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Julio Vilamajó Residency

Julio Vilamajó Residency CASA MUSEO VILAMAJÓ © ANDREA SELLANES

CASA MUSEO VILAMAJÓ © ANDREA SELLANES

Following the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil, the British Council has initiated the Julio Vilamajó Residency alongside the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship in Colombia. The residency gives the opportunity for UK-based architects, designers and artists to travel to Uruguay to explore the work of Julio Vilamajó (1894-1948).

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 Residency seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of Julio Vilamajó to architecture, culture and society in Uruguay and across the region; to widen and deepen the understanding of his work internationally, to create long-term connections between the UK and Uruguay, and between British and Uruguayan designers and architects, providing a development opportunity for talented British practitioners.

While in Uruguay, the designer in residence will be offered accommodation and access to a network of key contacts. They will be encouraged to visit all of Vilamajó’s built projects, to study the archive of his work, and to speak with people who have studied his life. A study of the work of other architects and designers, as well as Uruguayan culture as a whole, is also encouraged.

The Julio Vilamajó Residency is organised by the British Council, in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU) at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, and Museo Casa Vilamajó

To apply please view the open call here.

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency Casa Museo Vilamajó / photo by Andrea Sellanes (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Casa Museo Vilamajó / photo by Andrea Sellanes (CC BY-SA 3.0)

12 April 2017

The British Council is seeking applications from architects and designers who have an interest in exploring the work of Julio Vilamajó and other architects and designers in Uruguay for the Julio Vilamajó Residency.

Applications from practitioners in fields other than architecture and design are also welcome to apply (e.g. illustration, animation, urban design, architecture or design history or criticism, curatorial studies, social sciences or philosophy).

The Julio Vilamajó Residency, alongside the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship in Colombia, follows the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil.

The Residency seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of Julio Vilamajó to architecture, culture and society in Uruguay and across the region; to widen and deepen the understanding of his work internationally, to create long-term connections between the UK and Uruguay, and between British and Uruguayan designers and architects, providing a development opportunity for talented British practitioners.

While in Uruguay, the designer in residence will be offered accommodation and access to a network of key contacts. They will be encouraged to visit all of Vilamajó’s built projects, to study the archive of his work, and to speak with people who have studied his life. A study of the work of other architects and designers, as well as Uruguayan culture as a whole, is also encouraged.

The Julio Vilamajó Residency is organised by the British Council, in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU) at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, and Museo Casa Vilamajó.

 The Residency

In addition to any specific areas that applicants would like to research, possible lines of enquiry in Julio Vilamajó’s work include:

  • Concept of ‘space’ in Vilamajó’s work;
  • Architectural conservation, particularly in relation to Casa Vilamajó;
  • Ideas on architecture and nature;
  • Painting and drawing;
  • Cartoon and animation;
  • Jewellery and furniture design.

Applicants must be able to travel to Uruguay for a period of 4 weeks between 1 October and 1 December 2017.

How to Apply

Further information on the Fellowship and on how to apply detailed on the Open Call document

The deadline for submissions is 16:00 GMT Friday 26 May 2017.