Oskar Bell

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TALK: Designing beyond an architectural restoration. Santa Maria Cathedral of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Cultural Heritage Conservation has become in a complex task due to not only the accurate work of restoration and researching itself, but also, due to requirement of sharing the whole process. An historic building in a very bad degree of conservation should be an opportunity to discover our past, to ensure our present cultural activity and to prepare the future generations to take care of the Heritage. Thus, it is not a work for one or two persons, on the contrary different points of view from different disciplines must draft and manage the plan in order to succeed. Our mind and the initial plan have to be constantly opened during the process. Instead of time, the building, which is different and unique each time, and its users are the most important subjects. That is what has been developing during the last 20 years of works at Santa Maria Cathedral of Vitoria, lets see the keys of the the process beyond an architectural restoration.


Oskar Bell Fernández was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1976. He is an Architect (2005) and an Art Historian (2006) from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU).

Since 2007 a lecturer at the Polytechnic School of San Sebastian as well as a researcher and building site architect at Santa María Cathedral Foundation.

Especialized in Cultural Heritage Restoration he has restored different historic buildings along the Basque Country like the churches of Matauco, Aguñiga, Elorriaga and Azazeta, Basque farmhouses in Bujanda and Ezkerekotxa and the Prehistoric Menhir of Kurtzegan.

In addition he teaches at the Master of Sustainable Restoration of Heritage in the Europen University of Madrid.

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