Thursday, March 30, 2017

Santiago Gala Aguilera, M. Arch., Assoc. AIA

On Antillean Concerns: Passive Design for a Modernist Puerto Rico (1943-56)

Holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico which awarded his thesis Remembrance of the Intangible: Interpretive Recovery of the Lost Walled City of San Juan with an honorary mention. For six consecutive years he was a research assistant at the university’s Architecture and Construction Archives and since 2001 has been the Senior Staff Architect at the Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) guarantying local compliance with the federal laws and regulations in the identification, rehabilitation and management of cultural resources. He has also worked in coordination with government agencies and private organizations in promoting the preservation of the island’s architectural heritage on relevant projects related to properties of Puerto Rico’s architectural legacy, from the rehabilitation of the former Ballajá Infantry Barracks building of the Spanish colonial era (2009-11) to the restoration of Edward Larrabee Barnes’ El Monte Apartments (2011-7).

His written works on historic preservation have been published by numerous local and regional newspapers and magazines. In 1999 he was awarded with the Pedro de Castro Medal of Excellence for the research efforts that lead to the publication of Enrique Vivoni’s Architect of Dreams. He is currently the acting President of the Puerto Rico chapter of Docomomo and an adjunct professor at the Graduate Program in Architecture of the Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo.

Friday, March 31, 2017