The international architecture student project has been started in 1995 by Claude Gaillard (ENSA Clermont-Ferrand) and Rafael Baltar (Universidad da Coruña). At its third edition in 1997, Nick Dobler (OTH Regensburg) joined the team. Each year, one of the participating institutions in turn selects the topic around the preservation and evolution of the architectural patrimony, prepares the program and hosts the workshop, which is the starting point of the project in March. After one week of conferences, site visit and joint work in mixed international teams, the students return to their university in order to work on their personal design projects. In June each year, selected students meet again at the institution which in turn hosts the following session in order to meet the jury who decides about the Grand Prix Rafael Baltar for the best project of all institutions. In 2017, the NUACA Yerevan with Emma Harutyunyan joined the team. At the 24th edition of Iacobus, there are 22 French, eight Spanish, six Armenian and seven German students participating, together with their twelve teachers, a large group, who met in the main auditory of the Faculty of Architecture at the UDC on Monday, March 11, 2019 in order to start the project of converting the site of Sta. Maria Colegiata del Sar in Santiago de Compostela:
excited about our arrival (!) that we are being greeted by large banners with smiling faces at the airport… :)
So now we’ll start the adventure of working in a four-nations architecture students team.
…ae, to A Coruña.
I’ve even encountered a ‚triple-self‘. Some would say that nobody could take three ‚ae’…😎
… can’t help, here you are:
The road from Nuremberg to Munich Airport is empty, ETA 0801. How time (6.45 a.m.), weather (rain, rain and ! rain) and radio (B2 positions with Friedbert Kirsch) fit perfectly together:
Sunday, March 10, 2019 we’ll travel to A Coruña: Eric Frisch, seven master students in architecture from the OTH and me, in order to participate at the annual Iacobus-Workshop.
Together with students from our partner institutions, Universidad da Coruña, ENSA Clermont-Ferrand and NUACA Yerevan, our students will work one week on a transformation project of Sta. Maria Colegiata del Sar in Santiago de Compostela, see https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colegiata_de_Santa_Maria_del_Sar
This will also be the topic in my summer design studio at the OTH, starting March 20, 2019.
The result is surprising: a very independent and individual work, so much different in terms of space from the Regensburg results in 2012. Can this be explained by the use of different city maps?
We’ll continue the course now with a smaller group of students, working our way towards a project of common public use on the grounds of the students‘ individual house without a body. I’ll stay in contact via internet.
And Diogo and me, we’ll prepare the DAAD-ISAP-application in order to install a well-founded student exchange between our institutions. Great news, great vision!
Flying home today.
Thank you so much, Diogo and Mario for the invitation – you’ve hosted me sooo well!
Thanks to you, students, you’ve been so patient and sooooo much engaged! Looking forward to meeting one or the other again, maybe as an incoming student at the OTH…
Thanks to you, Brazil, as you’re a wonderful, inspiring country with great people. I do wish you all the best for the upcoming future, stay as open as your most adorable people have presented you to me!