Renowned architect and conservationist Juan Antonio Siller will be visiting the UO and holding a free public presentation and conversation of his work on Monday, Nov. 23 at McKenzie Hall 229, 5:30 p.m.
Professor Siller will be discussing his publications and research on The Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments of the State of Morelos, and Monasteries of the XVI Century on the Slopes of Popocatépetl Volcano, in the States of Morelos and Puebla, Mexico.
Siller’s presentation on The Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments of the State of Morelos is the first study on the cultural heritage of the State of Morelos, and covers more than 5,000 historic buildings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century in 33 municipalities. The books were presented at the International Book Fair, held at the Palacio de Mineria, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
In the past few years, Professor Siller has been researching Monasteries of the XVI Century on the Slopes of Popocatépetl Volcano, in the States of Morelos and Puebla. UNESCO declared this area of Mexico a Cultural Heritage of Humanity Site in 1994. This archaeological project is the route from the sixteenth century sources along 240 kilometers for 10 days walking tour, identifying the original routes, which still function as ways of pilgrimage to Chalma from the east of the Puebla and Morelos states. The route has remained in operation and use for over five hundred years.
Siller was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, México. He received his architecture degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), an Archaeology degree from the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), and has a Master’s degree in Museology from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía. He is a member of the board of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). In addition, he serves as editor of the Mesoamerican Journal of Architecture and is a member of the Prehispanic Architecture Seminar in the Architecture Faculty of UNAM.
This event is sponsored by Consulado de México en Portland, MEXCID (Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo), UO Department of Anthropology, UO Latin American Studies Program, UO Global Studies Institute, UO Office of International Affairs, and Eugene Arte Latino. Special thanks to Stephen Dueppen, Lynn Stephen, Stephanie Wood, Robert Haskett, Jon Jaramillo, and Jessica Zapata.