The Gaudí Research Institute leads R&D projects in collaboration with the people who have led the research and studies of Gaudí's original works and documents, with the scientists who have spearheaded the interrelation with universities and companies around the world that have spent decades developing Gaudí's systems, with experts who have organized academic studies and numerous exhibitions around the world. TGRI responds to the desire of international researchers who have a long history of dedication to Gaudí and who demanded a center to turn to, both they and his disciples. After more than a century, it was an urgent need and a duty that Gaudí be recognized and studied in his native country as the universal genius that he is, as recognized by UNESCO itself.


TGRI continually collaborates with international universities, institutions and companies, but the agreement signed with the University of Barcelona that led to the launch of the Gaudí World Congresses, bringing together researchers from all over the world in Barcelona, Shanghai, Chengdu and Valparaíso must be highlighted. TGRI has also organized symposia and exhibitions on Gaudí in Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza, Pusan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Chengdu and Valparaíso; and in 2015 the only museum in the world dedicated to Gaudí opened in Barcelona. It currently exhibits Gaudí's museum collection at its headquarters in Colônia Güell.


TGRI is writing a new story about Gaudí: the authentic Gaudí that we can now finally describe. This is the result of 40 years of patient work, applying a scientific method of investigation of Gaudí's works and original documentary sources. The recovered materials have made it possible to understand Gaudí's masterpieces in a more real, authentic and effective way. At the same time, the knowledge gathered about Gaudí is not only useful to rewrite the History of Art, but also proposes innovation methodologies valid for the 21st century and applicable both in architecture and design, the visual arts or business and teams management.


TGRI's headquarters are in Colonia Güell, since this is where Gaudí installed his research and innovation laboratory. Research that he would later apply to his ultimate project: the Sagrada Família. The objectives of TGRI are to become the reference Center for the study, interpretation and dissemination of Gaudí; apply the Gaudí method to management, innovation and the creation of architectures, spaces and objects; the creation of labor projects and business and commercial solutions of current application; take advantage of investigative action to act in economic and business fields, engineering, architecture, sustainability, social benefit, tourism and cultural creation.


The innovation promoted by TGRI is associated with the Creative Industries, since it is intended to generate a pool of creativity and innovation with high added value. The revolutionary working method created by Gaudí is based on science and modern concepts such as R&D, coworking, codesign, just-in-time, ecology, recycling, energy efficiency. From this method, TGRI aims to become a creative industry focus that generates solutions that can be transferred to architecture and the rest of the arts, but also applicable in other areas, especially business and commercial.