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Rogelio Salmona Fellowship

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship Archivo Nacional / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Archivo Nacional / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

The Rogelio Salmona Fellowship is an annual programme, initiated by the British Council, aiming to foster links between the UK and Colombia through residencies for British practitioners. Following the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil, the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship gives the opportunity for UK-based architects, designers and artists to travel to Colombia to explore the work of Rogelio Salmona (1927-2007), one of Latin America's most influential modern architects. 

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 shaped 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 new approach to urban space.

Salmona has built an impressive number of projects. He recognised the need for a sense of community within public and open spaces; the openness of his buildings is achieved by thinking about activity rather than functionality. His work is meant to be lived in, not observed from a distance.

Torres del Parque, the National Archives, the Virgilio Barco Library, and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Centre are among Salmona’s most influential works. Salmona’s extensive and rigorous professional practice, as well as his new vision of architecture and its urban and social role, have made him a prominent figure in Latin American architecture.

Initiated in 2017, the annual programme is organised by the British Council and coordinated by the Colombian cultural foundation Más Arte Más Acción in partnership with Fundación Rogelio SalmonaMuseo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MamBO) and Universidad de Caldas.

Location
Colombia

Open Call: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2019

Open Call: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2019 Torres del Parque from Rogelio Salmona's Office, photo by Dominic Oliver Dudley

Torres del Parque from Rogelio Salmona's Office, photo by Dominic Oliver Dudley

7 March 2019
by Elena Tamosiunaite

The British Council is calling architects, designers and all creative practitioners who have an interest in exploring the work of Rogelio Salmona in Colombia to apply for the third and final round of the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship. 

The Fellowship seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of Rogelio Salmona to architecture, culture and society; to widen and deepen the understanding of his work internationally; and to create long-term connections between the UK and Colombia, and between British and Colombian designers and architects.

The Fellowship is a 3-year programme (2017-2019) which gives the opportunity for creative practitioners based in the UK to travel to Colombia to explore the work of Rogelio Salmona, and the potential to formulate ideas for a project to be pursued in the UK at a second stage. The selection is made through this open call, with one Fellowship awarded each year. 

The Rogelio Salmona Fellowship is organised by the British Council and coordinated by Más Arte Más Acción, in partnership with Fundación Rogelio Salmona, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá and Centro Cultural Universitario Rogelio Salmona - Universidad de Caldas.

The Residency

While in Colombia, the designer in residence will be offered accommodation and access to a network of key contacts. They will be able to visit Salmona’s built projects, study the archive of his work, and speak with people who have studied his life. A study of the work of other architects and designers, as well as Colombian culture as a whole, is also encouraged. The residency will be split between Bogotá and the Colombian Pacific Coast, and may include other cities in Colombia according to the proposed itinerary by the selected Fellow.

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

  • Architecture and citizenship;
  • History and memory;
  • Environment and nature;
  • Craft and materials;
  • Public realm.

Applicants must be able to travel to Colombia for a period of 5-6 weeks between 29 July and 4 October 2019 (arriving in Bogotá before 29 August 2019).

Previous Fellowships

Applicants are encouraged to research previous Fellowships and consider ways in which their proposal could complement past work:

In 2017, Freya Cobbin was selected as the inaugural Rogelio Salmona Fellow. Freya travelled to Colombia to explore the social legacy of Salmona’s work, and how inhabitants make use of the spaces he designed. Dominic Oliver Dudley, the 2018 Fellow, focused on the materiality of Salmona’s architecture, exploring his poetic approach to brickwork in architecture.

How to Apply

Please click here to view and download the Open Call document, which gives further information on the Fellowship and on how to apply.

The deadline for submissions is 16:00 (GMT) on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

7 March 2019

Open Call: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2019

Open Call: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2019 © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

6 October 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 5

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 5  © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

5 October 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 4

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 4  © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

3 October 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 2

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 2 © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

3 October 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 3

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 3 © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

1 October 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 1

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018: Travelogue 1 © Dominic Oliver Dudley

© Dominic Oliver Dudley

11 May 2018

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2018: Dominic Oliver Dudley

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2018: Dominic Oliver Dudley  © Freya Cobbin, Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017

© Freya Cobbin, Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017

14 March 2018

Talk: Inhabiting the Architecture of Rogelio Salmona

Talk: Inhabiting the Architecture of Rogelio Salmona © Freya Cobbin

© Freya Cobbin

20 February 2018

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2018 © Freya Cobbin, Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017

© Freya Cobbin, Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017

3 January 2018

Film: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017

Film: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017 © British Council / still of film by Sebastián Bright

© British Council / still of film by Sebastián Bright

25 September 2017

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 3

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 3 © Freya Cobbin

© Freya Cobbin

8 September 2017

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 2

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 2

29 August 2017

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 1

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship 2017: Travelogue 1 Vivienda Jesus Maria Marulanda / © Freya Cobbin

Vivienda Jesus Maria Marulanda / © Freya Cobbin

6 July 2017

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017: Freya Cobbin

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017: Freya Cobbin Biblioteca Publica / PHOTO BY ENRIQUE GUZMÁN © FUNDACIÓN ROGELIO SALMONA

Biblioteca Publica / 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

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