Open Call: Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica

Open Call: Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica


The Fundamental Design Build Initiative (created by Taller KEN) invites 10 early career architects and designers from around the world to further develop their approach to design and experiment at the intersection of design, social space, and landscape during the three month period in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Fundamental initiative aims to exposes young architects from all around the world to all aspects of a built work of design -- from site analysis through brainstorming, fundraising, project management, sourcing materials, pre-fabrication, onsite construction, all the way to preparing materials for publication. Participants will be chosen through a competitive selection process and are invited to attend and participate, at no cost to themselves, except for travel and per diem expenses. Accommodations are provided in the cultural center of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.


The ten participants are selected on the basis of their interest and motivation to as well as their previous experience. Residents 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. 2019 Fundamental Design Build participants will represent a variety of aesthetic and design backgrounds and traditions. While in San Jose you will have the opportunity to work intensively alongside other students and local professional architects and experts, share your home culture, and challenge your own assumptions about architecture. Because of the international focus Fundamental participants will continue to flourish around the globe for years to come.


Application is open to architects and designers from any part of the world that are pursuing their professional degrees in or related to architecture. Space is very limited and a diverse and international group is sought, 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.

Submission Requirements

1. Statement of interest and intent (150 words). This is helps our jury 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.

Send to:

Subject Line: Fundamental Application 2019

Application Period: Mar. 11 – Apr. 22, 2019

Program Dates: May 20 – Aug 19, 2019

Submit any questions in writing via email.

  • Title

    Open Call: Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Student Competitions)
  • Organizers

    Fundamental Design Build Initiative
  • Submission Deadline

    April 22, 2019 03:44 PM
  • Venue

    San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Price


This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Open Call: Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica" 12 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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