Who is the oldest architect in the world-min
Balkrishna Doshi, the only Indian architect to win Pritzker price, is perhaps the oldest practicing architect in the country. With an experience spanning over seven decades that too in various aspects of architecture including urban planning, sustainability and affordable housing in association with some of the world-renowned architects, Doshi is considered as an institution in himself because of his sheer knowledge and contribution to the profession. Despite his age, experience and contribution, Doshi is not the oldest active architect in the world. Do you know who is the oldest surviving active architect in the world today?
Since there is no single source of information about active architects in the world it is always difficult to say a name with 100% accuracy.
However, there is one architect who has scored a century (in terms of age) and is still actively involved in his profession till today. He has seen two World Wars and 18 US presidents. And his name is Jose Efrain Arguelles. Even today one-hundred and three years old, Colombia borne but settled in USA, Jose Efrain Arguelles treats his profession with same love, passion and respect which he used to eight decades ago when he entered the profession.
Born in Bogota, Colombia on July 21st, 1915, Jose Efrain was Colombia’s youngest graduating architect and was later named Colombia’s National Architect. Later on, he moved over to Florida where he registered as the first Latino architect in the nation.
Jose Efrain who loves traditional Mediterranean Architecture and vernacular styles, still uses hand drawn sketches. He is also known to use sustainable clay barrel-tile with a patented Hybrid Roof specification in his projects. According to him it will not only keep the roof cool but will look great for over 100 years. Further, it increases performance and generates its own solar electricity and reusable energy. His grandson, Daniel Efrain Arguelles, is a State Certified roofer, with a specialty in Historical Preservation.