BAC Fall 2018 Design studio lecture series_ALBERTO VEIGA, Barozzi/ Veiga

Fall 2018 Lecture Series:

ALBERTO VEIGA, Barozzi/ Veiga

“All that is”

Monday, November 19 at 12:15

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public2018-11-19_alberto veiga.jpgAlberto Veiga was born in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 1973. He currently lives and works in Barcelona.
In 2001, he graduated as an architect from the “ETSA de Navarra”. In 2004 he joins Fabrizio Barozzi and they establish Barozzi / Veiga in Barcelona.

From 2007 to 2009 he has been a Project Professor at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona.
In 2014 he has been Visiting Profesor at the Instituto Universitario de Architettura di Venezia.

Throughout his carrier he has lectured worldwide at the main schools of Architecture and has participated in several juries of architectural competitions and awards.

The work of Barozzi / Veiga has been recognized with several awards, including Ajac Young Catalan Architect Award (2007), the Barbara Cappochin International Architecture Award (2011), the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture – Best Debut Work (2012), the Young Talent of Italian Architecture (2013), the Design Vanguard Award (2014), the International fad Opinion Award, the Life in Architecture Award and more recently, the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (2015).

BAC Fall 2018 Design studio lecture series_ROBERT BRUFAU

Fall 2018 Lecture Series:


“Gaudí, shaping the structure”

Thursday October 04 at 12:15

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Robert Brufau, Professor of the Department of Building Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, since 1990.
Throughout his 30 years of professional activity he has participated in the projects of important works of Architecture, highlighting his participation, as the structure designer, in the following awards: Prize City of Barcelona,5 times; Prize City of Madrid, in 1 occasion, among others.


BAC Fall 2018 Design studio lecture series_ROGER MIRALLES i JORI

Fall 2018 Lecture Series:


“In the footsteps of Gaudí”

Thursday September 20 at 12:15  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

Roger Miralles, Architect ETSA Vallès UPC 2002, Phd ETSA Barcelona UPC, 2012, had lectured in La Salle_URL, School of architecture UIC, ETSAB_UPC and from 2005 he has been lecturer in ETSA Reus_URV where he is now serving as the academic coordinator. He has been visiting professor at the Witwatersrand University and Chandigarth University among others.
His research focuses on early modernity with special attention to the borders: Catalan Modernism and South African Modernity. He has published his research in several international magazines and contributed in many books.

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BAC Spring 2018

The BAC Spring 2018 term has come to an end and we would like to thank our students from Clemson University, Roger Williams University and Texas A&M University, and studio professors Miquel Rodriguez + Marta Garcia-Orte, and Rafael Gomez for another great semester.

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Design Studio Final Presentation

Final Presentations were held on the 25-26th of April 2018.

Special thanks to our invited jury including Ray Huff, Clemson University Associate Professor and Director of Charleston Program, Andrew Cohen, RWU Professor of Architecture and principal of ACTWO Architect, Marcel Erminy, Texas A&M University Associate Professor of the Practice,  Michael Neuman, University of Westminster Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, Miguel Roldan, BAC Director and Design Studio Director,  Zana Bosnic, Academic Coordinator, Pia Wortham, Design Communication Seminar Professor,  Jelena Prokopljevic, Design Philosophy Seminar Professor , Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala, travel Professors.

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Design Studio Final Projects

Project site: Plaça del vuit de març / carrer dels Capellans / Plaça d’isidre Nonell

Barcelona´s old city center was generated from the different historical and cultural layers embedded in the ground, public spaces and existing buildings. The Project site is a prime example of this urban layering as it is a succession of three open spaces: Plaça del vuit de març, with a Roman aqueduct visible in one of the façades that configure the Plaza and an entrance to Ca la Dona on a different topographic level, the 2.5m elevated romantic garden and the Plaça d’isidre Nonell, that houses the tiled fresco called ”El petó” (The Kiss), a piece of art by Joan Fontcuberta and manufactured by Ceràmica Cumell, placed on an existing wall between the garden and the Plaza.

The two design studios, titled ¨ In Between¨ and ¨Desponjamiento Urbano¨ came up with different design proposals on how to link the spaces and mediate between them.

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Learning from the City

Throughout the semester students studied local architecture and regional materials and methods by touring prominent projects in the city, hearing from Barcelona based architects through our lecture series and visiting the production facilities of local manufactures. Below are some highlights of their experiences.

