Jordi Bonet and Armengol

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July 1, 2022

Jordi Bonet i Armengol (Barcelona, ​​May 12, 1925-Barcelona, ​​June 20, 2022)[1][2]​[3][4]​ was a Catalan architect, son of the patron Maria Mercè Armengol i Tubau and also the architect Lluís Bonet i Garí, one of the disciples of Antoni Gaudí and continuator of the Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia. He was the brother of the composer Narcís Bonet and of Lluís Bonet, former parish priest of the Sagrada Familia.

Biography

Qualified in 1946 as a surveyor, later graduated in architecture in 1949 from the University of Barcelona, ​​graduated in Housing Construction in 1961 and doctorate in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1965, he received Gaudinian influence from his father, which is denoted in some of his works, such as the churches of Viñolas de Oris (Osona, 1955), San Emeterio (Barcelona, ​​1960) and Santa María de la Fortesa (Noya, 1962). Among dozens of works, he carried out the Aiscondel building and the San Gregorio school, in Barcelona, ​​and the Pau Casals Auditorium, in Vendrell (1981).[5] From 1987 to 2012 he was the director of the works of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Family, Gaudí's unfinished opera magna. In 2012 he was replaced by Jordi Faulí i Oller, becoming Architect Emeritus and Advisor to the Board of Trustees [6]. He was closely linked to scouting and was the first president of the Catholic Scout Movement in Spain. He collaborated with Antoni Batlle in the Diocesan Delegation of Scouting in Barcelona and was general secretary of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting from 1977 to 1981. That same year he was appointed commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and, in 1985, consultant to the Pontifical Council for the laity.[5] He was also closely linked to cultural and civil society organizations, a member of the board of Omnium Cultural for more than 20 years, holding the position of vice president, as well as of the board of the Excursionist Center of Catalonia, patron of the Gala Salvador Foundation. Dalí, the Catalan Choir, the Pau Casals Foundation, the Lluís Domènech i Montaner Foundation, the Catalan Society for Historical Studies, the Catalan Society for Territory Planning, among others. He was the first general director of Artistic Heritage of the Government of Catalonia between 1981 and 1984. [5] In 1998 he was appointed president of the Real Academia Catalana de Bellas Artes de San Jorge. He has received the Ciutat de Barcelona prize for the restoration of the Fundació Enciclopèdia Catalana building, the Domènech i Montaner prize from the Institute of Catalan Studies for his book The Last Gaudí (1999), the Sant Jordi Cross from the Government of Catalonia, the Medal of Honor and the City of Barcelona Award, as well as the President Macià Work Award.[5] He was president of the Board of Trustees of the Monasteries of Sant Cugat del Vallès, Sant Pere de Rodes and Santa Maria de Vilabertran, of the Val d 'Aran, from the Solsona Museum and the Prat de la Riba Museum. He is also the author of multiple articles in the press, specialized book chapters, Architecture at the Service of Music (1986) and Temple of the Sagrada Familia (1992), among other works. In Latin America he directed rehabilitation and construction projects, among them in the chapel of the Marías (Corrientes, Argentina) and the church of the company of Jesus in Cochabamba (Bolivia). On March 19, 2019, he was appointed an honorary academician of the Pontifical Academy of the Pantheon in a ceremony at the Pantheon in Rome.[7] He died of natural causes on June 20, 2022 in his hometown of Barcelona, ​​at the age of 97.

Architectural work

Housing: Vivendes Sagrat Cor de Jesús Cooperative; Post Office (Barcelona); The Cantonada (Barcelona); Cooperative of Vivendes Agrupació de Joventut; Charity Constructora Sant Medir (Barcelona); several single-family houses in Cerdanya, Maresme, Costa Brava and Mallorca