X International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

From July 31 to August 18, 2017

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Teaching Team made up of 4 architects and assistants.


The Summer Workshop is born of a way of understanding Architecture and Landscape from a humanistic spirit. The coexistence in a space and time of different creative disciplines creates synergies for mutual enrichment between the parties.

The workshop is designed following four main ideas that articulate the program:

  • Competition Format: Closed exercises that condense a complex process within a specific time frame
  • Transversality: An integrative interdisciplinary approach
  • Sharing: Shared creativity fostering the capacity for dialogue
  • Experience: Understanding derived from observation, participation and experience

Creativity must be at the origin of the concept, present at the initial moment where we give answer to the question we are asked, and should be shared by all the participants, being the common thread of the process. Everything results from creativity.

The workshop focuses on the living of a direct experience of the participants, showing the territory where the work of RCR Arquitectes is rooted, with the aim of understanding their relationship with the site and the landscape, to share and pass on an attitude to life, architecture and creativity, putting into practice their working methods.

The Program consists in:

Creative Atelier. Four exercises are proposed for building capacity to excel conceptually and being resolutely communicative in a short term. The exercises are accompanied by a teaching team of four architects and assistants. The Creative Atelier includes intern lectures, weekly reviews by RCR Arquitectes, and the optional participation in a module of the Dance Program for exploring the relation between body and space.

Open Program. An exhibition, a cycle of conferences and parallel activities, open to the public.

Site visits. Visits to constructed work by RCR Arquitectes.


Creative Atelier, from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Open Program, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Site visits, Saturday, August 5 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Teaching Load:  151,5 hours.

Creative atelier, 127,5h.
Open program, 15h.
Site visits, 9h.


The workshop will take place in the Barberí Space, Calle Fontanella 26, 17800 Olot (Girona), Spain. The space is conditioned to develop the course.


Spanish is the common language. We recommend a basic knowledge of Spanish.

English is the second official language of the Summer Workshop. Those participating without knowledge of the Spanish will receive assistance during the Creative Atelier and the site visits. Consecutive interpreting of conferences is foreseen for the Open Program.


Participants of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape will receive two participation certificates issued by RCR BUNKA Fundació Privada and the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB).


Application Process

Requirements for your application to be considered:

  • Profile: The workshop is aimed at last year architecture students and architects.
  • Computer skills: required: AutoCAD, Photoshop. Optional: InDesign, Rhino, 3DStudio, other.
  • Online form: Submission of the online form with all details of the candidate.
  • Portfolio: Online submission of the portfolio including curriculum information in pdf format (max. 3 MB), with the file named as follows: portfolio-name-surname1-surname2.pdf.
  • Full documentation: Applications that do not provide all the requested documentation will be excluded from the selection process.
  • Admission: The submission of the application form does not guarantee the direct entry to the program. All candidates will be part of the selection process.

Applications for registration: until Friday, April 14, 2017

Selection Process

  • Selection criteria: for the selection of participants will be considered the information on the online form and the portfolio.
  • Selection of participants:
    • First Call: until Friday, May 5, 2017. Communication to participants admitted, not admitted and on waiting list.
    • Second Call: until Friday, May 26, 2017. Communication to participants on waiting list.
  • Communications: All communications will be via e-mail.


Tuition Fee of 800 Euros.

The amount of the tuition fee is possible thanks to the collaboration of different public and private institutions, and companies, and is therefore subsidised.

Payment Conditions

  • Tuition Fee: The tuition fee amounts to a total of 800,00 Euros, and
    • includes the participation in the creative atelier, the access to the Open Program and the site visits. It includes also a civil responsibility insurance, transportation to the visited sites and a party at the end of the Summer Workshop.
    • does not include accommodation and maintenance of the participants. The participants will have to bring their own laptop.
  • First payment:
    • Participants admitted in the first call will make a first non-refundable payment of 300,00 Euros until Friday, May 19, 2017.
    • Participants on waiting list admitted in the second call will make a first non-refundable payment of 300,00 Euros until Friday, June 9, 2017.

Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will be automatically excluded from the program.

  • Second payment: Admitted participants will make a second payment of 500,00 Euros until Friday, June 23, 2017. Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will be automatically excluded from the program.
  • Cancellation Policy: In case of cancellation after Friday, June 23, 2017 the tuition fee will not be refunded. Cancellation will only be accepted in case of severe illness of the participant (need of written medical report).
  • Payment Method: In case of being admitted, we accept payments by
    • by bank transfer or credit card to the account number that we will provide you per e-mail.
    • by PayPal, with an increase that will be communicated per e-mail.
    • We do not accept bank charges. Please ensure the full amount of the tuition fee reaches us.

Medical Insurance

We recommend foreign participants to obtain a medical insurance.

Calendar X International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Friday, April 14, 2017: End of applications for registration
Friday, May 5, 2017: End of first call: Communication to participants admitted, not admitted and on waiting list
Friday, May 19, 2017: End of first non-refundable payment of 300,00 Euros for admitted participants
Friday, May 26, 2017: End of second call: Communication to participants admitted from waiting list
Friday, June 9, 2017: End of first non-refundable payment of 300,00 Euros for admitted participants from waiting list
Friday, June 23, 2017: End of second payment de 500,00 Euros
Monday, July 31, 2017: Start of workshop
Friday, August 18, 2017: End of workshop

Intern Lectures

The lectures are talks given by high-level specialists with extensive experience in their field that delve into issues that are worked on during the workshop. The conferences by the principals of RCR Arquitectes contribute to give design tools for the proposed projects, from an understanding of their working methods.


