Ramon Folch i Guillen

Ramon Folch (Barcelona, Spain, 1946) is a doctor in biology and socioecologist. He chairs ERF – Estudi Ramon Folch & Associates SL, a consultancy and workshop for environmental and energy projects he founded in 1994. He has been an environmental consultant for UNESCO and president of the Social Council of the UPC. He has published thirty books and numerous articles. He has been the president of the Foundation since 2015.


Jordi Barcons i Pujol

Jordi Barcons (Les Preses, Spain, 1959) graduated in Law from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1981. State qualification official in the secretarial subscale, higher category, in 1994. Graduated in Political Sciences and Sociology from the UNED, in 2005. Secretary of the Vall d’en Bas Town Council from 1984 to 1989. Secretary of the Muntanya de la Garrotxa County Council from 1984 to 1988. Secretary of the Garrotxa County Council from 1988 to 1989. Secretary of the Begur City Council from 1989 to the present. Lawyer and legal advisor for different City Councils.

Founder Trustees

Rafael Aranda i Quiles

Rafael Aranda (Olot, Spain, 1961) graduated in Architecture from the Vallès School of Architecture in 1987. Since 1988, with Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, he has worked under the name RCR Arquitectes.

Carmen Pigem i Barceló

Carme Pigem (Olot, Spain, 1962) graduated in Architecture from the Vallès School of Architecture in 1987. Since 1988, with Rafael Aranda and Ramon Vilalta, she has worked under the name RCR Arquitectes.

Ramon Vilalta i Pujol

Ramon Vilalta (Vic, Spain, 1960) graduated in Architecture from the Vallès School of Architecture in 1987. Since 1988, with Rafael Aranda and Carme Pigem, he has worked under the name RCR Arquitectes.


Josep Berga i Vayreda

Josep Berga (Barcelona, Spain, 1964) graduated in philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and completed his studies with a University Specialization Diploma in Management Function in Public Administrations (Ramon Llull University) and a Master’s in Public Management at ESADE. He began his political career in the world of local associations. He has been councilor for Culture, Education and Social Welfare and Civil Rights in Olot City Council. In the municipal elections of 2019 he was elected mayor of Olot.

Joaquim Coello i Brufau

Joaquim Coello (Salamanca, Spain, 1946) is a naval engineer from the Higher Technical School of Naval Engineers in Madrid. MBA IESE Advisor to the Presidency of Gamesa. President of the Carulla Foundation. Councilor of Miquel i Costas & Miquel, COMEXI, PORTEL, NOATUM and AudingIntraesa. Second vice-president and numerary academic of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Patron of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Former president of Anesco (National Association of Shipping Companies and Shipping Companies). Former president of Applus. Former dean of the Official College of Naval and Ocean Engineers. Former president of the Port Authority of the Port of Barcelona. Former president of the Social Council of the University of Barcelona. Former Director General of GAMESA EÓLICA. Former CEO of ITP. Former president of EUROJET. Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise. Award for the best professional career AINE (Associación de Ingenieros Navales y Oceánicos de España) 2012.

Oriol Guixà i Arderiu

Oriol Guixà (Barcelona, Spain, 1952) is an industrial engineer specializing in mechanics at the School of Industrial Engineers in Madrid and an aeronautical engineer specializing in engines, missiles and propulsion engines at the School of Aeronautical Engineers in Madrid. In 1984 he joined the industrial company La Farga Lacambra as a shareholder and general director and later as CEO. He is the founding trustee of the La Farga Foundation, which owns the only Copper Museum in Europe. He has been President and CEO since 2015.

Santiago Mercadé i Vila

Santiago Mercadé (Barcelona, Spain, 1960) holds a degree and an MBA in business administration from ESADE (Barcelona), HEC (Paris) and New York University. Since 1986 he has been CEO of Layetana Immobiliària. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute in Washington from 1999 to 2009.

Josep Maria Montaner i Martorell

Josep Maria Montaner (Barcelona, Spain, 1954) holds a PhD in Architecture and is professor of Theory and History of Architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC). He co-directs the 21st Century Housing Laboratory Master. He is the author of more than thirty books and regularly contributes to El País and La Vanguardia, and national and international magazines. He has taught courses and conferences in several cities in Europe, America and Asia. He was Housing Councilor of the Barcelona City Council from 2015 to 2019. Elected Academician of the Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi 2021.

