Pedro Ramírez Vázquez (1919-2013) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Mexican 20th century. The listings below will show he was personally responsible for many of the most important projects in the City.
A modern architect, his influences most strongly suggest European modernism, Latin American modernism, and a strong interest in ancient Mesoamerican and South American cultures. But he's perhaps best remembered for developing a system for building schools in rural areas. He participating in the construction of thousands of schools in Mexico and Central and South America.
A professor of architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he was simultaneously president of the Society of Architects of Mexico for three consecutive terms (1952 to 1958). In 1968, he was president of the Organizing Committee of the 1968 Olympic Games held in Mexico City, and designed the official poster and emblem. He won the National Fine Arts Award in 1973.
He was later the founder and first rector of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). And he was instrumental in the first efforts to preserve and restore Mexico City's Historic Center.
He died on April 16, 2013, on his 94th birthday.
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