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Custodian of Venice’s architectural treasures awarded honorary doctorate by UEL

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Dr Renata Codello praises UEL's architecture and design students

Dr Renata Codello, a leading architect who has dedicated her career to protecting and promoting the many outstanding monuments, buildings, artistic works and churches of Venice, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture from The University of East London (UEL). 

The recognition was bestowed at the graduation ceremony for students of the College of Arts, Technology, and Innovation at UEL, held at ExCeL London on 19 July.

The citation was delivered by Professor Hassan Abdalla, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the College, who prefaced his speech with a special congratulations to the students and thanks to the academic staff. 

During her acceptance speech, Dr Codello (pictured centre, with UEL Chancellor Shabir Randeree, left, and UEL Chair of Governors Geoff Thompson) said, “I first met UEL in 2013, when I was invited to meet staff and students, and was immediately struck by the very advanced level of innovation and experimentation in design and architecture, demonstrating technical competence.

“My visit resulted in a collaboration with UEL in 2014 to create a pavilion exhibit for the Venice biennale, which brought London and Venice physically and metaphorically together.”

As Venice and Laguna’s superintendent for architectural and landscape heritage, she was responsible to ensuring that the city’s 20 million visitors a year were able to enjoy the city and its treasures.
She has overseen multi-million Euro restoration projects for Rome’s Colosseum, facades of a number of historic buildings in Venice, and directed a number of UNESCO projects. 

She says, “It is very useful to study architecture of the past and to get inspiration from it, when thinking about new projects: sustainability, resilience and innovative projects become relevant when they have strong roots, and at the same time, take into consideration the quality of life of people living in our cities.”

On 27 March 2017, she was appointed as the new director of institutional affairs for the Giorgio Cini Foundation, a non-profit cultural institution whose mission is to promote the redevelopment of San Giorgio Maggiore island.