Summer School 2023
- This program will take place nearby Barcelona.
- Local traditional urbanism, architecture and building details will be studied in order to create a preservation and new traditional building patterns catalogue for the area.
- During the last days upgrade proposals for different public places of the town will be designed, using the work previously developed as a guideline for them.
- Hand drawing and measuring buildings will be the main activity to be developed each day.
- Experts in local vernacular architecture and building techniques will be lecturing on diverse related topics.
- There will be trips around the area and some building sites will be visited too.
Number of participants
Places are limited to 22. We will be developing a selection process among all candidates. Several places will be reserved for the students of each participating university.
The registration fee is 390 euros*. This fee includes tuition, accommodation, meals and transportation during the two weeks of the Summer School. Once applicants are accepted, the payment procedure will be provided.
*the real cost of this course is 2500€, but, thanks to INTBAU and Kalam, the participation fee is 390€.
Registration and deadline
- The Fundaçao Serra Henriques offers ten grants to students from the Universities of Algarve, Autónoma de Lisboa, Beira Interior (UBI), Coimbra, Évora, Lisboa, Minho, Portucalense do Porto, Porto (FAUP) e ISCTE covering the fee of the Summer School.
- Alireza and Mina Sagharchi offer two grants covering the fee of the Summer School.
- The Fundación Arquia offers two grants to Spanish students covering the fee of the Summer School.
- The Prince’s Trust Australia offers two grants to Australian students covering the fee of the Summer School.
The Summer School is organized by:
The Traditional Building Cultures Foundation seeks to foster and promote the study, protection, teaching, dissemination and conservation of the traditional building, architecture and urbanism characteristic of the various regions of the world.
Thanks to the support of:
Kalam is a leading international company specializing in the field of heritage restoration and the rehabilitation of historic buildings. In its commitment to the quality and rigor required in its work, it preserves the traditional trades through its own consolidated workforce and continuous training.
The Fundación Arquia was created in 1990 and, since its inception, its objective has been to promote and disseminate projects of a cultural, social, welfare, professional and educational nature in the field of architecture, building, design and urban planning.
The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities transforming lives and building sustainable communities across the Commonwealth. This charity helps young people prepare for the rapidly changing world of work, inspires veterans and their families into entrepreneurship and self-employment, and champions resilient sustainable communities.
With the collaboration of:
Aritz Díez Oronoz
University of the Basque Country
Graduated in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Donostia-San Sebastián where he graduated with honours. He also holds an MSc on Conservation at the University of the Basque Country and a PhD from the same university «Una bella sfida formale tra Quattrocento e Cinquecento» on the contributions made by the great architects of the First Italian Renaissance to the development of bastioned fortifications. Since 2012 he was teaching assistant of the Chair of Architectural Design of the School of Architecture of San Sebastián and has lectured on Urbanism. Currently he is lecturer on Architectural Design at the same university.
Since 2010 he has worked with the architects Manuel Iñiguez & Alberto Ustarroz, with Iñigo Peñalba between 2012 and 2016, and since 2015 he works with Imanol Iparraguirre Barbero. Among his most notorious projects are the collaboration with Iñiguez & Ustarroz on the Restoration of the City Walls of Hondarribia and the project for the Imperial Fora of Rome. Together with Imanol Iparraguirre, he won the 1st Prize of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition in 2017 for the restoration of the Renaissance Palace of Grajal de Campos (León) and again in 2018 with his project for the Medieval Walls and surroundings of the Convent of La Coria in Trujillo (Cáceres). In 2019 they received the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition given by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), the Prince’s Foundation (PF), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).
Alejandro García Hermida
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | Premio Rafael Manzano | INTBAU Spain
Faculty and coordination
Graduated in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds a Master in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage and a PhD from the same university, where he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architectural Composition since 2019. He has been an Associate Professor at the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio School of Architecture (Spain, from 2009 to 2019), a Visiting Scholar at the School of Architecture of the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA, 2016) and invited lecturer at many national and international universities, workshops and conferences.
