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Spanish Architects Receive Pritzker Prize 2017


Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes) were awarded the 2017 Pritzker Prize. It is the 2nd time that this prestigious prize goes to a Spanish Architect (Rafael Moneo was the 1996 winner).

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem & Ramón Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes), the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.


Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain


The three architects have worked closely together for almost 30 years in a deliberate and thoughtful approach to architecture. 


Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain


What sets them apart is their approach that creates buildings and places that are both local and universal at the same time.


Lake Pavilion, 2001, Llagostera, Girona, Spain


Based in Olot, Catalonia, Spain, they have developed a process in which neither a part nor whole of a project can be attributed to one partner, it is a true collaboration. Their creative approach is a constant intermingling of ideas and continuous dialogue.


La Lira Theater Public Open Space, 2011, Ripoll, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé


Each building designed by these architects is special and is uncompromisingly of its time and place.


Les Cols Restaurant Marquee 2011 Olot, Girona, Spain


Their works are always the fruit of true collaboration and at the service of the community. They understand that architecture and its surroundings are intimately intertwined and know that the choice of materials and the craft of building are powerful tools for creating lasting and meaningful spaces.


Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library, Senior Citizens Center and Cándida Pérez Gardens, 2007, Barcelona, Spain


The Catalonian trio has an extraordinary ability to express the local, but also the universal, uniting us with one another through architecture.


Shadow Space Lotus Blau, 2005-2007, Santa Colona de Farners, Girona, Spain


The architects have also tackled important works outside their home in Catalonia. They have built in Belgium and France. The Soulages Museum (2014) in Rodez, France, for example, houses the works of the abstract painter Pierre Soulages and forms a symbiosis with the artist, who seems to paint with light. This building of steel and strong geometric shapes cantilevers over the site, seeming to defy gravity and like many of their other works is in dialogue with the landscape. The architects have sought to createa space that is as close to nature as possible, enhancing our sense that we are part of it.



Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët


The architects have built the museum almost entirely of coarse steel plate, inside and out, a material that they have worked with extensively, as in their Les Cols Restaurant in Olot. The Cor-Ten for the exterior is burnt in appearance, creating a mottled, painterly effect and echoing some of the battered, acid-etched plates for Soulages engravings.



The 2017 Pritzker Prize Jury Citation states, in part:
we live in a globalized world where we must rely on international influences, trade, discussion, transactions, etc. But more and more people fear that because of this international influence we will lose our local values, our local art, and our local customs Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta tell us that it may be possible to have both. They help us to see, in a most beautiful and poetic way, that the answer to the question is not “either/or” and that we can, at least in architecture, aspire to have both; our roots firmly in place and our arms outstretched to the rest of the world.

The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 10


Our 10th and last secret tip about how to deal with an Architect is about evaluating performance.

If you have just landed here do not miss our previous tips:


10. Provide Feedback

Good or bad! Your Architect wants to hear from you. Your Architect wants to know if you are happy with his/her services, how can he/she improve or if there is a better way to do things. Feedback is a powerful means of personal development. It may help your Architect to be more productive or to excel in his/her performance.

The secret guide to deal with architects take 10


Hot Tip:  Get into the habit of providing regular feedback at the end of each project stage. Make your feedback timely, specific, and frequent. The best feedback is a combination of praise, areas for improvement, and specific suggestions. But a single line of text may just be enough! (Our feedback survey is always accessible, if you don’t have the link for it just ask us.)


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LEADER Funding is Here – Time to Bring Your Ideas to Life

Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with the resources to enable local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through a community-led local development.

LEADER funding will be used to support sustainable economic development projects for rural communities ranging from tourism, agri-food and other business activities.

LEADER grant aid of almost €8 million would be invested in innovative community and enterprise projects throughout county Wexford between now and 2020.


Details of the Programme can be found here.



If your project requires Planning Permission it is advisable that full Planning Permission is in place by the application deadline.


In the last 4 weeks we have had a number of enquiries for projects seeking LEADER funding.


Considering the competitive process involved and the fact that it is likely that preference will be given to projects that have full planning permission in place we advise you to engage an Architect for your project as soon as possible.


LEADER Planning Permissions

© Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (LEADER Operating Rules)



Depending on the scale and complexity of your project and current workload of the office it can take up to 6 months to get your Planning Application ready to be submitted. After this you will have to wait 8 weeks for a decision from the Planning Authority. And in the meantime there are many things that can delay the process even more (ie. requests for Further Information, appeals, etc).



In a change from the rolling application process that applied during previous LEADER programmes, the new Programme will have competitive targeted calls for applications from different sectors at specific times throughout the duration of the programme.


LEADER Programme Indicative Timelines 2016 - When can I apply?

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More information, including

  • Programme Themes and Sub-Themes
  • Funding (Grant) Amounts
  • Project Matching Funding
  • Project Application and Assessment Arrangements
  • Ineligible Sectors and Activities

can be found here: LEADER Operating Rules .



Heritage Project Requirements

Specific Heritage Project Requirements apply in the case of projects affecting heritage.These projects are defined as those that will impact, or have potential to impact, upon structures, places or sites of heritage interest. Compliance with the Heritage Project Requirements must be certified by the expert designated in the application (e.g. archaeologist, architect, ecologist) prior to every payment from the LAG.



Isabel Barros Architects is happy to assist you with your project but remember:

We are committed to provide a service of excellence and this requires time and resources.


Please ensure you involve us sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. You can contact us by email




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