Modern architecture seminar (coordinated by the Dr. Enrique X. de Anda Alanís) of the Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas of UNAM proposed in 2006 to organize a repository specializes in Mexican modern architecture, from the donation of documents and personal libraries by the heirs of the architects Domingo García Ramos, Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga and José Luis Cuevas Pietrasanta. This seminar also took on the task work with documentary funding for their organization, cataloging, stabilization and digitization; having as purpose making them available to the interested public. Through this initiative, the working group originated: archive of Mexican architecture and Visual culture of the twentieth century.


The collection of slides has its origin in the initiative to organize an exhibition of modern architecture by the then President of the College of architects of Mexico, Arq. Ramón Pruneda Padilla the period 1990-1992 and the Dr. Enrique X. de Anda Alanís who acted as the architect. Pruneda commissioned photographer Nezahualcóyotl Gómez to capture images of buildings within the Mexico City. The exhibition never took place, but the collection was retained by Dr. de Anda as part of its work in preserving the national memory through the images, is why he granted it at the disposal of the archive of modern Mexican architecture and Visual of the twentieth century in 2010


Nezahualcóyotl Gómez is a Industrial Designer; However, specialized in photography. Over the years, 1980s and early 1990s was the official photographer of the architecture faculty of UNAM. He was part of the team of arch. Ernesto Velasco who was the faculty director.

As a photographer Nezahualcóyotl Gómez was noted for having a great skill and mastery of technique. The slides that comprise the collection that bears his name shows exceptional quality, most of the images were taken with the best of lights, the use of clouds for the compositions, use of the necessary lenses for images of architecture and always magnificent positions of the photographer to record sets.

Images are of a great documentary importance insofar as they describe buildings that no longer exist, or that most of them have been modified and assaulted. It's an extraordinary collection that reflects the quality of some buildings in the city of Mexico in the early years of the nineties decades.


The collection consists of eleven sections that protect 901slides. The pictures illustrate Mexico City during the Decade of 1980 in multiple views, in particular buildings and scenes with representations of everyday life.