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LECTURE SERIES - FALL 2014

GAUDÍ’S UNFINISHED MASTERPIECE: THE SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH

All lectures are free, open to the public, and held at 6:30 pm in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Sciame Auditorium. Continuing Education Credit for registered New York architects is available.


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  • Josep Gomez Serrano

    An Introduction to Gaudí’s System of Proportions
    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Josep Vicent Gomez Serrano is a Spanish architect and a professor of structures in the Architecture Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he earned his doctorate in architecture in 1978. Gomez has been the Structural Director Architect of the Sagrada Família Temple since 1986.

    Along with the architectural team, he received an award for their work on the Sagrada Família from the city of Barcelona in 2011.

    He commissioned the award-winning exhibit Gaudí 2002 that opened that year in Barcelona and which then traveled to a number of locations including Brasil, Naples and Tokyo. He also put together the exhibit, The Architects of Gaudi at the Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) from December 2002- January 2003.

    His publications include: Workshop of Gaudí (L'obrador de Gaudí), 1991; The Sagrada Familia. From Gaudí to CAD (La Sagrada Família. De Gaudí al CAD), 1996; the exhibit catalog Gaudí. Exploring form (Gaudí la recerca de la forma), 2002; Miscellany (Miscellània) 2002; The architects of Gaudí (Els arquitectes de Gaudí), COAC, 2002; Gaudí invisible, Fundació Caixa de Catalunya, 2003; the exhibit catalog Gaudí Unseen, 2007; Sagrada Familia XXI century (Sagrada Família Segle XXI), 2008; and Gothic architecture (Arquitectura gòtica),in the Enciclopèdia Catalana.

  • Jordi Bonet

    An Introduction to Gaudí's System of Proportions
    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Jordi Bonet i Armengol (Barcelona 1925) has been director of architecture and coordinator of work on the Church of the Sagrada Familia since 1985. A Doctor of Architecture he has been awarded the City of Barcelona prize for his building restoration, Comendatore of the "Sanctus Gregorius Magnus Order", the St. George Cross from the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and, for the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Domènech I Montaner award for the book "The essential Gaudi." He received the "Alfonso X el Sabio" cross from the Spanish government (2006).

    Bonet behind many of his own works, apartment and single houses, auditoriums, theaters, schools, churches, hotels, city planning, etc. is a leading expert on the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

    Former general director of Historic Heritage and the president of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (1988-2012) and has given lectures all over the world. His published works include L'Arquitectura al servei de la Música (1986), Temple de la Sagrada Família (1992), L'Últim Gaudí. The Esencial Gaud&iactue; (2000) and Arquitectura i simbol de la Sagrada Família (2013).

  • Jordi Fauli

    The Project and the Construction of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Jordi Faulí i Oller is currently Head Architect and Coordinator of the work on the Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to assuming this role in October, 2012, he started as a member of the Sagrada Família's Technical Office in 1990, becoming Assistant Head Architect from 1993 to September, 2012.

    Faulí earned his BArch in 1992 from the Barcelona School of Architecture. He then received his Doctorate in Architecture with the thesis, "Composition and Continuity of the Columns and Vaults of the Naves of the Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Família" (2009).

    In 2010 Faulí received the City of Barcelona Architecture and Urban Planning Award for the completion of the Church naves designed by Gaudí, received jointly with the other members of the Sagrada Família Architectural Team.

    Involved in a number of exhibitions, he was a member of the Scientific Committee for the exhibition Gaudí. La recerca de la forma [Gaudí. Exploring form] held in the Gaudí International Year 2002, in Barcelona. Additionally, he was a member of the Scientific Committee for the exhibition Gaudí, Moved by Beauty on World Youth Day in 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Most recently he was a member of the Scientific Committee for the exhibition Antoni Gaudí and the Days of Creation on World Youth Day in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    His publications include El Temple de la Sagrada Família [The Temple of the Sagrada Família]. Ediciones Aldeasa, 2006 and Palacios y Museos, 2014; and Petita Història de la Sagrada Família [Brief History of the Sagrada Família]. Editorial Mediterrània, 2010. He has also written an article, "Les claus de la construcció de les naus de la Sagrada Família" [The keys to the construction of the naves in the Sagrada Família] in the book La Sagrada Família d'avui dia [The Sagrada Família of Today]. Lunwerg Editores, 2010.

  • Judith Rohrer

    La Sagrada Familia: A Conflicted History
    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Professor Judith Rohrer received her doctorate from Columbia University. Her scholarly work over the past 30 years has focused on various aspects of architecture and politics in Barcelona, from the 19th century to the present day, with special interest in the architecture and decorative arts of the turn-of-the-century (1900) period today referred to as "modernista." She served as curator for the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition, "The Catalan Spirit: Gaudí and His Contemporaries" in 1987, and for the exhibition "J. Puig i Cadafalch: Architecture Between the House and the City" at La Caixa in Barcelona in 1990, revealing to the public for the first time the drawings and documents she discovered in a hidden archive of the architect;s work. More recently she served as consultant to the exhibition "Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí" organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the spring of 2007. Prof. Rohrer has presented papers on these subjects at numerous national and international conferences, and has lectured and published widely. She is currently completing a book on the history of the Sagrada Familia temple which is framed by the polemical confrontations that have marked almost every decade of its construction. In recognition of her scholarly work related to the basilica, she was invited to the papal dedication and consecration of the Sagrada Familia in 2010 and was elected a corresponding member of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi in 2011.

    Professor Rohrer teaches modern and contemporary architecture in the Art History department at Emory University where she has served three terms as Chair.

  • Maria Rubert de Ventos

    Barcelona Backdrop
    Thursday, October 30, 2013

    Professor Maria Rubert de Ventós is a Barcelona-based architect, urban designer and illustrator. She received her degree in architecture (1981) and her doctoral degree (1993) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently teaching urbanism at the Masters and Doctoral Programs of Barcelona School of Architecture (UPC), she has been invited professor to different European (Winterthur, Kassel, Ferrara, Palermo, Venice, Paris) and American Universities (Santiago de Chile, Medellín). Her research on urban history, public space, mobility and landscape, has led to numerous essays, articles and books, including Metro, Metropolitan Galaxies (2000) Porticoed Plazas in Catalonia (2006), “No square, no city” (in Squares of Europe, Squares for Europe, 2007), and The city is not a blank slate (2002, 2014). Co-editor of the magazine D’UR: urbanism, architecture and cities now, from the Laboratori d’Urbanisme de Barcelona (LUB), she also writes regularly in the Press and was awarded the 2006 National Urbanism Prize for journalism.  

  • Xisco Llabres

    The Pediment of the Passion Façade
    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Xisco Llabre´s Sabater, architect, is part of the team that designs and constructs the Sagrada Familia since 2004. Before the dedication of the temple (November 2010) he took part of the closing project of the apse. He is responsible of the apse staircase pinnacle project and the completion of the pediment over the narthex access of the Passion façade. Now, he collaborates with the team that designs the ensemble of the six central towers of the building. He is specifically in charge of the development of the St. Mary the Virgin tower located in the apse. He has delivered lectures about the Temple of the Sagrada Familia in the architecture studies of Richard Rogers, Stirk, Harbour+Partners, Arup and Heatherwick Studio over the last year.

  • Mark Burry

    The Digital Potential of Antoni Gaudí's Singular Approach to Design
    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Professor Mark Burry is a practising architect who has published internationally on two main themes: the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture. He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979 pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona. In 2001 he was the Founding Director of RMIT University’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne Australia, established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. He is currently the Founding Director of the RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI), established in 2008.