The architecture of Luis Barragán is stunning, seductive and autobiographical. As Luis Barragán comented in his Acceptance Speech of the Pritztker Prize: "Emilio Ambasz had pointed out in his book on my work published by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Underlying all that I have achieved, such as it, I share the memories of my father’s ranch where I spent my childhood and adolescence. In my work I have always strived to adapt to the needs of modern living the magic of those remote nostalgic years".
Luis Barragán is considered as the most prominent Mexican architect and as one of the major figures on the international field of architecture in the last century.
He was born in Guadalajara in 1902. His early education based from the Marists and the Jesuits in elementary and secondary school. His professional training was in engineering, he graduated from the Escuela Libre de Ingenieros in Guadalajara in 1923.
After graduation, he travelled through Spain, France and Italy. While in France he became aware of the writings of Ferdinand Bac, a German-French writer, designer and artist who Barragán cited throughout his life, and finally he visited his gardens.
In 1931, lived in Paris for a time, attending Le Corbusier's lectures. His time in Europe, and subsequently in Morroco, stimulated an interest in the native architecture of North Africa and the Mediterranean, which he related to his construction. His architectural practice was based in Guadalajara from 1927 until 1936 when he moved to Mexico City and remained until his death in 1988.
A limited edition Henry Moore sculpture was presented to Luis Barragán 1980 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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