Mariano Arana

Mariano Arana

Mariano Arana in 2008.
Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment
In office
1 March 2005  3 March 2008
Preceded by Saúl Irureta
Succeeded by Carlos Colacce
Municipal Intendent of Montevideo
In office
5 May 1994  1 March 2005
Preceded by Tabaré Vázquez
Succeeded by Ricardo Ehrlich
Personal details
Born (1933-03-06) March 6, 1933
 Uruguay, Montevideo
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party Broad Front
Occupation (Former) Politician, architect, professor

Mariano Arana (born March 6, 1933 in Montevideo)[1] is an Uruguayan architect and politician, former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of Uruguay and former mayor of Montevideo.


Son and grandson of Spanish immigrants, Arana attended the Lycée Français de Montevideo and is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of the Republic. He was also teacher and Director of the Institute of History of Architecture, among the many other activities during college.

He was founder of the Banda Oriental Editions and was chairman of the Comisión de Patrimonio Histórico, Artístico y Cultural de la Nación between 1985 and 1989.

He has written numerous books, ranging from architecture to politics. On the latter subject is his latest book, written jointly with Prof. Oscar Destouet, entitled 5 Vertientes de la Izquierda (5 Slopes of the Left), which is a compilation of information from publications of five leading thinkers of the Uruguayan left: Oscar Bruschera (history teacher), Peter Seré (lawyer, consultant of Liber Seregni), Reina Reyes (teacher), Mario Kaplun (communicator) and Hector Rodriguez (trade unionist, member of the guild of tailors).

Political Activity

He is founder and current leader of the Vertiente Artiguista (Artiguista Movement), in whose list he was elected senator in 1989, a position he held until 1994, currently held by Eleonora Bianchi. Arana was chairman of the Plenario Departamental de Montevideo of the Frente Amplio and was a candidate for the Frente Amplio in the Municipality of Montevideo in 1984 and again in 1994, an occasion on which he was elected Mayor with 42% of votes; subsequently he was re-elected in the municipal elections of May 2000 to 58% of the total votes cast.

During his performance as mayor, he implemented the Strategic Plan Montevideo, a plan to renovate the facades of edifices and reorder urban areas of the city.

When Tabaré Vázquez assumed the presidency in 2005, he was appointed Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, accompanied by his colleague, undersecretary Jaime Igorra. He served until March 1, 2008 and was succeeded at that time by Mr. Carlos Colacce.


  1. Arquitectura Huelva. "Mario Bardanca - Biografía" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-05-28.

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