Jordi Bonet and Armengol

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July 5, 2022

Jordi Bonet i Armengol (Barcelona, ​​12 May 1925 - Barcelona, ​​20 June 2022) was an architect, cultural activist and leader of Catalan Scouting. He was the coordinating director of the works of the Sagrada Família temple. of Barcelona from 1985 to 2012, when he was already 87 years old. Until the last day, he remained linked to the works of the Sagrada Família as director emeritus, while carrying out outreach and interpretation work on Gaudí's work with lectures around the world. He was a full member of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi and a member of the Board of Museums of Catalonia and an honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of the Pantheon (Italy), among other responsibilities.

Biography

Jordi Bonet was the son of the architect Lluís Bonet i Garí (1893-1993) and the patron and cultural activist Maria Mercè Armengol i Tubau. He was the brother of the composer Narcís Bonet and the rector of the Parish of the Sagrada Família, Monsignor Lluís Bonet. From the hand of his father, an architect disciple of Antoni Gaudí and one of the continuators of the works of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família, from a very young age he visited the works of this temple that aroused in him the admiration for Gaudí, when still he was a student at the Blanquerna School. In 1949 he graduated in architecture from the University of Barcelona, ​​in 1961 he graduated in Housing Construction in the United States, and in 1965 he obtained a PhD from the Barcelona School of Architecture. He began working combining the architectural theories of Gaudí, who considered himself his master, with elements of rationalist architecture. Among the works that follow the Gaudí model, the following stand out: the church of Vinyoles d'Orís (1955), the monastery of Sant Benet de Montserrat continuing the work of his father, the church of Sant Medir de Barcelona (1960), and the church of La Fortesa, in Anoia (1962). At the same time, in the field of industrial architecture, he is testing new materials and designs in the Aiscondel building and in the Puig (company) and Dana perfumery factories. Some facilities stand out, such as the Sant Gregori school in Barcelona, ​​the Pau Casals auditorium in El Vendrell in 1981 and the Felip Pedrell Auditorium Theater in Tortosa. He also carries out numerous residential works, in particular for workers' cooperativism, as well as second homes. It is part of La Cantonada and Ars Sacra, forming a team with prominent artists: Jordi Vilanova i Bosch, Jordi Aguadé, Aureli Bisbe and Joan Vila Grau. In Latin America he directed several rehabilitation and construction projects, including the Chapel of the Marys (Corrientes, Argentina) and the Church of the Company of Jesus in Cochabamba (Bolivia). From a very young age, he trained in Scouting with Monsignor Antoni Batlle. In 1957 he was the first president of the Diocesan Delegation of Scouting in Barcelona, ​​and in 1965 he was the first Catalan director of the International Catholic Scouting Conference, an entity where he was general secretary from 1977 to 1981. He was also president of the Scout Movement. Catholic of Spain (1962-1977). He was a member for 20 years and vice-president of Òmnium Cultural from 1986 to 2000. He also stood out as a member of the Board of the Center Excursionista de Catalunya, an organization of which he was also closely linked. for his passion for skiing and mountaineering as well as for the rehabilitation of the chapel of the Chalet of the CEC in La Molina, a station for which he also makes the first Master Plan, but also doing the work of the Ulldeter Refuge. He was also a member of the Board of the College of Architects of Catalonia and the board of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, among others. In 1981 he was appointed commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Vatican and in 1985 consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Laity (Pontificium Consilium pro Laicis). He has been, among other responsibilities, a member of the boards of trustees of the Temple Expiator foundations