Presently, as the public are increasingly concerned with the problems of the historic city; architectural patrimony and collective public space, Fortià Arquitectes develops projects and studies on such patrimony, city planning and building refurbishments for public and private property; based on its experience as a multidisciplinary team.

The studio was established in 1999 after a learning and practice period in Barcelona and Girona; with apprenticeship training in Berkeley (USA), Tokyo, Paris, and Reggio di Calabria (Italy). With this experience, Dr. Fortià has learnt various ways of approaching a historic city and its intervention, the proposals over public areas and space planning.

Fortià Arquitectes specializes in projects on architectural heritage, urban design and public works in general. Our primary clients are various public administrations. Fortià Arquitectes is also associated with other professionals such as engineers, geologists, draughtsmen, lawyers and historians, and develop their activity with the advantage of such expertise.

Projects of different magnitudes and fields are tackled; ranging from urban design or patrimony master plans, to central and peripheral public places planning, and restoration of historic buildings, apart from completing projects of urban facilities.

Standing out among the projects carried out by Fortià Arquitectes, there are for example; the restoration of the historic perimeter wall of the cementery in Girona, the historic palace-castle in Rupià, the master plans for patrimonial facades in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the special plans for the historical area in Peratallada and Vulpellac, the projects for the pavement of the old centre in Colomers, and the community centres of Ultramort, Puigventós and Pals.


