Over the 25 years spent getting to know the Ría de Arousa as a summer resident of Corrubedo, the architect David Chipperfield has witnessed uncontrolled urban development, the degradation of natural spaces, and the difficulties confronted by local industries trying to improve the local economy. However, the quality of its landscapes, its produce and, ultimately, its quality of life, make it a region with both an enormous need for protection and strong potential for meaningful development. 

For this reason, David Chipperfield founded a research programme – the Arousa Study - around the Ría de Arousa and the Barbanza, in 2016.The research exercise focused on urban and architectural development and protection, considering a broader relationship with the natural environment, regional culture and local economies.

Letter from David Chipperfield