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2014/2015 Edition

The sixth edition of the competition included for the first time the special prize for sustainability awarded by the We Are Water Foundation. Two different categories, Professional and Student, were also created, motivated by the constant growth in the number of participants in previous editions, which continued this time with over 4,000 contestants from 112 countries. 

The jury was presided over by the famous architect Ma Yansong, and was made up of Josep Congost, Rafael de la Hoz, Tom Dyckhoff, Guta Moura, Isabel Roig and Marcelo Rosenbaum. 

The winners of the professional category were Irene Cañada and Raquel Prendes with the multifunctional project BTWIST. The winning project in the Student category was [ARIA]2, by Samuele Nucaro and Cristina tu Anh Pham. Finally, the sustainability award was won by Katharina Sophie and Larissa Siemon with the project Plura.



Special We Are Water Foundation Prize


Katharina Sophie Wohlleben and Larissa Siemon (Germany)


These are the finalist projects of the 6th jumpthegap® Roca International Design Contest. Congratulations to all their authors!!!! The winners were announced during the Award Ceremony in early October at the Roca Madrid Gallery:

Professional category

Student category


Victoria Bellido & Angel Cobo (Spain)


Marta Muñoz & Helena Galí (Spain)


Professional and Student

Ma Yansong

Ma Yansong, President

Ma Yansong, President

Born in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in 1975

He was graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Yale University. Currently he’s also a professor in the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Ma has received many awards including the “Young Architects Award” by the Architectural League of New York on 2006, the “International Fellowship” by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and the 2014 “Young Global Leaders (YGL)” by World Economic Forum. 

Ma is the founding principal of MAD Architects, a global architecture firm committed to develop futuristic yet sustainable, organic yet technologically advanced architectures based on contemporary interpretation of the eastern spirit of nature.

He was the President of the jury of the sixth edition of jumpthegap

Josep Congost

Josep Congost

Josep Congost

Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1956

He holds a degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

From 1981 to 1989, he was a founding associate and President of the Board of Directors at Ecotècnia S. Coop, and from 1989 to 1997 he served as Director of Vehicle Design for the Nissan European Technology Center of Barcelona (NETC-B).

He has been working with Roca Sanitario, SA since 1997, and is currently the Design and Innovation Director.

Rafael de la Hoz

Rafael de la Hoz

Rafael de la Hoz

Born in Cordoba, Spain, in 1955

He studied architecture at ETSAM Madrid and currently operates an active international architecture practice in different countries around the world.

With a strong interest in the evolution of the architectural fabric of the city and the environmental impact and care, he has received some of the best certificates in sustainable design and some of the world highest honours including, MIPIM Award to the “Best office building in the world”, International Design Award from the Architecture Biennial of Argentina or the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum (USA).

Patron of the Contemporary Architecture Foundation and Editorial Board member of Serbian magazine The New ARCH, he has been invited as jury or to lecture in different places and universities as ETH Zurich, The College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University, l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture in Rabat or AEDES Gallery in Berlin.

Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff

Born in St Albans, United Kingdom

Tom is an enthusiast writer and broadcaster about architecture, cities and places. He was educated at Oxford University and University College London, and began his career at Perspectives, the Prince of Wales’s architectural magazine, before becoming exhibitions curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and then deputy editor of Space, the Guardian newspaper’s design and homes section.

He is an architecture critic for BBC television’s weekly arts programme, The Culture Show. He has also recently presented a new BBC2 series, The Great Interior Design Challenge. He has written and presented many documentaries on British television and radio, including Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Buildings and BBC2’s Saving Britain’s Past.

He writes for The Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine and has been architecture critic for The Times newspaper, London.

Tom has written widely for international publications such as GQ, Arena, Wallpaper, Domus, Icon and Blueprint, has taught at University College London, and as a visiting critic at other universities, and regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events, including The Stirling Prize in 2009 and 2010.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a trustee of the Architecture Foundation.

Guta Moura

Guta Moura

Guta Moura

Born in Torres Vedras, Portugal, in 1965

Actively engaged in the international design community as a curator, creative director, strategic designer, teacher and critical thinker, she integrates several high-profile committees and jury panels. Her articles and essays on design, culture and communication have been published in Portugal and abroad.

Guta Moura Guedes is co-founder of “Experimenta”, a non-profit association created in Lisbon in 1998, where she has held the position of Chair since 2000. She has been dedicated to the directing and programming of the EXD Biennale, of which she has been Director and Co-Author, since 1999. She is the Commissioner of the Portuguese Design year 2014/2015, nominated by the Portuguese Government.

She was a communication consultant for the Music Department of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Coordinator of Allgarve Contemporary Art programme, Strategic Designer and Communication advisor to Fundação Casa da Música and was nominated Administrator of Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém by the Portuguese Government.

She was distinguished with the Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.

Isabel Roig

Isabel Roig

Isabel Roig

Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1964

She is the General Director of the BCD Barcelona Design Centre since 2000, an organization focused on economic and social value creation through design and its role in innovation and sustainable growth.

Her previous professional experience has provided her with the insight required to set successful and innovative strategies at the Centre. In 2006, she founded Barcelona Design Week.

She has been a member of the European Design Leadership Board appointed by the European Commission, and President of BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations).

Currently, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Design Weeks Network.

Marcelo Rosenbaum

Marcelo Rosenbaum

Marcelo Rosenbaum

Born in São Paulo, Brasil, in 1968

Designer for over 20 years, is director of Rosenbaum, a design and innovation office where cultural memory, tradition and the inclusion of human beings play an important role in the creative process. His work is primarily inspired on values ​​of brazilianness.

He gives lectures to several professional markets, founder and director of A Gente Transforma (We Transform) project, a cultural reconquest movement through design and has already taken this proposal in communities of Varzea Queimada in Piauí, Yawanawa in Acre and Parque Santo Antonio Sao Paulo - Brazil.

Awards Ceremony