European Identity and European Architecture. New Narratives for Europe - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

European Identity and European Architecture. New Narratives for Europe

10 AM, Friday 28th November at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

The European Commission Representative in Barcelona and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe promotes the debate “European Identity and European Architecture” within the framework of the project “New Narratives for Europe”.

The project’s cultural committee defines Europe as an state of mind and a moral and political responsibility shared by citizens across the continent, and appeal to cultural institutions to promote this message.

Furthermore, in conjunction with the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe foster debate through their various events, such as forums, workshops and seminars, that helps to maintain an active discourse on contemporary European architecture and to promote it. For instance, the Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia called “Made in Europe” that included an exhibition and the symposium “European-ness porosity”.

The debate “European Identity and European Architecture” will take place on November 28th at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and will count on the presence of the journalist Llàtzer Moix as moderator.

In this debate, leading European architects will discuss the ideas and values which define European Architecture and consider what these can tell us about the future of the European Union. For exemple, what are the distinguishing features of European architecture, and what do they tell us about the ideas, interests, needs and values of European society?

The architects participating in this event will be:
Petra Ceferin. Ljubljana
Peter Cachola Schmal. Frankfurt
Caroline Bos. Amsterdam
Margarita Jover. Barcelona. Charlottesville

These architects have a high profile in the world of architectural design and critique. They are active in the academic realm and exercise an influence on the teaching and dissemination of architecture.
They are all European architects. Their multidisciplinary knowledge allows them to share their ideas on European identity from a personal and professional perspective. Their wide-ranging backgrounds and cultures will give us a broad-spectrum view of Europe through their knowledge of both the European and the international architecture scene.

Petra Ceferin, Slovenian architect and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. She has considerable knowledge about the European panorama, with many essays written about European architecture in addition to her edition of the series entitled Theoretical Practice of Architecture. She is currently working on the formulation of a logic of architecture, which explores two fundamental issues: what is architecture and how it works in the world.

Peter Cachola Schmal, architect, curator and architectural writer.
Since 2006 he has been the Director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM). He has been a member of many juries including, amongst others, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
New Urbanity: the European City in the 21st Century has been one of the outstanding exhibitions at the DAM.
He has contributed regularly to professional journals and newspapers.

Caroline Bos, in 1998 she co-founded Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau with Ben van Berkel, extending her theoretical and writing projects to architectural practice. Her projects include the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen and Moebius House.
She has taught as a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem.
In 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne´s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Margarita Jover, she and her partner Iñaki Alday founded the internationally renowned firm Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape, based in Barcelona. In September 2011, they opened a new office in Virginia, USA, where Margarita Jover has been teaching at the University of Virginia School of Architecture under a research appointment since January 2012.

Their major work includes the recently completed Aranzadi Meander Park and the Fundagro Foundation headquarters in Pamplona, the urban integration of the new Zaragoza tramway and the Water Park for the World Expo 2008 in Zaragoza.
Site works will begin soon on the renewal of public spaces in the historic centre of Ibiza, and the Camí Comtal Park across the high-speed railway line in Barcelona.




Organised with

The European Commission Representative in Barcelona
Fundació Mies van der Rohe


Barcelona Pavilion