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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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2019-2023 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2023 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:

2019-2023 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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Ha sigut professor a l’ETSAV, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, entre 1988-2004. També ha exercit com professor convidat a diferents masters, cursos de postgrau, cicles de conferencies i tribunal de PFC en diverses universitats nacionals i internacionals. Ha estat igualment membre de diferents jurats, comissions i premis d’arquitectura tan a títol personal com en representació de diverses institucions.

1990 – 2019 Soci fundador de Forgas Arquitectes

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  1. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Buildings of new plant for private use

    FAD Award

    Riudellots Industrial Warehouse

  2. Headquarters of the Osona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    Joan Forgas i Coll, Dolors Ylla-Català i Puigrefagut

    Headquarters of the Osona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

    El projecte assumeix com a prioritat la configuració de la plaça per la seva cara nord, tot prenent com a referència els edificis que la tanquen per les tres cares restants: la catedral, el vell edifici del Museu Episcopal i un petit edifici d’habitatges. El solar fa cantonada amb un carrer lateral i estava ocupat per una edificació, la tanca del convent de les Sagramentàries i el cos dels dormitoris d’aquest convent. S’opta per enderrocar la vella edificació i construir un volum de nova planta que completi la plaça i assumeixi el caràcter representatiu propi del seu ús. El nou edifici prolonga el mur del carreró lateral i s’obre cap a la plaça, generant la nova façana. L’elecció dels materials garanteix l’estatut de la nova construcció enfront de l’entorn monumental: revestiments de pedra, estucats i gelosies de fusta, seguint procediments constructius propis de la tradició arquitectònica moderna.
  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Headquarters of the Osona Branch of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC)

  4. Barcelona South Power Station

    Forgas Arquitectes, Joan Forgas i Coll, Dolors Ylla-Català i Puigrefagut

    Barcelona South Power Station

    Barcelona’s Zona Franca power plant is a pioneer in southern Europe in terms of sustainable energy production and use thanks to various high-efficiency technologies. It provides energy to a cold / heat distribution network from the use of the residual cold of the regasification plant of the port of Barcelona and the biomass from urban pruning. At the same time, it also allows self-generated electricity to be injected into the grid. The architectural proposal completes the industrial and office program with spaces designed to show the public the production processes through a tour of the facilities. This circuit is also used to configure the façades, treated as a double skin that can be traversed inside. In this way, the building envelope takes on an educational, training and dissemination character of the environmental and sustainability values on which the activity of the power plant is based.
  5. New Stone and Metal Working Shop in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UB

    Forgas Arquitectes, Joan Forgas i Coll, Dolors Ylla-Català i Puigrefagut

    New Stone and Metal Working Shop in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UB

    The new stone and metal workshop of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona is the first phase of the expansion and improvement of the current facilities located on the Diagonal Campus. This workshop is developed on the ground floor and has an almost industrial character, consistent with the activities and machinery it hosts (smelting and forging kilns, metal burnishing, stone cutting and polishing). These activities require the direct access of trucks inside, crane bridges and air extraction and filtration systems to prevent the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere. The building has been structured on two sides: a large industrial space on one side and small spaces on the other: classrooms, offices and services. The workshop has double height with light inlets in the upper strip. The structure is made of metal and both the roof and the façades are made of iron to simplify the construction system and favour the unitary reading of the interior space.
  6. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis amb Ús No Residencial. Inclou Edificis de Nova Planta de Promoció Pública

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    New Stone and Metal Working Shop in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UB

  7. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Edificis amb Ús No Residencial. Inclou Edificis de Nova Planta de Promoció Privada

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Barcelona South Power Station

  8. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: City and Landscape

    FAD Award

    Instal·lació dels Orangutans al Zoo

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