Architecture and Landscape

XVI International Architecture and Landscape Workshop
3 - 21 July 2023

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Teaching team: 2 tutors ETSAB, 1 tutor RCR, Marc Valero Cano
Duration: 19 days
Teaching load: 120 hours
Open Program load: 12 hours
Level: Advanced
Language: Spanish / English
Place: Barberí Space, Olot (Girona), Spain


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.


Computer Skills and Technical Requirements

AutoCAD for 2D drawing and 3D modelling, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Optionally, 3D modelling in Rhino or 3DStudio.

Technical Requirements
Computer with a recommended minimum screen resolution of 1440px.
A suitable Internet connection for accessing the e-learning platform and downloading and uploading content. An up-to-date browser.

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. Goache with ink and pencil on Canson Imagine paper 200 g/m². 23×32.5 cm. 22-203_E01

Exercise: Access to the Croscat volcano

Among the pedestrian routes that run through the landscapes of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, we find the one that links the beech forest of La Fageda d’en Jordà with the Santa Margarida volcano and the Croscat volcano, the object of the exercise. We will seek to understand the place, time and action as mechanisms for articulating an architectural-landscape discourse that stages the access to the Croscat volcano.

Sketch: Can Passavent Volcanological Activity Center, Series 1, March 2001. Gouache with ink and pencil on Canson Geler Mate paper 190 g/m². 23×32.5 cm. II-84_E17 (17/21)

Exercise: Architectural Micro-landscapes

Creating architectural micro-landscapes is a necessary opportunity to reflect on the new ways of understanding architecture in the 21st century. Architecture can become a vehicle for generating landscapes by hybridising the interior and the exterior. To feel the climate, the hours of the day passing by, and to connect with the environment. We will investigate the notion of air, which creates spaces despite its invisible nature by drawing its limits.

Sketch: House for a Blacksmith and a Hairdresser, Series 2, March 2003. Gouache with ink and pencil on Canson Imagine paper 200 g/m². 23×32.5 cm. II-95_E08 (8/13)

Exercise directed by the RCR tutor, with the assistance of Marc Valero Cano.


Places available: 72 presential places
Profile: The workshop is aimed at students from the final year of the degree in architecture and architects.
Registration: It is necessary to fill in the form at Registration.
Registration fee: 50 euros (non-refundable).
Admission process: All those registered will take part.
Admission criteria: Assessment of CV portfolio.
Tuition fee: 800 euros.
Inclusions: The tuition fee includes the costs of the workshop program. The participant assumes the expenses related to travel, maintenance and accommodation.
Method of payment: Through the Stripe platform.
Certificates of participation: RCR and the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC) issued certificates.


Admission Process by Open Call
Thursday, December 22, 2022. Start of registrations.
Friday, April 14, 2023. Registration deadline.
Friday, April 21, 2023. Communication of admissions and denials.
Friday, April 28, 2023. Deadline for payment of tuition fees.
Friday, May 12, 2023. Extended deadline for payment of tuition fees.
Friday, May 19, 2023. Cancellation deadline.

XVI International Architecture and Landscape Workshop
Monday, July 3, 2023: Start of the workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2023: Excursion to RCR’s public works in Olot
Saturday, July 15, 2023: Excursion to the new Perelada winery
Friday, July 21, 2023: Closure of the workshop

Teaching Team

Tutor RCR


Tutor selection process underway

Tutor ETSAB 1


In collaboration with the Barcelona School of Architecture  (ETSAB-UPC)

Tutor selection process underway

Tutor ETSAB 2


In collaboration with the Barcelona School of Architecture  (ETSAB-UPC)

Teacher selection process underway

Marc Valero Cano


Marc Valero (Sant Fruitós de Bages, Spain, 1993) is an architect from the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV-UPC), 2019. He participated in the X International Architecture and Landscape Workshop 2017 of RCR. In 2020, he was selected for the 1st call for elbulli1846 with Ferran Adrià. Since 2017 he has collaborated with RCR Arquitectes.