Aurelio Galfetti (1936-2021)
Aurelio Galfetti passed away on the 5th December 2021

It is with deep sadness that Docomomo International knew that the Swiss architect Aurelio Galfetti passed away last 5th December 2021. Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the renowned architect and urban designer, who founder of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Aurelio Galfetti to his family and friends. Born in 1936, Aurelio Galfetti was regarded as one of the main exponents of Ticino architecture of the 20th century, as one of the fathers of the “Ticino School of Architecture”. “Architect, urban designer, Professor Emeritus, Aurelio Galfetti, with his work and his thinking, has…

Richard Rogers (1933-2021)
Richard Rogers passed away on the 18th December 2021

It is with deep sadness that Docomomo International announces that last Saturday, 18th December 2021, Richard Rogers passed away. Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the Italian-English Pritzker Prize winning architect to his family and friends. Co-designer of the Pompidou Center, Richard Rogers was one of the most renown architect of the hi-tech architecture aside from Normand Foster or Renzo Piano. His “inviting, colorful modernism forever altered the cityscapes of Paris and London (…) With his striking designs for the tubular Pompidou Center in Paris; the vast Millennium Dome in London, which seemed…

José-Augusto França (1922-2021)
José-Augusto França passed away today, 18th September 2021

It is with great sadness that Docomomo International has learned that Professor José-Augusto França, the most important Portuguese modern art researcher on the contemporary era, passed away today, 18 September 2021, at the age of 98 years near Angers (France). Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at his passing to his family and friends. Born in Tomar (1922), José-Augusto França was a historian, sociologist and critic of art. He held a graduation in Historical and Philosophical Sciences (1944, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon), a PhD in History (1962, Paris-Sorbonne University, Une Ville des Lumères: la Lisbonne…

Paulo Mendes da Rocha (1928-2021)
Paulo Mendes da Rocha passed away on the 23th May 2021

Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing  of the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, last Sunday, May 23, 2021, to his family and friends.  The second Brazilian to win the Pritzker, the most important architectural award (the first was Oscar Niemeyer, in 1988), Paulo Mendes da Rocha was considered the last architectural giant in Brazil. He was also its most awarded representative. In Portugal, he was known for being responsible for the project of the Museu Nacional dos Coches together with the portuguese atelier of Ricardo Bak Gordon, in Belém, which was distinguished with…

Flávio Villaça (1929-2021)
Flávio Villaça passed away on the 29th March, 2021

Docomomo International was informed by Docomomo São Paulo Nucleus that the architect, urban planner and professor Flávio Villaça died at the age of 91, on the 29th March, 2021. Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of this great architect to his family and friends. Flávio Villaça was a fundamental reference to the analysis of the production of urban spaces, he leaves an immeasurable legacy, in his performance as a professor at FAU USP, at the Municipal Planning Secretariat of São Paulo and as a consultant in urban planning in several public agencies. Flávio Villaça…

120th Birthday of Louis I. Kahn

On occasion of Louis Kahn’s 120th birthday on 20th February, Docomomo International shares some memories about his incredible architectural legacy. “Louis I. Kahn fascinate us all with his passion for Mediterranean culture. Precisely at the moment when the centre of the dominant culture moved from Europe to North America, he was able to immerse himself in the Roman brick structures of the great classical buildings, interpreting the timeless forms of antiquity. When the glass curtain of the bureaucratic International Style became trivialized, he turned to the archaic sources of architecture to discover light, matter and desire, in the pyramids of…

Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles (1922-2020)
Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles passed away on the 11th November 2020

Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the Portuguese landscape architect, Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, to his family and friends. “A landscape architect, agronomy engineer and professor, Ribeiro Telles is also a reference figure in Portuguese life. He graduated in Agronomy Engineering and Landscape Architecture from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon (1952), where he was an assistant to Francisco Caldeira Cabral. Since 1952 his professional life has covered mainly the areas of regional and urban planning (Master Plan for Nova Lisboa, Angola; Green Plan for Seixal), urban design (Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon), rural…

Federico Correa (1924-2020)
Federico Correa passed away on the 20th October 2020

Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the Spanish professor, researcher and architect Federico Correa, to his family and friends. “On Monday 20 October, at the age of 96, Federico Correa, a leading figure in Catalan and Spanish architecture of the last 70 years, co-founder and teacher of EINA, left us. Federico Correa, a cosmopolitan and multifaceted man, partner from the beginning with Alfonso Milà, together with Oriol Bohigas and J. Ma. Martorell (from MBM) led the transition to modern architecture, in the most difficult years for this discipline. The Barcelona architect always had…

Fernando Álvarez Prozoróvich (1952-2020)
Fernando Álvarez Prozoróvich passed away on the 3rd April 2020

Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the Spanish professor, researcher and architect Fernando Álvarez Prozoróvich, to his family and friends. On April 3, the architect Fernando Álvarez Prozoróvich died in Barcelona, ​​at the age of 67, as a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. He was born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina in 1952 and completed his undergraduate studies at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo – Universidad Nacional de la Plata, graduating in 1978. During the 1980s he settled in Barcelona where he pursued a brilliant career as a professor, researcher and specialist in…

Yam Sokly (1984-2020)
Yam Sokly passed away on the 28th June 2020

Docomomo International wishes to convey the most sincere condolences at the passing of the Cambodian architect and researcher Yam Sokly, to his family and friends. “We have just lost a young architect and modern Cambodian architectural heritage advocate, Yam Sokly (速利任), on 28 June 2020. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia (2003-2009) and a master’s degree from Kyungmin University in Korea (2016). He was a staff of Heritage Mission at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia (2009-2012) and at the Royal University of Fine Arts (2012-2020), and worked as…