The UPC university community regrets the loss of the architect Ricardo Bofill

Architect Ricardo Bofill

Architect Ricardo Bofill

The UPC university community offers its condolences for the death of the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill, one of the most important representatives of international architecture, whom the University awarded an honorary doctoral degree on 30 September of last year.

Jan 14, 2022

Ricardo Bofill Levi (Barcelona, 1939) has been one of the most influential and internationally renowned Catalan urban planners and architects. He received his initial training at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the school that awarded him an honorary doctoral degree in recognition of his career in several contemporary architectural styles, with contributions to both urban planning and housing.

"We believe that if anyone among us–the most recognised architect of our time, the one with the greatest international prestige, with highly renowned, award-winning work, and someone who is also close to us–really deserves it, this person is undoubtedly the architect Ricardo Bofill Levi. He is close to us and on the horizon at the same time. His value is two-fold and that is difficult for some to accept”, said the director of the ETSAB, Félix Solaguren-Beascoa de Corral, at the award ceremony, an event at which Bofill explained, among other things, that “sixty years of experiences, journeys and meetings have defined and shaped me in a precise, measured way. A polycentric view of the world, as if the Earth were seen through a kaleidoscope”. Architecture served him too, as he said: “Architecture has also helped me to interpret and understand reality from two perspectives, the local and the global, and to appreciate the differences in every continent, region, city and neighbourhood. This way of living and understanding has led me to consider design as a main axis of my life and my work”.