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.
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.
He was a proponent of Modernism; many consider the Universidad Central de Venezuela to be his masterpiece.
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.
He and Le Corbusier were contemporaries, impacting their times with their architectural designs.