Félix Candela architectural records and papers

Félix Candela architectural records and papers, 1950-1984.
Architectural drawings: 1,876 items
Archival materials: 79 manuscript boxes; 5 oversize boxes
Felix Candela was born on January 27th, 1910 in Madrid, Spain. He studied architecture in the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and received his diploma 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 and citizen in 1978. Felix Candela died in Raleigh, NC in 1997.
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.
The collection is made up of seven series: Personal Papers, Correspondence, Professional Papers, Office Records, Photographs, Project Records, and Reference Materials.
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This collection contains materials related to Candela's personal, professional, and academic lives, overarching all periods of his career. Project records document the full range of his work of both his Mexican and American periods. The collection contains extensive correspondence with personal friends, clients, and professional and academic colleagues; a large number of reference files relating to architecture, design, urbanism, technology, sociology, anthropology, and current events, compiled throughout Candela's professional life; architectural drawings and photographs from his work; and writings by and about Candela.
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 0301, New York, NY 10027.
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Félix Candela architectural records and papers, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Columbia University, New York, NY.
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