In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.

The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.

The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.

Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.

The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.

The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque


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2019-2024 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2024 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2024 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico


Arxiu Mas


Basílica de la Sagrada Família


Museu del Disseny de Barcelona


EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona

Design & Development:

edittio Nubilum

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The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.


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Iñaki Ábalos is a Ph.D. in Architecture, Chaired Professor of Architectural Design at the ETSAM since 2002 and Visiting Critic at Harvard GSD. He was Kenzo Tange Professor (2009), Design Critic in Architecture (2010-2012), and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2012-2016). He is also Master of Science at CAUP Tongji University, Shanghai (2015) and RIBA Fellowship (2009). He is the co-director of the firm Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+, with offices in Madrid, Cambridge, and Shanghai. His activity and work have been internationally recognized in 15 individual exhibitions, multiple collective exhibitions, 18 awards for built work and 45 for his joint research and design work with Renata Sentkiewicz. Their work has been collected in the monograph titled “Essays on Thermodynamics, Architecture and Beauty” published in fall 2015 simultaneously in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese.

Author: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos


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  1. EU Mies Award

    La Pau Park

  2. Remodelling of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation

    Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz

    Remodelling of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation

    The first objective of the renovation of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation is to open the entire historic building to the public with new exhibition, archive and educational areas, concentrating the administrative areas in a new three-storey pavilion located at the bottom of the plot and with exit to the square’s patio. But the Antoni Tàpies Foundation also aims to contribute to consolidating a new generation of museums understood as centres of cultural production, proposing a multiple spatiality, adapted to the diversity of artistic practices, to the demand for thermodynamic balance, to the enhancement of the inherited heritage and the atmospheric dissolution in favor of the intensification of the visitor’s experience, who is offered to visualise the whole programmatic framework that supports the cultural production and the modernist building itself as part of the exhibition system. In environmental terms, the expansion means a substantial improvement in the natural lighting and the form factor of the original building, included in a single volume that reduces energy exchanges, which has allowed to expand its surface without modifying existing air conditioning systems.
  3. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Interior Design
    Remodelling of the Antoni Tàpies Foundation

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