Patricia Morgado, PhD | Architecture | Lecture

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Patricia Morgado, PhD | Architecture | Lecture

March 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Allred Gallery

Made possible through support of AIA Triangle

Topic: “Putting Puzzle Pieces into Place: Reconstructing Inca Cuzco”

The speaker is Patricia Morgado, PhD, associate professor of architecture at NC State. Before moving to the United States in 2002, Patricia worked as an architect in several internationally renowned firms in Latin America and Spain and in her own practice. Beyond her professional interests, she has studied sculpture and drawing in Peru, Spain and Chile. Her areas of expertise include beginning design education, integration of architecture and landscape, and Latin American architecture, a topic she addresses in her graduate seminar. Patricia’s long-term research goal is to study the role of Latin American architecture and the role it has in societies, communities, and the lives of individuals.

Before joining NC State in August 2008, Patricia was Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2002-2008) and an adjunct assistant professor at Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello in Santiago in Chile (1999-2002).

Focus Areas
Latin American architecture, Spanish-American urban model foundation design, beginning design pedagogy, beginning and advanced drawing (architectural and on-site).

​Putting Puzzle Pieces into Place: Reconstructing Inca Cuzco
Since its discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu has been known as the “Lost City of the Incas,” a title actually best suited for Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The Spanish conquest had no impact over Machu Picchu and thus it remained unaltered. Cuzco, on the contrary, faced a very different future. Despite the conquerors’ astonishment over its carefully planned grid layout featuring plazas, palaces, temples, and over 4,000 residential units, from 1534 to 1590 the city was significantly dismantled to build a Spanish city over its remnants; most of the Inca constructions were stripped of their materials and only one building and some isolated walls survived. In less than a century, Cuzco became the Lost City of the Incas.And the loss still endures. The singularly hybrid city resulting from the superposition of a “generic” Spanish architecture over the Inca remains has been studied extensively. In fact, it is one of the criteria UNESCO cites in its argument for considering Cuzco a World Heritage Site. Regretfully, this scholarly attention has occurred at the expense of research and documentation of the Inca built heritage.

Since 2014, I have been researching and documenting the city’s Inca remains. Like pieces of a puzzle, I have been putting these into place, and in doing so, completing a 1996 inventory. In this presentation, I will discuss my findings.


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Patricia Morgado 2017


March 31, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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