Meritxell Inaraja Genís

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Meritxell Inaraja
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Born (1968-02-26) February 26, 1968 (age 56)
Vic, Osona, Barcelona
  • Architecture
  • Postgraduate degree in Museology and Design
Alma mater
  • Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB)
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
Years active1994-present
Known forRehabilitation of the old coin factory "La Seca" and others
Notable work
  • Garraf Regional Historical Archive
  • Montsià Regional Historical Archive
  • Ribera d'Ebre Regional Historical Archive
  • Restoration of Vic's Ancient Walls
StyleCompelling exteriors and functional interiors
  • 2010 FAD AWARDS

Meritxell Inaraja Genís, (February 26, 1968),[1] is a Catalan architect. Born in Vic (Osona, Barcelona), Inaraja studied at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB). Her style is characterized by compelling exteriors and functional interiors. Inaraja has garnered important commissions for the restoration of historical and industrial complexes and for the design of newly-constructed public facilities and residential buildings.[2]


Inaraja graduated in Architecture from the Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), in 1994. A year later she earned a postgraduate degree in Museology and Design at UPC.

Inaraja is a disciple of the architect Jordi Garcés. For a long time, she worked on projects with Garcés as well as her own architecture practice, located in Vic’s main square, which she founded in 1995. She collaborated with Garcés on the expansion of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, the Egyptian Museum, the Francisco Godia Foundation (the modernist Casa Garriga Nogués, current headquarters in Barcelona of the Mapfre Foundation) and an unconventional housing project in the 22@ neighborhood of Barcelona. This professional relationship continued through 2011, when Inaraja and Garcés collaborated on a new residential construction project in Piera, Barcelona.

Inaraja's style is defined by a commitment to functionality, a deep respect for the environment and the constant presence of light. Although her new construction buildings and restoration projects differ from one another, they share a common denominator: the search for and use of materials, drawn from historical context and/or the physical environment, that complement and improve the built spaces. In her renovation projects, she always strives for interiors that respect the building’s history but enhances them with contemporary elements to provide maximum usefulness and comfort.

Noteworthy restoration projects include: the old coin factory “La Seca” which was transformed into a cultural complex; the walls of Vic; the Besora Castle; the Tossa de Montbuí Tower; the roof of the Sant Pere de Camprodón Monastery; an historic house in the medieval village of Montdragon (France). Recently, Inaraja won a competition for the rehabilitation of the Gavà Cooperators Union building, originally designed in 1936 by Josep Lluís Sert and Josep Torres Clavé.

Some of her more significant new construction projects are: the Garraf Regional Historical Archive;[3] the Montsià Regional Historical Archive, the Ribera d'Ebre Regional Historical Archive, the Palafolls School of Music and Dance.

She also collaborated on the construction of the Lluís Llach Foundation’s Nelson Mandela Library in Palmarin, Senegal. Perhaps because she has worked on both public commissions as well as residential projects, often at the same time, the interiors of the public facilities she designs evoke the warmth and comfort of a home, while her newly-constructed residential buildings display the precision and excellence that characterize prestigious public works. Currently, her architecture studio is working on a number of residential building projects in Vic and Sitges, in the province of Barcelona.

Public Organisations[4]

Year Role Institution
2015-2016 Member of the Executive Committee of Barcelona's Culture Council Culture Institue. Barcelona's City Council
2012 Member of the Technical Commission of Cultural Heritage of Central Catalonia Government of Catalonia
1995-2003 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ancient City Vic's City Council
1994-1995 Employee of the Urban Project Department Barcelona's City Council


  1. "Barcelona Cultura" (PDF). meritxellinaraja. Retrieved 2020-06-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Meritxell Inaraja i Genís - Barcelona, Spain - Architects - Equip". Catalan-Architects (in català). Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  3. "Xarxa d'Arxius Comarcals" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Meritxell Inaraja". meritxellinaraja. Retrieved 2020-06-05.

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