EXHIBITIONS

Living Heritage:
Traditional building in the 21st century

The exhibition Living Heritage: Traditional building in the 21st century, held at the Museum of Santa Cruz in Toledo from 2 June to 24 September 2023, presented traditional building trades characteristic of Toledo province and the wider region of Castilla-La Mancha through the work of some of the most outstanding master artisans in each of the region’s provinces: the work they produce, the processes they follow, the tools they use, etc.

The exhibition also showed work by the masters distinguished in the 2023 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards: the master lime-maker Isidoro Gordillo Mesa from Morón de la Frontera (Seville province), the master windmill carpenter Vicente Casero, who works in the region of Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real province), the master shingle-roofer Javier Goicoa, who plies his trade in and around the forest of Irati (Navarra), and Abel Portilla, whose bell foundry is in Gajano (Cantabria), along with objects made by Ramón Recuero and Miguel Ángel Martínez Luque, master and apprentice blacksmiths selected for the 2022 Donald Gray Grant.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from INTBAU, the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Toledo City Council, the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects, the Museum of Santa Cruz and the Toledo Heritage Consortium.

The exhibition was launched alongside the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards ceremony held on 1 June 2023 at the Museum of Santa Cruz, in Toledo. Watch video

Video report produced by Radiotelevisión Diocesana de Toledo: Watch video

Moreover, as in previous years, an issue of New Traditional Architecture was published, showing work by the masters honoured in 2022:

Timeless Architecture 2022 exhibition

The Timeless Architecture 2022 exhibition, held from 10 June to 7 August 2022 at CentroCentro in Madrid City Hall, presented work honoured in the 2022 Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition and Building Arts Awards. The work shown was an example of how we can still create buildings, towns and other places as beautiful, lasting and sustainable as those made by former generations. The aim was to give visibility to those who continue designing and building with the craftsmanship that gave rise to the heritage which we most cherish and to help a growing number of practitioners give continuity to this legacy in the future.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from CentroCentro, INTBAU, the Ekaba Foundation (Kalam Centre for the Fine Arts), the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects.

The exhibition was launched alongside the awards ceremony for the projects selected in the 2022 Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition and Building Arts Awards. Watch video

Video report made by CentroCentro: Watch video

We also published a new volume of New Traditional Architecture, showing work by the 2022 laureates, as was also presented in the exhibition:

Timeless Architecture 2021 exhibition

The Timeless Architecture 2021 retrospective exhibition, held from 4 June to 17 October at CentroCentro in Madrid City Hall, revolved around the work done over the last decade by our team in Spain and Portugal thanks to the generous support of the American philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus (1942-2021), who, with the collaboration of various other national and international institutions, allowed us to put in place a series of initiatives aimed at fostering traditional architecture and urbanism, building trades and conservation of Iberian heritage.

The work shown was an example of how we can still create buildings, towns and other places as beautiful, lasting and sustainable as those made by former generations.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from CentroCentro, INTBAU, the Ekaba Foundation (Kalam Centre for the Fine Arts), the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects, the Serra Henriques Foundation, the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The opening coincided with the awards ceremony for the selected projects in the Richard H. Driehaus Architectural Competition and the Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards 2021. Watch video

The exhibition had a significant impact and numerous coverages were published about it, including those made by CentroCentro(Watch video) and RTVE (Watch video).

It was accompanied with the publication of the Timeless Architecture catalogue, co-published by Ediciones Asimétricas, INTBAU España and CentroCentro.

Moreover, as in previous years, an issue of New Traditional Architecture was published, showing work by the masters honoured in the 2021 Building Arts Awards, as was also presented in the exhibition:

Timeless Architecture 2019 exhibition

This exhibition was held from 13 June to 29 July 2019 in the Arquería gallery at Nuevos Ministerios in Madrid, presenting work by the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards laureates: Lluc Mir Anguera, marger dry-stone waller from Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca), the carpenter Miguel Ángel Balmaseda Rosa, based in Écija (Seville province), the stuccoist and painter Luis Prieto Prieto, who has his workshop in Madrid, and Anna Santolaria, a glass painter and restorer of stained-glass windows whose workshop – Can Pinyonaire – is in Gerona. Also on show were the projects selected in the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition for the towns of Béjar (Salamanca province) and Olite (Navarra).

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from INTBAU (the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), the Ministry of Development, through its Directorate General for Architecture, Housing and Land, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, through its Directorate General for the Fine Arts, and the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects.

The exhibition was launched alongside the awards ceremony for the projects selected in the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards and Architecture Competition. Watch video

An issue of New Traditional Architecture was also published, showing work by the laureates selected for the exhibition.

New Traditional Architecture 2018 exhibition

This exhibition was held from 14 June to 23 July 2018 in the Arquería gallery at Nuevos Ministerios in Madrid, presenting work by the 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards laureates: the stonemasons Cantería Jaurrieta, based in Olite (Navarra), the carpenters Carpintería los Tres Juanes, located in Atarfe (Granada province), the ceramicist Fátima Quesada de la Cuesta, whose workshop – Alizares – is in Pitres (La Taha, Granada province) and the blacksmith Enric Pla Montferrer, based in Alpens (Barcelona province). Also on show were the projects selected in the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition for the towns of Baza (Granada province), Borox (Toledo province), Trujillo (Cáceres province) and Jaca (Huesca province).

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from INTBAU (the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), the Ministry of Development, through its Directorate General for Architecture, Housing and Land, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, through its Directorate General for the Fine Arts, and the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects.

The exhibition was launched alongside the awards ceremony for the projects selected in the 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards and Architecture Competition. Watch video

An issue of New Traditional Architecture was also published, showing work by the laureates of the events covered by the exhibition.

New Traditional Architecture 2017 Exhibition

This exhibition was held from 15 June to 23 July 2017 in the Arquería gallery at Nuevos Ministerios in Madrid, presenting work by the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Building Arts Awards laureates: Carlos Martín Jiménez, a master vault-builder from Madrid, Manuel Navarrete Moreno, a master carpenter from Cantabria, Ubedíes Artesanía, master esparto-grass weavers from Úbeda (Jaén province), and Forja Tiznajo, master blacksmiths from the same town. Also on show were the projects selected in the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition for the towns of Grajal de Campos (León province) and Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz province).

The exhibition was made possible thanks to support from INTBAU (the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), the Ministry of Development, through its Directorate General for Architecture, Housing and Land, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, through its Directorate General for the Fine Arts, and the Spanish High Council of Institutes of Architects.

An issue of New Traditional Architecture was also published, presenting the results of the two initiatives.

OTHER INITIATIVES