Vladimir Kaspé

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Vladimir Kaspé (3 May 1910 – 7 October 1996) was an ethnic Russian, Mexican national architect, teacher, and writer. He was the younger brother of Simon Kaspe. He was married to Masha Shapiro.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Harbin, China on 3 May 1910. He moved to Paris in 1926 and studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1929 to 1935. There, his teacher was Georges Gromort. In 1942 he moved to Mexico.[1]

In 1948 the Súper Servicio Lomas Building, which he designed, opened.[2] He designed the Albert Einstein Secondary School (Escuela Albert Einstein) in Mexico City, which was in development from 1944 to 1946,[3] and opened in 1949. It was one of his first commissions. With J. Hanhausen, he designed the Facultad de Economia in the Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, which was completed in 1953. He also designed the Liceo Franco Mexicano in Mexico City, which opened in 1950. Jane Turner, the author of Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean art, wrote that his educational architecture was "notable for their formal austerity".[1] He died in Mexico City on 7 October 1996.[1]


The Vladimir Kaspé Cultural Center was designed by Jorge Hernandez de la Garza.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Turner, Jane. Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean art (Grove encyclopedias of the arts of the Americas, Grove Library of World Art). Grove's Dictionaries, 2000. ISBN 1884446043, 9781884446047. p. 382 (Another view) "Other examples of his educational architecture, notable for their formal austerity, include the Liceo Franco-Mexicano (1950) and the Facultad de Econ- omia (1953; with J. Hanhausen), Ciudad Universitaria, both in Mexico City."
  2. ^ Morton, Adam David. Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development (Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series). Rowman & Littlefield, September 16, 2011. ISBN 0742554899, 9780742554894. p. 89.
  3. ^ Burian, Edward R. Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico. University of Texas Press, June 28, 2010. p. 83. ISBN 0292791666, 9780292791664.
  4. ^ "Vladimir Kaspe Cultural Center / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza." ArchDaily. 14 February 2009. Retrieved on 7 May 2014,

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