The University of Barcelona and The Gaudí Research Institute (GRI) create the Chair UB – Antoni Gaudí in order to strengthen the research and divulgation of this great architect´s works. To achieve this, a team composed of teachers and students of the University will work together with TGRI in order to consult, catalog, search, transfer and give global knowledge of the work of Gaudí which will be formed from a polyhedral view. The creation of the chair has been promoted by Dra. Lourdes Cirlot, Vice President for International and Institutional Relations, and its director, Dr. Adolfo Sotelo Vázquez, dean of the Faculty of Philology of the UB.
With the creation of this chair, the University also pays homage to one of its most illustrious alumni, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. As Adolfo Sotelo points out, “Gaudí, as other universal geniuses like Leonardo or Ramon Llull, covered a wide range of scientific and therefore research that nowadays has been of great help and deserves great admiration’. Along these lines, the chair will facilitate research work, documentation and catalogs for the work of students to undergraduate and master practices.
The new chair has its headquarters in TGRI´s facilities in the former factory of the Colonia Guell Tint (Santa Coloma de Cervello) and has also an office in the Historical Building of the UB. He also started operating a Gaudí Research Centre TGRI in Shanghai (China). The chair UB – Antoni Gaudí is sponsored by Learn Training (IMF group) and Gaudí Barcelona Projectes, leaders in distance higher education and dissemination of research, development and innovation based on Gaudí and also promoters of the Second World Congress on Gaudí.
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