The award honours the memory of professor in urbanism, and architect, Manuel de Solà-Morales Rubió (1939-2012), who understood his subject as a creative and intellectual activity, committed to improving cities through what he called «persistent research».
Candidates can present any doctoral thesis that has urbanism as the object of the candidate’s research. The thesis must have been written in a European language and must have been presented in a European university between 1st January 2018 and 15th April 2022. It should also have obtained the maximum mark (cum laude or similar).
– Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Architect and emeritus Professor of History of Urban Design at the ETH Zürich, who will act as chairman of the jury.
– Teresa Marat-Mendes, Architect and Professor at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.
– Fernando Díaz-Pinés Mateo, Architect and Professor at the Valladolid School of Architecture, representing Arquia Foundation.
– Enric Serra Riera, Architect and Professor of Urban Design at the Barcelona School of Architecture, who will act as the jury’s secretary and as the LUB’s representative.
The best PhD will receive a prize of €7,000. Depending on the quality of the work submitted, the first prize may be shared ex aequo or might even be declared void. Additionally, the jury may consider issuing a number of runners-up. The Prize winner and finalists will receive a diploma. The winning doctoral thesis will be published by Arquia Foundation at arquia/tesis collection series.