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.


Historic Centre of Liérganes and its surroundings

Historic Centre of Liérganes and its surroundings

The danger of our cultural heritage, except for that of certain monumentality, is that it tends to be undervalued. Magnificent examples of popular architecture have been neglected to the point of dereliction, and the related public spaces, squares and streets, have been transformed and with loss of functions and character. The "Monument" as a singular element of great value on which our Historic Heritage is based, has been changed for “the Cultural Site", defined as all those elements that have a relationship with the history of the town, as well as for a value of the Site in its natural context, as "Cultural Landscape". To increase the Heritage, an aim of the Plan means to advance on that ranking of cultural and historic landmarks. The Plan involves public participation and opportunities to gain recognition and support. Once approved, it will ease small changes vital for the normal life of a settlement, and assist all interested people and organizations, to exploit the advantages and founds open to Cultural Sites.

Project name

Historic Centre of Liérganes and its surroundings






Riaño Arquitectos
Carlos de Riaño Lozano
Carlos Ferrán Alfaro
Fernando Navazo Rivero
Luis Herrero Fernández
Carlos Ferrán Aranaz








Collaborators: Jesús Rodríguez Linares, Francisco Navazo and José Sandoval Martín.
Promoter: Excelentísimo Ayuntamiento de Liérganes (Cantabria)

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