BAC Fall 2017

Another great semester has come to an end. We would like to thank our students from Clemson University, Roger Williams University, Texas A&M University, and studio professors Miguel Roldan, and Miquel Rodriguez for a great semester.


Design Studio Final Presentations

Final Presentations were held on the 13th-14th of December 2017. Special thanks to our invited jury, from our collateral universities, and to our BAC faculty for preparing our students.

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Design Studio Final Projects

Barcelona´s old city center is being molded and influenced by different urban, cultural, social and economic forces while still remaining an economical place to live. Past, present and future dynamics are also complexly layered on the area and at the fringes of this dense tissue. The “Rondes”, areas around the old city center, are generous avenues placed where the city walls use to seat.

The project site was located in Ronda Sant Antoni, 66 / Carrer de Valldonzella. The triangular plot is found along these hybrid streets generated between the grid of the Eixample and the dense and irregular configuration of ¨Ciutat Vella¨. The buildings and structures placed on these edges offer the opportunity to re-imagine an urban gateway that serves and celebrates the dynamics of their setting. The students were challenged to design and program a hybrid structure for its multifarious potential users.

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Learning from the City

Throughout the semester students learned about being a practicing architect in the city through everything from visiting prominent projects in the city guided by their architects to touring the production facilities of local manufactures. Below are some highlights of their experiences.

Sant Antoni Market

BAC Fall 2017 visited San Antoni Market On October 7, 2017.

The Mercat de Sant Antoni was designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias in 1882. The historic Market was the first to be designed outside of Barcelona´s city walls. The project has been under rehabilitation since 2007  by RavetllatRibas Arquitectes and is set to be open in 2018.

Leading Architect Pere Joan Ravetllat guided students through the construction site. Pere explained the design challenges and opportunities this restoration project presented to his firm, and how they have navigated the project over the past 10 years.

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Walden 7

Walden 7 was completed in 1975 and was designed by world-renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The design embodies the architect´s earliest ideas on how to address housing problems of modern city life.

Walden Resident, Alexandra Olivella, guided students through the complex that she has called home for over 10 years.  Students gained an inside perspective on the activity and livelihood of the building through the point of view of one of its inhabitants.

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Cristalleries Planell Civic Center

Students visited the Civiv cebter on October 21, 2017.

The former Planell glass factory was originally built in 1913. Its restoration and refurbishment were completed in 2016 by Barcelona based H ARQUITECTES in 2016.

The students were guided by Architect Josep Ricart. Josep explained the challenges of the site defined by the heritage-listed frontage of the former Planell glass factory, and the unique sun chimnies designed to avoid heat gain and improve air circulation.

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Fall 2017 Studio Lecture Series

This semester, students got to hear from a range of Barcelona based practitioners, working in the discipline of architecture, specializing in a range of different sectors.

We would like to thank them for taking the time to present their work and engage with our students!


BAC in Madrid

From the 15th-19th of September students got a taste of two different Spanish urban fabrics through their field studies trip to Madrid and Toledo guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Zana Bosnic.

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BAC in the Netherlands

From November 13th-17th students went on their second field studies trip to the Netherlands guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala.

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BAC Thanksgiving

On November 23rd the students and faculty celebrated Thanksgiving by breaking bread and sharing their favorite dishes. A tradition held ever Fall here at the BAC with our students.

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December 15, 2017 · 10:00 am

7th edition BAC JAPAN 2018

Intensive course in Barcelona for Architecture students from Japan.


MARCH 8th 2018 – MARCH29st 2018


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Spring 2017 Design Studio Final Presentations

Some moments from Spring 2017 Design Studio Final Presentations.. Many thanks to all our jury, our professors and especially to our guest professors coming from Texas A&M, Clemson and Roger Williams University. BIG Thank you and Congrats to all our students for your hard work and wonderful semester. WELCOME again to our BAC “family”.. See you all next time!


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BAC Spring 2017 Design studio lecture series_Toni Cumella

As a part of our Spring 2017 lecture series, we have received the locally and internationally well known ceramics genius Toni Cumella.

Son of the ceramist, Toni Cumella colaborating with architects from all around the world, expert in use of ceramics in architecture. Toni Cumella describes his work as artisan using new technologies.  Well known for the restoration of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló, restoration of Gaudi’s Parc Güell, Santa Caterina market`s roof , Spanish pavilion at the Expo Zaragoza or recently open Maat in Lisabon among others.


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BAC Spring 2017 Design studio lecture series_Robert Brufau

Robert Brufau, Architect who designed structures for the most important national and international projects.(Among others: CCCB in Barcelona, Santa Monica Art Centre in Barcelona, Caixa Forum in Zaragoza, Disseny Hub in Barcelona, MNAC, el Molino Theatre, Torre Agbar, Forum’s Triangle etc ) gave our Spring 2017 students lecture on Ceramic Applications in Structures.

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BAC Spring 2017 Design studio lecture series_ENRIC BATLLE


Bstlle i Roig Arquitectura

Thursday April 06 at 12:45

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Enric Batlle studied at the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB-UPC), obtaining a degree in architecture in 1980 and later in 2002, a Doctorate in Architecture from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the UPC with the thesis “The Garden of the metropolis. From romantic landscape in free space for a sustainable city “. Thesis that received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award from the Commission of Doctorate of the UPC and was awarded the Architecture Prize Montaner Theory and Criticism. This research work has been published by Editorial Gustavo Gili in 2012 under the same name and later awarded the 2012 FAD Prize Theory and Criticism.

He has been associated since 1982 with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Currently, he is Director of the Master in Landscape -MBLandArch- taught at the ETSAB (School of Architecture of Barcelona – UPC). His educational role was mainly developed in the ETSAV (School of Architecture of the Vallès – UPC) as a teacher and coordinator of Urbanism Workshop of Architecture and Projects.

Numerous internationally renowned universities have had their participation in courses and masterclass: The University of Navarra, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Copenhagen University, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Beijing Forestry University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia and University of Texas at Austin -between others and their thesis on architecture and landscape have been reported in a variety of institutions, from the Architectural League of New York to the School of Agriculture of Barcelona.

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Fall 2016 Design Studio Final Projects

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