The University of Iowa

Leading Cuban architect will describe the magic of Havana in April 10 talk

March 25th, 2013

Julio César Pérez Hernández, one of the leading architects in Cuba today, will present “Havana: The Magic of Architecture and the Poetry of Design” on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall, Room 315. This talk is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1519, Havana’s ample heritage spans over five centuries and displays an impressive collection of buildings authored by both local and international architects. The city boasts a wide range of architectural styles, from the Renaissance stone fortresses built in the 16th century that helped protect Havana from pirate attacks, to the Baroque style palaces and Neocolonial mansions that were erected over the next two centuries, to the splendor of 20th century modern architectural styles that changed Havana’s streetscapes and helped turn the city into a living museum of architecture and design.

Pérez Hernández is a practicing Cuban architect, urban planner and urban designer, author of the books Inside Havana (2011) and Inside Cuba (2006), and creator of “A Master Plan for XXIst Century Havana,” a comprehensive urban plan for the future development of the capital of Cuba. Pérez Hernández is currently Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar at David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. 

This event is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic studies program; an International Programs Special Projects Award; the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the UI Graduate College; the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS); and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in CLAS.

For more information, contact Adriana Méndez Rodenas at or 319-335-2230.

See the event poster