School of the Built Environment

  • SHEILA ZOZOYA

    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 Watson
    • Dr Laura Azevedo

    Conferences where research has been presented

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

    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?


    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