Sheila Isabel Irigoyen Zozaya

PhD

Defining and restoring the cultural landscape and place-identity of historic cities: the case of Mérida, Yucatán, México.

Qualifications

Architect, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, March 2002

Master’s in Environmental Urban Design, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, July 2008

Teaching in higher education: BA in Architecture and Habitat Design, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Campus de Arquitectura, Hábitat y Artes Visuales, 2013-2015

Academic management: Curricula design of the following courses: Geometry in Architecture I and II, and contribution in the curricula of Sustainable Design, Basic (Architecture) Workshop and Legislation management, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Campus de Arquitectura, Hábitat y Artes Visuales, 2013-2015

Professional urban-architectural coalification. N° I-009’, Mérida City Council, 2008-2018

Professional registration in Yucatán N°33437, 4, 2008, Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán

Supervisors

Professor Georgia Butina Watson, Dr Laura Novo de Azevedo

Research project

The Solar Maya as a basic plot unit within the Maya tradition in Yucatán, is the symbol of sustainable design and identity that shaped the development of the local cultural landscape for centuries. Even though the Mayan cultural landscape has been transformed through the years, key aspects have remained thanks to their proven effectiveness and resilience. Today however, the city of Merida is becoming an anonymous entity, poorly defined and insensible to the value of environment. The erosion of cultural landscape and place-identity are evident and are of major concern for the residents and various professional groups.

Therefore, what key values or principles are necessary to define and restore the cultural landscape and place-identity of Merida? How can the key values be incorporated into local urban practice and have an impact on place-identity? Can we use the key values to achieve sustainable urban design?

The aim of this research is to develop a conceptual framework and methodology to define the cultural landscape and place-identity in the city of Merida, Yucatan and to develop theoretical and urban design propositions to achieve a positive and sustainable place-identity.

Conferences where research has been presented

TDE Research Student Conference 2016
Graduate College Annual Research Student Presentation Event 2016

Other relevant information

2009-2015. Teaching experience for BA in Architecture and Habitat Design in Mérida, Yucatán, México. Examining 23 final dissertations. Director of studies in one of them

2000-2015. Participation in seminars, courses and workshops related with education, arts, planning, urban design and regulation framework

2010-2011. Subdirector of urban management of the Urban Development Department, City Council of Mérida. In charge of 4 departments: Land use, Building, Urban image and Final Building Inspection

2002-2015. Professional consultant and designer for the private and public sector in Mérida, Yucatán

1985-2016. Professional artistic painting and urban sketching