Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 23/5/2019 18:3023/5/2019 20:30Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in the makingPrince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

The construction of La Sagrada Família began in 1882. One year later, the original architect resigned and Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to redesign the Basilica. Gaudí worked on the project for 43 years, until his death in 1926.

This lecture will cover the history of the church’s design and construction, concentrating on the six main towers: the highest points of the Basilica. During the 19th century, construction of the church was largely carried out in conventional stone masonry, with recent work using reinforced concrete and stone facing. However, the design of the remaining 40% of the Basilica, due for completion in 2026, will use pre-stressed stone panels. New digital methods and traditional craftsmanship will dramatically reduce the weight, cost and time needed to complete the Basilica. This talk will describe how this new technique evolved, including initial ideas, virtual prototyping, analysis, physical testing, production, and assembly.


6.00pm Registration opens
6.30pm Lecture
7.30pm Networking reception
8.00pm Close


Tristram Carfrae FREngTristram Carfrae RDI FREng is Arup’s Deputy Chairman. He has contributed to the design of numerous award-winning buildings, including the Water Cube for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Singapore Sports Hub, and 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane.

In 2014, Tristram was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, given to an individual for exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering. In 2006, he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and became Master of the Faculty of RDIs in 2017.

Tristram was part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award winning team in 2009 for Arup’s Water Cube, the setting for the swimming events at the 2008 Olympic Games.



Tickets for the lecture cost £12.00 including VAT. 

Student registration is free of charge, please select student when registering via the link above. Proof of student ID will be required on admission. 

For more information please contact Lucy Webb, Events Coordinator.  


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to Events Team. A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Monday 13 May 2019. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and making changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.