RCR ARCHITECTS / MONTREAL
McGill University School of Architecture
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta are architects since 1987 and founded their own studio RCR ARQUITECTES in 1988 in their hometown Olot. They are Pritzker Prize 2017, National Award for culture in Architecture 2005 in Catalonia, Chevalier and Officier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres 2008 and 2014 by the French Republic, Honorary Fellows by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) 2010, Honorary Fellows by the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects 2012 and Gold Medal by the French Académie d’Architecture 2015.
Since 1989 they are architectural consultants to the National Park in the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa. During their careers they have given lectures in Urbanism (1989-2001, Vilalta) and Architectural Design (1992-2004, Pigem) and published several essays on architecture and landscape.
They have won various international competitions as the most recent ones of the Miró Country House and Studio in Mont-Roig del Camp, the Condal Linear Park in Barcelona, the Waalsekrook Mediatheque in Belgium, the Soulages Museum in France, the Crematorium of Hofheide in Belgium and The Edge Business Bay in Dubai. They have been granted for their work with the Spanish International Architecture Award 2015 for the Soulages Museum, the International Award 2011 “Belgian Building Awards”, ten FAD Awards (Foment de les Arts Decoratives) and have been three times finalists in the European Union Mies van der Rohe Awards. Some of their award-winning works have been exhibited at galleries such as Palau Robert in Barcelona, Museo ICO in Madrid at Palacio de Miramar in San Sebastián (RCR Arquitectes Creativitat compartida), the House of Art in Ceske Budejovice in Czech Republic (The Intangible Tangible) and the Toto Gallery.Ma in Tokyo (Global Ends). Furthermore, their works have been published in noteworthy architectural journals such as El Croquis, n. 115/116 (III), n. 138 (V), n. 162 (IV), n. 190 (III) and projects 1998-2012 of Madrid; AV n. 137, n. 175 and works 1998-2012 of Madrid; A+U n. 542, n. 549 of Japan and the book “RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes. Entre la abstracción y la naturaleza” by Gustavo Gili of Barcelona.