I International e-Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

From July 13 to 31, 2020

Directors: RCR Arquitectes – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta
Teaching Staff: Queralt Garriga Gimeno; Carlos Chacón; Andrea Ortega Frutos, Joan Puigcorbé Punzano; Marc Valero Cano, Rubén Mejías García


RCR Summer Workshop is born of a way of understanding architecture and landscape from a humanistic spirit. The coexistence in a specific space and time of different creative disciplines during the on-site workshop has generated synergies for mutual enrichment. The online format is heir to these ideas transferred to a virtual campus.

The workshop is designed following four main ideas that articulate the program:

  • Competition Format: Closed exercises that condense a complex process within a specific time frame
  • Transversality: An integrative interdisciplinary approach
  • Sharing: Shared creativity fostering the capacity for dialogue
  • Experience: Understanding derived from observation, participation and experience

The workshop focuses on the experience of the participants, showing the territory where the work of RCR Arquitectes is rooted, with the aim of understanding their relationship with the site and the landscape, to share and pass on an attitude to life, architecture and creativity, putting into practice their working methods.

Creativity must be at the origin of the concept, present at the initial moment where we give answer to the question we are asked, and should be shared by all the participants, being the common thread of the process. Everything results from creativity.

The Program consists in

  • Online Campus. A conference offer will be combined with various extension webinars and small group consultations in small groups on topics related to the project methodology of RCR Arquitectes and other specific ones that will accompany the exercises to be developed.
  • Creative Atelier. Four exercises are proposed with the aim of generating the ability to stand out conceptually and know how to communicate resolutely in a short time. There will be corrections by RCR Arquitectes.
  • Open Program. A series of conferences in common with the Photography and the Audiovisual workshops.

Length: 19 days

Teaching Load:  120 hours

Level: Advanced

Online Campus

The workshop will take place on the virtual campus that RCR Lab·A has developed for this edition.

In order to carry out the online workshop, the following technical requirements must be met by the participants:

  • Computer with recommended minimum screen resolution of 1440px
  • Adequate Internet connection to access the e-learning platform, download and upload content and make video calls
  • Updated browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera)
  • Installation and registration (free account) of the video conferencing program Zoom

Recommended Computer Skills

For participation in the I International e-Workshop of Architecture and Landscape, skills in the following computer programs are recommended:

  • the computer-aided design software AutoCAD used for 2D drawing and 3D modeling
  • the photo editor Adobe Photoshop
  • the software for digital composition of pages Adobe InDesign
  • optionally, the Rhino 3D modeling software
  • optionally, 3DStudio 3D animation and graphics creation software


Spanish is the common language. We recommend a basic knowledge of Spanish. English is the second official language of the Summer Workshop. The activities will be carried out in both languages. The videos will be in Spanish or English with subtitles in both languages.


Participants of the I International e-Workshop Architecture and Landscape will receive two participation certificates issued by RCR BUNKA Private Foundation and the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB).


Tuition Fee of  745 Euros.

The amount of the tuition fee is possible thanks to the collaboration of different public and private institutions, and companies, and is therefore subsidised.

Application Process


Until Friday,  June 5, 2020

  • Perfil: The workshop is aimed at last year architecture students and architects.
  • Registration Form: Submission of the registration form with all details of the candidate.
  • CV-Portfolio: Submission of a brief curriculum and the portfolio in pdf format (max.2 MB), with the file named as follows: portfolio-name-surname1-surname2.pdf.
  • Full documentation: Applications that do not provide all the requested documentation will be excluded from the selection process.
  • Admission: The submission of the registration form does not guarantee the direct entry to the program. All candidates will be part of the selection process.

Selection Process

  • Selection criteria: for the selection of participants will be considered the information on the registration form and the cv-portfolio.
  • Places planned: 72
  • Selection of participants on the First Call: until Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Communication to participants admitted, not admitted and on waiting list.
  • Selection of participants on the Second Call: until Friday, June 19, 2020. Communication to participants on waiting list.
  • Communications: All communications will be via e-mail.

Payment Conditions

The tuition fee amounts to a total of  745 Euros.

  • Participants admitted on the first call will pay the registration fee until Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
  • Participants admitted in the second call will make the registration payment until Friday, June 26, 2020.
  • Candidates who do not pay within the deadline will automatically be excluded from the program.
  • In case of cancellation after Tuesday, June 30, 2020tuition will not be refunded.
  • The mode of payment will be through the Stripe payment platform.


