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Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

October 17, 2011

Professor Beatriz del Cueto became the first Puerto Rican woman and the second person on the island to receive the Rome Prize Award for 2011 in the category of Architectural Preservation and Conservation. The prize includes a scholarship for a period of six (6) months to two (2) years at the academy in Rome.

Professor Andres Mignucci FAIA has been named Visiting Scholar and Maxfield Lecturer 2011-2012 at the School of Architecture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mignucci recently published his book Jesus Eduardo Amaral Architect, a monograph on one of Puerto Rico’s leading modern architects and founder of the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico.

Professor Smyrna Mauras Modesti has joined the faculty this Fall and is the Coordinator of the Interior Design Program.

Professors Yara Maite Colon, Sotirios Kotoulas, Claudia Rosa Lopez, Maria Isabel Oliver, and Nelly Toledo have joined the faculty this Fall. Prof. Colon holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from the Escuela Tecnica Superior d’ Arquitectura de Barcelona; Prof. Kotoulas holds a Masters in Architecture and History and Theory of Architecture from Mc Gill University in Canada; Prof. Claudia Rosa Lopez holds a Master of Fine Arts and Design from Savannah College of Art and Design; Prof. Oliver holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and has taught at the City College of New York, Parsons School of Design, the Cooper Union and the University of Puerto Rico. Prof. Toledo will be conducting the course on Industrial Design. 

Professor Yara Maite Colon was invited to participate on the VII International Congress of Modern History of Architecture in Spain. Colon’s lecture ‘Los principios de Cuadernos de Arquitectura (1944-1950): convicciones entre lineas durante la posguerra’ will be part of the conference regarding the propaganda and manifestos of journals between 1900-1975.

Professor Javier Santiago lectured at the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Carolina, on the topics of Interior Design and Social Responsibility, and on a research focused on the quality of life of young Puerto Rican homosexuals. He was awarded a Bronze Award Nude/Body Category fro the 2011 Single Image Contest, Color Photography Magazine.  His photographic work was included in Professor Miguel Rodriguez Casellas article Puertorricanism or living in the surface, published in the Harvard Design Magazine.

Professor Yazmin Crespo was a speaker at the Federation of Caribbean Architecture Association Conference in Ponce.

Professor Francisco de la Cruz was awarded Third Place for the photographic work Art and City at the 2010-2011 Puerto Rico Design Exchange Competition.

Dean Carlos Betancourt has invited professors Yazmin Crespo, Heather Crichfield, Andres Mignucci, Maria Isabel Oliver (coordinator), and Maricelis Ramos, to participate in the new editorial board of the next issue of the Politecnica School of Architecture journal Polimorfo. Former editor Oscar Oliver Didier will be the new editor of the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico journal Entorno, and former editor Marcelo Lopez Dinardi is conducting graduate studies at Columbia University. 

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