The Cátedra Blanca de Barcelona (White Chair or Professorship) came into being in 1999 with the aim of generating a suitable academic framework for the teaching of a university architectural culture of quality. If, according to Richard Sennett, “Making is thinking,” the idea is to reconcile experience and the intellectual formation of the students. Housed in the Barcelona School of Architecture in the UPC, the chair is sponsored by Cémex España, and has a triple objective: to bring the University and society closer together; to grant it independence in terms of the public authorities; and to provide funding, something that is essential today.
The Cátedra Blanca de Barcelona is the first in a network of interuniversity chairs, with headquarters in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Mexico City and Monterrey. Its activities are undertaken in various fields, covered in this webpage, from the teaching of graduate, postgraduate and masters courses to scientific activities and publishing or the dissemination of architectural culture. It is directed by Carlos Ferrater and Alberto Peñín.
Carlos Ferrater Lambarri
Alberto Peñín Llobell
Jorge Vidal Tomás