Candela, Félix, 1910-1997

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1910-01-27
Death 1997-12-07
Mexicans
Spanish; Castilian

Biographical notes:

Félix Candela was born in 1910 in Madrid, Spain, and trained there as an architect. In 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, he emigrated to Mexico. Candela specialized in the design and construction of thin concrete shells. Among his many projects are the cosmic ray laboratory at the Ciudad Universitaria, the church of the Miraculous Virgin in Mexico City, and the Sports Palace used in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. During the 1970s he resided in the United States and became and citizen in 1978. Felix Candela died in Raleigh, NC in 1997.

From the description of Félix Candela architectural records and papers, 1950-1984. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 505729800

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Felix Candela was born on January 27th, 1910 in Madrid, Spain. He studied architecture in the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and completed his architectural studies in 1935. In 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, he emigrated to Mexico, adopting Mexican citizenship in 1941. During the 1970s he resided in the United States and became a citizen in 1978. Felix Candela died in Raleigh, NC in 1997.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Along with siblings Antonio and Julia he founded Cubiertas Ala S.A. in Mexico City, a design and construction company devoted to reinforced concrete shell and laminar structures. Amongst his most renowned projects are the cosmic ray laboratory at the Ciudad Universitaria, the Iglesia de la Virgen de la Milagrosa (1953), and the Palacio de los Deportes of the XIX Olympics held in Mexico City (1968) in collaboration with Enrique Castaneda and Antonio Peiri.

From the guide to the Félix Candela architectural records and papers, 1950-1984, (Columbia University Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, )

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Subjects:

  • Concrete construction--Mexico
  • Concrete construction
  • Architecture--Mexico--Designs and plans
  • Architecture--United States--Designs and plans
  • Structural design--Themes, motives
  • Architects--Mexico
  • Architecture--Designs and plans
  • Architecture--Central America
  • Architecture--Caribbean Area
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century
  • Shells (Engineering)
  • Flexible structures
  • Roofs, Shell
  • Structural engineering
  • Architecture--South America

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Places:

  • Mexico (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)