Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

Cuban Architects Grant

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation grant program


28 April 2017 New York / Havana:

Two recipients announced for the Soane Foundation Traveling Grant for Cuban Architects.  One of these grants is co-sponsored with the Havana Heritage Foundation.

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation presents this inaugural Soane Foundation Traveling Grant for Cuban Architects in cooperation with the Prince's Foundation Summer School and with cooperation from INTBAU Cuba, the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and Havana Heritage Foundation.

Traveling Grant for a Cuban Architect

For a three-week study program in the United Kingdom - July 2017.

This is for Cuban Architects to go to London and the UK is a special program to support Cuban architects through travel, education and exposure to modern methods of architectural practice.

Purpose | Program | Housing and Meals | Length of Stay

The purpose of the Soane Foundation Traveling Grant for Cuban Architects is to enable Cuban architects (including urban designers and preservationists) to travel to United Kingdom to study architectural development and history.

The grant winner (grantee) will attend a three-week Summer School program of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, held in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom This program engages in a series of lectures, workshops, drawing and building exercises and field trips. Through these resources, as well as possible additional opportunities in London, the grantee is afforded a unique opportunity for international research and study. This program offers a networking opportunity with 25 to 30 course participants plus instructors and speakers – providing a valuable resource going forward for the grantee.

The Prince's Foundation arranges accommodations, meals, local transportation and transportation to various sites around the United Kingdom for the length of the program. The award may include an additional stay in London at the conclusion of the Summer School for three to four nights. Projected travel dates for 2017 are departing Havana on Thursday, 6 July 2017 and returning either on Monday, 31 July or Thursday, 3 August.

One Traveling Grant per Year

In 2017, one award will be made. This program will continue in 2018 and 2019 and potentially beyond.


An applicant must be a citizen of the Republic of Cuba; they must have:

  1. An educational degree in architecture or urban planning;
  2. A level of proficiency in spoken English (also for reading related to documents and plans, writing to a lesser degree);
  3. They must have graduated from university;
  4. They must be between the ages of 25 and 45.

Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, political affiliation or gender.

Criteria for Selection

  • Completion of the:
  • Two to three letters of reference (one page letter per reference and may be in English or Spanish)
  • Submission of a document (copy) concerning graduation from a qualified academic program.

Award Conditions

  • The award provides underwriting for the grantee to attend the Prince's Foundation Summer School (value approximately $5,500USD). Payment will also be provided for procurement of airline ticket and travel expenses (value approximately $2,000USD+/-). Additionally, monies will be provided for daily expenses.
  • The grantee is required to fully participate in the Prince's Foundation Summer School and all related activities.
  • Within two months of the program conclusion, the grantee must submit a report on the knowledge gained or results of the program period. The report may be in the form of a written paper (one to two pages) or a sketch book. The recipient may also be called on to give a talk in Cuba on their experience at a future date.


All materials must be submitted by March 15th, 2017.

to be completed for final submission

PDF Application Form
can be viewed and printed please use online form for final submission, English/Spanish

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation
1040 First Avenue, No. 311
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: 212-223-2012


"The Soane Foundation is excited to provide this traveling grant program to enable Cuban architects to become more knowledgeable through discourse and study with like-minded colleagues in London and the UK. This program is intended to expose the architect to current techniques in architectural preservation and practices. Interaction with the international design community could play an important role as there is endless potential for redevelopment of the island's rich architecture, and the need to protect it."

- Thomas A. Kligerman, President, Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation
Architect, Ike Kligerman Barkley, New York

"Travel opened the eyes of the young John Soane (architect, 1753-1837) and showed him possibilities that he would never have discovered from books or prints. We are thrilled to participate in this important initiative, which will afford young Cuban architects similar opportunities."

- Bruce Boucher, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Partners in the Traveling Grant

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community is a UK based charity that evolved from The Institute of Architecture, established by HRH, The Prince of Wales. The mission of the Prince's Foundation is transforming lives through building resilient places. Visit them at

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), which is based in London and has 25 chapters around the world. The INTBAU CUBA chapter was formed in 2009 as the 12th chapter. Visit them at

Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (LFC) is an autonomous, non-governmental and non-profit institution in Cuba created by German art collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig to protect and promote contemporary Cuban artists and culture, develop research works and new technologies applied to the artistic field, and encourage dialog with both Cuban and international cultural communities. LFC acts as a cultural center to encourage the creation of bridges of understanding in Cuba and abroad.

Havana Heritage Foundation (HHF) is based in New York City. Its mission is to preserve, protect and restore the rich architectural and cultural heritage in Havana. Visit them at

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation (SJSMF) working throughout the United States to foster a lively educational forum in the fields of art, architecture and the decorative arts within the Soanean tradition to American audiences and provides financial assistance to Sir John Soane's Museum in London. In 2016, the Soane Foundation marked its 25th Anniversary. Visit them at

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