Agustín Hernández Navarro

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Agustín Hernández Navarro (29 February 1924 – 10 November 2022) was a Mexican architect and sculptor.

Model of 'Praxis', the Architect's Studio in Mexico City


Hernández Navarro was born in Mexico City, the son of politician Lamberto Hernández and Amalia Navarro;[1] he was the brother of choreographer Amalia Hernández, architect Lamberto Hernández, Delfina Hernández, and Gabriela Hernández. He studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, earning his degree in 1954, where he has been giving lectures for some time. The leading exponent of "emotional" architecture, Hernández fused elements from Mexico's Pre-columbian past in his contemporary architecture. He stated to normally start by designing vertical elements of a building, such as the stairs of the building or house as he felt these are of much importance. He said that his architecture unites structure, form, and function, as in organic nature.

Hernández Navarro died on 10 November 2022, at the age of 98.[2]

Major works[edit]

  • 1968, Folkloric Ballet School, Mexico City
  • 1970, Praxis - Casa Hernández, Mexico City
  • 1970, Mexican Pavilion, Osaka Expo, Japan
  • 1974, Hospital Center IMSS, Mexico
  • 1976, Heroic Military College, Mexico
  • 1984, Meditation Center, Cuernavaca
  • 1991, "House in the Air", Mexico City
  • 1997, Calakmul Corporate Building, Santa Fe, Mexico City
  • 2005, State of Mexico University, Toluca, State of Mexico

Prizes & Awards[edit]

His works have won national and international recognition such as

  • 1987 Presea III Biennale of Architecture, in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1989 Presea Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1990 1st. Gold Medal Award II Mexican Architecture Biennale
  • 1996 1st. First National Steel Prize AHMSA, National Award IMEI to the Intelligent Building of the Corporate Calakmul
  • 2003 National Arts Award
  • 2006 XI Triennial Gold Medal Interarch, in Sofia, Bulgaria,
  • 2009 International Academy of Architecture Annual Prix, ¨Arcus House ¨, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2009 World Triennial of Architecture, Special Prize Silver medal ¨Arcus House ¨, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2010 CEMEX Lifetime achievement award, Cementos Mexicanos, Monterrey Nl.

Official Website[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Margarita Tortajada Quiroz: Amalia Hernández: audacia y fuerza creativa (Spanish)
  2. ^ Mónica Arellano (11 November 2022). "Muere el arquitecto mexicano Agustín Hernández Navarro a sus 98 años". (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 November 2022.