Antoni Gaudí (1852-1922) is one of the most prominent figures in global architecture and undoubtedly the biggest name in architecture in Catalonia and, more specifically, Barcelona. Considered the greatest exponent of the Modernist movement in Spain, he was also one of the pioneering figures in the 20th century’s artistic avant-garde.
He worked primarily in the Catalan capital at a time, in the late 19th century, of booming economic growth in Barcelona, the result of flourishing industry and trade. The new middle class, who had grown wealthy in this economic context, became strong supporters of Modernist artists, who sought to usher in a far-reaching renewal of contemporary art and, of course, architecture.
Gaudí began forging a name for himself as an architect at the Paris World Fair in 1878. There he met Eusebi Güell, who would quickly become his main patron and one of his greatest friends. His initial work was largely a hybridisation and reinterpretation of historical styles, drawing primarily on Gothic and Mudéjar architecture. Yet his biggest source of inspiration was undoubtedly nature, with its dynamic floral and animal-like forms, a resource that often appeared in his projects.
Gaudí viewed architecture as an inclusive, symbolic art. While his contribution to the renewal of architecture is beyond discussion, as an artist he also designed much of the furniture and many of the decorative elements featured in his projects, in which glass, ceramic tile and wrought iron were given a place of prominence. His works stand as immense sculptures full of symbols and decorative items resulting from his collaboration with numerous craftspeople.
Despite his tragic end –he died in 1926 after being struck by a tram–, Antoni Gaudí’s architecture remains as relevant as ever thanks to his impressive legacy (Bellesguard, Parc Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, etc.) and the imminent completion –2026– of what was his great obsession at the end of his life: the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic buildings not only of the city of Barcelona but the world.
The aim of this continuing education course is to give students a global perspective of the life and work of Antoni Gaudí through an in-depth exploration of his architectural heritage and his particular creative universe.
- To understand Antoni Gaudí’s way of creating projects.
- To analyse Gaudí’s architectural heritage and be able to draw conclusions.
- To understand the technology Gaudí used.
- To define the concepts of heritage, protection and intervention as regards Gaudí's heritage.
- To understand the current regulations protecting Gaudí's heritage.
- To apply building assessment methods in heritage restoration.
- To understand and perform representations of architectural heritage.
- To understand the theoretical basis and Gaudí’s influence on the history of architecture, the means of construction traditionally used in architecture and the value of historical heritage.
- To understand historical means of construction and the construction methods used by Gaudí.
- Spatial vision and graphic expression skills.
- Capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical thinking.
- Teamwork; interdisciplinary and international character.
This programme is intended primarily for university students or graduates from the following fields: Architecture, History of Art and Humanities