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Open Call Building Talent

The Creative Industries Fund NL is looking for young professionals in the architectural discipline who would like to participate in a collaborative programme with architectural offices. The aim of the Fund is to strengthen the connection of recently graduated architects, urban designers, garden and landscape architects and interior architects with the work field, and to offer room for artistic exchange in the context of current social issues.

Note: this open call has ended.

By means of this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is offering starting designers the opportunity to work with established offices on a topical social theme. The programme involves a three-month work period in 2021, during which the designer will work directly with a senior architect to explore a specific subject in greater depth. There are 12 places available at various offices that work across the full breadth of the architectural discipline.

You can subscribe to one of the following profiles:

Profile 1 • developing sustainable, affordable and usable building techniques (Maathuis / JoustraReid)
Profile 2 • modernization plan for the energy-efficient houses on the Waterwerk in Rotterdam (Linea architecten)
Profile 3 • meaning of materialization, dimensional systems and detail in current and future building culture (Studio VVKH)

Urban design and Spatial planning
Profile 4 • new core values for Amsterdam as a socially sustainable city
(BURA urbanism)
Profile 5 • healthy urbanization (PosadMaxwan)
Profile 6 • 3 challenges for the city of the future (Rademacher de Vries Architecten).

Interior architecture
Profile 7 • working environments of the future (Hollandse Nieuwe)
Profile 8 • redevelopment of Fort Kudelstaart (Serge Schoemaker Architects)

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Profile 9 • research into a robust water system in combination with circular agriculture on the higher sandy soils (H+N+S)
Profile 10 • green housing in the Netherlands and new ecologies based on energy production (Studio Hartzema)

Profile 11 • Maison Circulaire (Jacques & André, Bruno Vermeersch)
Profile 12 • a socially engaged design approach to reduce energy needs in the Mariahoeve neighbourhood (Vanschagen Architecten)

Here you can find more extensive details about the profiles with information about the office and the proposed assignment.

collaboration programme
The programme is designed as a part-time work period of 3 months in the first half of 2021. We expect a weekly commitment from both the young professional and the office, so that a research project can be started or experiments can be carried out in a constructive and substantive way. During the entire work period, the upcoming talent will be supervised by a senior designer at the office for at least one day a week, and will also be provided with a physical work station. For this period, the architectural talent will receive a grant of € 5,200, based on two days a week for a period of three months.

The precise content and start of the collaboration programme can be agreed in consultation with the architectural office, after selection by the Fund, and recorded in a collaboration agreement. In addition, we expect the limitations of the COVID-19 measures to be taken into account in the design and implementation of the programme.

Designers can respond until Wednesday 28 October 2020. The response can be submitted via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then choose 'Open Call Building Talent'.

A response consists of:
1. a motivation letter (maximum 2 A4, PDF) indicating the following:

for which profile you are submitting an application;
what the motivation is for the subject;
what your own working method and vision are and why they fit in with the assignment;
what the added value of this process is for your own professional and artistic development.
2. a portfolio (maximum 10 A4, PDF), where in the case of collaboration projects your own contribution is clearly indicated.
3. a CV (maximum 2 A4, PDF)
4. a copy of a diploma from a relevant course of study in the architectural discipline (PDF)

Please note: request your login details for the online application environment on time. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day. For this specific open call, it is not necessary to be registered with the Chamber of Commerce when creating an account. If you are not registered, enter the same information under organization details as under personal details.

• the applicant graduated a maximum of 6 years ago from a relevant course of study within the field of architecture, or the applicant shows with the portfolio and CV that they have at least two years of demonstrable experience within the architectural discipline. In addition to architecture, this also includes urban design, spatial planning, garden and landscape architecture and interior architecture;
• the applicant remains in the Netherlands during the work period and has a work and residence permit (if required);
• there is no question of a regular commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
• an application is submitted in a personal capacity; it is not possible to apply for these positions as a studio or collective.

• Subsidy cannot be applied for while following education at an institution, such as bachelor and master courses of study.
• No subsidy will be awarded to designers who are already receiving or have received support under the Talent Development Grant Programme to implement their development plan.

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. For this open call, the advisory committee consists of: Aslı Çiçek, Joost Emmerik and Samir Bantal. During its meeting, the committee will issue a recommendation on the basis of the following criteria:
1. relevance to the subject in question; here, the committee assesses the relationship between the motivation, the existing expertise and artistic principles in relation to the relevant profile for which the person has submitted an application.
2. quality of the designer's work; here, the committee looks specifically at the working method and vision described, and how these are expressed through the imagination or inquisitive attitude of the designer, and the mastery of the various techniques or methods.
3. professionalization and alignment with the applicant's own development potential; here, the committee makes a statement about the expected extent to which the proposed activities will contribute to the strengthening of the applicant's own working practice during the work period.

Each adviser evaluates each dossier individually on the basis of the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. unsatisfactory;
2. weak;
3. satisfactory;
4. good;
5. very good.

Please note: Criterion 1, relevance to the subject in question, will be given greater weight in the evaluation.

All the advisers give a separate score for each of these criteria. During the meeting, this score can be adjusted by the individual adviser on the basis of the discussion. After all the submissions have been considered, the scores are finalized. This results in a ranking per round based on weighted averages. The highest-rated proposal is offered as a match to the relevant architectural office, and is followed by the applicant and office discussing the details of the collaboration programme. After this discussion, both parties can indicate whether the collaboration can definitely go ahead. If this is not the case, the next applicant on the ranking list will be approached for an interview with the architectural office.

N.B. If no suitable application has been submitted within a specific profile, the advisory committee reserves the right to propose candidates who initially registered for a different profile. The applicant in question will be informed of this and will retain the right to agree or withdraw.

The evaluation of the open call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within each profile, one proposal will be prioritized over the other submissions. Only applications with a positive evaluation can be supported.

You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call. The Fund will only communicate about the 12 selected designers who are starting a collaborative programme with an office.

The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of these Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for Open Calls. The following articles in these Regulations do not apply to this open call:
Article 5, paragraph 1
Article 5, paragraph 3, under f
Article 11, paragraph 2 and paragraph 3, under a
Article 12, paragraph 1, under b
Articles 13 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

subsequent procedure
After this initial selection, discussions between the applicant and the office will take place to establish the definitive content of the collaboration programme. Please note that these meetings will be scheduled in the last week of November and the first week of December. The final plan of action and a collaboration agreement will be drawn up in consultations between the applicant and the office. Once these documents have been received, the subsidy can be definitively paid out.
The Fund intends to organize a session at the end of the programme, where all the participants in the programme can meet each other.

more information
All communication relating to this open call will be via the Fund. If there are any questions, you should not contact the relevant offices. For questions about the open call and procedure, you can contact Dominique Geelen at d.geelen@stimuleringsfonds.nl or Carlijn Limburg at c.limburg@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

additional resources for makers due to COVID-19
In June 2020, Minister van Engelshoven provided the Creative Industries Fund NL with additional resources to support makers in the design sector who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 situation. Part of these additional resources will be used through this open call to give an impulse to young architects and also to support offices. The reasoning behind the open call is that the Fund expects the COVID-19 situation to make it extra difficult for novice architects to connect with the work field, to find a (training) position within an office, or to set up their own practice. At the same time, it will become more complicated for offices in the coming years to make room for experimentation and research.