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New ADF Residencies in Latin America

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista by Julio Vilamajó Photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista by Julio Vilamajó
Casa Museo Vilamajó Photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Casa Museo Vilamajó
Archivo Nacional by Rogelio Salmona Photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Archivo Nacional by Rogelio Salmona
Torres del Parque by Rogelio Salmona Photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Torres del Parque by Rogelio Salmona

12 April 2017
by João Guarantani

Following the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil, the British Council launches two new residencies in Latin America: the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship in Colombia and the Julio Vilamajó Residency in Uruguay.

These 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.

Rogelio Salmona

One of the leading figures in architecture in Latin America in the 20th Century, Rogelio Salmona is recognised for his use of local materials and his celebration of the civic role of architecture. Born in Paris in 1927, a city that would later shape his work, Salmona started his studies at the National University of Colombia, although he soon moved back to Paris to study and work at Le Corbusier’s workshop while studying Modern Art History with Jean Cassou, and Sociology of Art with Pierre Francastel at the Sorbonne. This period fashioned Salmona’s ideological and political stance on architecture and the city. He returned to Bogotá in 1958, and started working on individual and family housing as well as large urban housing projects; they represent his search for a different rapport to urban space.

Salmona has built an impressive number of projects and has created what is overall regarded as a coherent body of work. He consistently maintained a series of universal doubts, quests, and intentions, which he decided to resolve and to explore locally. Among those quests was his desire to construct a place beyond immediate determinations, a space moulded by its geographical, historical and social context, suggesting an innovative approach to space.

Julio Vilamajó

Widely unknown outside his native Uruguay, Vilamajó left a limited number of built projects, mainly due to his somewhat premature death. However, he left a significant legacy through his realised and proposed projects, and through his work in illustration and animation, areas that have been largely unexplored.

Vilamajó was only 20 years of age when he graduated from the School of Architecture in 1915. His education was based on the classical guidelines of the École des Beaux-Arts, during a period of transition to modern architecture. His early works are characterised by an eclectic style, using references to the past mixed with modern architectural concepts, which became his trademark.

The Residencies

Residents will be offered travel grants, accommodation and access to key archives and contacts, and will be encouraged to visit all the built projects by Salmona and Vilamajo in Colombia and Uruguay respectively. Residents will be selected via open calls run by the British Council in the UK, and will spend between 4 and 6 weeks carrying out their research. 

Both opportunities have been made possible due to partnerships with leading cultural organsations in both countries, including the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, at Universidad de la República, Montevideo; Museo Casa Vilamajó; Fundación Rogelio Salmona; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá; and Centro Cultural Universitario Rogelio Salmona.

For information on deadlines and how to apply, please visit the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship and the Julio Vilamajó Residency pages on our website. 

8 May 2017

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 16 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 16 now open © Jenny Steele

© Jenny Steele

11 May 2017

OPEN CALL: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2018

OPEN CALL: Winston Churchill Fellowships 2018 'Exploring Circular Economy Textile Models in Japan' / Lynn Wilson, Winston Churchill Fellow 2015

'Exploring Circular Economy Textile Models in Japan' / Lynn Wilson, Winston Churchill Fellow 2015

17 May 2017

OPPORTUNITY: Exchange Programme, Brazil

OPPORTUNITY: Exchange Programme, Brazil

9 May 2017

Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art

Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art © Oreet Asher

© Oreet Asher

12 April 2017

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista/ photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista/ photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

12 April 2017

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship UNAL / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

UNAL / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

12 April 2017

New ADF Residencies in Latin America

New ADF Residencies in Latin America Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

10 April 2017

OPEN CALL: Aarhus Residency 2017

OPEN CALL: Aarhus Residency 2017  DOKK1 - PR

DOKK1 - PR

10 April 2017

OPPORTUNITY: The Exchange

OPPORTUNITY: The Exchange The Exchange / Render by CZWG Architects

The Exchange / Render by CZWG Architects

10 April 2017

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

6 April 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017 ©Alexis Bellavance

©Alexis Bellavance

6 April 2017

2017 Winston Churchill Fellows Announced

2017 Winston Churchill Fellows Announced O. Lechner

O. Lechner

22 March 2017

A New Home for the Arts in Kampala

A New Home for the Arts in Kampala KAMPALA ARTS CENTRE / © PERISCOPE

KAMPALA ARTS CENTRE / © PERISCOPE

3 March 2017

OPEN CALL: Helsinki Design Residency 2017

OPEN CALL: Helsinki Design Residency 2017 HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

15 February 2017

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 15 now open

Artists' International Development Fund: Round 15 now open Kampala Arts Centre / © Periscope

Kampala Arts Centre / © Periscope

8 February 2017

New Job Opportunity: Venice Fellowships Manager

New Job Opportunity: Venice Fellowships Manager © MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

© MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

18 January 2017

OPPORTUNITY: Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts

OPPORTUNITY: Apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts  © Cockpit Arts

© Cockpit Arts

3 January 2017

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

OPPORTUNITY: UK-China Connections Through Culture

22 December 2016

Winston Churchill Fellowship: Made You Look, Made You Stare

Winston Churchill Fellowship: Made You Look, Made You Stare © FCBStudios

© FCBStudios

19 December 2016

Open Call: Culture & Development Research

Open Call: Culture & Development Research © Delphine Pawlik

© Delphine Pawlik

14 December 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

8 December 2016

How is design responding to an ageing population?

How is design responding to an ageing population? © Duncan Fitzsimons

© Duncan Fitzsimons

7 December 2016

Call for evaluation: Hello Shenzhen

Call for evaluation: Hello Shenzhen © jo.sau

© jo.sau

29 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Barbican Artwork Commission

OPPORTUNITY: Barbican Artwork Commission Concert Hall Wall, The Barbican © Emil Charlaff

Concert Hall Wall, The Barbican © Emil Charlaff

21 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Future Architecture Platform

OPPORTUNITY: Future Architecture Platform © Future Architecture Platform

© Future Architecture Platform

18 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: International Design Competition

OPPORTUNITY: International Design Competition  © Design Montréal

© Design Montréal

11 November 2016

Winston Churchill Fellowship: Designing Public Libraries

Winston Churchill Fellowship: Designing Public Libraries   © Dr Gemma John

© Dr Gemma John

1 November 2016

Open Call: Urban Action Ukraine

Open Call: Urban Action Ukraine CANactions

CANactions

27 October 2016

New ADF Job Opportunity: Architecture Programme Manager

New ADF Job Opportunity: Architecture Programme Manager International Architecture Showcase 2014 © British Council

International Architecture Showcase 2014 © British Council

27 October 2016

OPPORTUNITY: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund

OPPORTUNITY: Design Council Spark Product Innovation Fund