CARTHA – On Relations in Architecture

Statements and opinions of emerging international architects and theoreticians on the role and importance of personal relationships, networks, and hierarchies in contemporary architectural production.



Title Information

Edited by Aurélien Caetano, Elena Chiavi, Pablo Garrido Arnaiz, Matilde Girão, Francisco Moura Veiga, Francisco Ramos Ordóñez, and Rubén Valdez

1st edition

, 2016


274 pages, 24 color and 127 b/w illustrations

18.5 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-037-4


Since 2014, CARTHA has provided a platform for critical thinking on architecture and society. Founded by an international team of architects and designers, it aims to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical approaches to contemporary architecture. Each year, CARTHA initiates research and the publication of four issues on a topic in its online magazine that are then brought together in an annual book.

In 2015, CARTHA’s topic was relations within the architectural spectrum. Contributions explore models of collaboration and the ways in which architects relate to other architects, clients, workers, and users of space. Each of the four issues—Worth Sharing, Confrères, Mannschaft, and Santisima Trinidad—features an introductory interview with a renowned architect or firm, including Diogo Seixas Lopes, Grafton Architects, Samuel Schulze, and Marco Serra. Photography in the 2015 edition of CARTHA includes series by Guido Guidi, Rasmus Norlander, Joël Tettamanti, and Onnis Luque.

Authors & Editors

Aurélien Caetano

Elena Chiavi

Pablo Garrido Arnaiz

Matilde Girão

Francisco Moura Veiga

Francisco Ramos Ordóñez

Ruben Valdez