June 1, 2021
Antigua Guatemala is known throughout the world for beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and urbanism, which has been largely preserved throughout the centuries. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, Antigua presents valuable lessons in Classical Architecture and traditional urbanism applicable to the design of new buildings today. In this lecture delivered by Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, a licensed architect based in Guatemala City, viewers can discover the city of Antigua and study its urban form, as well as select public and private buildings: from their relationship to the public realm, to its architectural intricacies.
The course begins with a general overview of Antigua’s history, followed by the urban form that laid the foundation for the next four centuries, and its connection to the Laws of Indies that were enacted later by the Spanish Monarchy for the foundation of new towns in Spanish America. Following an urban analysis, viewers will review three buildings: a public building, a convent, and a private house. In this review, architectural drawings and photographs will be shown to further study their architectural finesse.
Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro is a licensed architect based in Guatemala City. Rodrigo has contributed to and coordinated the architectural design of new traditional neighborhoods in the new city of Cayalá, Guatemala, and other projects. Additionally, he has independently designed residences in Guatemala City and Las Catalinas, Costa Rica. Prior to returning to Guatemala, Rodrigo was at the office of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, where he worked on the design of private residences in New York and Connecticut. He holds a Licentiate of Architecture from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, and a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Bollat Montenegro is a Fellow at the ICAA where he teaches different courses, and where he sits on various committees.
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