Jordi Sellas i Ferrés

Jordi Sellas (Olot, Spain, 1977) is a journalist and manager of cultural companies, with a degree in Communication Sciences – Advertising and PR from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Among others, he was the founder and director of the TR3SC Club (Club Català de Cultura) and Audiovisual and Digital Director of the RBA Group, which produced documentaries and television programs and General Director of Marketing of the Focus Group. He held the position of general director of Creation and Cultural Enterprises of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia from 2012 to 2015. As a journalist, he directed and presented Generació Digital on Catalunya Ràdio and Televisió de Catalunya. Currently, he works on several projects linked to the media and culture through Minoria Absoluta, Layers of Reality and Nostromo Live. He is vice-president of the Arts in Health International Foundation, patron of the Teatre Lliure Foundation, of the Carulla Foundation and a member of the international board of the Creative Industries Federation of the United Kingdom.

Institutional Trustees

Guim Costa i Casamiglia

Guim Costa (Barcelona, Spain, 1968) is an architect from the Barcelona School of Architecture ​​and is currently the Dean of the College of Architects of Catalonia. With more than ten years of professional experience, in 2010, he founded costacalsamiglia arquitectura, a studio for developing architecture and furniture design projects. At the same time and throughout his career, he has collaborated in publications such as Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme and with the publishing house Gustavo Gili. In addition to participating in the governing bodies of the College of Architects of Catalonia, Costa is a member of the executive committee of the Manuel Blancafort Foundation and patron of the Ginesta Foundation.

The College of Architects of Catalonia, founded in 1931 and heir to the old Association of Architects (1874), is a corporation under public law representing Catalan architects, promoting excellence in architecture and spreading its values, especially its social and cultural dimension. At present, this body has 145 years of history.

Former Trustees

Joan Nogué i Font

Joan Nogué (Hostalets de Bas, Spain, 1958) is professor of Human Geography at the University of Girona and was director of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia from its creation in 2004 until 2017. He obtained his doctorate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and extended studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (USA) under the mastership of Yi-Fu Tuan. He has been a visiting professor at several foreign universities. He is a specialist in Cultural Landscape Studies and Geographical and Territorial Thinking. He is co-director of the book collection ‘Paisaje y Teoría’ of the publishing house Biblioteca Nueva. King Jaume I Award for Urbanism, Landscape and Sustainability in 2009 and Joan Fuster Essay Award in 2010 for the work Landscape, territory and civil society. He is a member of the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) and of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Regular contributor to the newspaper Ara.

Eugeni Pons i Pau

Eugeni Pons (Barcelona, Spain, 1964), graduated in Philosophy, starts, in parallel, photography studies at the IEFC in Barcelona. He began professionally with advertising photography but soon after embarked on architectural photography, which he never abandoned. He has collaborated with numerous specialized publications and prestigious architecture studios, and has been awarded five LUX architectural photography awards.

Joaquim de Trincheria

Joaquim de Trincheria (Olot, 1940 – Argentona, Spain, 2018) was councilor of the Olot City Council for 24 years. He was a natural conversationalist with a great artistic sensibility.

Hisao Suzuki

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, Japan, 1957) graduated from the Tokyo School of Photography in 1979. Fascinated by the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, he arrived in Barcelona in 1982 and settled there. In 1986 he began to collaborate with the magazine El Croquis and became its main photographer; in this way, he contributed to the recognition of the contemporary architecture publication with the most international prestige. His photographs have also been published in numerous books and other global architecture and design magazines.

Antoni Puigvert i Romaguera

Antoni Puigverd (La Bisbal d’Empordà, Spain, 1954) has a degree in Hispanic Philology. Professor of the Institute on leave, he has become professional as an opinion journalist. He has collaborated in numerous media, he is currently a columnist for La Vanguardia and a commentator for TV3, Catalunya Ràdio and La Xarxa. He is a Gaziel prize winner in journalism and has won several poetry prizes. He has published novels, poetry and essays.