The Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture is organised by the Traditional Building Cultures Foundation, thanks to Richard H. Driehaus and Kalam and with the collaboration of INTBAU Spain and INTBAU Portugal, with the collaboration of Kalam, the Fundação Serra Henriques, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and the Ordem dos Arquitetos, and with the high patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic.
The Traditional Building Cultures Foundation seeks to foster and promote the study, protection, teaching, dissemination and conservation of the traditional building, architecture and urbanism characteristic of the various regions of the world.
INTBAU Spain develops its initiatives to promote traditional building, architecture and urbanism and serves as a platform for collaboration and exchange of information, contributing to the promotion of other related initiatives organized by its members and other institutions linked to the network itself.
INTBAU Portugal is a chapter of the INTBAU Central Office (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism), which is an international educational charity which works under the Patronage of its founder HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional building, the maintenance of local character, and the creation of better places to live.
The Fundação Serra Henriques was established in Portugal in 1997 for the promotion of education, culture and science; paying special attention to the study of the national territory for local development and improvement of cultural heritage. Since 2015, it has represented the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture in Portugal. In 2012 it established the National Prize for Architecture and Urbanism, Archiprix Portugal, in collaboration with the Archiprix Foundation (The Netherlands) as well as la Ordem dos Arquitectos in collaboration with all the Portuguese universities and their best end-of-degree projects in Architecture.
The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de san Fernando is one of the eight Royal Academies of national scope integrated into the Institute of Spain that aims to promote artistic creativity, as well as the study, dissemination and protection of the arts and cultural heritage. Currently it is composed of fifty-six academics in total, among whom is Rafael Manzano Martos and other personalities of recognized prestige in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music, film, graphic art, photography, design and history, and art theory.
La Ordem dos Arquitectos is the public association representative of all the architects who practice in Portugal. The institution regulates professional activity and its mission is to ensure constitutional interest in the correct ordering of the territory: for a quality urbanism, for the defense and promotion of the landscape, the built heritage, the environment, the quality of life and for the right to architecture.