Postponed until further notice


For reasons beyond the organization of this Competition, the political situation dictates that we have to continue waiting to be able to move forward and publish the Phase Two Call for Entries.

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Phase Two

Entries are invited for the second phase of the Competition, in which architects of all nationalities are encouraged to present urban architectural design proposals for any of the three sites selected by the jury.

A second international jury, on which the various institutions collaborating in this initiative will once again be represented, will assess the proposals, selecting for each site the entries that best fulfill the Competition’s criteria. The jury there will also include representatives of the authorities of the three municipalities to which the sites belong.


For the selection of the winning proposals, the jury will give consideration to the following criteria of the proposals submitted with the weighting indicated below:


Consideration will be given to: – Its capacity to help generate a more beautiful, coherent, sustainable and socially-integrating urban structure (12.5 points) – Provide a high quality answer to all the problems and opportunities posed by the community that they are aimed at, and to pose quality solutions to other problems or opportunities that may have been identified by the authors (12.5 points) – Its attention to environmental and socio-economic sustainability, seeking to enhance the conditions of habitability and energy efficiency, provide quality solutions to problems of accessibility and promote the use of construction techniques and traditional materials that are re-usable and typical of the area, and thus contributing to local and regional economies and to reduce the generation of waste and emissions (12.5 points)


Consideration will be given to: – Its suitability to the context in which it would be built and its respect for the cultural heritage of the site and its capacity to harmoniously enhance it (12.5 points) – The degree to which they provide continuity to local architectural and urban traditions, helping to preserve or reinforce the identity of the site (12.5 points)


Consideration will be given to: – Impact on the community. In other words, the degree to which it is accepted by the community it is aimed at and its capacity to generate more and better jobs among the construction trades of the region, in the event that the proposal were implemented (12.5 points) – Its capacity to provide continuity for the possible interventions to be carried out, giving rise to new improvement designs and to become an example for other communities to follow (12.5 points)


Consideration will be given to: – Its feasibility in technical and economic/financial terms, and in the relationship between the investment that implementing it would entail and the benefits that would be involved for the community and its cultural heritage (12.5 points) Total score: 100 points Out of a possible total of 100 points, the Jury will weigh the above criteria in each work.



The Richard H. Driehaus Competition is open for participation to teams comprising at least one architect, associated or not with other professionals of this or other disciplines (architects, town planners, landscape architects, engineers, artists, etc.). The number of components of one team is composed by: its “representative”, a maximum of 3 “associates” and the individuals designated as “collaborators”. The team can be composed by natural persons or legal entities. All teams must fill in Annex V. When the team is composed by several legal entities (or legal entities and/or natural persons), they must establish a JV; additionally, they must fill in Annex III. If the team is composed exclusively by individuals not associated to a company or a JV, it must only fill in Annex V. It is necessary to maintain this same structure from the entry into the competition until the payment of prizes and the possible signing of the contract. COMPOSITION OF THE TEAMS: Representative and team coordinator: they must be an architect in possession of a university degree that qualifies them to practice the profession in their country of origin. The team representative is the only contact person during the competition. All communications will be made through a single email address that cannot be modified during the competition. Associates: Optionally, the architect who coordinates the team can be accompanied by a maximum of 3 associates. Associates are considered as co-authors of the project and as such, appear in all publications and exhibitions. Associates must be professionals in possession of a University Degree, regardless of the discipline and of their nationalities. These qualifications are the only mandatory requisites. Collaborators: Assistants may appear in the team, known as collaborators, from the same or different disciplines. Collaborators, whether they are in possession of a qualification or not, are not considered authors of the project, but it will be understood that they have contributed to it.


Registration shall be through this web site. The submission of bids implies that the participants unconditionally accept all the contents of these Competition Rules. However, any doubts or enquiries that competitors may have during the competition may be addressed to the FAQ section of this web site.

Team registration

Interested parties must register from the date on which the competition is published on the competition Website, where they can fill out the entry form that will ask them for their contact details. Once the registration process has been completed, teams will receive a confirmation email with a CODE identifying their project and which will guarantee the anonymity of the bids submitted, and an ACCESS PASSWORD for the platform, through which they can send all personal documents and those related to the bid. Only one bid may be submitted for each site (or lot). However, the same team may submit proposals for more than one lot. The number of teams registered to compete for each lot shall be made public at all times and this information will be automatically updated on the Website.



Information may be provided in Spanish or in English.

Documentation to be submitted by the team of competitors 

The documentation submitted to the competition is comprised of different detailed files detailed below, which must be uploaded to the document uploading platform enabled at the Website either individually or grouped together, provided that the maximum allowed size of 10Mb is not exceeded. Files can be uploaded and modified as many times as necessary, but it is mandatory to request the “acknowledgment of receipt” to confirm that the documents have been stored properly.

1- A minimum of two and a maximum of four horizontal panel of A1 size in pdf format that must include at least the following graphic information:

  • Site map
  • General view of the proposed design, showing its relationship with the context it is set in
  • As many close-up views as may be required to understand the design and its relationship with the surrounding context
  • As many floor plans, sections and elevations as may be required for a proper architectural and urban definition of the proposal * Construction details reflecting an awareness and implementation of the local construction tradition

Each panel must clearly show the title of the bid, its location and the team identification code. All drawings must indicate the appropriate graphic scale.

2. – A3 size dossier in pdf format including the following information:

  • Technical documentation sufficiently developed to be able to properly assess it in accordance with the criteria listed above. The minimum level required will be the level of Draft Design. This section will comprise a maximum of ten pages.
  • Description of the design proposal of up to two pages in length.
  • Basic estimation of the budget, measures and basic approximate time line for possible implementation. This section will have a maximum of four pages.

