Key Speakers

  • Ferran Adrià Acosta (Barcelona)

    Ferran Adrià Acosta (born May 14th, 1962 in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain) was educated at schools in his city of birth and lived with his parents, Ginés and Josefa, and his brother Albert.

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  • Alejandro Aguilera González (Lomas de Santa Fe, Mexico)

    Gaudí beyond the borders of Spain

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  • José Manuel Almuzara Pérez (Barcelona)

    Gaudí, can only ever be understood through faith

    Since June 1992 he has been president of the Gaudí Asociación Pro Beatificación de Antoni Gaudí, a civil association that works for the beatification of Gaudí and to promote his spiritual and artistic facets.

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  • Xosé Aviñoa (Barcelona)

    Antoni Gaudí, a reformist inspired by Wagnerian mysticism

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  • Jordi Bonet Armengol (Barcelona)

    Director and coordinator of the work on the Sagrada Família in Barcelona from 1985 to 2012. He is currently emeritus director and coordinator of the church and travels worldwide to promote Gaudí’s work.

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  • Berthold Burkhardt (Braunschweig, Germany)

    Monitoring and Management of Monument Conservation in Germany

    Professor emeritus and director of the Institute of Structural Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Spokesman for ICOMOS Monitoring Group in Germany. Consultant and advisor to the Wüstenrot Foundation.

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  • Fernando Caruncho Torga (Madrid)

    He has a degree in landscape design from the Escuela del Castillo de Batres in Madrid. He is an honorary academic at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence.

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  • Lourdes Cirlot Valenzuela (Barcelona)

    Opening ceremony

    Art theorist, art historian and researcher. She has a PhD in art history from the Geography and History Department at the University of Barcelona, where she is a professor in art history.

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  • Christiane Crasemann Collins (West Falmouth, USA)

    Dr Crasemann is a key figure for historians, urban planners, architects and landscape designers. She wrote the first comprehensive, faithful English translation of Austrian architect Camillo Sitte’s major work.

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  • Verena Darnai (Bregenz, Austria)

    Reconstruction of the columns in the church of the Colónia Güell

    1981 born in Bregenz, Austria; Since 2001 studying architecture in Innsbruck, Austria; 2004 participation in the project “The reconstruction of the Church in the Colonia Güell” at University of Innsbruck, Austria.

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  • Daria Dellai (Innsbruck, Austria)

    Variants on Gaudí’s planning of the choir in the church at the Colònia Güell

    1986 born in Bolzano, Italy; 2005-2012 studying architecture in Innsbruck, Austria; 2012 master Thesis “Variants on Gaudí’s planning of the choir in the church in the Colónia Güell”.

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  • Leonid Demyanov (Moscow, Russia)

    Brick structures in the church at the Colònia Güell

    Director of the Architecture Faculty of University of Geodesy State and Cartography in Moscow, where he carried out research for the future exploration of planets and satellites for Russian planetary missions.

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  • Thomas Ferk (Innsbruck, Austria)

    The second hanging model. A reconstruction study of the plans (design) (Chapel at Park Güell)

    1983 born in Schwaz in Tirol, Austria; 2003-2011 studying architecture in Innsbruck; 2011 master thesis “Gaudí´s project for a chapel in the Park Güell – attempt a reconstruction of the existing sources”.

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  • Pere Jordi Figuerola Rotger (Barcelona)


    He graduated in geography and history from the University of Barcelona and has a diploma in museology from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture.

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  • Carlos Flores López (Madrid)

    Architect, historian, writer and leading researcher on the contemporary history of western architecture. He was the first to coin the term Generación del 25 for a group of Spanish architects from the early 20th century.

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  • Francesc Fontbona de Vallescar (Barcelona)

    Gaudí and the avant-gardes: a story of international recognition

    Architect, historian, writer and leading researcher on the contemporary history of western architecture. He was the first to coin the term Generación del 25 for a group of Spanish architects from the early 20th century.

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  • Josep Vicent Gómez Serrano (Barcelona)

    Gaudí's Workshop studio

  • Rainer Graefe (Innsbruck, Austria)

    Reconstruction of the Church of the Colònia Güell and interpretation of the architecture

    Honorary doctor at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). He was professor and dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, director of the Institute of Architecture History and Conservation, and founder and director of the Archive for Architecture and Structural Engineering at the University of Innsbruck.

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  • Arata Isozaki (Tokyo, Japan)

    Inaugural conference

    Born 1931 in Oita City, Japan. In 1954 graduated from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 1963 established Arata Isozaki & Associates, the base from which he has continued to work ever since.

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  • Conrad Kent (Delaware, USA)

    George R. Collins contribution to Gaudí studies

    Ph.D. Harvard University. Professor Emeritus of Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities/Classics, Ohio Wesleyan University. Author of studies on Park Güell and El Capricho, Claudio López and Eusebio Güell, the Joan Grau´s Astorga palace, Gaudí´s medievalism, and the public spaces of Barcelona.

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  • Peter Knaup (Berlin, Germany)

    Photographer. He won a number of international awards at the start of his career, in 1973, for his photographs of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural work.

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  • Anton Lyubimkin (Moscow, Russia)

    Video visualisation of the reconstructed church at the Colònia Güell

    1987 born in Sverdlovsk, USSR; 2003-2009 studying architecture in MARKHI, Moscow; 2008-2009 studying architecture at ENSA d'Architecture de Marseille.

