2020 Fundamental Design Build Initiative | Call for Submissions

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96 5th Avenue, #4J
10011 New York
Vereinigte Staaten

The FUNdaMENTAL Design Build Initiative (created by Taller KEN) invites 10 early-career architects, designers, and engineers from around the world to San Jose, Costa Rica for a three-month summer internship so that they may further develop their approach to design. Over the duration of the program, participants will be exposed to all aspects of a built work of design including site analysis, brainstorming, fundraising, project management, sourcing materials, pre-fabrication, onsite construction, public relations, and preparing publicity materials. Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process and are invited to attend and participate at no cost to themselves beyond travel and per diem expenses. Accommodations and coworking space are provided in the cultural center of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.

Selection Process

Participants are selected on the basis of their interest, motivation, and previous experience and typically represent a variety of backgrounds. If selected, you will receive accommodations and workspace in a shared studio. Design proposals will be presented in an informal critique setting throughout the duration with outside guest critics and formal presentations to local stakeholders. Experts across a variety of disciplines - including architecture, design, sustainability, marketing, and branding, among others - will provide enrichment throughout the program. While in San Jose, you will have the opportunity to work intensively alongside other students and local professional designers and experts, share your home culture, and challenge your own assumptions about design and the communities it serves. Because of the international focus, participants will continue to flourish and grow as a network around the globe for years to come.

Application Period: January 20 - April 20, 2020

Program Dates: May 25 - August 23, 2020


 Application is open to current or recently graduated Bachelors or Masters students of architecture, design, or structural or environmental engineering programs world-wide. Space is very limited and selection will be made with an eye on international diversity, consistent with previous Fundamental groups and Taller KEN’s philosophy. Participants are required to remain in San Jose during the entire three months, respecting a regular work schedule.

FUNdaMENTAL Design Build Initiative does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Applicants are selected on the basis of qualifications, merit, and project need.

Submission requirements

 1. Statement of interest and intent (150 words) so that the jury and board members understand your desire to participate. When filing your emailed application this may be in the body of the email.

2. Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae in PDF format.

3. Portfolio. Submit a selected portfolio of your work in PDF format. Engineering students may instead submit relevant work in the environmental or structural engineering space.

Send to: apply@fundamentaldesignbuild.org

Subject Line: Fundamental Application 2020

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