3. – Promotional documentation, which will include a description of the proposal up to 300 words in Word format and up to 8 representative images (jpg or tiff, 300 dpi, maximum size A4). The description will be provided in English or in Spanish.

Both the dossier and the promotional documentation shall also bear the team identification code.


4. – The documents sent to raise the curtain of anonymity of the members of the team and to verify the validity of the bids must be posted on the Competition Website in PDF format at the time of registration.

The personal information requested must be submitted in PDF format with electronic signature in the case of Spanish teams, and is the following:

A. In the case of the team:

  • Accept the liability statement and the Competition Rules (by filling in Annex I “BASIC ACCREDITING INFORMATION OF COMPLIANCE WITH PREREQUISITES”)
  • “Express statement of the granting of consent for the dissemination of the works and acceptance of the provisions of UE Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 April 2016, on the protection of natural persons, regarding the treatment of personal data and the free circulation of these data, that repeals Directive 95/49/CE” (according to Annex II).
  • Where appropriate, the “Commitment to set up a Joint Venture (JV), indicating the names and circumstances of the parties setting it up, and their corresponding share (article 69.3 LCSP)”. This document must be signed by each of the individuals (or the representatives of each of the companies) participating in the JV, pursuant to Annex III.
  • “Statement of Responsibility of the Commitment to take out a Civil Liability Insurance for Occupational Risks”, pursuant to Annex IV.
  • “Affidavit listing the members of the technical team, indicating their academic qualifications, committing to dedicate these personal resources to the execution of the contract referred to in section 9 of these Competition Rules” (Annex V).

B. In the case of the team representative:

  • Copy of the professional qualification or document accrediting their professional degree. This degree may be substituted by a certificate issued by the Secretary of the corresponding Professional Association accrediting such circumstance.
  • Foreign companies shall also submit a declaration that they will submit to the jurisdiction of the Spanish Courts and Tribunals for all and any kind of incidents that could arise from the contract, directly or indirectly, renouncing any foreign jurisdictional rights the bidder may be entitled to.

The final composition of the team will only take into consideration the people previously registered who have provided the documents referred to in this section.


Once the deadline for the submission of bids has been met, the material received corresponding to sections 13.3.1, 13.3.2 and 13.3.3 will be prepared for the examination of the Jury, by people who have nothing to do with them.  This material will not be considered valid if it contains any reference to its author over and above the CODE provided to the team at the time of their registration.

The contract file opened for that purpose will incorporate expressly the certification of the bids submitted, which will include their respective CODES, and will be sent to the Jury, which will act in accordance with articles 187 et seq. of the LCSP.


The experts and jury members will only assess anonymous bids. They will only have access to the name of the site and the team CODE.
At the time of registration, each team will be automatically assigned a team code that must appear on the delivered drawings and on each of the documents submitted.

Once the Jury has reached a final decision, it will raise the curtain of anonymity over the prize-winning projects (through the material received pursuant to section 13.3.4). Once these are known, the project code will be automatically related to the composition of the team, through the Competition Website database.

By the mere fact of submitting their bids, competitors undertake not to disclose such projects, either at their own initiative or through any of the members of the team, before the Jury has handed down its decision, in order to guarantee anonymity and to preserve the objectivity of the competition. Any breach of this commitment will automatically lead to the disqualification of the bid concerned.

Competitors may not maintain any communications regarding the competition with members of the Jury. Any bid that violates the content of this Rule will be excluded.



The record of the discussion of the Jury appointed for the Richard H. Driehaus Competition shall be published on the Public Sector Procurement Platform ( and on the Competition website (

First prize (Winner)

The authors of the bids winning the first prize for each lot (Competition winner) will receive a sum equivalent to €12,000 (VAT not included).

Honorable mentions

The jury may distinguish up to three bids per lot with an honorable mention for projects that do not completely fulfil the requisites of the site, despite complying with the objectives sought. The authors of these bids will receive an amount equivalent to €2,000 (VAT not included).


Any prize-winning competitor who has provided their consent by filling in Appendix II will transfer their rights to exploit, reproduce, exhibit and publish the proposals submitted to the competition to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, pursuant to the intellectual property legislation for both domestic and international use and without any time limit or limit on media, including any variations in details or programme that may be necessary depending on the needs and objectives that motivate this Competition.

Authors retain the intellectual property of the works submitted – authorship, originality of the work and the full right to exercise the rights indicated in these Rules – and none of them, not even the prize-winning works, may be used for purposes other than those set in said Rules, nor as material for other, different architects or engineers from the respective authors to draw up other projects.

Participants in this competition shall respect the confidential nature of ay information they may have access to in general due to the competition.

Additional provision twenty-five of the LCSP and related provisions shall be applicable in matters of personal data protection.

The tendering party shall identify all and any information to be considered confidential in all the documentation that they submit, in accordance with section 13 of these Rules and article 133 of the LCSP.

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and INTBAU may conduct any dissemination they consider appropriate by means of exhibitions and publication of all or part of the works submitted to the Competition. In the case of prize-winning projects and any non-prize-winning projects, these will be identified only with their corresponding code. In any event, participants will have had to fill in Appendix II (“Express declaration of providing their consent for the dissemination of the works and acceptance of the requirements of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 April 2016, concerning the protection of natural persons” repealing Directive 95/46/CE (General data protection regulation).

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and INTBAU may also publish all the works submitted in hard copy, digital format, or even over the Internet under the same conditions as those established for the exhibition.