Josep María Montaner (1954) is architect, writer and professor at ETSAB-UPC. He have obtained 5 six-years terms at CNEAI because of the quality of his researcher investigation. He has also been invited professor in different European, American and Asian University. He has co-directed with the professor Zaida Muxí the Master called "LAboratorio de la Vivienda del siglo XXI", which is imparted at the ETSAB.
He is the author of about thirty books translated into several languages, being the lattest one "Sistemas arquitectónicos contemporáneos" (Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2008), and he usually publishes in architecture magazines and in the Spanish dailys El País and La Vanguardia.
He is director of the researching project "Archivo documental para una revista crítica del modelo Barcelona".
He has been deputy director of culture at ETSAB (2002-2005).
He has obtained Premio Construmat for his articles in El País (1989); Premio Espais de Crítica de Arte (1992); Premio Bonaplata de Difusión por la defensa del patrimonio industrial (1993) and Premio Nacional de Urbanismo a la iniciativa periodística 2005 del Ministerio de Vivienda, because of his articles in the newspapers El País and La Vanguardia.
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, work together since 1988 under the name RCR ARQUITECTES in Olot. They are Premio Nacional de Cultura en Arquitectura 2005 by Generalitat de Catalunya, Chevaliers de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Republique Française in 2008, honorary members by the AIA American Institute of Architecture 2010 and International Award 2011 "Belgian Building Awards". Since 1989 are architects advisors at Parque Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrotxa and have been teachers of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture and Project. They have won different international competitions (the latter, the Waalsekrook media library in Belgium, the Soulages museum in France, Hofheide's crematorium in Belgium and The Edge Bussiness Bay in Dubai). They have received awards in his work among which two finalists positions in the awards of the European Union Mies Van der Rohe. Some of their awarded works have been exhibited in different events and published in several monographs.
RCR has shown the ability to think and transform that bring teamwork and the promotion of cultural initiatives from Bunka Foundation and workshops within the LAB-A in the Espacio Barberí, and have proven that it is possible to do international architecture from a rural environment, which is what has stimulated his imagination.
Following the work of RCR there is a philosophy which works for harmony between humans and nature. The most advanced technologies and materials such as steel or glass, with established rhythms and light that acts in opposition to each, are those that allow RCR this return to the essence of space that is the subject of architecture.