Isabel León Candelario (1949 - 2018): A Remembrance
Isabel León passed away on the 4th of August 2018
DATE: 4/8/2018
Cuban architect Isabel León passed away on August 4th, 2018, having left a deep trace among her many colleagues and friends.

Architect León graduated in 1975 from the School of Architecture of the Havana Higher Polytechnic Institute. For several years she worked at the National Planning Institute´s central office. During that period she served for two years as advisor in Ethiopia’s physical planning organization. In Havana she developed many projects in collaboration with other colleagues. Afterwards, she became a staff member of the Non-Governmental Organization Habitat-Cuba, a position from which she promoted diverse housing developments all along the country. Between 2002 and 2016 she worked at the Master Plan Division of the Havana City Historian’s Office in the field of historical preservation, until her illness forced her to retire, having contributed also to the editing of many publications and the organization of conferences and seminars. Isabel visited several countries on professional missions and she also integrated the Executive Board of the Cuban Architects Association for many years.  

Isabel´s contribution to the work of the Cuban Chapter of Docomomo started in 2002 and lasted until a few weeks before she passed away. She worked as Docomomo-Cuba’s Project Manager for 16 years, and from that position she  contributed in a decisive way to all the tasks the chapter carried on. In particular, she was instrumental in the organization of the national seminars held biennially. In representation of the local chapter, she attended four International Docomomo Conferences: New York-2004, Ankara-2006, Rotterdam-2008 and Mexico City 2010. Until shortly before her death, she was actively contributing to the organization of the forthcoming national seminar, to be held in November.

Isabel León will be remembered by many thanks to her energy to carry on difficult tasks, and her permanent disposition to help.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
By Alina Ochoa, former Secretary General of Docomomo-Cuba

Docomomo International wishes to convey the sincerest condolences at the passing of Isabel Léon, to her family and friends, as well as to the Docomomo Cuba Chapter.