Iberian Traditional Architecture
Summer School 2024
Arcos de Valdevez
Registration deadline: March 24th, 2024
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- This program will take place in the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.
- 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 28. We will be developing a selection process among all candidates. Several places will be reserved for the students of each participating university.
The registration is 410€. 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 per participant of this course is around 2500€, but, thanks to the support of Richard H. Driehaus, the Arcos de Valdevez Municipality and Kalam, the participation fee hs been reduced to 410€.
Registration and deadline
- The Fundaçao Serra Henriques offers up to six grants to students from the Universities of Algarve, Autónoma de Lisboa, Beira Interior (UBI), Coimbra, Évora, Lisboa, Minho, Portucalense (UPT), Porto (FAUP) e ISCTE 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 one grant to Australian students covering the fee of the Summer School.
- Robert Adam offers one grant to an international participant.
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.
INTBAU Spain develops its initiatives to promote traditional building, architecture and urbanism and serves as a platform for collaboration and exchange of information, contributing to the promotion of other related initiatives organized by its members and other institutions linked to the network itself.
The Portuguese Chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU), is an active network of individuals and institutions dedicated to the creation of humane and harmonious buildings and places which respect local traditions. It brings together those who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and places.
Thanks to the support of:
The Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez seeks to create awareness concerning the rich architectural and cultural heritage of the numerous towns that make it up. It supports and actively participes on this course.
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 Fundação Serra Henriques was established in Portugal in 1997 for the promotion of education, culture and science; paying special attention to the study of the national territory for local development and improvement of cultural heritage.
Robert Adam, director of Robert Adam Architectural Consultancy, has been a leading figure in the advancement of traditional architecture and urbanism in the UK and worldwide. He was a founder of INTBAU and the UK Traditional Architecture Group. While continuing in practice and writing, he is also dedicated to the support and education of up-and-coming traditional designers.
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:
INTBAU Portugal | Traditional Building Cultures Foundation
Faculty and Coordination
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.
Fernando Cerqueira Barros
Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo / Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Faculty and Coordination
Graduated in Architecture (2011) and Diploma in Advanced Studies of Architectural Heritage (2013) from the University of Porto School of Architecture (FAUP), where he is nowadays PhD researcher in Architecture, and collaborating researcher at CEAU (Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo, FAUP) in the PACT Group (Património da Arquitectura, da Cidade e do Território).
He focuses his study on traditional architecture in the North of Portugal and Galicia. He regularly lectures in international Seminars and Conferences such as the III International Congress of Traditional Construction, Architecture and Urbanism (Madrid, 2022) or the Savoir-faire traditionnels de la construction dans le sud de la Méditerranée (Tunis, 2023). He is the author of the scientific contents of the Documentary “Das Arquitecturas Tradicionais no Alto-Minho” (AO Norte), and the contents about Popular Architecture of the Rota da Arquitectura Tradicional (Paredes de Coura) and the Soajo Ethnographic Center (Arcos de Valdevez). He received an Honorable Mention in the I Iberian Prize for Research on Traditional Architecture (2012) for his Thesis about the Territory and Popular Architecture in Serra da Peneda (Portugal). He is a founding member of the HORREA Network, an international association for the study and preservation of traditional granaries.
As an architect, he develops his mainly rehabilitation works of traditional buildings and also of classified historical heritage, namely the intervention in the archaeological site of Salto do Boi/Cardina integrated in the Côa Valley, and the rehabilitation of the São João de Cabanas Monastery in Afife, Viana do Castelo.
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 | Traditional Building Cultures Foundation | INTBAU Spain
Faculty and coordination
PhD in Architecture and MA in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage from the Madrid Polytechnic University School of Architecture, where he has been Associate Professor since 2019.
He has been Associate Professor at the Alfonso X el Sabio University (2009-19), Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture (US, 2016) and guest lecturer at universities such as Yale, Miami, Colorado, Liverpool or Politecnico di Milano, among others. His professional practice has been devoted to traditional architecture and building and the restoration and study of historic buildings, largely in Spain and Morocco, along with the creation and management since 2012, thanks to Richard H. Driehaus, of the initiatives run today by this Foundation. He is also the CEO of Kalam Corporation in the USA, a board member of the NGO Terrachidia and cofounding Vice-Chair of INTBAU Spain. Recognitions of this work include the 2015 INTBAU Excellence Award, the 2019 Hispania Nostra Award, a Special Mention in the 2019 EU-Europa Nostra Awards, the 2021 Philippe Rotthier European Architecture Prize, and the 2021 National Craft Award.
Guillermo Gil Fernández
Traditional Building Cultures Foundation | 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
Traditional Building Cultures Foundation | INTBAU Spain
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.
University of Notre Dame
Lucien studied architecture in Paris, graduating in 1980. He is the principal of Katarxis Urban Workshops asbl., in Luxembourg and a partner at Heure Bleue Architects, London. He is currently Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has practiced in Luxembourg, producing a wide range of traditional designs in collaboration with Colum Mulhern. He has taught and lectured in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and collaborated with the Prince of Wales’s Urban Design Task Force in Potsdam and Berlin, the University of Miami, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, the University of Bologna, and the Portuguese Catholic University in Viseu, and the University of Notre Dame (Rome Studies Program and US Campus, South Bend, Indiana, University of Buckingham, and University of Luxembourg). He is the author, editor, or co-editor of many publications, including New Palladians, Traditional Architecture: Timeless Building for the Twenty-First Century, The Architectural Capriccio, In the Mood for Architecture and Travel Sketches from Elsewhere & Nowhere.
Early in the morning, the group will depart from Porto to Arcos de Valdevez where a welcome by Arcos de Valdevez Municipality and an introduction of all faculty, participants and hosts will take place. After lunch, the group will be driven to Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda, the place which will be hosting the Summer School. They will have a brief time to accommodate and a series of introductory lectures will be held.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit and analyse diverse towns and places in Arcos de Valdevez such as Brandas de São Bento do Cando e Busgalinhas (Gavieira) and Soajo. Every stop will be long enough to study, photograph and draw local architecture and building details as well as to analyze the urban fabric. In the evening there will be brief lectures on local history and landscape.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit and analyse diverse towns and places in Arcos de Valdevez such as the very Arcos de Valdevez town, Vilarinho do Souto and Ermelo. Every stop will be long enough to study, photograph and draw local architecture and building details as well as to analyze the urban fabric. In the evening there will be lectures on the vernacular architecture of the area.
A bus will take the group during the full day to visit and analyse diverse towns and places in Arcos de Valdevez such as Sistelo, Padrão and Branda do Alhal. Every stop will be long enough to study, photograph and draw local architecture and building details as well as to analyze the urban fabric. In the evening there will be brief lectures on the culture and current situation of the area.
The full day will be dedicated to measure, sketch and study Peneda, in order to produce the needed basis for the design work to be developed in the following week. In the evening, a Round Table on Peneda and a debate will take place.
There will be demonstrations on traditional building techniques (stonework, lime mortar finishes, timber frame and millwork) 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 Peneda area. In the evening there will be brief lectures on new traditional architecture and urbanism design.
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19
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 Porto.
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