Candidates

Spanish architects who were awarded their doctorates by any school or faculty of architecture in the world can apply, as well as international architects who gained their doctorate from any Spanish school of architecture.


3. Documentation requested

In the first stage of the tender, the participants must submit the abstract of the thesis, and a dossier of a maximum of twenty pages written in Spanish, which contains: the table of contents of the thesis, a summary of its contents and a brief explanation of the redrafting processes that the author considers necessary in order to adapt the thesis to the editorial policy of the arquia/thesis collection of the Arquia Foundation.


4. Composition of the jury

The jury will be composed of:
Xavier Monteys Roig (President): Professor of Design Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona.
Luís Martínez Santa&enDash;María: Professor of Design Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid.
María Melgarejo Belenguer: Professor of projects at the Valencia School of Art and Design.
Carlos Gómez Agustí: as a trustee and representing the Arquia Foundation.

The Director of the arquia/thesis collection, Carlos Martí Arís, Professor of Design Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architects of Barcelona, will act as secretary, whereby he will have a voice but no vote.


5. Calendar

The submission period for the required documentation will start on 11 April 2013 and end on 12 June 2013.

Each member of the jury will select a maximum of five theses from the dossiers submitted for the final stage of the tender.

In the first week of September 2013, the participants selected for the final stage will be requested to submit a complete copy of the thesis.

The jury will meet during the first week of December in order to take a decision with regards to the tender. This decision will be announced in the second half of December 2013.


6. Awards

The jury can award a maximum of two awards and four honourable mentions. The awards consist of the Arquia Foundation committing to edit the doctoral theses.

The editing commitment will be conditioned by the necessary redrafting work, to be made by the author of the thesis according to the editorial criteria of the Arquia Foundation.

The theses that obtain a "mention" will take preference in the publishing schedules of the Arquia Foundation.

The tender may be declared void. The decision on the tender will be communicated to the participants by email and will be final.


7. Registration procedure

Registration process and enrolment in the thesis tender for new users of the platform:

  • If you are not yet a member of the Foundation's platform, you must register for the thesis tender by clicking the link "">9th biennial tender" or the ">"Register" button on the lower left part of the menu.
  • An email will be sent to you to confirm the reception of your registration request, which will be validated manually by the Foundation. You will then receive a second email confirming your participation in the contest.
  • From that moment onwards, you will have access to your private area, being able to log onto the platform by entering the username (email) and password set during the registration process.
  • From the private area, the thesis with which you will participate automatically in the tender should be registered.

Registration process and enrolment in the thesis tender for users of the platform that did not participate in Thesis 2011:

  • For a user that is already registered in the platform but who did not participate in the 2011 thesis tender, they must login to the platform by entering their user (email) and password.
  • Then they must enrol in the Thesis 2013 tender by clicking the link "Register for arquia/thesis".
  • An email will be sent to you to confirm the reception of your registration request, which will be validated manually by the Foundation. You will then receive a second email confirming your participation in the contest.
  • From that moment onwards, you will have access to your private area, being able to log onto the platform by entering the username (email) and password set during the registration process.
  • From the private area, the thesis with which you will participate automatically in the tender should be registered.

Registration process for users that participated in Thesis 2011:

  • The user must access their private area with the username (email) and password with which they first registered and click the "Participate in 2013 tender" button.


The ninth call of the biennial doctoral thesis of architecture tender of the Foundation was made possible thanks to funding from the Arquia Caja de Arquitectos Education and Promotion Fund.

Arquia Foundation
April 2013

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