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Share Your Story: Félix Candela in Chicago

Help us expand the knowledge of Félix Candela’s time in Chicago through images, stories, and documentation of objects from your personal archive.

Félix Candela moved to Chicago in 1971 to become a faculty member of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lived here through 1978. During the exhibition Félix Candela Concrete Shells:  An Engineered Architecture for México and Chicago , we encourage visitors (digitally and physically) to share your personal memories of Candela with us to bring an additional level of understanding to Candela’s influence in architectural history and the impact he made through personal relationships during his time here.

With your permission, we will share this information both here on our blog, and on a tablet within the exhibition itself. 

Here are some sample questions to spark ideas:

If you were a colleague or student of Félix Candela, did you have a particularly memorable class or conversation with Candela?
Do you have photos of Candela in Chicago?
Has he influenced your creative practice or designs that were developed or created in Chicago?
We are open to all stories, thoughts, and memories of his time here.

The google form to submit this information can be found here, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your stories soon!

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Félix Candela, Los Manantiales Restaurant, Xochimilco, Mexico City, 1958.