1961     Born in Girona. 1979 begins the studies of Architecture.
1985     Grant given by the College of Architects. Work and Exhibition of "El Fluvià com a pretext" (The Fluviá River as a pretext).
1987      Architecture titulation degree by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). College in the College of Architects of Catalonia. Collaboration in different media on architectural subjects.
 1988     Collaboration with X. Llistosella, architect, in the work management of the Palau Firal of Girona. First prize in the competition for doing a 4 star hotel in Albons (Girona) in collaboration with R.Aranda and R. Vilalta. Responsible Labor Service, demarcation of the College of Architects of Girona.
1989     Finalist in the Competition for the Urban Planning of the Rodes Square in Banyoles. Honorable mention in the Competition for the Manegement Plan of the Rafael Ferrer Square in Sant Celoni (Barcelona). Special mention by the Jury of the Construmat Awards of the Institute of Construction Technology (ITEC) in the Continuous Task in Architecture Journalism for the radio program to Radiocadena from 1986 to 1988. Organization of the Course of Urban Management in the Girona Region Architecture College.
1991     Architect responsible for the Technical Services of the Alt Empordà City Council, until 1994. Drafting of equipment, public works and urban planning projects.
1992     Associate Professor of the University of Girona within the Department of Architecture and Engineering applied to Construction. Scholarship of the College of Architects for the archives and information compilation of the architect Pelayo Martínez.
1993     Luxembourg, finalist in the competition of architects of the European Parliament.
1994     Director of the Summer Course of the University of Girona about Interventions in the Landscape, which will be repeated for five consecutive years.
1996     Honorable mention in the Competition of Idees for the urban design of the new area of the Railway in Figueres.
1997     Organization of the work to surveying tha plans of the Girona's Cathedral, drawn by the students of the Polytechnic School of the University of Girona. Publication of the book "Girona, courtyards and flowers" about the architectural heritage of the old Girona. Honorable mention in the Competition of Ideas for the new library of Palafolls (Maresme). Selected for the restricted competition for the new Institute of Secondary Education of Polinyà (Vallés Occidental), organized by the Education Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
1998     Coordinator of the work and exhibition "La Girona antiga, a vista d'ocell" (The Old Girona, bird's eye view), held by the University of Girona. Organizer of the courses "The contemporary landscape, new looks and actions" and "Cuban architecture, from the colonial to the vanguard".
1999     Coordinator of the exhibitions about the Competition of ideas for the adaptation and improvement (environmental and landscape) of the highway GIV-6216 and its surroundings organized by the Delegation of Girona. Editor of the book "Paisatge versus intervenció" (Landscape versus Intervention) in the five editions of the Architecture and Landscape Course.
2000     Third prize in the Competition of proposals for the programming study of the Coma-Cros factory in Salt. First prize of Young Architects AJAC Awards, for the best theoretical research of architecture for the doctoral thesis "L'exploració del pla horitzontal" (The horizontal plane exploration). Doctorat in architecture in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Responsible for the Architecture and Landscape Course of Sert School, of the Barcelona demarcation of the College of Architects.
2001     Municipal architect of Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Baix Empordà).
2002     Extraordinary Prize of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia to the best thesis on Architecture and Urbanism. Several works on themes of architectural heritage: studies of the historic centers of the Baix Empordà and Master Plan of the monumental complex of the Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Organizer of the Course about Interventions in natural places and environments / Sert School - College of Architects.
2003     Assistant Director / Director of Studies at the Technical School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia. Several architectural works for public facilities: new headquarters of the Regional Council of Baix Empordà and civic centers.
2005     Member of Girona's Association for the Defense and the Intervention in the Architectural Patrimony (AADIPA) of the College of Architects. Selected in the Girona Region Architecture Awards. COAC 2006.
2006     Coordinator of the diagnostic and intervention study in six works of the architect Rafael Masó, within the activities program on the Maso Year (September 2006 - September 2007). Architectural works for public facilities: Rest house in Pals, a mentally disabled center in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, and interventions in the architectural heritage: renovation of the Rupià palace-castle and rehabilitation of the Palau Berenguer in Bescanó.
2007     Coordination of the program of guided visits to buildings of the architect Rafael Masó organized by the Girona Demarcation of the College of Architects and the Association for Defense and Intervention in Architectural Heritage (AADIPA). Various works in architecture for public facilities: nursing home in Palamós, municipal library in Santa Cristina de Aro, remodeling of the public sector Santos Boada in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Writing of the file of declaration of the historical helmet of Vulpellac like BCIN by order of the General Direction of the Cultural Heritage. Drafting and construction management of the renovation of the castle-palace of Rupià (BCIN) Project and construction management of the paving of the historic town of Colomers (Baix Empordà).
2008     Drafting of the project and management of the rehabilitation works of the fence of the Girona cemetery, by Rafael Masó. Winner of the contest for the drafting of the Municipal Urban Development Plan of Gualta (Baix Empordà).
2009     Director of the XXXII Course-International Conference on Architectural Heritage, to be held in 2009 in Barcelona under the motto: "Architectures of round trip, colonial, Indian and modern heritage: Cuba, Catalonia and other experiences." Drafting of the Special Plans of the Historical Sets of Peratallada and Vulpellac.
2010     Drafting of the Special Plan for the E sector of the Port of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Project of Urbanization of the Old Town of Colomers (Baix Empordà). Project of the Civic Center of Pals, 2nd phase.
2011     Participant in the International Mission of the College of Architects of Catalonia in Chile. Vocal representative of the College of Architects in the Territorial Commissions of the Cultural Heritage in the central counties. Founding architect of the GRETA project on Research and Studies on Traditional Heritage in the Girona counties.
2012     Author of a chapter in the book "La casa vora mar" (The House by the sea), about traditional coastal architectures. Participant in the International Mission of the Generalitat of Catalonia (ACC1Ó) in Morocco.
Participant in the XXXIV International Course on Architectural Heritage on fortifications. Trip to Malta and symposium in Barcelona. Representatives chief in the General Assembly of the College of Architects of Catalonia.
2013     Musealization project of the Greek city of Ampurias by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Social housing project in Voló (Northern Catalonia). Participant in the Mission of the Generalitat of Catalonia (ACC10) in Algeria. Selected to the Competition for the urban management of the port of Canet de Rosselló (Northern Catalonia).
2014     Rehabilitation project for the historic center of the Casbah in Algiers (Algeria), in collaboration with the Algerian team CEAT EL-Medina. Project for the Cadaqués Town Council about remodeling a building in order to integrate it with the historical context. Coordination of the Master's Course in Traditional Construction (College of Architects of Catalona - GRETA project). Intervention project in the Iberian site of Castell, in the Baix Empordà.
2015     Direction of the work of the musealization of the Estoa and Neapolis of Ampurias. Director of the XXXVIII Architectural Heritage Course of the College of Architects, titled "Traditional architecture: essence or form". Intervention project in an old school of Sarrià de Ter, the building was constructed by Rafael Mas, in the nineteenth century. Editor of the Special Plan of the historic center of Cervià de Ter (Girona).
2016     Writing of "Criteria, objectives and proposals for the historical nucleus". Town hall of Torroella de Montgrí. Special urban plan of the "Park of Smells" near Castell, Palamós. Intervention project in the Romanesque monastery of San Pere de Galligants, Girona. Proposed action in the archaeological complex of Santa Maria del Palau, way to Empúries. Paving and services project in the Ultramort Square, Baix Empordà.



Fortià Arquitectes is a technical team founded in 1987 in Girona. Then we have a long history in the field of drafting projects and public works management.

The company is specialized in intervention works on architectural heritage, urban planning and public works in general. Its main client area is the various administrations.

The company is led by Josep Maria Fortià, doctor architect. In the surroundings of Fortià Arquitectes other professionals (engineers, geologists, landscapers, draftsmen, lawyers, historians, restaurateurs) are articulated who carry out their activity within the framework of this group.