On 27 May, the Girona regional branch of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia hosted the awards ceremony for the 24th Architectural Awards of the Counties of Girona, one of the province’s most prestigious cultural events in the field of architecture and construction.
With the aim of continuing to highlight the role of architecture in society, the COAC has opened its eleventh grant applications call for local and international development cooperation projects related to architecture and town planning. The awarding of these grants is in keeping with the COAC’s commitment to allocating 0.7% of its annual budget to social pursuits.
Guim Costa Calsamiglia has been appointed as the new dean of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia for the 2022-2026 term, after winning the elections held on 16 and 17 May.Costa received the largest number of votes, with a total of 877, ahead of Manuel Ruisánchez Capelástegui (872) and Carla Habif Hassid Bozzo (165). A total of 117 blank ballots were also recorded.
Barcelona City Council and the COAC have released the programme for Model, Barcelona’s brand-new Architecture Festival, which is set to take place from 5 to 15 May, as the first major event celebrating Barcelona’s selection as the World Capital of Architecture for 2026.
All the renovation work carried out as part of the Heritage Plan to transform six of the COAC’s eleven regional office buildings around Catalonia is expected to be completed during the course of 2022.
The Minister for Social Rights, Violant Cervera; the dean of the COAC, Assumpció Puig; the executive chairman of the Technical Architecture Council of Catalonia, Celestí Ventura, and the manager of the Barcelona-Lleida Association of Property Administrators, Lorenzo Viñas, have presented the new Building Rehabilitation Technical Offices (OTR).
Twenty-nine works selected by the COAC will represent Catalan architecture in the 1st ARQUITECTURA Awards, organised by the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España (Higher Council of Architects’ Associations of Spain, CSCAE) with the official sponsorship of COMPAC.
The dean of the COAC, Assumpció Puig, and the president of the Banco Sabadell Foundation, Miquel Molins, have signed a collaboration agreement under which the Foundation will participate in the restoration of the Picasso friezes that surround the COAC headquarters in Barcelona’s Plaça Nova. The Foundation will also collaborate on the exhibition that the COAC is organising for 2023 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso.
In March, the time of pre-enrolment for primary and secondary schools, the schools with which the COAC works to introduce architecture into the classroom made a point of highlighting this important and differentiating factor on their syllabuses.