Recap :: Long Studio to Havana, Day 5


 
Photo by: John Pilling   

By John Pilling, Havana Long Studio Instructor

Monday, February 13, 2012
Yule and our driver took us to the Plaza de Armas for our second meeting with Dr. Rey, who described architectural education in Cuba.  We met at the Hotel Ambos Mundos.  She explained that there were several schools of architecture in the country, with each school having a different expertise. She said she believed that the school in Camaguey had the best program in Historic Rehabilitation.

Photo by: John Pilling

The school in Havana, which is at CUJAE (Ciudad Universitaria José Antonio Echeverria) is part of the University of Havana.  After her presentation on architectural education, Dr. Rey gave us a tour of the recently completed Colegio Universitaria del San Geronimo.  The curriculum at San Geronimo stresses skills needed for the continued restoration of La Habana Vieja.  Like the BAC, classes are conducted in the evening, because most students are working during the day.  The San Geronimo building includes gallery space showing historic work from the early days of Havana.  After Dr. Rey’s presentation, Yule and our driver dropped us off at the fortress at El Morro for an afternoon of sketching and photography.  We found taxis later in the day to the Parque Central, from where we walked to the Floridita, then the Plaza de Cristo and on down to the Plaza Vieja.  The group split into two groups to have dinner in the Plaza Vieja.

 
Photo by: John Pilling    

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