Architect Mario Pani Darqui (March 29, 1911, Mexico-February 23, 1993), who since childhood was linked to engineering and architecture. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and in June 1934 obtained his degree, which was validated by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
A Mexican architect and urban planner, Mario Pani was a great promoter of functionalism and the international style, as well as the ideas of Le Corbusier in Mexico. His legacy includes 136 projects in which he addressed all typologies: housing, schools, public buildings, hospitals, hotels, offices, commercial buildings, airports, urban plans, which in many cases marked the urban image of the city.
Architect Pani was an exponent of the functionalist style in Mexico; among his projects are the Miguel Alemán Urban Complex, the emblematic Nonoalco Tlatelolco Urban Complex, and the National Conservatory of Music, among many other relevant projects.
The architect's first works date back to the late 1930s when he built several buildings in the Condesa neighborhood. His first major project was the Multi familiar Moderno Miguel Alemán, inaugurated in 1949, the first multifamily building in the country. This was followed by the Unidad Habitacional Modelo in Iztapalapa, among others.
Mario Pani developed a unique vision, as he understood the needs of the city itself and its inhabitants. His cultural contributions include the National School for Teachers, the National Conservatory of Music, and together with Enrique del Moral, he directed the master plan for Ciudad Universitaria.
Mario Pani was also founder of the Colegio de Arquitectos de México (1946), member of the international jury of the Sao Paulo Biennial (1951) and professor of composition at the Escuela Nacional de Arquitectura (today Facultad de Arquitectura), and in 1986 he received the Premio Nacional de las Artes; he was awarded in 1984 by the Academia Nacional de Arquitectura. In 2000 the National Museum of Architecture held the exhibition: Mario Pani. The urban vision of architecture.