The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.
Setting the context for the conference, this presentation will provide an overview of Catalan history, culture, architecture, and urban planning, pointing out the main characteristics. The re-emergence of Catalonia after the Franco era and the accompanying emphasis on education will be explained. The Catalan passion for art and design and its impact on architecture for education will be described. The emergence of Barcelona as an economic, cultural, and design center for southwestern Europe will be examined.