His professional practice has been focused on traditional architecture and building techniques and the restoration and study of diverse historic buildings and archaeological sites of multiple types and chronologies, mainly in Spain and Morocco. He is the Executive Director of the INTBAU Initiatives in Spain and Portugal, including the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, the Richard H, Driehaus Architecture Competition, the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards, the Donald Gray Building Arts Grants and the National Directory of Traditional Building Masters (Hispania Nostra Award 2018, Europa Nostra Special Mention 2018), Member of the Board of Terrachidia NGO (INTBAU Excellence Award 2015), Vice Chair of INTBAU Spain and professor at the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional.
Leopoldo Gil Cornet
Faculty and coordination
Graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Navarra. He has been an architect at the Historic Heritage Service of the Dirección General de Cultura-Institución Príncipe de Viana of the Navarra Government since 1986. He was a Professor at the School of Architecture of Universidad de Navarra and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage Studies program, since 2000. He is a Member of the Academia del Partal and of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.
As an architect of the Institución Príncipe de Viana, he has led numerous projects for the conservation and restoration of several monuments from Navarra, such as the Medieval Tower of the Señorío de Ayanz, 1998-2000 (Silver medal of the Asociación Española de Amigos de los Castillos, 2000), the Frente de Francia of the Pamplona walls, 2000-2009 (European Union International Prize of Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Prize 2012, conservation category), and the Real Colegiata de Roncesvalles, 1982-2012. He was awarded the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize in 2012. He was awarded the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage National Prize in 1998.
Guillermo Gil Fernández
Premio Rafael Manzano | INTBAU Spain
Graduated in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, he is currently completing his studies in Psychology (UNED).
He has worked for more than four years (2017-2022) at the French cultural institution Domaine de Boisbuchet, being directly involved in the organization of workshops, exhibitions and events related to art, design and architecture. At the same time, he has been responsible for the collection, library and archive of Alexander von Vegesack, founder of the Vitra Design Museum and reputed collector himself.
He is the Coordination Assistant of the INTBAU Initiatives in Spain and Portugal, which includes the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition, the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards, and the National Directory of Traditional Building Masters.
Rebeca Gómez-Gordo Villa
She has been a construction manager in some rehabilitation building projects in Casamace, Senegal, and has collaborated in several workshops of restoration of historic buildings and related projects with Terrachidia NGO in Mhamid, Morocco. She is a member of the coordination team in Spain of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition, the Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Building Arts and the National Network of Traditional Building Masters; Activities Coordination Assistant of the Rafael Manzano Prize and Board Assistant of INTBAU Spain.
Imanol Iparraguirre Barbero
University of the Basque Country
Graduated in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Donostia-San Sebastián and holds a MSc in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage from the same university. He is Predoctoral Fellow at the University of the Basque Country and Visiting Fellow at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Madrid where he is developing his PhD on the evolution of circular architecture since Classical Antiquity to Renaissance; paying special attention to the notions of model and type, urban layout, the meaning of architectural form; architectural mimesis and appropriation. He is similarly interested in Neoclassicism, Nordic Classicism and Italian Tendenza.
As an architect, Imanol has collaborated with Alberto Campo Baeza, and also with Manuel Iñiguez & Alberto Ustarroz, taking part in the restoration of the City Walls of Fuenterrabia (Spain) and making a proposal for the Imperial Fora of Rome – finalist of the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2016. Together with Aritz Díez Oronoz, he won the 1st Prize of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition in 2017 for the restoration of the Renaissance Palace of Grajal de Campos (León) and again in 2018 with his project for the Medieval Walls and surroundings of the Convent of La Coria in Trujillo (Cáceres). In 2019 they received the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition given by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), the Prince’s Foundation (PF), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).
He is a partner at the firm of Martinez Alvarez Urban Design, Architecture & Interior Design. In the 20 plus years of the firm, the work has ranged in scale and complexity from small, hand crafted houses to campus design and institutional buildings. The larger body of work and on-going creative research includes residential projects in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, Bay Point and Palm Beach, Florida; campus buildings at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens; single and multi-family dwellings in the New Urban Towns of Windsor, Alys Beach in Florida, and Tannin in Alabama; and historic preservation projects in the City of Miami, Coral Gables, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, Massachusetts. Through a national RFQ selection process, the firm was recently selected as one of the Preservation Consulting Architectural Firms for the City of Coral Gables and as the Consulting Architects for the Town of Medley providing services in preservation architectural design including historic preservation documentation and assessment.
PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2011 and graduated in Architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSA) in Seville in 1999. Graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology by the UNED in 2019. She has been co-founder and co-director of the architecture firm ‘Bangolo’ (2004-2015). She has also been lecturer at the ‘Unió d’empresaris de la construcció’ of Catalonia (2006), Associate Professor at the UPC (2009-2011), President of the Scientific Council of the ESG (2014-2016) / (2018-2020) and Deputy Director of the Integrated Master in Architecture and Urbanism of the ESG (2016-2019). She is currently teaching at the UPT. She has specialized in the anthropological study of building systems, a field little explored which studies technology from a social perspective.
Anna Castilla Vila
She is an artisan specialized in decorative plasterwork using natural materials. Graduated in architectural interior design from ESDi – Ramon Llull, she holds a master degree in Biology of Building from the Spanish Institute of Baubiologie. Thanks to this course she acquire a holistic approach to building where common sense, health and ecology are the key principles. She was soon committed to challenging conventional building methods and decided it was time to get her hands dirty and begin her professional career working with natural plaster.
Anna received a grant to join the Building Craft Programme run by the Prince’s Foundation in the UK (2017). There she had the opportunity to work with master craftspeople, from whom she learnt the kind of invaluable traditional skills that can be lost in just a generation. She carries out her plasterwork nationally and internationally in a variety of projects.
Among his multiple works, he was headed to the preservation of the Reales Alcázares of Seville from 1970 to 1991, chaired the works commission of the Real Patronato of the Alhambra and the Generalife from 1971 to 1981 (Shiller Prize for Restoration of Monuments in 1980), and headed up the preservation of the ancient Caliphal city of Medina Azahara from 1975 to 1985. He has published diverse texts on Medieval and Islamic architecture. He is a member of many national and international institutions, such as Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando; the Royal Academies of History and Fine Arts of Granada, Córdoba, Cádiz, Málaga, Écija, Toledo and La Coruña; and the Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Fine Arts of Spain and, in 2010, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, and he is Comendador con Placa de la Orden Civil de Alfonso X el Sabio.
Anna Teixidor Ribas
Graduated in Architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, she studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and holds an M.Sc. in Heritage Conservation from the Technische Universität Berlin. She worked in different architectural offices in Germany between 2013-2016, developing restoration, rehabilitation and new construction projects. She also worked at the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
Since 2017, she has been a freelance architect, focusing on the conservation of historical buildings. She started collaborating with the association GRETA (Group to Revive and Study the Architectural Tradition) in November 2018. In addition, she currently works at Girona’s City Council, where she oversees building permits for country houses on non-developable land.
Graduated with a degree in Architecture from the School of Fine Arts in Porto and at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and is a Doctor in the Universidad del País Vasco.
In 1991 he founded his own studio, working since then on residential, hotels, and commercial projects of facilities and urban. It is, in any case, in the continuation of the vernacular traditions of the Alentejo region in which the mastery of José Baganha has been deployed in the most prominent way. This is seen in the series of “Montes”. He has been a professor in the Faculty of Architecture of Viseu and Sintra in the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and guest lecturer at several European universities.
He founded INTBAU Portugal, co-founded the Council for European Urbanism and is a member of the board of the College of Architectural Heritage of the Ordem dos Arquitectos. The qualities of his work have earned him international awards such as the Prix Européen pour la Reconstruction de la Ville 2011, awarded by the Philippe Rotthier Foundation and the Rafael Manzano Prize in 2017.
Feliu belongs to the third generation of master stonemasons in a family that has been dedicated to giving form and life to stone for more than 95 years. During his professional career he has made all kinds of stone elements following the principles of traditional construction. He has also participated in the restoration of important buildings such as the monasteries of Poblet, Vallbona de les Monges, the Cathedral of Barcelona, or the Temple of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. From 2000 to 2016 he was the chief stonemason of the latter Temple.
Victoria Bassa Garrido
Trained as an architect and graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona. Her work experience began in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked for five years. She is the current president of MONUMENTA_Asociación de Propietarios de Castillos y Edificios Catalogados de Catalunya (Association of Owners of Castles and Catalogued Buildings of Catalonia). She is a member of the PARTAL Academy, which brings together professionals in the restoration of monuments and AADIPA, a group of architects defending the architectural heritage of Catalonia. She has participated as a teacher in workshops, seminars, conferences and university masters.
