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The Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation program at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico prepares leaders in the documentation, technology, and conservation of historic structures, sites, and neighborhoods to protect our built environment and heritage.Sign up for more info!
The Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation (M.ARCO) at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico prepares leaders in the documentation, technology, and conservation of historic structures, sites, and neighborhoods to protect our built environment and heritage.
At Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico´s the Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation, we encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds and offer them the opportunity to learn about the field of preservation in one of the oldest countries in the New World. Puerto Rico’s rich built environment – resulting from its five hundred years of architectural heritage – will serve as a laboratory, providing myriad opportunities to experience historic preservation first-hand.
The mission of the Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation at Polytechnic University is to prepare leaders in the documentation, technology, and conservation of historic structures, sites, and neighborhoods. Students will acquire the diverse skills necessary for their professional careers to face the multiple challenges posed today to protect our built environment, addressing the built heritage of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Region.
To implement our philosophy and vision, the Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation (M.ARCO) has established the following goals in its offerings:
Comprehend the constitutional law, preservation case law, federal, state, and local regulatory legislation and administration.
The Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation (M.ARCO) intends to develop professionals with the necessary knowledge to work on multidisciplinary projects related to architectural conservation and rehabilitation.
Students completing the M.ARCO Degree will be able to acquire knowledge and skills such as:
Conservationists are responsible for the protection of built historic heritage, which includes all the buildings with cultural heritage value that have been nominated or should be nominated by the different offices and / or agencies, whether public or private. In addition, they carry out the historical, graphic, and photographic documentation of the structure, and the supervision or direction of projects that are executed in these structures so that the interventions comply with the standards and norms of conservation.
The alumni of the Graduate Program on Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico will serve as an important resource and base of support for the graduate department and to the heritage conservation of Puerto Rico. After graduation, the new professionals in conservation could serve as staff and conservation officers in private and public major local and state preservation organizations and preservation societies, such as: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), Oficina Estatal de Conservación Histórica (OECH-SHPO), Para la Naturaleza, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Park Service, and many more. Furthermore, alumni could serve as mentors for current graduates and help promote historic preservation education through workshops and other events.
The Master of Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation focuses on:
Courses of M.ARCO with no Prerequisites for Bachelor Degree students.
|ARCO 6110||Conservation History and Theory||3|
|ARCO6112||Vernacular Architecture in Puerto Rico and the Hispanic Caribbean||3|
|ARCO 6120||History of the City: A Comparative Method||3|
|ARCO 6230||Preservation Law and Economics||3|
|ARCO 6250||Archeology of Architecture*||3|
|ARCO 6252||Cultural Landscapes*||3|
*M.ARCO Program Elective
Max: 4 courses = 12 credits | Only one course per trimester.
ANGUEIRA ANDRACA, OLGA – Lecturer; Master of Landscape Architecture; Harvard Graduate School of Design Cambridge, MA (2004); Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in English- Creative Writing; University of Miami, School of Architecture Coral Gables, FL (2001).
CAAMAÑO-DONES, JOSUÉ – Lecturer; Certificado en Diplomacia y Relaciones Internacionales, Escuela Diplomática “Dr. Arturo Morales Carrión” del Departamento de Estado del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico e Instituto de Educación Superior en Formación Diplomática y Consular “Dr. Eduardo La Torre Rodríguez” de la República Dominicana y el Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (2014); Diplomado en Documentación y Escritura: Paleografía, Diplomática y Archivística, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España (2007); PhD-DEA, Programa de Doctorado, Departamento de Historia de América I (Estado y Sociedad en América), Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España, (2006); Maestría en Artes con concentración en Historia, Programa Graduado de Historia, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras (2006); Bachillerato en Artes con concentración en Historia Europea, Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras (1997).
CARDONA ROIG, PEDRO M. – Lecturer; MAUD. Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University (1991), BArch. Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design (1987); B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design (1987).
DEL VALLE BERTRÁN, TERESITA M. – Lecturer; BArch. Architecture, Cornell University (2004); MLA. Master in Landscape Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2014).
LOPEZ, CARMEN MARLA – Lecturer; M.A., Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design (2010); B.A., Architecture, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL (1992).
MARTÍNEZ CASTAÑEDA, IMANDRA – Lecturer; Ph.D. History of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (in progress); MA Archeology of Architecture, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (2016); BArch. Architecture, Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría (2000).
RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ, JORGE – Lecturer; Ph.D. Degree in American Anthropology. Specialized in Caribbean Archaeology; Complutense University of Madrid (2008); ABD Diploma Ph.D. Program, Department of American History II, American Anthropology; Complutense University of Madrid (2003); B.A. Degree in History, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus (1999).
ROVIRA PONS, PERE – Lecturer; Bachelor’s in fine arts with Specialty in Conservation and Restauration of mural painting, sculpture in stone and historical-artistic elements associated with architecture and archaeological sites (1988).
SILVESTRE LUGO, JOSÉ C. – Lecturer; Maestría en Arquitectura, Universidad de Puerto Rico (1998); Bachillerato en Diseño Ambiental, Universidad de Puerto Rico (1996).
VELÁZQUEZ FIGUEROA, JUAN C. – Auxiliary Professor, Architecture; MA Fine Arts Sculpture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (1988); BA, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (1985).
VILLALOBOS RIVERA, EVELYN M. – Lecturer; Master in Virtual Heritage, Universidad de Alicante (in progress); Master in Restauration of Architectural Monuments, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (2018); BArch. Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2016).
Evelyn M. Villalobos Rivera
Coordinator of Master in Architectural Conservation and Rehabilitation