The AIA NY Women in Architecture Committee and Global Dialogues Committee invite you to :
Puerto Rico Now: Practice, Government and Media
April 27, 2011 | 6pm – 8pm
Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place
Focusing on contemporary professional practice, public policy and media, three prominent Puerto Rican women architects offer their architectural and urban vision for this Caribbean island, which stands in close proximity to New York City culturally and physically. The presentation followed by a panel discussion will highlight ways in which these architects are engaging and educating communities on building safety, historic preservation and sustainability, as well as influencing government policy in Puerto Rico. Participants will learn how the speakers actively engage and educate communities through media outreach and other resources and inform government agencies at the Municipal and State level regarding the implementation of public projects directly affecting the architectural and urban built environment in the island.
Diana Luna, AIA – Architect Luna is working with municipalities in Puerto Rico regarding the themes of historic preservation, sustainability, and urbanism. One of her urban projects includes the historic renovation and master plan of Aguirre, a neighborhood in Salinas, Puerto Rico, designated an AIA 150 project.
Astrid Diaz, AIA – Architect Díaz is working through both her own firm and within various local media outlets to educate the public about the importance of preserving the architectural heritage of Puerto Rico.
Laura Cordero, AIA – A pioneer among women architects in Puerto Rico, Ms. Cordero relocated to the island early on in her career, concentrating her practice on health care facilities while continuing to work on a wide range of projects such as: institutional and educational buildings, restaurants, resort communities, housing, single family homes and urban rehabilitation. Architect Cordero has actively participated in the founding and organization of the Puerto Rico’s Architect’s Association and the AIA Puerto Rico Chapter activities.