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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.