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Vicente Patón, In Memorian

Heritage Champion


A leader in defending Madrid’s architectural heritage, Vicente Patón Jiménez, died on 7 June. Born in the capital in 1948, he studied at its architecture school under masters like De la Sota, Carvajal, Cano Lasso, and Sáenz de Oíza, then began a long practice career alongside his partner and eventual husband, Alberto Tellería. But Patón’s best known facet was cultural activism: first as founding partner of La luna de Madrid (a symbol of the post-Franco ‘movida’) and collaborator of magazines (including Arquitectura Viva); later as historian of the city’s most emblematic buildings (he wrote Arquitectura de Madrid); and always as a polemicist on the alert for iniquities committed on heritage.

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