Mexican architect dies on his birthday

Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, one of Mexico’s most distinguished architects, has died from pneumonia, the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, said. The architect died on his 94th birthday.

The architect, who designed Mexico City’s iconic Azteca Stadium and the new Basilica of Guadalupe, died Tuesday, the Conaculta said.

Ramirez Vazquez was the “most prolific Mexican architect and urban planner in national life in the 20th century”, the Conaculta said.

The architect died on his 94th birthday, the cultural agency said in a statement.

Pedro Ramirez Vazquez was “one of the greats” of Mexican culture, Conaculta president Rafael Tovar said.

Ramirez Vazquez was born in Mexico City April 16, 1919, and studied architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, and later became the first president of the Autonomous Metropolitan University.

–IANS/EFE

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