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Alejandro de la Sota

  • Alejandro de la Sota © Fundación Alejandro de la Sota

    Alejandro de la Sota © Fundación Alejandro de la Sota






Date of birth

Oct 20, 1913

Date of death

Feb 14, 1996

"Architect. Alejandro de la Sota is considered to be one of the great masters of Spanish architecture of the 20th century."

Alejandro de la Sota Martínez was born in Pontevedra in 1913. He studied mathematics for two years at the University of Santiago de Compostela before graduating in 1941 from the School of Architecture in Madrid. For 16 years (from 1956 to 1972) he worked as a teacher at the same school, giving classes in the subjects of Elements and Projects. He also lectured in the foremost schools of architecture both in Spain and abroad (Harvard, London, Munich, etc.), and also served on the jury in numerous national and international competitions. The Civil Government building of Tarragona and the gymnasium at the Maravillas School in Madrid are two of his most representative buildings. In 1975 he won the National Architecture Prize for the classroom building at the University of Seville. He died in Madrid in 1996.  


National Architecture Award (1974)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1986)
Gold Medal for Architecture (1988)
Antonio Camuñas Award (1993)

Essential works

  • Partial view of the façade of the civil government building in Tarragona © Photo: Omella

    Civil Government building in Tarragona

    This elegant building is the work of the Galician architect Alejandro de la Sota, and in its day marked a renaissance of minimalist architecture in Spain.

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Other highlighted works

  • Children's residence in Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid)
  • Residential building in Salamanca
  • Classroom and seminar building at the University of Seville
  • Gymnasium at the Colegio Maravillas school (Madrid)
  • Premises for the National Centre of Metallurgical Research (Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid)
  • César Carlos student residence in Madrid
  • Post Office and Telecommunications building (León)
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