Admission Process

  • Friday, June 5, 2020. End of registrations
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020. First call: Communication to admitted, non-admitted and waiting list participants
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020. End of tuition payment for participants admitted on first call
  • Friday, June 19, 2020. Second call: Communication to admitted participants of the waiting list
  • Friday, June 26, 2020. End of payment of registration for participants admitted on second call
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Non-refundable cancellations.

I International e-Workshop of Architecture and Landscape

  • Monday, July 13, 2020: Start of workshop
  • Friday, July 31, 2020: End of workshop

Teaching Staff


Queralt Garriga Gimeno

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Ferran Adrià and RCR: The Space of Comprehension
Group 1 (English)

Assistant Professor of Architectural Projects at ETSAB-UPC

In collaboration with the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB / UPC)

Queralt Garriga Gimeno (Barcelona, Spain, 1968) holds a PhD in Architecture with international mention and excellent cum laude (2015/ UPC), Special Doctoral Award (2017/UPC), Master (2007/UB) and Postgraduate (1999/UPF) in cultural management. Specialized consultant in architectural projects in the cultural and built heritage environment. Associate Lecturer of Architectural Design (ETSAB/UPC). Researcher in didactics and communication of architectural knowledge and member of the GILDA UPC Tech Research Group. She has been the Director of the Fundación Caja de Arquitectos (1996-2017) and Cultural and Communications Director of the Catalan Institute of Architects COAC (2008-2009). She has curated, among others, the constitution process of the Enric Miralles Foundation (2009-2011).  
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Carlos Chacón Pérez

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Ferran Adrià and RCR: The Space of Comprehension
Group 1 (English)

Associate Professor of Architectural Design at SOA-FCU
Founder and Director of FCU Explorers EuroLAB
Guest Teacher

In collaboration with the Feng Chia University School of Architecture (FCU / SOA ) – FCU Explorers EuroLAB

Carlos Chacón (Madrid, Spain, 1977) is founder member of his own office DeVillar-CHacon Architects and Associate professor at Feng Chia University, where he currently teaches and directs the brand of their new program FCU-EuroLAB.

His teaching philosophy is based on granting his students a cross-referenced knowledge, as he is Graduated and Master in Architecture by UPM School of Architecture, he studied Gardening and Landscaping at UPM School of Agronomy and currently finishes his dissertation about the consequences of Pop and Minimal culture on Architecture during the 90s. A very wide plural background that allows him to coordinate different areas of architectural expertise to increase his students’ skills and abilities on his teaching activities.

As an architect and designer, he has also a long practice experience. After working 2 years with Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office and 5 years with SelgasCano, he established his own office DVCH DeVillar-CHacon in 2oo8. Currently it is present in Spain, Mexico and Taiwan. His work is focused on providing architectural solutions able to establish a dialogue between citizens and their environment that we understand as a balance between the natural, the social and the urban condition. His projects range every scale, from landscaping and public buildings, to housing, installations, exhibitions or interior design and has been internationally awarded repeatedly, highlighting the Congress Center “Vegas Altas” in Villanueva de la Serena, completed in 2o14, and the Kinder Park in Mexicali, Baja California, completed in 2019.

He has 17 international awards for his work, including his most recent recognition in September 2019 as Best Urban project of the year for the Architects Association of Madrid in 2019 for his Kinder Park in Mexicali. His work has been published in more than 15 countries including cover of the most prestigious world architecture magazines.

DVCH DeVillar-CHacon · FCU-EuroLAB Study Abroad Program · Instagram FCU-EuroLAB Study Abroad Program


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Andrea Ortega-Frutos

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Ferran Adrià and RCR: The Space of Comprehension
Group 2 (Spanish)

Founder of TATAMI MAP, The Nature of Space

In collaboration with the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB / UPC)

Andrea Ortega-Frutos (Santiago de Chile, Chile) is an architect and holds a PhD in architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC) since 2009. She is also an architect from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. With the Final Degree Project: Cenotaph to the Poet Vicente Huidobro, she represented the School of Architecture at the V Venice Architecture Biennale. She holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the Ramon Llull University and is currently developing her PhD in philosophy.

ETSAB-UPC professor, 2008-2013 and 2018 to present. Coordinator of the Master in Contemporary Space Configuration, taught in China and Barcelona by the University of Barcelona in agreement with the Jingchu University of Technology and other organizations in China, starting in 2017.

