FRANCISCO UVIÑA-CONTRERAS

Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture, minoring in Art History in 1994 from the School of Architecture and Planning (SAAP) at the University of New Mexico. Francisco received his Masters of Architecture and Masters Certificate in Preservation and Regionalism in 2009 from the University of New Mexico where he graduated with distinction. In 1990 was the recipient of a scholarship for summer study at the prestigious Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Francisco worked for Cornerstones Community Partnerships, a non for profit organization, from 1994 to 2008 to assist with field assessments, documentation of historic buildings, adaptive re-use design and new design work utilizing traditional building methods as the Architectural/Technical Manager where he currently performs contract work for them. In 1996 he served as the only North American representative to participate in an international five-week training program in Perú in the restoration, conservation and new design of earthen buildings; the program was sponsored by CRATerre in France, The Getty Conservation Institute in the US and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation & Restoration of Cultural Properties (ICCROM) in Italy. In 1999 Francisco was invited on contracted to teach in the same five week Latin American program in Perú. In 2003 he presented a paper at the Terra 2003 Conference in Yazd, Iran and in the Terra 2008 Conference in Bamako, Mali. Francisco is the co-author and illustrator of Cornerstones’ Adobe Architecture, Conservation Handbook. In 2008 Francisco was honored with the invitation by the United States Department of the Interior and the US Peruvian Embassy to serve as one of two expert consultants in earthen architecture to participate in several conferences and workshops in several cities in Perú. Soon after graduating in 2009 Francisco has been teaching architecture undergraduate and graduate design studios, preservation courses, as well as planning courses and studios at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. He has participated in many school initiatives, such as a design build project in the City of Grants, New Mexico and the instructor coordinating the new established Architecture Latino Organization at SAAP, Asociación de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo (AADU). In the present Francisco serves as a consultant and designer for architectural firms and the Town of Bernalillo where he works with local youth on preservation, rehabilitation and construction projects.



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