RCR Architects, a creative architecture studio founded in 1988 in Olot by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, has been recognized with various national and international awards. The most recent was the Pritzker Prize 2017. Since 2008 their headquarters can be found at the Barberí Space, an old artistic foundry.
Rafael Aranda (1961), Carme Pigem (1962) and Ramon Vilalta (1960), attribute their early success to being awarded the first prize in a 1988 competition to design a lighthouse in Punta Aldea. In their proposal they reflected on the essence of typology. Since then they have participated in important exhibitions like the III International Salon of Architecture in Paris in 1990; the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016; MoMA's On-Site: New Architecture in Spain, New York, 2006; Global Ends at the Toto Gallery in Tokyo, 2010; and RCR Architects. Shared Creativity, in Barcelona, 2015, in Madrid , 2016, and in Donostia, 2017
Since 1989 Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta are the architecture consultants at the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. They have given classes in urban studies, landscape architecture, and design studies at the Vallés School of Architecture (ETSAV) between 1989 and 2001. Individually they have also been jurors for the student projects at the ETSAV and ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture). In 2012 they started an international summer workshop at their Barberí laboratory. In 2013 they created the RCR BUNKA Foundation to give back to society in the fields of architecture and landscape, and the arts and culture in general.
They received the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2017, the Médaille d’Or de l’Académie d’Architecture Française 2015; l'Officier and el Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the République Française 2014 and 2008; International Fellows by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2012; Honorary Fellows by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) 2010; and the National Award of Culture in Architecture from the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2005.