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Fernando Vazquez dies at 59; L.A. architect behind USC's Galen Center
Fernando Vazquez dies at 59; L.A. architect behind USC's Galen Center

Fernando Vazquez, a Los Angeles architect who designed such massive sports venues as the San Francisco 49ers' new $1.2-billion stadium but also applied his characteristic flair to neighborhood recreation centers and bike facilities, has died. He was 59. Vazquez's April 17 death at a Santa Monica hospital was caused by stomach cancer, his daughter Jasmine said. A native of Uruguay, Vazquez shuttled between several distinct worlds of architecture. Designing massive athletic structures, he was a key player in a top-to-bottom redo of UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium and the construction of USC's Galen Center, the university's home for its previously itinerant...

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