Director and founder of the STALKER Environmental Sculpture Workshop of the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation of the UB, she has exhibited at the IV European Landscape Biennial and at the Triennale di Milano: Il Paesaggio Europeo.

Author of the TATAMI MAP Modular Architecture System. As the holder of the Invention Patent, she founded TATAMI MAP, The Nature of Space in 2010. She has developed architecture, painting, sculpture and landscape projects in the Collserola Natural Park, in Molins de Rei and Barcelona (Spain), Amman (Jordania), Transilvania and Targu Jiu (Romania), Graulhet (France), Yichang and Qingdao (China).

She has led workshops on Architecture-Art in Nature Reserves at the Barcelona CCCB Center for Contemporary Culture, at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Sanya (China) and has works of sculpture and painting in museums and natural parks from France, Jordan, Romania and China.



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Joan Puigcorbé Punzano

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Creative Multipurpose and Stay Spaces in La Vila
Group  3 (Spanish)

Founder of PAAS, Costa Rica Natural Design, MKBstudio and INEDITcr

Joan Puigcorbé (Barcelona, Spain, 1967) graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB-UPC) in 2000. In 1995, he founds the architecture office PAAS in Barcelona and Ripoll. From 2003 to 2010 he works with RCR Arquitectes. In 2008 he starts several personal projects, creating Costa Rica Natural Design, an architectural office dedicated to real estate in Costa Rica, co-founding MKBstudio (2008) with María K. Hawkins, based in New York and Barcelona, and INEDITcr, a real estate company based in Costa Rica that develops authored projects. He has worked in projects of a diverse nature in various countries. He has won international competitions and his work has been recognized in FAD Awards 2013, Girona Awards 2005 and 2013; Finalist in National Convention of Architecture Technal, 2005; René Frank Award 2012 in Costa Rica, Wood Design & Buildings Awards 2016 in Canada and Quadranti d’Architettura 2015. He has participated with works in the Venice Biennale in 2012, 2014 and 2018. He has shown his projects at conferences in various countries and his work has been published internationally. Since 2014, he is part of the teaching staff of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape.

PAAS / Costa Rica Natural Design · Facebook / MKBstudio / INEDITcr 

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Rubén Mejías García

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Ferran Adrià and RCR: The Space of Comprehension
Group 1 (English)

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Creative Multipurpose and Stay Spaces in La Vila
Group  3 (Spanish)


Rubén Mejías (Madrid, Spain, 1988) graduated from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM-UPM). His final degree project, a Center for Contemporary Creation in Rome, was selected for the PFC COAM 2014 Award. In 2015 he participated in the Art.Architecture Workshop in the Brito.Rodriguez Studio in Lisbon. From 2015 to 2017 he collaborated in London with audiovisual artists and photographers, highlighting the award at the UK Short Film Festival for his experimental short film “London Light”. He participated in the X International Workshop on Architecture and Landscape in the framework of the RCR Summer Workshop 2017. Afterward, he collaborated with RCR Arquitectes studio from 2017 to 2019 in a complex of commercial uses, offices, and contemporary art foundation in Ile Seguin in Paris. From 2019 to 2020, he collaborated with the Ricardo Bofill Architecture Workshop on several projects in Lisbon that take as a reference the utopian projects of modular aggregation developed by the workshop in the 1960s. He is currently developing the exhibition ‘Matter and Object’ that narrates his abstract gaze through the drawing of the physical medium. He is part of the teaching team of the I e-Workshop of Architecture and Landscape 2020. 
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Marc Valero Cano

GEOGRAPHY OF DREAMS | Ferran Adrià and RCR: The Space of Comprehension
Group 2 (Spanish)


Marc Valero Cano (Sant Fruitós de Bages, Spain, 1993) is an architect from the Vallés School of Architecture (ETSAV). In 2016 he studied at Chalmers Universty of Technology within the scope of the Erasmus program. He has been part of the Gausarq project mentioned in “The best student design-build projects worldwide, 2016”. In the academic field, he collaborated with Sir Peter Cook for BCN RE.SET in the “Take my Hand” project. He participated in the X International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape 2017. That same year, he started to collaborate with RCR Arquitectes, highlighting the exhibition Dream and Nature for the Pavilion of Catalonia in the 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennial in 2018 and the rehabilitation of RCR’s La Vila farmhouse. In 2018 he collaborated with landscape projects together with Elisabeth Contreras. Since 2019, he is part of the teaching staff of the International Workshop of Architecture and Landscape. 
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