Biography Jordi Faulí i Oller - current chief architect Sagrada Familia

Biography Jordi Faulí i Oller

Current chief architect on Sagrada Familia 2024


In the heart of Barcelona, Spain, one can find a true architectural marvel that has captured the world's imagination for well over a century - the Basilica of the Sagrada Família in the Eixample district of Barcelona. This awe-inspiring structure, known for its intricate design and profound symbolism, has been under construction for more than a century and is still a work in progress.

The construction of this incredible temple started in 1882, when Antoni Gaudí agreed to take over a project for a new and magnificent church in Barcelona. For the next 30 years, Gaudí worked on the Sagrada Familia basilica and on other projects simultaneously. From 1911 onwards and until his death, he devoted himself exclusively to the cathedral. It is still unfinished. It was hoped that this magnificent temple would be finished in 2026, to mark the centenary of Gaudi's death in 1926 but the Covid pandemic slowed the construction down and now the completion date might be in the 2030s.

The present chief architect is the talented chief architect Jordi Faulí i Oller, who leads a team of 40 construction workers. He is the ninth generation of architects to lead the building work and it is expected that he will be the final architect, when this magnificent temple is finally finished 144 years after the building work first started.

Jordi Faulí was born on January 30, 1949, in Barcelona, Spain, and from a young age, he displayed a keen interest in the world of architecture. His journey to becoming one of Spain's most celebrated architects began with a solid education in the field. Faulí's name is forever intertwined with the Sagrada Família, a monumental basilica that has become a symbol of Barcelona and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1986, he embarked on his most significant professional journey when he joined the Sagrada Família project.

His role as the chief architect of this iconic construction endeavor was no small feat, and it would come to define his career. Antoni Gaudí, the visionary architect who originally designed the Sagrada Família, passed away in 1926. This left the basilica unfinished, and for decades, progress on the project stagnated. However, under the guidance of later architects, and currently, Jordi Faulí, the Sagrada Família has experienced a renaissance and is now close to completion.

Faulí's approach to the Sagrada Família was a harmonious blend of respect for Gaudí's original vision and the adaptation of modern construction techniques. He oversaw numerous aspects of the project, including the completion of several spires, facades, and interior spaces. Under Faulí's leadership, the basilica evolved into a testament to Catalan Modernisme architecture and a tribute to Gaudí's genius.

Jordi Faulí's unwavering dedication to the Sagrada Família did not go unnoticed. He has earned the admiration and respect of both the architectural community and the general public. His tireless efforts have brought Gaudí's dream closer to realization, ensuring that future generations will be able to witness the breathtaking beauty of the basilica.

Jordi Faulí i Oller's legacy as the chief architect of the Basilica of the Sagrada Família is a testament to his passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the field of architecture. Through his vision and leadership, the Sagrada Família continues to inspire awe and wonder, attracting visitors from around the world.

Jordi Faulí's role in the ongoing construction of this magnificent masterpiece ensures that Gaudí's legacy lives on and continues to evolve as one of the most remarkable architectural achievements in history.

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