The architect, Antonio Lamela, UCJC Doctor Honoris Causa, dies

The prestigious architect Antonio Lamela, granted an honorary doctorate by UCJC on 27 January 2007, died in Madrid at the age of 90.

He designed numerous emblematic buildings in the centre of Madrid, such as the Colón Towers, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the Pirámide building in Madrid or the Barajas airport extension (with Richard Rogers). He was a Doctor in Architecture and founder and CEO of the Estudio Lamela Arquitectos, which opened just before he finished his studies in 1954 and is the only Spanish architects considered among the top 200 in the world.

Lamela, Honorary Director of the University Camilo José Cela School of Architecture and Technology (ESAYT), was granted an honorary doctorate by the School of Architecture and Technology of University Camilo José Cela.

At the ceremony, Luis Rodríguex-Avial, doctor in Architecture and lecturer at the School of Architecture and Technology, read the Laudatio.

At his address on receiving the doctorate, Dr Lamela spoke on the conditions and qualities needed by universities in order to be considered a new-world university: independence, to be a social observatory and a forum for discussion, to be a nexus for wisdom, science and human society, and to be a stimulus for R&D.