Network of Ceramics Chairs ASCER
Collaboration between Architecture schools and the Ceramic Industry
This video portraits the architecture workshop held in Castellón, Spain, during November 2009. The event was directed by the directors of the Ceramics Chairs from four different schools of architecture (Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia) with the participation of guest architects Luis Moreno Mansilla (Mansilla -Tuñón), Enrique Sobejano (Nieto – Sobejano) and Pepe Morales (Morales – de Giles).
In its effort to spread knowledge of ceramics and its architectural applications amongst professionals, ASCER (Spanish Association ofCeramic Tiles Manufacturers) started in 2004 a series of Ceramics Chairs in different schools of architecture in Spain.
The pioneering chair was established at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, directed by Dr. Vincent Sarrablo architect, with the firm intention of combining the creative and innovative capacity of future architects with the extraordinary aesthetic and functional possibilities of modern ceramics. The excellent results which emerged from this first initiative encouraged the industry and other universities to launch various Ceramics Chairs.
In 2005, the first Ceramics Workshop was introduced at the Architecture School of Alicante, led by Dr. architect Victor Echarri, focusing specially on the development of building installations.
During the 2006-07 academic year, the Network of Chairs was joined by the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, led by Dr.architect Eduardo de Miguel; and the Ceramics Chair at the Quantity Surveyors School at the Jaime I University in Castellón, led by architects Teresa Gallego and Angel Pitarch.
The latest addition, on the academic year 2007/08, was that of the Ceramics Department at the Madrid School of Architecture, under the direction of Dr. Architect Jesús Aparicio.
ASCER has also begun a collaboration with Harvard University, organizing a workshop for students as well as lectures on ceramics at this prestigious American university.