La Vila

Workshops in La Vila. Courses throughout the year. Dates to be agreed

Jiujiang University students exercise at a RCR Workshop at La Vila in 2019

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Tutors: 1 RCR tutor, 1 collaborating university tutor
Duration: Option of 7 days (from Friday to Friday) or 10 days (from Monday to Friday of the following week).
Places: Minimum 9 and maximum 12 participants. 1 tutor from the collaborating university.
Level: Level adapted to the group from beginner to advanced
Languages: Spanish / English


From an attitude of constant research, the goal is to learn to feel the place from a key underlying focus in RCR Arquitectes’ way of projecting.

The workshop is designed to encourage creativity and perception from the unique experience born of a specific place. Attentive listening arises from within us in a sense indicated by Luis Barragán when he says “Don’t do what I did: see what I saw.”


The workshop is based on four central concepts:
Creativity. Shared creativity as a means to give answers with meaningful content.
Experience. The possibility of living and being in the place for which it is projected, from the understanding derived from observation, participation and experience;
Specific Time. Ability to reflect and give answers in a given period.
Broad Context. The aim of the exercise is not to be a definitive and closed answer, but to be part of a broad research of a transversal and integrative nature.


Workshop. Initial presentation of the course and closing session with Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem or Ramon Vilalta. Exploration of the “Geography of dreams”, the territory of the Villa, a territory of dreams inspired by nature, with existing spaces to live in and others to explore and investigate.

Exchanges. The Dance, Photography and Philosophy Workshop are a program to investigate space from different perspectives and disciplines and with all the senses and the body.

Visits to works by RCR Arquitectes. Guided tours of RCR’s essential works: Barberí Space, the Athletics Stadium, the Pavilion del Bany, the Pedra Tosca Park, the public space Teatre la Lira, the Bell-lloc winery or Perelada winery.


Price 7-day course. €1,740 per person. €910 for the course and €830 for the stay and transportation. Total for 12 participants, €20,880.
Price 10-day course. €2.485 per person. €1,300 for the course and €1,185 for the stay and transportation. Total for 12 participants, €29,820.

Transportation. From and to Barcelona airport or Figueres Vilafant train station.
Accommodation. In Can Capsec de la Vila. The house includes a kitchen, oven and washing machine.
Maintenance. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, including the day of visits.
Infrastructures. Surroundings of the Villa and workspace in the manor house of the Villa.
Workshop. Exchanges and guided tours. According to the course program.
RCR Tutor. Accompaniment by a member of the RCR team.
Materials. RCR booklet and guide to RCR works in the area.
Certificate of participation. Certification issued by RCR Lab·A.

Portable computer, drawing, measuring and photography material

Comfortable clothes for excursions, coats and rain.
Clothes for the presentation and closing dinner.

Teaching Team

Estel Ortega Vázquez

Architecture Workshop · RCR Tutor

Estel Ortega Vázquez (Barcelona, Spain, 1977) graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC),  with teaching experience at the ETSAB in 2010 and at the School of Architecture (ESARQ) of the International University of Catalonia (UIC) since 2008, and participates in workshops and other national and international universities. She founded the architecture studio Cubus Taller de Arquitectura in 2003 and 15515 Arquitectura in 2017. Her projects include cooperation, research and rehabilitation, museography and museology. She has collaborated with the Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation, the Bullilab Foundation, and the We Are Water Foundation, among others, and was co-curator of the Catalan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. She has been a tutor at the RCR Summer Workshop in 2017 and the RCR Workshops in La Vila since 2018. She has been collaborating with RCR Arquitectes since 2018.

Sílvia Brossa Marí

Dance Workshop

Sílvia Brossa Mari (Olot, Spain, 1965) holds a Performing Arts and Education postgraduate from the Vic Institut del Teatre. In addition, she has a degree in Choreography and Performing Arts from the Barcelona Institut del Teatre. Furthermore, she has a postgraduate in Expression and Communication from the Barcelona Municipal School of Expression. She has worked for ten years as a performer with the Magnet and Burch Company, two seasons on a project for the Teatre Romea, and three years for the Els Joglars Company. In addition, she has created several short plays for different festivals and has extensive experience as a teacher, both with children and adults. She has been collaborating with RCR Lab·A since 2018.

Eugeni Pons

Photography Workshop

Eugeni Pons (Barcelona, Spain, 1964) graduated in philosophy from the UAB and studied photography at the IEFC in Barcelona at the same time. He began his professional career in 1992 with advertising photography and directed it in 1995 towards architectural photography. Winner of five LUX awards for architectural photography, he collaborates nationally and internationally with some of the most relevant publications in the sector, such as Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, A+U, Bauwelt, Interni, Abitare, Arquitectura y Diseño, Diseño Interior, El País Semanal, La Vanguardia Magazine, El Periódico, among others. He exhibited in 2004 at the Greek room in Barcelona and participated in various collective exhibitions, such as Barcelona-Madrid at the College of Architects of Barcelona. In addition, the MoMA in New York shortlisted him for the photographic collection of the exhibition On Site: New Architecture in Spain.

Eugeni Pons Architectural Photography

Jordi Pigem

Philosophy Workshop

Jordi Pigem (Barcelona, Spain, 1964) holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. He was a professor of the Masters in Holistic Science at Schumacher College (United Kingdom) from 1998 to 2003. He is the author, among others, of Bona crisi. Cap a un món postmaterialista (2009), Qüestió de valors. Del consumisme a la sostenibilitat  (2010), Entendre la natura. Fonaments d’una cultura de la sostenibilitat (2011), La nova realitat. De l’economicisme a la consciència quàntica (2013) and ntel·ligència vital. Una visió postmaterialista de la vida i la consciència (2016). He is also editor of Ivan Illich: textos essencials (2009) and co-editor of El somriure diví (2008). He coordinated the first three volumes of the Catalan edition of the Opera Omnia Raimon Panikkar. He has obtained the Philosophy Award from the Institut d’ Estudis Catalans (1999), the Essay Award from Resurgence and the Scientific and Medical Network (2006) and the Joan Maragall Award (2016).

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