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María Fernanda López

María Fernanda López

San Juan, PR, US

 

About 

I am an independent consultant for historic preservation projects, inventories and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.  Traveling through  Europe and Latin America has complemented my career . Research and preservation of the built and natural environments have been my passion since I graduated from architecture school at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in 2001. For more than ten years I have made historic preservation my career focus both as work experience and personal study.  Dedication and tenacity have been the means for my project’s success. I have been fortunate in my career so far, to be exposed to the field working on some very important projects. All the positive experiences have helped me focus on my professional goals in the historic preservation field. I have become a well rounded individual and have the capacity to work for the private or public sector.

Important experiences in the preservation field that have shaped my career have been varied and significant. I have worked as an independent consultant for historic preservation studies, inventories, surveys and nomination projects. As a provider of professional services I worked on a number of different projects for ConservaAcción Inc., a company that was based in Puerto Rico providing historic preservation consulting services. My experiences working there included historical research, preparation of historic buildings inventories and surveys. These include Section 106 compliances, the Evaluation of Eligibility for Martin Peña Bridge in Santurce where I worked as assistant investigator and writer. I worked on a number of surveys and research projects in the city as well as the rural environment. I was also part of a three person team that investigated and prepared a multiple property inventory for the United States Naval Base in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico. I was a field surveyor for the assignment and was in charge of the research for the civilian properties that supported the military installations.

As part of the conditions and materials drawings for a section of the 1640’s Old Fortification Walls of San Juan that I was in charge of all drawings preparation. The walls, considered Patrimony of Humanity, were built and repaired for over two hundred years and their importance is associated with Spanish naval defense in the new world since the 1600’s. With over 500 drawing that I was in charge of producing, we were able to explain surface materials, conditions, substrate, damaging vegetation, historical development and history of repairs associated with the south part of the walls. I have also completed two nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel was included in November 2008. The Luis Muñoz Marín Residence nomination included in October 2011 was possible thanks to a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund that I applied to.

Working simultaneously as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, I had the opportunity of teaching first year design studios, history of architecture and theory courses at various levels. This experience complements my research work in historic preservation because it has given my study’s findings a wider audience. Being in charge of large groups of students and coordinating design teams for a small architectural and environmental engineering office has been an excellent way to gain leadership abilities. Part of my work at the office includes code compliance studies for existing buildings, designing and construction drawings preparation.

 

 

Employment 

Maria Fernanda Lopez DBA, San Juan, PR, US, Principal investigator

Preservation Experience
Luis Munoz Marin Residence, San Juan, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator, Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places with a Historic Preservation Fund Grant for Luis Munoz Marin Foundation, included September 2011

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, Condado, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator, Nomination of a 1918 building to the National Register of Historic Places for International Hospitality Enterprises Inc., included November 2008

Bonita Huffman Residence, Santurce, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator for Nomination of a 1941 Gothic Revival house in Sagrado Corazón Street to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, 2007

Carmen Ana Fuentes Residence, Santurce, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator and Nomination of a 1947 Spanish Revival house in Bouret Street to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, 2008

Latimer Residence Santurce, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator for the Investigation of a 1928 house in 1410 Salvador Pratt Street, for owner, 2008

Sagrado Corazón District Intensive Survey and Nomination, Santurce, Puerto Rico Principal Investigator, intensive survey and multiple property nomination, for Sagrado Corazón Community Association to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, 2004

Old San Juan Fortification City Walls, San Juan, Puerto Rico Conditions survey, field inspection and HABS drawings manager of 1640 city walls, with ConservAcción, Inc. for Department of Transportation, 2003

Bridge 692 over Guaynabo River, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Historic investigation, evaluation for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places, Section 106 with ConservAcción, Inc. for PBS & J Caribe Engineering, CSP, 2003

Martín Peña Bridge, Santurce, Puerto Rico Historic investigation and Section 106 evaluation for eligibility of a 1959 structure to the National Register of Historic Places with ConservAcción, Inc. for Department of Transportation, 2003

Inventory and Condition Survey of eight urban properties in Guayama, Puerto Rico Investigator and field condition survey assistant with ConservAcción, Inc. for the Municipality of Guayama, 2003

US Naval Security Group Activity Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico Investigator and field condition survey and historic investigation of Cold War era buildings and structures, with ConservAcción, Inc. for US Navy, 2002

Cayey Roads from the Spanish Crown, Cayey, Puerto Rico, Field survey assistant and investigator assistant for the historic context of three roads in Jájome ward, with ConservAcción, Inc. for the Municipality of Cayey, 2001

Jan 2001 - current
 

P&S Consultants Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Design, San Juan, PR, US, Architect / Drafter

Design Experience
P&S Consultants Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Design

Toyota de Puerto Rico, Central Offices, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, code compliance investigation, renovation design, construction drawings and documents, 2007 and 2009

Viñedos I & II, Residence Complexes, Caparra, Puerto Rico, Concept and architectural design, construction drawings of two residential multi storey buildings, 2006

Janssen Pharmaceutical, Dorado, Puerto Rico, architectural design and construction documents of new pedestrian canopy and building renovations, 2005

Biovail, Dorado, Architectural design of building renovations, 2004

Billoch Residence, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Architectural design of building renovations and construction drawings, 2004

Lectora Jordan Residence, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, As-built drawings, renovation designs and construction drawings, 2003

Jan 2004 - Dec 2009
 

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, Professor

Teaching Experience
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Faculty of Architecture Adjunct Professor 2001 to 2009

History of Caribbean Architecture, 2004 to 2009

Basic Design I, II and III first year design studios, 2003 to 2009

Architectural Representation Fundamentals, 2009

Teaching Assistant, History of Architecture, Architectural Theory, History of Modern Architecture

Aug 2001 - Dec 2009
 

Education 

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture

Professional Bachelor degree in architecture five year program.

Nov 1995 - Nov 2000
 

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, US, BArch, Theater

Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Aug 1992 - May 1994
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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