Latin America

The initial idea about the creation of an APT Latin America Chapter  originated during the APT San Juan 2007 Conference (San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 3-7, 2007).  The Chapter was formally constituted in 2009 mainly as a result of the active participation of a large group of Latin America preservation specialists who were recipients of a Getty Foundation Professional Travel Grant.

The aims of the Latin America Chapter are as follows:
•To raise the profile of preservation technology in Latin America
•To foster training and professional education opportunities in preservation technology in Latin America
•To increase the international awareness and spread of APT International activities
•To increase Latin American participation in APT International activities
•To increase Latin American membership of APT International

The Latin America Chapter operates largely as a "virtual chapter" through email correspondence with members. A Web site is planned. It is envisaged that the Latin America Chapter will operate on several levels, as follows:

 •As a co-sponsor and organizer of formal seminars or workshops on preservation technology topics with other preservation groups, possibly including organizations such as:  ICOMOS National Committees of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Paraguay. Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela,   DOCOMOMO Chapters of  Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, México, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic,  INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB), CEDODAL (Centro de Documentación de Arquitectura Latinoamericana), CENTROS or INSTITUTOS DE INVESTIGACIONES ESTETICAS attached to several recognized Latin American academic institutions traditionally dedicated to the study, teaching and practice of historic preservation in the region, RED IBEROAMERICANA PROTERRA, etc.

 •As an informal email network among Latin American members of APT on topics relating to preservation technology.

The chapter has been structured with a “zone oriented” Co-Chairs system for the administration and potential expansion of the Chapter within the vast Latin American territory.  The chair and co-chairs of the chapter are all previous Getty Travel Grant recipients. 

•Andean Zone co-chair: Gloria Zuloaga
•Mexico-Central America Zone co-chair: Claudia Rodriguez
•Caribbean Zone co-chair;  Mauricia Dominguez
•Brazil Zone co-chair: Marco A. Penido
•South Cone co-chair:  Mirta Sosa

Any APT members proposing to visit Latin America, whether for business or pleasure are encouraged to contact the Latin America Chapter prior to their visit. Where possible, we will arrange meetings between visitors and Latin American APT members. These meetings will aim to help visitors discover more about heritage-preservation activities in Latin America and provide Latin American members with a window into the work being done by the visitors.

Main contact:

Claudia Rodriguez Espinosa, Chapter President