Mercè de Cabanyes Gay

Mercè de Cabanyes studied architecture at the Barcelona School of Architecture (1996-2004), presenting her degree course project “Audiovisual Arts Centre” in the World Heritage site of the old town of Edinburgh, and has a master’s degree in Theory and History of Architecture (2010) from the same university. Since she began working with architecture practices in Barcelona, she has specialized in interventions in historic buildings and sites, with projects like the rehabilitation of the old Energía del Ter building in Vic, and the Heritage Protection List for the towns of Taradell and Sant Pere de Torelló (with Claparols Arquitectes). She also has experience at international level, working from 2007 to 2009 with Allies & Morrison Architects in London, on a hotel and housing project in the old town of the city of Bangalore, India, and since 2011 she has worked at the Haushochdrei studio in Munich, Germany, where she continues her work in the field of rehabilitation of historic buildings. This includes the complete rehabilitation of an old villa in the town of Berg, during which she was responsible for drafting rehabilitation studies, managing site work and cost control. Her passion for heritage and discovering other cultures and landscapes led her in 2010 to start collaborating with the Heritage Project in Equatorial Guinea, taking part in fieldwork in February-April 2011.