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October 14, 2010 ? Architecture Professor Emeritus Mario di Valmarana died Oct. 13 at his home in Venice. He was 81.

Valmarana, who joined the University of Virginia School of Architecture faculty in 1972, retired in January 2000. He started the school's Venice and Vincenza study-abroad programs.

The School of Architecture is developing an online tribute where colleagues and friends can share memories. The website is expected to be live on Monday.

Valmarana, a native of Venice, came to U.Va. 37 years ago for what began as a three-month appointment. He ended up staying, discovering and sharing Italian architect Andreas Palladio's influence on America and modern architecture.

Valmarana generously shared his family home, the Villa Capra-La Rotunda in Vicenza, designed by Palladio and built in 1560, with the students over the years ? even after he retired. He also enthusiastically shared with them his interest in Palladio and his passion for his native region of Italy, known as the Veneto.


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