Beatriz del Cueto

Beatriz del Cueto is a licensed Conservation Architect, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Fellow of the James Marston Fitch Foundation, and the Henry Klumb Award recipient for 2012. She is principal and partner of the firm Pantel del Cueto & Associates founded in Puerto Rico in 1990 as consultants in the built patrimony: history, archaeology, and traditional architecture. She holds a Master of Arts in Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation, and a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida in Gainesville; a Participant and Lecturer at the Preservation Institute: Nantucket; and awarded post-graduate studies at the UNESCO Architectural Conservation Program of ICCROM (International Center for the Study and the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome, Italy.

In 2012 she was awarded the Premio Henry Klumb, a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor given to an Architect in Puerto Rico, bestowed by the Architects and Landscape Architects Association of Puerto Rico. In 2011 she was awarded the Rome Prize under the category of Historic Preservation and Conservation and, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Her final project was titled “188 days in Italy: a renewed encounter with Architectural Conservation.”

In 2002 she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for having significantly furthered Architectural Research related to Historic Preservation in the Caribbean, pioneering renewed technical and analytical understandings of traditional architecture, vernacular construction, and interpretative design in the Antillean Region. Architect del Cueto’s investigative work, publications, academic contributions, built projects, work as a consultant and her consistent civic commitment have earned her a leadership position within and outside of Puerto Rico. Among the many honorary and leadership positions held, she was President of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and State Architect under the State Historic Preservation Office of Puerto Rico.

Her articles and architectural projects have received numerous awards and have been published in professional journals such as the APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology; Loggia, Arquitectura & Restauración; Archivos de Arquitectura Antillana (AAA), Revista Internacional de Arquitectura y Cultura en el Gran Caribe; Architecture; Florida/Caribbean Architect *; and *Commercial Construction and Renovation, as well as local Puerto Rican newspapers and journals. She has lectured extensively about architectural research, historic preservation and building technologies in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.

Significant projects under Architect del Cueto, as principal historic preservation researcher, have included: the Antiguo Asilo de Niñas (presently the headquarters for the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music); a 19th century boy’s school, which originally housed the Instituto Provincial de Segunda Enseñanza (later, headquarters for the Puerto Rico Health Department); and the 19th century sugar complex Hacienda La Esperanza, among others. Architectural conservation projects under her direction have included the contemporary entrance building complex and the restoration of the 19th century lighthouse at the Reserva Natural de las Cabezas de San Juan; the rehabilitation of the 1910’s residence which houses the official headquarters for the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico; and the restoration of the headquarters for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, housed in an Old San Juan, an 18th century rubble-masonry townhouse. From 2003 to 2012, she was the Project Architect for the conservation of the second oldest church in the New World, the 16th century Iglesia de San José. More recently, she was a research consultant to the American Institute of Architects National for the “Evaluation, Recommendations and Guidelines for Historic Preservation and Built Cultural Heritage of the Northeast Corridor of Haiti, Cap-Haitian and Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

Architect del Cueto founded and directed the Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, the first university-level facility of its kind in the West Indies where she was Faculty for 17 years. Using this facility as a teaching aid, she developed advanced courses in traditional building technology, scientific analysis of historic construction materials, and conservation praxis. She continues to research and write about traditional Spanish building technologies, as well as later building techniques of cement and reinforced concrete, and their appropriate intervention and restoration.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6856‑1 Spring 2018
Caribbean Modernism as an Expression of Technological Evolution
Beatriz del Cueto Syllabus
655 Schermerhorn
1/26, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31, 2/1, 2/2 - 6 PM - 8 PM
Session A: 1/16-3/2
1.5 Points
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