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Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.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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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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Chronology (8)

  1. Barcelona Design Centre (BCD)

    Ramon Artigues Codó, Esteve Bonell i Costa

    Barcelona Design Centre (BCD)

    The objective was to adapt the new headquarters of the BCD (Barcelona Design Centre) as an exhibition space on the ground floor of a building in Passeig de Gràcia. The available space was developed on three floors without natural lighting. One was at street level, long and narrow, connected at the end with the other two lower ones. Faced with the complexity of the ground floor (two cinemas, storefronts, etc.), efforts were made to individualise the entrance to the premises, retracting it, replacing the narrow initial door with a large storefront entrance. A fire-enamelled side scroll with the initials BCD ruled over the spacious hall. The entrance with a counter for information and book sales and the beginning of the exhibition area and the offices was on the ground floor at street level. The exhibition area delimited the offices by means of a semi-reflective glass membrane, finished with a gentle curve, where the library is located. Administration services could alter their distribution by means of mobile separation panels. The staircase, at the bottom, incorporated and linked the access floor with the other two. The two lower floors were intended for exhibition and meeting rooms. A global solution of the same was offered, through a double-height space. This space coincided with the void of the upper floor where the access staircase was. A secondary staircase enabled communication between the two floors through different areas of the route. On the lower floor, objects of greater volume could be exposed in the area corresponding to the double height. The meeting room, separated by a sliding door, provided a space with capacity for 100 people. It is completely folded: a unique space was achieved throughout the floor. It was about solving the individuality of access to the premises, facilitating the visitors' journey and giving a sense of spatial continuity on the three floors.
  2. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Barcelona Design Centre (BCD)

    Ramon Artigues Codó, Esteve Bonell i Costa

  3. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Bulevard Rosa

    Rafael Carreras

  4. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design
    Bis a Bis Shoe Shop

    Eduardo Samsó López


  • Alçat de la façana de l'Edifici Publi.


    Alçat de la façana de l'Edifici Publi.

    Arxiu Històric del COAC

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