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María Antonia Frías, Emeritus Professor of the School of Architecture

In Memoriam - Carlos Sobrini

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:00:00 +0000

María Antonia Frías, professor emerita of the School, remembers him thus:

"The prestigious architect and beloved professor Carlos Sobrini Marín, born on May 9, 1925 in Santesteban (Navarra), left us last night at 95 years of age. Married to Blanca Sagaseta de Ilúrdoz (+), his life was as fertile as long-lived, with an extensive and united family in which there is no lack of notable architects, and leaving behind him many generations of students whom he initiated and encouraged in this noble task that he exercised exemplarily with great success.

graduate at School of Architecture in Madrid (1952), was award National End of degree program. Doctor of Architecture in 1956, he received the award Nacional de Arquitectura in 1959.

Distinguished with the degree scroll of Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great for professional merits, and having exercised his teaching for many years in the School of Architecture of Madrid, he supported the recently created School of Architecture of the University, and joined it definitively as professor of Projects in 1971, after a brief stay in the School of Seville where he obtained this Chair in 1968. In the last years of teaching, asresponsible and coordinator of the project Fin de degree program, he showed his wisdom and maturity.

Considering some buildings built in Navarra, it is enough to represent the great quality of the innumerable ones he built. We can mention here the recent inclusion or recognition by the DocoMomo of the period (1965-1975) of the building of the School of Architecture (1975. Architects: Carlos Sobrini/ Rafael Echaide/ Eugenio Aguinaga); School de Ciencias (1970. Architect: Carlos Sobrini); and the residential building on Paseo de Sarasate (at the back with San Gregorio), in Pamplona (1970. Architect: Carlos Sobrini). Their constructive excellence and care, in giving a worthy functional response to human needs, went hand in hand with their success in the market and with the innovation and aesthetic quality of their proposals.

In particular, the building of the School of Architecture, which broke the mold at the time and was intended to be, in its own words, "a lesson in architecture" for the students who studied there, has indeed more than fulfilled its very lofty mission statement. It has celebrated its 30 and 40 years of life in full vitality, being the only one who best awakens enthusiastic vocations for this profession. We keep testimony of the words he addressed to us on that first occasion, which are now of irreplaceable value.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, I could still go with two alumni (Ramón Alemany and Patxi Burillo) to visit him at his home with his daughter Paloma Sobrini, architect who was dean of the high school Official Architects of Madrid. We made a recording -in dialogue- about this building of the School. Although he began by explaining the Sciences Building, more complicated in his memory, as this other seemed very simple and clear, very easy. He talked about it helped by the photographs that Paloma presented to him and, noticing little by little its details, as if we were showing him a building made by someone else, he ended up exclaiming: "Well, this building is fine! And asking us with interest what we wanted to know about it, he asked us in turn: But do you like it, are you happy with it, do you work well there? And in response to our successive affirmative answers, he said: " Then there is no need to talk any more. That is all an architect should aim for. That's all he works for; to make Username happy: that's what he's interested in doing. It was the last lesson of his eagerness to serve and humility.

God, before whom he always lived and worked, will have welcomed him and his many loved ones into the best of his homes: Heaven".

The University joins in the grief of his family and invites prayers for his eternal rest.