French born Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona, known for his signature red brick designs, has died, according to reports in the International Herald Tribune today.

Salmona was 78 when he passed away following a battle with colon cancer.

The architect came to fame following a decade-long apprenticeship with Le Corbusier, who taught him the functionality of urban planning.

Salmona built his own reputation, however, through combining modern aesthetics with traditionally Colombian colours and materials, which often gave his works the feel of pre-Hispanic temples.

In 2003 he won the acclaimed Alvar Aalto Medal though he rarely created structures outside of Columbia.

By staff writer