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Inmaculada Jimenez Caballero, Professor of the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra

"See you tomorrow, Luisma"

Sun, 19 May 2019 13:07:00 +0000 Published in Navarra Newspaper

It is always difficult to accept the disappearance of someone who is part of our daily lives, but if this irreparable absence occurs after a routine "see you tomorrow", the daze barely leaves room for reality.

Luis Manuel Fernández Salido was part of the department of Theory, Projects and Urbanism of the School of Architecture since 1997, first as student partner and currently as Adjunct Professor of the subjects of Projects II, Analysis of Forms I and II and Architectural Drawing and laboratory of Geometry and Form, related to the subjects of his scientific research. At the same time, he worked as an architect and had curated exhibitions such as "Fernando Redón Huici: Obra Cívica / Arkitekturaz Haratago", in the atrium of the Parliament of Navarra based on his doctoral thesis on the Navarrese architect.

It was the close friendship that arose between the two that led Luis Manuel to collaborate and later to become position of some of the works that Fernando Redón had underway in recent years, such as the museum project of the place bullring in Pamplona, for example.

The memory of Luisma, partner for more than twenty years in the task of initiating students in architecture and training them in the demanding task of this profession, is the clear image of a person of integrity, elegant, with a natural discretion that was imposed spontaneously. A small and silent person who radiated a consistency whose scale harmonized with the dimensions of the school and the workshops in which he taught his students.

His architect's work was the evidence of his personality; sensitive and rigorous, his drawings were exhibited every year to the students as an example of mastery crossed with intuition, never going out of fashion in spite of the new technological resources and the numerous graphic languages.

His personality was that of the man in whom reason and sensitivity were only two ways of looking at the architect. How many hours in the department working in the team of teachers where corrections and grades were mixed with considerations of the pathway of each student, their efforts and their achievements; conversations about the necessary rigor in the work, about excellence as an aspiration, about the value of mathematics, about Newton, about Goethe, about line, light, form; about color, theory and art; about the eyes of the skin and the necessary precision of a geometric construction.

We also talked about cinema, about inspiration and work; about the origin of the third man in that insignificant image of a man getting off a train that Graham Greene had contemplated; about literature, agreeing with Paul Auster that the value of the art we were seeking with architecture resided in its very uselessness; because the creation of a work of art is what distinguishes us from the other creatures that populate this planet, and what defines us, essentially, as human beings.

In the effort of long hours of internship and discipline necessary to be an accomplished pianist or dancer and, inevitably, the references to his family and daughters, initiating them into music as learning the harmony of the universe and the path to beauty; the beauty of the places he wanted to discover for them as gifts that would transform them forever.

I cannot imagine the pain of his family for this unexpected loss, but I want to join the pain of the entire academic community. Luisma has made that journey towards the infinite that we are all waiting for. It is that hope in the reunion in the fullness of Life, whose longing we pursue, that allows me to say once again: "until tomorrow, Luisma".