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Josep Lluís Sert

  • Josep Lluís Sert © EFE

    Josep Lluís Sert © EFE






Date of birth

Jul 1, 1902

Date of death


" Architect and main renovator of Catalan architectural culture. He united a rationalist movement inspired by the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier. He took part in Barcelona's expansion plan."

He was born in Barcelona in 1902. He studied Architecture in Barcelona and moved to Paris in 1928 to work with Le Corbusier. His works and projects are part of the European avant-garde movement, but influenced by Catalan tradition. He worked for some time providing habitable houses for lower social classes. He built the Spanish pavilion for the International Exhibition in Paris together with Luis Lacasa. After the Civil War he went into exile in the US, where he worked on the urban development of several cities in South America, and also as a teacher. From the 1970s onwards his work was recognised by architecture professionals and historians. He died in Barcelona in 1983.


Gold Medal from the Generalitat (1981)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1982)

Essential works

  • Replica of the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Universal Exhibition in Paris. Barcelona © EFE

    Spanish pavilion from the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris

    Conceived at the height of the Spanish Civil War, it became the emblem of the modernity of the Republican government.

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  • Exterior of the Miró Foundation Building. Barcelona © Turespaña

    Miró Foundation building

    This building, one of the most emblematic in the career of Josep Lluís Sert, was conceived to house the foundation bearing the name of the Catalan painter Joan Miró, and also to display part of his work.

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Other highlighted works

  • Casa Bloc house (Barcelona)
  • Holyoke Center (Cambridge)
  • Spanish pavilion for the International Exhibition in Paris
  • US Embassy in Baghdad
  • Joan Miró's studio (Majorca)
  • La Ciudad de los Motores (Brazil)
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