Architecture and Landscape 2023

XVI International Architecture and Landscape Workshop
3 - 21 July 2023

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Teaching team: Maria Amat, José de Villar, Carlos Chacón, Mauro Turín, Andrea Ortega Frutos and Marc Valero
Duration: 19 days
Teaching load: 125 hours
Open Program load: 12 hours
Level: Advanced
Language: Spanish / English
Place: Barberí Space, Olot (Girona), Spain


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.


Photo: RCR Summer Workshop 2022.

Computer Skills and Technical Requirements

Photo: Pep Sau, RCR Summer Workshop 2024

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.
An up-to-date browser for accessing the e-learning platform and downloading and uploading content.

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.

Exercise led by tutors Maria Amat, José de Villar and Carlos Chacón, with the assistance of Marc Valero Cano.

Participants: G1 | Maria Amat: Polyxeni Avgoustinou, Greece · Eva Baldini, Italy · Rory Browne, United Kingdom · Aristokratis Charatsaris, Greece · Jersy Hsu, Taiwan · Igor Macedo de Araújo, Brazil · Lajja Mehta, India · Esteban Morán Errejón, Mexico · Johnathon Smith, United States of America · Louis Tang, Taiwan · Yufeng Tian, China · Ni Zhao, China. G2 | José de Villar: Anny Cárolay Álvarez Delgadillo, Peru · Javier Arés Marín, Spain · Fernando G. Cantón Duarte, Mexico · Christian Alexander Bilbao, Bolivia · Ernesto Castro, Mexico · Alejandro Manuel Clemente Chueca, Spain · Víctor Manuel Cruz Méndez, Mexico · Jimena Cuesta Rivero, Spain · Miguel Iván Hernández Cobos, Mexico · Caio Ishigami Vaz, Brazil · Martínez, Mexico · Josefina Rodríguez, Argentina · Pablo Serrano Ramírez, Mexico. G3 | Carlos Chacón: Juan Carlos Aldana Díez de Bonilla, Mexico · Rim Bouarourou, Morocco · Rodrigo Eduardo Calzada Macias, Mexico · Lluna Cerdá Navarro, Spain · Silvana Cordero, Ecuador · Giada Lesizza, Italy · José Eduardo Martínez, Mexico · Valentina Medina Bestagno, Chile · José Ortega, United States of America / Spain · Graciela Puppi, Peru · Carolina Sánchez Barbero, Spain.

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

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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.

Exercise led by the tutors Mauro Turín and Andrea Ortega Frutos, with the assistance of Marc Valero Cano.

Participants: G4 | Mauro Turin: Noura Abdallah, United States of America / United Arab Emirates · Neil Bang, India · Yen Jung Chen, Taiwan · Yu Chen-Lin, Taiwan · Adam Górka, Poland · Leo Lee, Taiwan · Chinatsu Mitchell, Australia · Taerii Tsai, Taiwan · Audris Tseng, Taiwan · Anusha Thompson, United States of America · Panin Thum-Umnauysuk, New Zealand · Robert Ward, United States of America · Kevin Yang, Taiwan. G5 | Andrea Ortega: Pablo Alejandro Cano Martínez, Mexico · Belén Dávila Parmigiani, Spain · Carlota de Haan Bosch, Spain / Netherlands · Isaac Flores, Ecuador · Paula Herranz Gallego, Spain · Diego Landa Ruiz, Mexico · Marcia Giovana Milussich Fernández, Peru · Alfonsina Rosas Chimal, Mexico · Ian Carlo Silva González, Mexico · Conrado Sinelli Austa, Argentina · Carlos Alberto Torres Rodríguez, Mexico · Eric Esteban Villanueva Pérez, Mexico.

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

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Intern Program

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Photo: Kotaro Imada, RCR Summer Workshop 2022

Places available: 72 presential places
Profile: The workshop is aimed at students in the final year of their 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.


Photo: Andrea Buchner, RCR Summer Workshop 2016

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

Mauro Turin
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Maria Amat
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Andrea Ortega Frutos
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José de Villar and Carlos Chacón
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Marc Valero Cano