Architecture as poetry of the urban landscape
This artist and Chilean exponent of the European architectural vanguard has been internationally recognized for his work.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
(Photo: El Mercurio)
Francisco de Borja García-Huidobro Severín was born in Chile in October 1936. As a teenager, he took drawing courses with artist Nemesio Antúnez. He later went on to study architecture at Universidad Católica in Santiago.
Subsequently, he taught in Chile, Cuba, and France, where he became part of the Atelier of Urbanism and Architecture, a European architectural avant-garde group.
Among his notable projects, are the Ministry of Finance in Paris, one of his major works in Europe in the 80’s, built directly over the Seine River. In Santiago, he took part in the execution of the corporate building of Consorcio Nacional de Seguros (National Insurance Consortium), a landmark construction in the local architectural scene.
Among his other outstanding creations are the Embassy of France in New Delhi (India), the Regional Library of Montpellier or the Amphitheatre of the Quinta Vergara, where every summer, since 1960 the International Song Festival, the most traditional in Latin America, takes places in Viña del Mar.
In France, he is member of the French Society of Architects and the Academy of Architecture, which have awarded him silver and honor medals, in addition to have been named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor") and as an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (“Order of Arts and Letters”).
He has shown his work in the Venice Biennale and the Exhibition of the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of America, among others. Among the awards obtained in Chile, are the Gabriela Mistral Order of Merit and the National Architecture Award.