Juan Sordo Madaleno

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Juan Sordo Madaleno
Born (1916-10-28)October 28, 1916
Mexico City
Died March 13, 1985(1985-03-13) (aged 68)
Mexico City
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Magdalena Bringas Aguado (1941–1985; his death)
Children 3 (1 deceased)

Juan Sordo Madaleno (October 1916, Mexico City – 12 March 1985) was a Mexican architect.


Sordo was one of the most important Mexican architects of his era. He worked with other renowned architects, including Luis Barragán, Jose Villagran Garcia, Augusto H. Álvarez, Ricardo Legorreta, Francisco J. Serrano and José Adolfo Wiechers.

Architecturally, he settled initially in the Bauhaus style and influence of Le Corbusier. He designed especially hotels and residential buildings.[1]

1937, he founded his architectural firm, now known as the Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos SC.


On 20 June 1941 he married Magdalena Bringas Aguado. Their children are: Juan José (1942–1974), Magdalena (born 1944) and Javier (born 1956).[2][3]

Their son Javier Sordo is also an architect and heads since 1982, the architectural firm. 1963, he earned the Hacienda "La Laja" in Tequisquiapan in the Mexican state of Querétaro, where he successfully bred bulls and the family then lived.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ortrun Engelkraut: Mexikos moderne Architektur: Kunstwerke zum Bewohnen (German).
  2. ^ Luis Ramón Carazo: Sordo Madaleno (SPanish)
  3. ^ Fabiola Reyes : Sordo Madaleno y Asociados (Spanish)
  4. ^ Víctor Cano Sordo: Historia de la Hacienda de La Laja (Tequisquiapan, Qro.) (Spanish)

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