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Europe 40 under 40
The top new European architects and designers
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Europe's most important and emerging young architects and designers in Europe 40under40 laureates for 2017


The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s most promising and emerging design talents in Europe for 2017.

Forty architects and industrial designers were selected this year by a jury of architecture and design practitioners, academics and publishers invited by The European Centre's advisory committee.

Geographically, the selected young recipients for the 2017 “Europe 40 Under 40®” hail from across fourteen nations: Austria, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey—the best of the young best of Europe.

"This year's awarded Europe 40 Under 40," states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum, "are some of the brightest and most progressive architects and designers ever selected in this program over the years. Their work is highly innovative, densely imaginative, and full of a new spirit that characterizes European design today."

The young European architects selected for 2017 provide an insight and an overview of the architectural and design scene in Europe, and provide a series of information that includes portraits and short bio, project explanatory texts, and photographs of leading projects.

The “Europe 40 Under 40®” program was initiated by The European Center as an bi-annual program to spotlight and identify the next generation of architects and designers who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas. 

Presented bi-annually, the program is open to all young architects, landscape architects, urban planners, industrial designers, graphic designers, and fashion and textile designers who are under the age of 40 who are working independently or in a firm or on a specific project where they are the lead designer.

 Download the "Press release" and other communication materials here.

Program Philosophy

Europe 40 Under 40® is an annual awards program that celebrates the next new talented generation of European architects. The program is directed to support new and emerging design talent that will influence the near future of European architectural design, thinking, and theory with the direct consequence of impacting future environments and future European and international cities. The key is to bring wider recognition to 40 of the most promising emerging architects working in the European Union and other countries inside Europe, fostering and encouraging new talent and new creative thinking at the forefront of tomorrow's profession.

Every two years, architects under the age of 40 (as of December 1, 2018) are invited to submit projects (built or unbuilt) to be judged by a panel of distinguished architectural practitioners, developers, architectural journalists, educators, and critics. Participating architects under 40 can be either working as individual practitioners or collaborating inside an established firm as the principal lead designer of the projects submitted.
In addition to the 28 European Union member countries, architects from the following European nations are invited to participate: Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Albania, Monaco, Andorra, Serbia, Montenegro, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldavia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Canary Islands, Faeroe Islands, San Marino, and Iceland.

Projects include corporate architecture, skyscrapers, institutional projects, religious buildings, civic and political structures, planning projects, urban renewal, restoration/renovation, residential architecture for single family and multi-family dwellings, stores, residential or commercial interiors, sports and transportation centers, and public environments.

Architects, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners can apply. 

The deadline for the 2019 program is November 1, 2018. Applications are available online at The European Centre's website at


Projects are judged on the merit of design innovation with the emphasis of pushing the envelope beyond conventional methods and exploring new theories, ideas, and approaches to contemporary design. Additional
criteria for evaluation includes the use of the latest building technologies, the investigation of new materials, the incorporation of energy conservation and environmental consciousness in design, a practical sensitivity to the environment and to urban and rural surroundings and conditions, and a forward-thinking respect for “green design” as mandated by the European Union. 
The jury will select individual architects on the basis of submitted work and the potential of their impact on the future of the profession.

The results of Europe 40 Under 40 are announced in Summer and take the form of an exhibition opening in Europe and scheduled for travel. The exhibition is also presented in the United States by The Chicago Athenaeum. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and documents the work of the 40 selected architects.
The European Centre for Architecture Design Art and Urban Studies invites young architects to submit for Europe 40 Under 40 either on line at or by posting the submission. Each applicant can submit between 1-3 projects for consideration. For posted applications, attach the following on one CD-ROM (per project):
• A postal or online completed application form.
• One to three (1 to 3) photographs per project, site plans, floor plans, sections, and elevations, in 300 dpi JPEG format no larger than 4-6 MB.
• One-page description per project.
• Application fee of €200.

Cheques made payable to: The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Payment can be made by Mastercard/Visa/American Express or by bank wire transmission. Email for electronic payment details.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 

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