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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura


2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2022 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:

2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:



Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.

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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In Pictures

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles

  • Apartment Building in the Olympic Village of Banyoles


Quant a l’arquitectura de les diferents construccions s’observa un nivell mig prou satisfactori amb exemples aïllats veritablement notables. La sorpresa personal més agradable l’ha construït el conjunt edificat pels arquitectes Mª Dolors Nadal i Joan Escribà, que em permet una reflexió sobre l’arquitectura actual a Catalunya. Aquests edificis de Nadal i Escribà s’adscriuen al fil conductor de la millor arquitectura d’arrel nacional del nostre país, des del Modernisme, però amb una voluntat de creativitat contemporània que passa pel GATPAC, fins a Coderch, el Grup R i la més significativa arquitectura d’avui. La voluntat de conjugar l’experiència viscuda amb la projecció cap endavant és una constant d’aquestes arquitectures. Nadal i Escribà recullen les ensenyances de les propostes dels anys 60 a Catalunya interpretades en l’actualitat segons una síntesi de contemporaneïtat i de tradició evidentment eficaç. Una obra, aquesta, exemplar de l’avanç d’una cultura arquitectònica com la nostra, sense discontinuïtats abruptes i que no precisa replantejar-se a sí mateixa des de zero cada cinc anys, en una histèrica carrera renovadora que arrisca la superficialitat d’arquitectura de moda. Jo vull confessar aquí que, com a membre del Jurat, en temps del concurs no vaig saber apreciar els valors d’aquest projecte que llavors vaig considerar només correcte i avalat per la qualitat dels seus autors als qui havia conegut ja com a brillants alumnes en la meva docència. Un cop més, l’obra ha estat més eloqüent que el projecte i ha contribuït, sens dubte, a modificar la meva opinió tres anys després d’haver estat jurat en el concurs. * Extret de l’article de Federico Correa, ‘La Vila Olímpica de Banyoles 2 anys després’.

Author: Federico Correa Ruiz


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