Ceràmica Cumella

Cumella´s ceramics are a staple material that forms part of Barcelona´s Architectural fabric. Their designs are a part of La Sagrada Familia, and the restoration of Park Güell and Casa Batlló.
The students were guided by locally and internationally well-known ceramics artist Toni Cumella. Toni showed the students Cumella´s facilities and their 4 different fabrication processes- extruding, casting, pressing and revolving.

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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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ESCOFET is a Barcelona-based industry that designs and manufactures high-quality urban furnishings and architectural finishes in concrete and cast stone.
The students were guided by Architect and Business Development Coordinator at Escofet Mariona Benain who explained to the students the skills she brings to the table as an architect in product and material design. Mariona walked students through the facilities and guided them through ESCOFET´s production process from beginning to end. From picking out the desired aggregate to coating and polishing the final product.

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Spring 2018 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.

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


BAC in Madrid

From February 1st-5th 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.

Students visited several prominent works of Architecture including CaixaForum Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron, El Prado Museum by Rafael Moneo, MediaLab Prado by Langarita Navarro, Palacio de Cristal by Velázquez Bosco, Matadero by Jaque + Ensemble, Fundacion COAM by Gonzalo Moure and many more. Students got to learn about the urban history of the city and its role as the capital.

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BAC in the Netherlands

From March 2nd-9th students went on their second field studies trip to the Netherlands guided by our professors Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala.

Throughout the 7-day trip in 6 cities: Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft, Zaandam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, our Spring 2018 students had the opportunity  to visit and study projects from architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Felix Claus, MVRDV, West 8, Enric Miralles, Mecanoo, Richard Meier, Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo van Eyck, and many others, and learning about the history and development of the Dutch urban form.

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BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_HARQUITECTES, Josep Ricart

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:


“From Elemental to Fundamental”

Thursday April 12 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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HARQUITECTES is an architecture studio established in 2000 and based in Sabadell, Barcelona. It is managed by four partner architects: David Lorente Ibáñez (Granollers, 1972), Josep Ricart Ulldemolins (Cerdanyola del Vallès, 1973), Xavier Ros Majó (Sabadell, 1972) and Roger Tudó Galí (Terrassa, 1973). All of them licensed between 1998 and 2000 in the E.T.S.A. Vallès, where Josep and Roger teach Projects and Construction subjects. Xavier also teaches Projects in the E.T.S.A. Barcelona.
They have been invited as lecturers around Europe and America and their works have been recognized with several awards and also selected for local and abroad exhibitions.

BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Eugeni Bach

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Eugeni Bach

“The unexpected little twist”

Thursday March 22 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Eugeni Bach. Associate Professor in Architectural Design at ETSAB UPC since 2015 and ETSALS since 2005. Co-Founder of Anna & Eugeni Bach and Bach Arquitectes. His interests spread across four activities: Professional, Teaching, Research and Cultural activity, and his projects range from object and interior design, through housing and public buildings and urban design. Among his many awards and recognitions, he has recently exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the latest Venice Biennale, he has been finalist at the 13th Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial 2016, Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards 2015 and he was awarded International FAD Award in 2014.

BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_Daniel Calatayud

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Daniel Calatayud

“Experiments in Energy Efficiency”

Thursday March 15 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

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Daniel Calatayud, is a senior architect with research aptitude by the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the ETSAV. His PHD thesis (in process) is about “ecological footprint of urban models”. He is professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the ETSAV of the UPC. He is also a professor of the official Master of the UPC of Sustainability. Throughout his career he has several publications about the impact of the architect profession in the environment and in the city. He has won the Environment Award by Generalitat de Catalunya, Initiatives for protection and improvement of the environment, in the sustainability in the constructions section.

BAC Spring 2018 Design studio lecture series_LACOL, Carles Baiges

Spring 2018 Lecture Series:

Lacol, Carles Baiges

“Building together”

Thursday February 22 at 12:30  

BAC, Bruc 59, local

Open to the Public

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Carles Baiges Camprubí (Barcelona, 1985) is an architect (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and urban sociologist (Universiteit van Amsterdam). He’s a partner of Lacol and activist at the housing cooperative La Borda. He mainly works on citizen participation, public space and housing rights.

Lacol is a cooperative of architects who work in the neighborhood of Sants, in Barcelona. They work from architecture toward social transformation, using architecture as a tool to intervene critically in their immediate environment. They root their activity in a horizontal system of labor, acting alongside society with justice and solidarity in mind.