Architecture and Landscape

XVII International Architecture and Landscape Workshop
July 1 - 15, 2024

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Teaching team: Maria Amat, José de Villar, Carlos Chacón, Mauro Turín and Jan Güell
Duration: 15 days
Teaching load: 115 hours
Open Program load: 8 hours
Level: Advanced
Language: Spanish / English
Place: Barberí Space, Olot (Girona), Spain

Admission process by open call closed: Registration Form



Photo: Hisao Suzuki, RCR Summer Workshop 2016

The aim is to understand, by trying it out, the inseparable link between architecture and place, landscape and culture, sharing and creating, putting into practice the working methods of RCR Arquitectes in the same territory and space of their work.

In this edition, we will delve into interdisciplinarity, integrating participants in the Photography and Audiovisual workshops into the groups who will contribute to the projects with their ability to communicate suggestive images that transmit atmospheres and intentions.


Photo: RCR Summer Workshop 2022.

Creative Workshop. Teamwork on an exercise to assess the ability to respond intellectually engaging, relevant to the place and with communicative effectiveness, as would be expected in an architectural competition.
Reviews. In addition to the internal corrections with the teaching team, there will be a weekly review with RCR Arquitectes.
Internal Program. Lectures on topics related to the methodology of RCR Arquitectes and specific issues of the exercises that must be developed.
Excursion to RCR’s work. Guided visit to the new Perelada winery to analyse the critical aspects of the project.
Open Program.
Thematic lecture series on architecture and photography.

Exercise: The Sagrada Família in modern-day Barcelona

The construction of the Sagrada Família church, the work of Antoni Gaudí, began in 1882 and is still in progress. Gaudí proposed inserting the church into the urban fabric of the Eixample district of Barcelona by its representativeness and symbolism. This question has yet to be resolved and is included in the exercise with an approach to the mountain-sea connection to articulate a global strategy as an intervention instrument. The exercise was initiated in the last edition and will build on the results of the previous workshop.

Sketch: The Sagrada Família in modern-day Barcelona, Series 1, June 2022. Gouache with ink and pencil on Canson Imagine paper 200 g/m². 23×32.5 cm. 22-203_E01

Exercise: Management Centre of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

The volcanic area of La Garrotxa is the best example of a volcanic landscape with exceptional landscape value in the Iberian Peninsula. The boom in tourism has led to the need to increase the management services of the natural park, which is currently spread over two sites. The Natural Park Management Centre on the Parc Nou in Olot is intended to act as a hinge between the city, the urban, and the natural park.

Sketch: La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park Management Centre, Series 1, June 2022. Gouache with ink and pencil on Canson Imagine paper 200 g/m². 23×32,5 cm. 22-203_E02

Skills and Materials

Daniel Terzano, Cartografia d’una festa. Espai Barberí, del 4 al 31 d’agost del 2012.


  • AutoCAD for 2D drawing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Preferred program for 3D modeling

Technical Requirements

  • Computer with recommended minimum screen resolution of 1440px.
  • Updated browser to access Google Drive for storage and synchronisation services of the workshop contents, collaborative work, and exercise archiving.
  • Install WhatsApp instant messaging on the mobile phone for information and organisation through RCR chat groups.

Artistic material

  • We provide basic material
  • We advise you to bring your preferred material to work on the conceptual and artistic expression of the project (copic, markers, watercolors, cakes, collage materials, etc.)
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Workshop Schedule

Photo: Pep Sau, RCR Summer Workshop 2024

Here you can consult the workshop schedule. subject to changes that will be communicated during the course of the same if necessary.


Intern Program · Barberí Space  · Olot · RCR Conferences · Monday, July 1, 2024

Rafael Aranda, Ramon Vilalta i Carme Pigem al Espai Barberí. Foto: Hisao Suzuki, 2021

Introduction · Conference · The Site · RCR Arquitectes

Analysis and interpretation of the site in the work of RCR Arquitectes.


Introducció · Conference · La comunicació del projecte  · RCR Arquitectes

How do you present a project with the RCR Arquitectes methodology of site analysis, program, concept, and response using the example of a work from the studio?


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Intern Program · Barberí Space  · Olot · Conference Clara Solà-Morales · Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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Intern Program · Barberí Space  · Olot · Conference Clara Solà-Morales · Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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Intern Program · Barberí Space  · Olot · Conference Francesc Xavier Puig i Oliveras · Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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Colloquia · Barberí Space · Olot · Friday, 5 July 2024 | Wednesday, 10 July 2024 | Friday, 12 July 2024

Teaching Team

Maria Amat
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José de Villar i Carlos Chacón
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Mauro Turin
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Jan Güell
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