First Name

Carolina B.

Last Name

García Estévez

Current Position / Independent Researcher

Serra Húnter Fellow


Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) – Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)






Research Interests & Experience

Architect (ETSAB, 2005) and PhD in Theory and History of Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2012, UPC | Barcelona TECH) with the work Opus Angelicum. The architectural imaginary of the Elegies of Duino, 1912-1922, awarded with the Extraordinary Prize of Doctoral Thesis 2014 UPC.
Serra Húnter Fellow of Theory and History of Architecture (2019 UPC), she has been assistant lecturer in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture of the School of Architecture of Barcelona (2005-2018 ETSAB-UPC), the Department of Architecture of the University of Girona (2009-2016 UdG), the Istituto Europeo di Design (2011-2016 IED Barcelona – Higher School of Design) and the Enric Miralles Foundation (2015 FEM).
Coordinator since 2009 of the architecture summer courses of the Menéndez Pelayo International University of Barcelona (UIMPB), editor of the magazine DC Papers (2009-2013), director of the Culture | Publications of the ETSAB (2016-2018), she has recently been Visiting Scholar of the University of Heidelberg (2014), the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome (2016) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2016-2019).
As a member of the research group “Critical analysis of modernity: architecture and city”, she has participated as a working team in the projects “Barcelona: architecture and city, 1975-1992” (HAR2008-06439-C03-01 / ARTE) and “The relationships between the architectural and artistic modernity in the Spain during the thirties: the paradigmatic case of GATEPAC. Between autochthonous values and international presences” (BIA 2003-03-03). We could stand out her contributions to monographs and catalogues specialized in art and architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth century: Sert, 1928-1979. Half a century of architecture (Fundación Miró, 2005); GATCPAC 1928-1939. A new architecture for a new city (Museum of History of Barcelona, 2006); A.C. The GATEPAC magazine 1931-1937 (Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, 2008); Casa Bloc (Mudito & Co., 2011); Enric Miralles, 1972-2000 (Caja de Arquitectos Foundation, 2011); History of Art and Modern Architecture, 1851-1933 (UPC, 2015); Barcelona straight and curved (MUHBA 2017) and Destination Barcelona, 1911-1991. Architects, travels, exchanges (Fundación Arquia 2018).
Her recent research is focused on two complementary lines of work. At first, the correspondences that between literature and architecture allow to build another origin to modernity: another possible history of the images from the ideology, centred in the works of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, including the publications in BILE (Bulletin of Institución Libre de Enseñanza, 2014), The Cathedrals of France (Abada, 2014), The Culture and the City. Images and Representation from the Urban Historical Cities (Granada, 2015) and the National Council of Arts Scholarship (2015 ILC A 4118).
On the other hand, the movement, circulation and reception of the images and objects of Spanish monumental architecture allows us to reconstruct a complex network of exchanges during the processes of internationalization of the national heritage in the media: the value of time, authenticity and copy; his invention from literature; or those unresolved problems by the historiography will be key to address in the present the main goals of the research project.

Key publications

Among the several contributions to the monographs and catalogues specialized on art and architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries in Spain, we could stand out:

«Sert, 1928-1979. Half a century of Architecture» (Barcelona, Fundación Miró, 2005)

«A.C. The GATEPAC magazine, 1931-1937» (Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2008)

«The Casa Bloc» (Barcelona, Mudito&Co. 2011)

«Enric Miralles, 1972-2000» (Barcelona, Fundación Caja de Arquitectos, 2011)

«The Cathedrals of France» (Madrid, Abada, 2014)

«History of Art and Architecture, from Crystal Palace to the Functional City» (Barcelona, UPC, 2015)

«Barcelona, straight and curved line» (Barcelona, MUHBA, 2017)

«Rafael Moneo. A way to teach Architecture. Lessons from Barcelona» (Barcelona, UPC, 2017)

«Destino Barcelona, 1911-1991. Arquitectos, viajes, intercambios» (Barcelona, Fundación Arquia, 2018)

Projects & Networks


2017-2020. The Spanish Architecture in the International Media: publications, exhibitions and congresses, 1940-1975, HAR2017-85205-P, Antonio Pizza, Main Researcher. Research group: Juan J. Lahuerta, Enric Granell, Fernando Álvarez, Salvador Guerrero, Julio Garnica, Carolina B. García.

2015. Architecture and Literature: the construction of the Catalan Modern Heritage, GENCAT Culture 2015 / 103152, Carolina B. García, Main Researcher.

2014-2016. Catalan Architecture History and the International Context, AGAUR, SGR 451, Josep M. Rovira, Main Researcher. Research group: Juan J. Lahuerta, Antonio Pizza, Enric Granell, Fernando Álvarez, Julio Garnica, Carolina B. García.

2009-2011. Barcelona, architecture and city (1975-1992), HAR2008-06439-C03-01/ARTE. Josep M. Rovira, Main Researcher. Research group: Juan J. Lahuerta, Antonio Pizza, Enric Granell, José A. Sanz, Carolina B. García.

2003-2006. The relationships between the artistic and architectonic modernism in Spain: the GATCPAC as a case study. Between local values and international presences, BIA2003-03135/ Josep M. Rovira, Main Researcher. Research group: Juan J. Lahuerta, Antonio Pizza, Enric Granell, José A. Sanz, Carolina B. García.


Association of Historians of Architecture and Urban Design


Spanish, English, Catalan, Italian