Open Call: Applications for 2020 Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica

The Fundamental Design Build Initiative invites 10 early-career architects, designers, and engineers from around the world to San Jose, Costa Rica for a three-month summer residency. 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 are provided in the cultural center of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.


Participants typically represent a variety of backgrounds and are selected on the basis of their interest, motivation, previous experience. 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. Local 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 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. Participants are required to remain in San Jose during the entire three months, respecting an intensive work schedule.

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.

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Subject Line: Fundamental Application 2020

Application Period: February 01 - April 25, 2020

Program Dates: May 25 - August 23, 2020

Submit any questions in writing via email.

  • Title

    Open Call: Applications for 2020 Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica
  • Type

    Grants, Scholarships & Awards
  • Organizers

  • Submission Deadline

    April 25, 2020 01:30 PM
  • Price


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Cite: "Open Call: Applications for 2020 Fundamental Design Build Initiative, San Jose Costa Rica" 04 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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