Key Speakers

Beatrix Fröis

Bea Fröis studied Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She graduated with the Master’s Thesis, „Gaudí’s unfinished church in the Colonia Güell, – an attempt at a reconstruction according to the urban context”.

Having worked at the construction site of “La Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona for several months in 2000, she has researched in Gaudi’s form finding methodes. Based on the graphostatik calculations of Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, she researched and reconstructed a possible hanging model of “La Sagrada Familia”. Following this work, she calculated and built several other hanging models for exhibitions in museums in Barcelona and Austria.

Since 1999, she has an office for Architecture and Design in Innsbruck. A key focus of her research is in lighting technology, she is owner of world-wide patents. Her lamps are being produced numerous. For the lamp „OREA“, she was awarded the „Design Plus“ prize for extraordinary design in 2000.

Working as a Lighting Designer she also researched in the history of lighting and light design. Her work exploring different aspects of lighting and lamps in early modernism has been published in books and journals.

Since 2006, she has been teaching bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Innsbruck as well as postgraduate courses at the „Lichtakademie Bartenbach“ in Austria.

Together with Jordi Bonet Armengol (as honorary director), Pere Jordi Figuerola Rotger and Carlos Canals Roura, she founded the summer school „Gaudís Vaults” in 2016. As director of this summer school, she teaches about the form finding Methods of Gaudí and how to build Catalan Vaults.