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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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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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  • Decoració de l'Arxiu Històric i Obres de Reutilizació i Restauració del Pati


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Cronology (10)

  1. Casa de l'Ardiaca de Barcelona

    autoria desconeguda

  2. Reforma de la Casa de l'Ardiaca de Barcelona

    autoria desconeguda

  3. Casa de l'Ardiaca de Barcelona. Remodelació de la casa del Degá. Façana al Pla de la Seu

    autoria desconeguda

  4. Restauració de la Façana a Santa Llúcia a la Casa de l'Ardiaca de Barcelona

    autoria desconeguda

  5. Decoració de l'Arxiu Històric i Obres de Reutilizació i Restauració del Pati

    Josep Goday i Casals

    Decoració de l'Arxiu Històric i Obres de Reutilizació i Restauració del Pati

  6. Remodelling of the Casa de l'Ardiaca

    B01 Arquitectes, Roser Amadó i Cercós, Lluís Domènech i Girbau

    The objective of the remodeling project of the Ardiaca House is very different from the Archives of the Crown of Aragon, where thanks to the limitation of the program and the characteristics of the building, it is possible to balance content and form. In this case, it is about finding an internal structure in which the organisational and distributive freedom will be conditioned by the heterogeneous episodes of the building but in which it will also be possible to value the characteristic enrichment that these limitations can represent. This operation includes, therefore, the conservation of the parts or fragments of the building from all periods, which can be identified as such so that they can be chained in a sequence that represents the total rationalisation of the internal function. To achieve this, the following decisions are proposed in the project: a) Adoption of a new upright structure and the rationalisation of the levels of the floors in the Dean's house. b) Location of two communication hubs -the minimum to comply with regulations- one based on adapting the old staircase to the new levels, the other one locating an emergency staircase where the one from the Ardiaca House. The elevators and facilities yards are also being relocated. c) Adoption of the roof cameras as the only viable space to place the air conditioning machines, given the pressure of the program on the building. d) Redistribution of document deposits in wider areas. i) Location of the reading room on the highest floor, enjoying a splendid view over the best part of the Gothic quarter through the patio loggia and opening through a viewpoint towards the Architects’ Association. f) Location of the conference room on the main floor, since in this way it is possible to recover the use of the patio terrace as a resting area or as an emergency exit. g) Adoption of the ground floor as the only entrance, through the exhibitions located in the room of the arcades and the Roman wall. Finally, once the pieces of the puzzle have been placed, it is possible to stratify the most differentiated functions per floors (restoration, research, graphics, photography, oral history and documents).