Fall 2013 Lecture Series
They Investigate structural and constructive themes that support the essence of architecture in each work. Not repeating, but rather moving forward, from the experience of their daily work. Each work is a challenge, an achievement, a unique piece that is personalized and identifies with the firm intention of intensely relate the interior spaces with the exterior.
Architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta began their own studio RCR ARQUITECTES in 1987 in Olot. They achieved the National Award in Architecture in Catalonia in 2005 and are Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the République Française since 2008, Honorary Fellows of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) since 2010, International Award 2011 “Belgian Building Awards” and most recently achieved the Honorary Fellows by the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects 2012.
Since 1989 they have been architectural consultants to the Natural Park of National Interest, in the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa. During their careers they have tutored in Urbanism (1989-2001, Vilalta) and Studio Projects (1992-2004, Pigem).
They have won various international competitions (the most recent, the Condal linear park in Barcelona, the Waalsekrook mediatec in Belgium, Soulages Museum in France, crematorium of Hofheide in Belgium and The Edge Business Bay in Dubai). They have received various distinctions for their work, seven FAD awards (Foment de les Arts Decoratives) and three times finalists in the European Union Mies Van der Rohe awards. Several of their works have been exhibited at galleries such as Toto Gallery.Ma (Global Ends). Furthermore their works have been published in noteworthy architectural journals such as ““El Croquis”, nº. 162 (IV), RCR Arquitectes 2003-2012. Abstracción Poética, AV” nº 137, “El Croquis” nº 138 (V), RCR Arquitectes 2003-2007 Los atributos de la naturaleza, “RCR” by 3C Design, Korea.