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.


Santa Maria de Oia's Monastery

Santa Maria de Oia's Monastery

Architecture its atmosphere, presence, history, and beauty. Cultural heritage is also people's entitlement and basic part of their identity. Architecture is wonderful, but it only has meaning when it's allowed to be what it was designed to be. Irina Bokova (UNESCO's CEO), advocated (2013) that "protecting cultural heritage is inseparable from protecting the people because cultural heritage gives values and identity to the people"... we agree, and because of it, protecting cultural heritage can't be associated with turning it into an archeological piece. Architecture turned into archeology stops being real, it eliminates its atmosphere, it becomes something else, it adds decisions that distances us from the history of the Monuments itself. The physical presence -the object- is an essential piece, but a part of something greater: The place, the Architecture and it's identity. This work guarantees the utmost respect for the monastery, without forgetting it's environment and the rest of the things that proper Architecture has.


rodríguez + pintos arquitectos
Santiago Pintos Pena
Jaime Rodríguez Abilleira


Legal advisors: Miguel García iglesias, Carlos Pérez Ramos
Consultant: SGS technos
Landscape specialist: GCMP paisajes resilientes
Technical advisor: Luis Alfonso iglesias
Tapography: Topodel