Gloria Colom

Gloria Colom

Chicago, IL, US



There are many wonderful things to explore in this world, both looking at the past and reaching into the future.  One of my greatest passions is historic preservation but I love to innovate and find creative solutions to new issues as they emerge.



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Research Assitant

Created an interface for Professor Kathryn H. Anthony’s iPhone application, using Indesign to create the layout and Photoshop and Illustrator for the icon and image designs.

Feb 2011 - Jul 2011

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Conservationist II

Responsible for the conservation of historic buildings through the evaluation of project endorsements, tax incentives, and fines and creating public awareness in up to fifteen municipalities and three historic districts in Puerto Rico.

Mar 2006 - Sep 2009

Architect Gloria J. Braña, Drafter

Rendered 3D images of residential projects, prepared the architectural components of construction plans and schematic models.

Jun 2005 - Nov 2005

Columbia University, Student Assistant

Edited Spanish language transcripts for the 9/11 Narrative and Memory Project at Columbia University's Oral History Research Office. Translated documents from English to Spanish and assisted visitors researching the extensive interview collections.

Sep 2003 - May 2005


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MArch, School of Architecture

Travelled to China with the Study Abroad Program at Tongji University, Shanghai from May-June 2010. Participated in student-faculty committee for the revision of the School of Architecture Studio Culture Policy. Was the recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010. Graduated with a GPA of 3.85/4.00

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Columbia University, Masters, Historic Preservation

Concentrated on courses pertaining to material conservation and design integration of new interventions in historic fabric.

Thesis: Design Proposal for the Estate of Anna’s Hope in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Located in a historic plantation, the new structure interprets the old by tracing the history of hurricane passage through St. Croix. Doubling as a hurricane shelter, the structure is geared towards the island’s residents, a place to find common ground.

Sep 2003 - May 2005

University of Puerto Rico, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Studio work was concentrated on community service, historic preservation, and environmentally sensitive designs. Graduated with a GPA of 3.35/4.00

Aug 1999 - May 2003


E. Benno Philippson AIA Traveling Award in Architecture, Scholarship

This award allowed me to visit and research the Xin Tian Di, a rehabilitated Li Long complex in Shanghai that has become a focal point of historic preservation theory and practice in China.


Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, Other

The award consisted of a $5,000.00 stipend in addition to tuition and most fees covered during the academic year of 2009-2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This fellowship assisted my financial situation while studying at UIUC.


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