BAC Alumni and Friends Explore Cuba

View of Cuba; Photo by Madison Dye

Group Travels to Experience Unique Architecture and Rich History

This summer, 18 alumni and friends of the BAC embarked on a voyage to explore Cuban architecture. BAC travelers learned about the unique styles and design of the country's architectural history as well as the restoration trades.

Exploring Cuba's architecture has become a tradition at the Boston Architectural College. In 2001, as part of the College's "Program for the Américas," the BAC began to study Cuba. Then, in 2002, following investigations and research, the BAC invited members of its larger community to travel to Havana, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, and Varadero to study the country's culture and architecture. The group spent 10 days sketching, photographing, and maintaining journals while also meeting representatives of some of the country's institutions devoted to the arts. The recent 2015 trip was a relaunch of this educational exchange in Cuba, building on the College's past experiences there.

The group experienced Cuba's architecture—detailed, colorful, and bright—first-hand through visits to prominent cultural sites. Guests explored the four main squares in Old Havana: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza de la Catedral. They also visited many of the prominent monuments in Havana, including the elaborate mausoleums of the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón; the beautiful rose-colored Casa de la Amistad, designed by Rene Lalique; and the Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway's permanent residence, which has been restored and turned into a museum, preserving his personal articles and papers.

To see photos from the trip, visit our Flickr album