She has received awards such as the Patronato de la ciudad antigua de Vic for several restorations carried out in the city.
Olga Muñoz i Frigola
Graduated in architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’ Arquitectura de Barcelona, she also holds a Master in Architectural Interventions in Changing Rural Settings from the University of Girona. She founded her own office in 1999, focusing on residential buildings, landscape and, more especially, on conservation and repair of architectural heritage. The project Ordenació del Pou del glaç de Vilanna i el seu entorn, Bescanó, made with her former associate architect Carme Tarrenchs, was selected in the 2012 FAD Awards.
Since 2013 she has been the architect responsible for developing GRETA – Group for the Recovery and Study of Architectural Tradition – project, which she currently directs. GRETA is an association dedicated above all to the research of traditional materials and construction techniques of architecture and to the training and awareness-raising of all groups involved in this heritage.
She directs the Master Course in Traditional Construction aimed at builders and technicians , first held in 2014 and currently in its sixth edition. She has also edited GRETA’s two publications: Traditional architecture-constructive techniques and Learning from anonymous architecture, the Gavarres.
Ricardo Gómez Val
He was the director of the 37th International Seminar on Architectural Heritage that took place in Barcelona. Since 2002 he has been working in his own office, which he combines with his teaching and research work. He has specialized in the fields of rehabilitation and materials diagnosis. He has carried out numerous works in existing buildings, both in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
Oriol Roselló Viñas
He has practiced Architecture for the last 25 years and has carried out more than 200 works in Catalonia. He has experienced anonymous architecture observation, with multiple photographic expeditions around the world. He directed a cooperation project in Bangolo, Côte d’Ivoire, with local artisans and materials. As a teacher at the Universitat de Girona he founded the CATS Research Group (Construction: Advanced Technologies and Sustainability). He is cofounder of the GRETA project and director of the course in mastery of traditional techniques. He won the 2014 EcoViure first prize in Manresa with a cob building and in 2019 he won the first Toni Cobos Prize of Traditional Architecture. In August 2019 he directed the three-day Sustainable Architecture, Technology and Tradition Seminar at the Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina, and in October 2019 he directed the Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Architecture Seminar at the Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC), Girona.
Early in the morning, the group will depart from Barcelona to Can Catá, the place which will be hosting the Summer School. They will have a brief time to accommodate and a series of presentations and introductory lectures will be held. A sketching workshop and a lecture on Barcelona will take place in the evening.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit and analyse diverse buildings and urban spaces in Barcelona. In the evening there will be brief lectures on the places to be studied in the following day.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit the Pueblo Español, the Sant Pau Hospital , and the Laberint d’Horta Park, all of them in Barcelona. Every stop will be long enough to study, photograph and draw the visited places. In the evening there will be a lecture on Mediterranean gardens.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit the Botanic Garden of Marimurtra, in Blanes, and the Gardens of Santa Clotilde, in Lloret de Mar. Every stop will be long enough to study, photograph and draw each of these gardens. In the evening there will be brief lectures on local architecture.
The full day will be dedicated to measure, sketch and study the area of Can Catá, in order to produce the needed basis for the design work to be developed in the following week. In the evening there will be some brief lectures on local traditions.
There will be demonstrations on traditional building techniques in the morning. In the afternoon the group will put together, review and complete the work already developed. A traditional building and architecture patterns manual will be finished too
Free day. In the evening, there will be a watercolour workshop and an introductory lecture on topics which will be relevant for the second week work.
Diverse design study cases will be identified and assigned to different groups to develop several upgrade proposals for the urban areas in the Can Catá area. In the evening there will be brief lectures on new traditional architecture and urbanism design.
Tuesday 18 – Friday 21
During the full day participants, divided into several groups, will use the developed research and manual to design different upgrade proposals for the studied areas. In the evening, there will be brief lectures.
Final edition of the design proposals and the patterns manual in the morning. In the afternoon, a public presentation of the design proposals will be scheduled. In the evening a final group dinner will be organised.
A bus will take the main group to Barcelona.
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