Borges, Max

Max Borges (b. 1918, Havana - d. 2009, Falls Church, VA): After earning degrees from Georgia Tech and Harvard University, Borges became part of a group of young architects that – during Cuba’s mid-century economic and tourism boom – fashioned the architectural style of their time. His father, Max Borges del Junco, owned one of the principal architectural firms in the island, and Borges himself quickly developed a distinguished practice, winning the National College of Architects Award for his work on the Medical and Surgical Center, built in 1948 in El Vedado. During the next decade, he designed a number of architecturally distinguished homes and apartment buildings in Havana and, in 1951, the fabled Tropicana Cabaret, which became an iconic image for Cuba’s capital. Borges left Cuba in 1959 and continued practicing architecture in various cities in the United States. He lives in Key Biscayne, Fla. (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006)

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