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The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) recognizes recently graduated architects, urban planners, and landscape architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future. The program emerged from curiosity about the initial stages in these students’ development and a desire to support their talent as they enter the professional world.




Mies van der Rohe

A pioneer of modern architecture and an avid supporter of design education, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe inspired the Young Talent Architecture Award. He believed that good design begins with a good vision. Famous for saying “less is more,” Mies introduced a new level of simplicity and transparency to architecture. At Vectorworks, we create our software with visionaries like Mies in mind. Our tools remain an ideal solution for designers who are reshaping the way we think about and define space.


Barcelona Pavilion

Fundamental to Mies’ design philosophy, and one of the driving forces behind his iconic use of glass, was the concept of fluid space. He believed that architecture should embody a continuous flow of space, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. In one of his most renowned works, the Barcelona Pavilion, movable glass and marble partitions create a space that is flexible and independent of the structure itself.


The Barcelona Chair

Designed by Mies for the German Pavilion, it’s part of Vectorworks’ line of content available in the Knoll library through the application’s package manager.



After struggling to find work in the radically changing Germany, Mies immigrated to Chicago in 1937, where he was appointed director of the architecture program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mies revolutionized American architecture with his modernist style, notable for using steel and glass to create simple, functional buildings. Two of his most famous designs are the towering Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York City and the Farnsworth House, an almost entirely transparent, one-story house in Illinois reminiscent of the Barcelona Pavilion.

Mies refined his style over his lifetime, eschewing traditional austere architecture for minimalist designs with large, open spaces. In Mies’ view, a building should be “a clear and true statement of its times.” We look forward to seeing the statements reflected in the designs of young architects.



[a building should be] "a clear and true statement of its times."
– Mies van der Rohe