Carlos Raul Villanueva

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Birthday
30, 1900
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Aug 16, 1975 (75)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
30, 1900
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Aug 16, 1975 (75)

About

Prominent Venezuelan architect who designed the Ciudad Universitaria, a campus that was declared a World Heritage Site. Helped develop and modernize such cities as Caracas and Maracay.

Before Fame

He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Gabriel Héraud and León Joseph Madeline. His earliest major commission was the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas in 1935.

Trivia

He was a proponent of Modernism; many consider the Universidad Central de Venezuela to be his masterpiece.

Family Life

His older brother, Marcel, was also an architect, and his first job would be at the Neward, New Jersey-based architectural firm, Guilbert and Betelle, where his brother worked. He married Paulina Astoul in 1893.

Associated With

He and Le Corbusier were contemporaries, impacting their times with their architectural designs.