Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos was founded in 1937 by the renowned Mexican architect Juan Sordo Madaleno (1916-1985), whose style spread and won recognition throughout the world as defining “Modern Mexican Architecture”. He worked with other well-known studios from the period, including Luis Barragán, José Villagrán García, Augusto H. Álvarez, Ricardo Legorreta, Francisco Serrano and José A. Wiechers. In 1982 Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas (Mexico City, 1956) took over the firm set up by his father and instigated an exponential expansion in projects of all kinds, with a constant focus on improving urban conditions and benefiting the user. In Javier 2008 created Grupo Sordo Madaleno, and is currently President of the Board. Although Sordo Madaleno had been working in the real estate business for over 50 years, it was only with the creation of the Group that the Real Estate department became established as a separate entity.

Palmas 555, 1975.

Juan Sordo Madaleno

Juan Sordo Madaleno is born in Mexico City, in a family of Asturian origin.

Juan Sordo Madaleno starts school in Madrid, Spain.

Juan Sordo Madaleno returns to Mexico from Spain to study at preparatory school.

Monterrey y Alvaro Obregón, 1940. Juan Sordo Madaleno

Juan Sordo Madaleno enters the School of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). During his studies he works with the Spanish architect José Arnal.

Juan Sordo Madaleno opens his architecture firm under his own name.

Juan Sordo Madaleno graduates from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Juan Sordo Madaleno explaining a masterplan
Reforma y Morelos, 1946. Juan Sordo Madaleno
Encyclopédie de L'Architecture Nouvelle, 1954

Juan Sordo Madaleno forms a partnership with Augusto H. Álvarez. Their concern was to achieve the greatest level of functionality through precise, perfect forms, and place the emphasis on the quality of construction with meticulous design processes.

Juan Sordo Madaleno marries Magdalena Bringas Aguado.

The work of Juan Sordo Madaleno begins to acquire international recognition from a number of critics and specialists of the period. Ann Binkley Horn, architecture critic for the journal Architectural Records, described one of Sordo Madaleno’s buildings as “one of the best office buildings in Mexico,” referring to the building on the corner of Paseo de la Reforma and Morelos (now demolished). The architecture curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Elizabeth Bauer Mock, added that this building stood out thanks to the excellent proportions of its members.

Direccion Policia Transito, 1956.

The U.S. critic Myers, author of Mexico’s Modern Architecture refers to Sordo Madaleno’s work as one that “speaks for itself.” For Myers, Sordo Madaleno had “an unusual understanding of spatial relationships” and a particular “sensitivity for color and materials.”

Henry-Russell Hitchcock, also writing from the MoMA, noted the “careful proportions” of Sordo Madaleno’s projects, while the editors of the Californian magazine Arts and Architecture celebrated his great skill in handling the topography.

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas is born in Mexico City.

Juan Sordo Madaleno and Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Palacio de Justicia, 1964. Juan Sordo Madaleno

According to Max Cetto, Moderne Architektur in Mexiko, Sordo Madaleno designed with a “sure hand” and produced buildings that are “harmonious,” “adapted to their site,” “have an air of elegance,” and “very well designed both in terms of distribution and detail.”

The Argentine Francisco Bullrich declares that Sordo Madaleno was an architect who knew how to “distribute with a great sense of practicality” and “harmoniously order the space” with “great sobriety figurative rigor.” The architect Carlos Mijares defines the architecture of Juan Sordo Madaleno as “elegant, with refined details and an exquisite taste in the combination of materials.” The architect Juan Sordo Madaleno, in partnership with Wiechers, completes the first shopping mall in Mexico: Plaza Universidad.

Juan Sordo Madaleno completes the Plaza Satélite shopping mall. This project, like Plaza Universidad, was the beginning of a series of commercial projects that not only represented a change in direction in his architecture but also in the urban landscape of the city.

Corporativo Bancomer, 1976.

José Adolfo Wiechers joined the team, and the company Sordo-Álvarez-Wiechers was formed for the construction of the Bancomer Center in Mexico City. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas enters the Architecture faculty at the Universidad Iberoamericana, working under Augusto H. Álvarez in parallel to his studies.

Juan Sordo Madaleno is named Honorary fellow by the American Institute of Architects.

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas graduates form Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Javier Sordo Madaleno and his team at the New Year's dinner in 1987
Reforma 2076, 1981. Juan & Javier Sordo Madaleno
Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas explaining the Press Center Project,1986

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas founds Sordo Madaleno y Asociados (now Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos).

Juan Sordo Madaleno dies, and Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas takes over the running of the architecture firm. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro is born.

José Juan Sordo Madaleno de Haro is born.

Westin Regina Los Cabos, 1994.

The veteran architect, Enrique Yañez perceives in the work of Sordo Madaleno “a harmonious proportion in the forms […] that is not solely the result of the construction technique.”

Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro is born.

Ana Paula Sordo Madaleno de Haro is born.

Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro
Antara Fashion hall, 2006. Javier Sordo Madaleno
Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro as Architecture Leader

Although real estate development projects were already managed by the Architecture department, it was only in 2008 that Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas officially founded Grupo Sordo Madaleno (GSM) as a company solely dedicated to real estate development. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro graduates in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana and becomes projects director at Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos (SMA). José Juan Sordo Madaleno de Haro takes up the position of Project Manager for GSM.

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas receives the World Architecture Festival (WAF) prize for the best building in the Health category for the CRIT project in Tampico, Mexico.

Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro takes charge of the Architecture department in SMA. José Juan Sordo Madaleno de Haro takes charge of the Real Estate Development department.

Antea, 2013.

Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro joined Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos as Junior Architect.

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas receives the “Career” award granted by the Mexico City Architects’ Association and the Society of Mexican Architects (CAM-SAM) in a ceremony held at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Opening of Antea Lifestyle Center in Querétaro.

Opening Andamar Lifestyle Center in Veracruz

Antea Lifestyle Center
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, 2015
El Palacio de Hierro Polanco

“Best of the Year” by Interior Design Magazine. Award winners with the SPA of Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen named as the best project of the year.

Opening of the extension and redesign of Moliere Dos22, now El Palacio de Hierro Polanco.

Unveils largest Real Estate Development in Latin America the most important project of the firm: Reform-Colón. ADI Award to Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas for his career in architecture.

ARTZ Pedregal, 2018.

Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas recognized as anHonorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Grand Opening ARTZ Pedregal in southern Mexico City.