A Guide to the Cristina Grau García Architectural Papers, 1974-1989 Grau García, Cristina, Architectural Papers Ms2001-066

A Guide to the Cristina Grau García Architectural Papers, 1974-1989

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Collection Number Ms2001-066


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Cristina Grau García Architectural Papers, 1974-1989
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft 1 box
Grau García, Cristina
This collection looks at the work of Cristina Grau García, an architect and author from Valencia, Spain. The collection includes a resume, articles about projects executed by Cristina and her brother Camilo, teaching materials from her courses at Valencia Polytechnic University, and academic articles by Grau García in Spanish language publications.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Cristina Grau García Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Cristina Grau García Architectural Collection, Ms2001-066, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Cristina Grau García Architectural Collection was completed in October 2015.

Biographical/Historical Note

Architect, author, and professor Cristina Grau García was born in Valencia, Spain, on July 24, 1946. She graduated with a degree in architecture in 1972 and a doctorate in 1984 from the Escuela Technica Superior de Architectura in Valencia, Spain. Her thesis, "El espacio arquitectónico en la literatura: el laberinto borgiano y otros laberintus" focused on architectural themes in literature. Her 1989 book “Borges y la arquitectura”, on design themes in the work of Jorge Luis Borges, further explored this topic.

Among her many accomplishments, Grau García was a professor at the Valencia Polytechnic University where she taught courses in philology and architecture. Cristina Grau García collaborated with her brother, architect Camilo Grau García, on several architectural restoration projects and design competitions. Her projects and articles have been featured in several Spanish design magazines, including “On Diseño”, “Arquitectura”, "CIMAL", "El Croquis", and "Sala Parpallo." She is fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Catalan, French, English, German and Italian.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the work of Cristina Grau García from 1974-1989. It contains a curriculum vitae, magazine articles written by Grau García, course materials used in her work as a faculty member for Valencia Polytechnic University, and publishings related to competitions and projects undertaken with her brother, Camilo Grau García. Significant topics represented in her writings include samples of her research on architecture in Valencia, Spain and the relationship between literature and architecture.


This collection was loosely arranged to keep related materials together according to their function (professional or faculty related) and the order in which they were found by the processor.

Separated Material

One publication was removed from the collection to be cataloged for the Special Collections Rare Book Collection: "Borges y la arquitectura" (1989).

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Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Curriculum Vitae, n.d.
Box-folder 1:2
Professional Writings and Projects, 1974-1984

Includes photocopies of academic articles and articles documenting projects by Cristina and Camilo Grau García.

Arquitectura [Architecture magazine], no. 190, October 1974, "Concurso restringido de arquitectura del edificio de altos hornos en Madrid" [Restricted architectural competitoin for building blast furnaces in Madrid]. 1st prize for LEMA: 33113.

El Croquis [the Sketch magazine], no. 13-14, November 1983-January 1984, "Edificio de Viviendas" [Apartment building project, 1979-1982]

Arquitecturas BIS, 1977, "Concurso de anteproyectos para ampliación de la sede social en Barcelona" [Competition for expansion of the headquarters in Barcelona]

Sala Parpalló, February 1983, Arquitectura Valenciana (1974-1982) [Architecture from Valencia], "Palau de Justícia" [Palace of Justice]

Restoration of a palace - 18th Century Xativa (Valencia) Spain

Box-folder 1:3
Program and exercises of third projects course, Valencia Polytechnic University, 1984-1985
Original in Spanish. [Programa y ejercicios del curso de proyectos 1-3 Curso 1984-1985]
Box-folder 1:4
"CIMAL" magazine, No. 25, 1985

Contains Grau García's article entitled "Hacer ciudad en la periferia” [Make city in the periphery].

Box-folder 1:5
“On Diseño” Magazine No. 62, 1985

Contains Grau García's article entitled “La libertad no es de este lugar” [Freedom is not from this place]

Box-folder 1:6
“On Diseño” Magazine No. 64, 1985

Contains Grau García's article entitled “Notas sobre arquitectura valenciana” [Notes about Architecture from Valencia]

Box-folder 1:7
“On Diseño” Magazine No. 96, 1988

Contains Grau García's article entitled “El placer de tocar la arquitectura” [The pleasure of touching architecture]