At the beginning of 2013, Santi Vila, the then Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, warmly welcomed the Architects’ Association of Catalonia’s proposal of developing a Law on Architecture, along the lines of the similar law in France.
Integration with the place; a complete redefinition of the user’s relationship with nature, with his or her own body, with intimacy, with natural rhythms; and the consideration of the city as a landscape are some of the concepts that have led the team at RCR Arquitectes to win this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize.
On Thursday, 26 January, the ‘Europa Europa’ cycle kicked off, curated by the architect and publisher Moisés Puente. Every 15 days until the month of June, a showing of European architecture will be presented, with lectures from 5 guest architects and 4 critics, and introduced by Catalan architects. The Belgian architectural practice OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen, introduced by Anna Puigjaner from MAIO architects, gave the first lecture in the series.
The winners of the 3rd European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA were announced by the jury on June 15th at the COAC headquarters in Barcelona. The announcement of the 18 short-listed projects, from which two special mentions and four winners were chosen, was made during the 3rd International Architectural Heritage Intervention Biennial AADIPA.
The Architects’ Association of Catalonia has signed an agreement with the association ArquinFAD. The dean of the COAC, Lluís Comerón, and the president of ArquinFAD, architect Sílvia Farriol, formally signed an agreement on 31 May giving the COAC access to the documentary collection of the FAD Awards for Architecture and Interior Design.
On 20 April, at a public event held at the Architects’ Association, the most outstanding works selected in the 2nd Mostra d’Arquitectura Internacional Catalana (International Catalan Architecture Exhibition) were revealed. The exhibition’s purpose is to record, highlight and divulge the work of Catalan architects outside Spain in the last few years.
The Dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, Lluís Comerón, and the councillor for Architecture, Urban Landscape and Heritage at Barcelona City Council, Daniel Mòdol, have presented Architecture Week 2017, an initiative organised by the two institutions and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation with the collaboration of Barcelona Building Construmat and ArquinFAD.
The renovations of the facade on the Architects’ Association headquarters in Plaça Nova have begun. Given the significant heritage value of the Association’s headquarters, the intervention is very conscientious, substantially improving the building’s characteristics.
As of this March, the Architects’ Association represents 10,000 architect members, a number that was only reached for short periods in 2008 and 2011 when the momentum of the economic growth of the early 2000s was still carrying over.