Jordi Bonet i Armengol
Architect with a PhD
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. He is also a member of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi and the Junta de Museus de Catalunya.
He is the son of architect Lluís Bonet i Garí, a pupil of Antoni Gaudí who carried on work at the Sagrada Família after Gaudí’s death. He graduated in architecture from the University of Barcelona, took a diploma in Housing Construction in the United States and has a PhD from the Escola Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona. A huge admirer of Gaudí, he started out by updating Gaudí’s theories on architecture at different sites in Catalonia. A former leader of the Catalan Scouting Movement, he was also the first Catalan director and general secretary of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting. He was also president of the Catholic Scout Movement in Spain. He is commander of the order of Sant Gregori el Magne and adviser to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He was president of the Col•legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya and the board for the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, among others. He holds the Creu de Sant Jordi. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Junta de Museus de Catalunya and in 1998 he was appointed president of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi, which he has belonged to since 18 December 1985. He was general director of artistic and cultural heritage for the Catalan government (1981-1984). He introduced the use of IT tools and computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering and renovated the school building at the Sagrada Família. On 7 November 2010, Jordi Bonet was chosen to hand the keys to the new church over to Pope Benedict XVI at the consecration ceremony and to give a brief explanation of its construction in the name of all those who have worked on it.