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  • Katja Lyubimkina (Moscow, Russia)

    Light and color studies inside and at the church of the Colònia Güell

    1986 born in Moscow, USSR; 2003-2009 studying architecture in MARKHI, Moscow; 2008-2009 studying architecture at ENSA de Marseille.

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  • Josep M. Martí Bonet (Barcelona)

    Gaudí Evocations of his disciples and admirers in the days after his death

    He has a PhD in the history of the church (Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome), a bachelor’s degree in theology (Pontifical University in Salamanca) and a diploma in palaeography, diplomatics and archival science (Secret Vatican Archive).

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  • Jaume Massó Carballido (Reus)

    Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 - Barcelona 1926) and his friendship with Eduard Toda (Reus 1855 - Poblet 1941)

    Doctor in prehistory and ancient history from the University of Barcelona, he has taught at the Taller Escola d’Arqueologia in Tarragona, curated at the Museu Nacional Arqueològic in Tarragona and was vice-president of the Institut Municipal de Museus in Reus.

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  • Manuel Medarde Sagrera (Colonia Güell)

    The Colònia Güell: Gaudí's laboratory

    With a PhD in prehistory and ancient history from the University of Barcelona. He studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia.

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  • Jan Molema (Delft, Holanda)

    The egg of Columbus, the egg of Gaudí

    PhD in engineering, he is a researcher professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), member of the Sant Jordi Catalan Royal Academy of Arts, professor at the University of Gestalt Xalapa (Veracruz).

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  • Anna Mollet Guilera (Barcelona)

    Bellesguard, Gaudí at his most symbolic and unknown

    Manager of Antoni Gaudí’s Torre Bellesguard and a founding member of the Bellesguard research team as head of images and audiovisuals. She also wrote the guide to the Torre Bellesguard.

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  • Josep Muntañola Thornberg (Barcelona)

    The evolution of architects’ minds: is Gaudí a forerunner?

    He has a degree and PhD in architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, where he was director (1980-1984) and head of the Architecture Projects Department (1985-1992, 2008).

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  • Arnau Puig Grau (Barcelona)

    De re gaudiniana

    Lecturer and professor emeritus of aesthetics and composition of the School of Architecture of Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Honorary member of the Sant Jordi Catalan Royal Academy of Arts.

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  • Dídac Ramírez Sarrió (Barcelona)

    Closing ceremony

    He has a PhD in philosophy and education sciences and a PhD in economic and business sciences from the University of Barcelona. He is an economics lecturer and professor.

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  • Antonio Sama García (Madrid)

    On Gaudí and the method of composition: talking architecture

    He was head of the Restoration Department at the Fundación de Gremios and director of the Conservation and Restoration of Historical Textiles Section at the Fundación Real Fábrica de Tapices.

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  • Galdric Santana Roma (Barcelona)

    The ratchet for the planned bell tower for the church at the Colònia Güell, a never-completed campanology work by Gaudí, 1914

    Barcelona, 1971. Architect, musician and instrument maker. Lecturer in architectural geometry, drawing and architectural representation at the ETSAB School of Architecture in Barcelona and UPC – Barcelona TECH.

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  • Etsuro Sotoo (Barcelona)

    Looking where Gaudí looked

    Visiting lecturer at Kyushu University User Science Institute, School of Engineering Main Building, ambassador for Kesennuma, Rias Sanriku (Japan), and vice-president of the Nipon Centre in Canet de Mar.

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  • Pia Subias Pujadas (Barcelona)

    The arts of the earth: the crypt at the Colònia Güell

    She graduated in art history from the University of Barcelona and specialised in Modernisme. She is the granddaughter of art historian Joan Subias i Galter.

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  • Salvador Tarragó Cid (Barcelona)

    Some questions about the Colònia Güell and its Crypt

    Director of the Master’s in Architecture Monuments Restoration at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia for over 25 years. Professor of urban planning at the Department of Transport Infrastructure and Territory at the Technical School of Engineering of Roads, Canals and Ports of Barcelona at the same university.

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  • Josep Maria Tarragona Clarasó (Barcelona)

    Chartres Cathedral, Gaudí and the Sagrada Família

    A biographer of Antoni Gaudí. His career as an author and historian has produced several monographs and articles about Gaudí. You can read many of them on his website

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  • Hou Teh-Chien (Hangzhou, China)

    Professor of architecture and urban planning at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), where he is also director of the Office of Relations between China and Spain.

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  • Jos Tomlow (Zittau, Germany)

    Methodological aspects of historic hanging models in comparison with Gaudí’s work

    Professor of art history and architecture at the University of Zittau / Görlitz (FH) in Zittau (Saxony, Germany). Member of the International Committee Specialising in Education and DOCOMOMO Theory (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement).

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  • Tokutoshi Torii (Kanagawa, Japan)

    Height of the domes at the Sagrada Família

    Professor at Kanagawa University. He lived in Spain for ten years, studying Spanish architecture, especially Gaudí, and has become one of the leading Gaudí specialists worldwide.

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  • Arnold Walz (Stuttgart, Germany)

    Extending the form of Architecture

    He runs Designtoproduction, his own company, with headquarters in Stuttgart and Zurich. 3D Geometric Processing Specialist in architectural design.

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