Francesc Xavier Puig i Oliveras

Director of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural  Park
Lecture La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

Francesc Xavier Puig i Oliveras (Girona, 1965) graduated from the School of Agricultural Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Since 1992 he has been member of the technical team of the Department of Environment of the Generalitat of Catalunya where he has developed his career, mainly in the field of planning and management of protected natural spaces, evaluation of environmental impact and urbanism. Since 2002 he is Director of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Since 1996 he is associate professor of the course on Environmental Impact Assessment, attached to the Area of Ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Girona.

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Josep Maria Mallarach

International expert in management and evaluation of protected natural spaces
Lecture The Meanings and Spiritual Values of Nature: Perception, Communication, Management and Integration in the cases of the Volcano Santa Margarida and of the Monastery of Santa Maria of Vallbona

Josep Maria Mallarach (Olot, 1955) has focused since 1977 most of his professional activity to planning, management and evaluation of protected natural spaces in Europe and the USA. He was the first director of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (1985-1991) and coordinated, together with Josep Germain, the first evaluation of the system of protected spaces of Catalonia, driven by the Catalan Institute for Natural History (2001-2003). He is member of the work group for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Management of Protected Spaces of the World Commission of Protected Areas of the IUCN. He edited the chapter on evaluation of the Plan of Action of protected natural spaces of the Spanish State (2002) and its first assessment in 2007. Since 2001 he is Professor of evaluation of the effectiveness of the protected natural spaces in the Master of protected natural areas of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University and the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has published six books and numerous articles on protected spaces, especially on criteria of evaluation and conservation of the natural world heritage. He is the founder of the non-profit association Silene, established in Catalonia, dedicated to study, disseminate and promote spiritual and cultural heritage and its inherent values, especially in relation to nature, conservation, and protected natural areas.

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Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem y Ramon Vilalta

Founders of RCR Arquitectes
Lectures Project Communication / The Attitude towards the site 

Teaching Staff


Igor Peraza Curiel

PhD Architect, Visiting Professor at The American University of Sharjah
er of the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Igor Peraza Curiel (Caracas, 1960) holds a BSc of Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, received a scholarship to do his Master of Architecture at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, and obtained his PhD at the University of Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan. He worked for five years at the studio of Arata Isozaki and led on-site the Domus project (Museum of Mankind) in La Coruña, Spain. In 2000, he moves to Barcelona to work with Miralles Tagliabue as Director of the Santa Caterina Market project. Peraza went on to serve as Director of EMBT’s Shanghai office where he led a multitude of projects including the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo, the New Campus of Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Museum for the Chinese painter Zhang Daqian. He has previously taught at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the European Institute of Design, and served as a visiting professor at the Lebanese American University from 2013 to 2015. Currently he is Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah.


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Emiliano Roia

Fundader of MORQ, Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia
eacher of the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Emiliano Roia (Roma, 1971) graduated in Architecture from the University La Sapienza in Rome. In 2001, he founded the architecture studio MORQ together with Matteo Monteduro and Andrea Quagliola. He has teached at La Sapienza and the European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome. In 2007 he moved to Australia, where he is currently Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. He works between Italy and Australia. In 2012, he participates in the V International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape. RCR Bunka Private Foundation published in that same year a book of photographs entitled “RCR Landscapes. Pilgrimage to Olot: A photographic insight into the world of RCR Arquitectes” collecting his photographic work during the Workshop. In 2013 at the invitation of RCR Arquitectes participates in the I International Workshop on Audiovisual and Photography, directed by Hisao Suzuki, with a session entitled “An approach to photography”. Since 2013, he is part of the teaching staff of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape.


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Joan Puigcorbé

Founder of PAAS, “René Frank” Award Costa Costa Rica 2012
of the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Joan Puigcorbé (Barcelona, 1967) graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000. In 1995, he founds the architecture office PAAS in Barcelona and Ripoll. From 2003 to 2010 he works with RCR Arquitectes, and creates in 2008 Costa Rica Natural Design, an architectural office dedicated to real estate in Costa Rica. He has worked in projects of a diverse nature in various countries. He has won international competitions and his work has been recognized in FAD Awards 2013, Girona Awards 2005 and 2013; Finalist in National Convention of Architecture Technal, 2005; “René Frank” Award in Costa Rica 2012. He has shown his projects at conferences in various countries and his work has been published internationally. Since 2014, he is part of the teaching staff of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape.


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Salvador Figueras Aguirre

Founder of FAB Architectes
Teacher of the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Salvador Figueras Aguirre (Barcelona, 1980) graduated as architect and technical architect from the Technical and Higher School of Architecture La Salle in Barcelona (ETSALS, Universitat Ramon Llull). He has been Assistant Professor of Urban Projects of the 4th year at ETSALS from 2008 to 2014. Since 2009, he collaborates with RCR Arquitectes in different projects, such as the Soulages Museum (Rodez, France), the Centre d’Art La Cuisine (Nègrepelisse, France), the Malecaze House (Toulouse, France) or the Camí Comtal Park (Barcelona). In 2015, he founds with Pauline Bourgade FAB Architectes, with offices in Lyon, France, and Barcelona. Since 2012, he is part of the teaching staff of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape.

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Jaume Prat Ortells

Architecture Critic and blogger, Curator of the Pavilion of Catalonia at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2016
Collaborator of the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

Jaume Prat Ortells (Barcelona, 1975) graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2002. He has collaborated in the studios of Josep Lluís Mateo, Enric Massip and Lluís Comerón among others. Author of the blog “arquitectura, entre d’altres solucions”, www.jaumeprat.com. Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Scalae, he has edited the electronic volumes of the collection. He has written for several national and international publications, and is co-author of the Digital Barcelona Architecture Guide. He has given lectures and workshops in Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid. He has been curator of the Pavilion of Catalonia at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016, together with Jelena Prokoplevic and Isaki Lacuesta. Since 2013, he collaborates with the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape.

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