When Christchurch-born Mark Burry arrived in Barcelona in 1979 as an architecture student he was astounded by the splendour of the Sagrada Familia – the unfinished church of Spain’s greatest architect, Antoni Gaudí. Invited to work on the project that year, Burry began by making line drawings before moving on to aeronautical engineering software to deal with the complex ideas Gaudí had for the church. In the early 2000s, he was a professor at Melbourne’s RMIT University, but continued to be involved with the Sagrada Familia, visiting Barcelona every six weeks or so.
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Temple Sagrada Família
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