1952 - 2012
Dario Gazapo de Aguilera graduated from the Madrid School of Architecture, where he had Juan Daniel Fullaondo and Juan Navarro Baldeweg as prominent teachers. His career was marked by his double path as designing architect and university professor. As a professional architect he was in practice with his wife, Concha Lapayese, in an office that took on restoration and renovation jobs like the Dress Museum in Madrid, new buildings like the Sport Center in Villajoyosa or the House of Culture in Torrejón de Ardoz, and landscape-recovery projects like Camas Central Park or Gavia Park in Madrid (the latter in collaboration with the Japanese Toyo Ito), as well as curator work, as in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2002 Venice Biennale. In the no less intense teaching facet of his working life he served as a Professor of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture, where he set in motion a master program in Advanced Design and was at the helm of the Projects Department, a post to which he had unanimously been reelected shortly before his death at the age of 53.