With the stealth and austerity that characterized him, a great man has died: Juan Antonio Ridruejo, who was buried with his family in Soria, the homeland of his ancestors, on his birthday, the longest of the year.
Juan Ridruejo, doctor of architect, master in City Planning from Harvard, and professor at Berkeley and at the Madrid School of Architecture, made the leap from the academic world to professional practice willing to take the risk, as he said, of being wrong, implicit throughout the creative process; Although he never abandoned the academic activity, which he developed for many years, for example, with his planning methodology classes at the Institute of Local Administration Studies, aimed at the Postgraduate training of a wide spectrum of professionals and officials from all over Spain. .
He left his mark on the Public Administration as COPLACO’s Technical Director of Metropolitan Planning in Madrid in the early 1970s, generating a set of special plans with a work rhythm more typical of private practice. He carried out an extensive production in the field of architecture, including the Torre del Santander in Azca and unique buildings such as the Club EEE Somosaguas, and the Club Parquelagos; the Embassy of the Congo in El Viso; the innovative Buitrago Satellite Station (with Julio Cano) and the Telephone Interconnection Station in Murcia; the Bodegas Olarra; multiple single-family homes, or residential and office buildings in Madrid and other cities in Spain.
In the field of urban design, he carried out the general planning of various Spanish cities (Madrid, Pamplona, Granada …) and projected the most notable urbanizations of Madrid, such as Somosaguas II, La Moraleja, Pradolargo, Montepríncipe, Monte Alina, Parquelagos, among other. He also designed a large part of the crown of Madrid, including the Arroyo de la Vega in Alcobendas, Los Corónales, San José de Valderas, Somosaguas-Pozuelo. Likewise, it participated in the Los Berrocales Sector, framed in the so-called Southeast Strategy of the capital.
Specialist in urban design for the solution of complex railway and airport transport situations, he devised the communications project for the Chamartín stations and the Atocha Plan; Also at the Madrid-Barajas Airport, where he drew up the Airport City plan and the Master Plan, as well as at various other airports in the country.
As a great multidisciplinary athlete, including rugby in his youth in the national team, he applied the values of demand, effort and nobility to his life and professional activity.
His indelible mark is imprinted on the territory, which he understood so well, but above all, it is necessary to highlight his enormous intelligence, and his capacity for analysis, organization and efficiency in the approach to proposals. It has been a real privilege for those of us who had the opportunity to enjoy and learn by collaborating with him.