AHI Architectural Heritage Intervention

“Contributing to enhancing our heritage, as the way forward for 21 st Century architecture is our raison d’être; to emphasize a diverse, rich vision that necessarily complements the intervention is our mission, and achieving it with reflexive and purposeful efforts is the challenge”.

This project, founded in, and directed since, 2011 by Ramon Calonge, Oriol Cusidó, Marc Manzano and Jordi Portal, architects and members of the Group of Architects for the Defence and Intervention in Architectural Heritage (AADIPA), has, through the years become a platform that includes four actions that are both independent and transversal.
The European Award, a biennial event that brings together and showcases the multiple approaches of intervention in Europe.

The International Biennial, a framework that serves to compare and gain closer insight of quality interventions in architectural heritage in non-European countries.

The digital Archive, a live and open window that provides a panoramic view of interventions in the history of our surroundings.

The Forum, a meeting place where you can participate in on-going debates about the main preoccupations and lines of thought about interventions in architectural heritage in Europe.

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BIC Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza

BIC Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza

The intervention carried out at the Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza, declared a Cultural Heritage Site with the category of Monument in 1931, consisted of archaeological prospection of the ruins and their consolidation and rehabilitation for tourist visits. The project was designed employing the criteria of technical, economic and social sustainability, and with the goals of ensuring landscape integration, environmental conservation and tourist safety. Given the potential of cultural heritage to revitalise a depressed region at risk of depopulation and social exclusion, various public administrations have funded the project within a broader programme targeting historical buildings located on the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Rehabilitation for tourist visits included restoration of the original layout of the monastery, installation of timber supports in archways, restoration of the original floor level with gravel to enable circulation and erection of signposting that respects the monument.

Project name

BIC Monastery of San Pedro de Eslonza




Santa Olaja de Eslonza, León


Rodríguez Valbuena Arquitectos
Andrés Rodríguez Sabadell
Susana Valbuena Rodríguez



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Execution director and health and safety coordinator: Juan José Ríos Cebrián
Structures: P&G, Structural Engineers
Archaeologist: Mª Luz González Fernández
Archaeologist control: Patrimonio Inteligente
Reading and study of walls: STRATO
Historical studies: Emilio Moráis Vallejo

Cost €


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Luis Canal