The World Says Farewell to the Great Mexican Architect, Teodoro González de León

In Architecture & Design, Live by Isabella Moreno

Any student, professional or interested in architecture knows the importance of the work of the architect, Teodoro González de León. These lines have been written with only the purpose of honoring the memory of a lifestyle that has left behind a beautiful architectural legacy in Mexico. It is in memory of an artist, an architect and a space genius. He said goodbye to this world at the age of 90, while he remain lucid, creative and observational as always. The architect, Teodoro González de Leon was a disciple of Le Corbusier and the style of his work is explained and understood in a greater way. In one interview he is quoted saying:

“I would say that I think in three dimensions. The space moves inside my head as in a mute exercise”

With these words it can be understood the absolute complexity in the space left in the architecture that he created, such as: The National Auditorium in Mexico City, The University Museum of Mexico City, The Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico’s College and Reforma 222. The monumental architecture that he left behind will be a permanent reminder of this great personality. Born in Mexico City, Teodoro graduated from the UNAM and since being a child, fully dedicated to think in the space, to produce architecture and to always go in support of his country, Mexico. He won national and international respect through his work that shows passion and delivery. This was recognized by different prizes he was awarded such as the honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the Academy of Arts and the International Academy of Architecture, as well as of the National School.

We will always remember this great Mexican personality and the school that he has left behind of material honesty, abstraction aesthetics, love for the perfection of shapes and geometric simplicity in composition.


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