Rafael de la hoz arderius
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He spent his childhood in Cordoba -the city where he also developed his first professional stage-. Passionate about mathematics, the training he received in the U.S.A. left a constant concern for construction and technique; from the General Directorate of Architecture he created and promoted the creation of the Technological Standards for Building.
The aforementioned studio was founded in 1920 by his father, continuing with it his son Rafael together with José Chastang, who collaborated in much of his architectural work in Cordoba, at present is his son Rafael de la Hoz Castanys.
About architecture he expressed several opinions, pushing the idea of the need to understand society to make a type of architecture according to this, without getting carried away by fashions that interrupt the real need, as he expresses in a sentence:
«The drama is that sometimes that society is not understood and one falls into an absolutely frivolous type of architecture, architecture as fashion, without taking into account the changes that man is experiencing.»
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Rafael de la Hoz Arderius nació en Madrid en 1924, aunque pasó su infancia en Córdoba. Se licenció en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid en 1951 y terminó sus estudios en el M.I.T. de Estados Unidos. Destacó por ser un constante investigador de la construcción y la tecnología. Su primera obra fue una tienda de ropa para Vogue en Córdoba (1951). Junto a su amigo José María García Paredes, diseñó los Colegios Mayores de Aquino en Madrid, que obtuvieron el Premio Nacional de Arquitectura en 1956. Trabajó en la Dirección General de Arquitectura en 1971, donde promovió la elaboración de las Normas Tecnológicas de la Edificación. Fue presidente de la Unión Internacional de Arquitectos entre 1981 y 1985. En 1990 fue nombrado miembro de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Murió en Madrid en 2000.
Among his most outstanding works are the Colegio Mayor de Santo Tomás de Aquino in the University City of Madrid, the El Águila brewery in Cordoba in 1961, the Provincial General Hospital in Cordoba in 1966, and the prison for young people in Alcalá de Henares. Between 1968 and 1976, his work focused mainly on Cordoba, where he built the grandiose Parque Figueroa, equipped to meet all requirements, with facilities for leisure, housing, a shopping center and schools. The buildings for the Diario de Córdoba newspaper and the Faculty of Medicine also date from 1973.
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Rafael de la Hoz Arderius was born in Madrid in 1924, although he spent his childhood in Córdoba. He obtained his degree in architecture in 1951, at the Escuela Superior de Madrid, and completed his studies in the United States, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He always stood out for being a constant researcher of construction and technique. His first work was a fashion store for Vogue in Cordoba (1951). Together with his friend Jose María García Paredes, he designed the Colegio Mayor de Aquinas in Madrid, which was awarded the National Architecture Prize (1956). In 1971 he worked in the General Directorate of Architecture, where he promoted the elaboration of the Technological Standards for Building. Between 1981 and 1985 he was president of the International Union of Architects. In 1990 he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. He died in Madrid in 2000.