TA - Frederick-Rothwell
2020 Student Scholar, Association for Preservation Technology International
University Graduate Continuing Fellowship | 2019 - 2020
Texas Architecture Foundation, San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Scholarship Honoring Brooks Martin, FAIA | 2019 - 2020
John Greene Taylor Family Graduate Fellowship in Architectural History | 2017 - 2019
Mike and Maxine K. Mebane Endowed Traveling Scholarship | 2018

Barbara is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Architectural History. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and urbanism and a master's degree in integrated urban conservation from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Her areas of interest are the history of architecture and urbanism, historic preservation, integrated urban conservation, and modern architecture in Latin America.

Barbara is also a preservation architect at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), the century-old foundation that focuses on studying, researching, and developing planning policies for public health in Brazil. Her work at the institution involves project management, studies on the history and conservation of buildings located at Fiocruz's campus, as well as research on architectural conservation theory and practices.

In her doctoral research, she discusses the role of architecture and cultural landscape in national identity creation and nation-building processes in the Americas. Studying the establishment of the national heritage institutes of Brazil, Mexico, and the United States in the early 1900s, Barbara analyzes how those agencies were partially responsible for crafting the countries' national identity by perpetuating a mostly white side of their history. Looking at people, landscapes, and buildings, she examines the narratives preserved by those countries, and cast light on excluded racial and gendered perspectives.


  • PhD Candidate, Architectural History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MSc, Urban Development, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2009
  • BA, Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2006


Preservation of Modern Architecture: Studies for the Arthur Neiva Pavilion Preventive Conservation Plan, with Maria Maria Luisa Gambôa Carcereri. In-Fólio, 2017.

Book Chapter
“The Silent Stories: Architecture and Heritage in Nation-Building Processes” in Lara, Fernando Luiz, and Felipe Hernández. Arguments for Decolonizing the Architectural History of the Americas (Center for American Architecture and Design at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, 2021)

“Narrativas de la Arquitectura Moderna Brasileña: Las Exposiciones del Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York” in Loredo Cansino, Reina, and Fernando Luiz Lara, Apuntes sobre decolonización, arquitectura y ciudad en las Américas (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, 2020) 

"Pathology Analysis and Intervention at the Pavilhão Mourisco Roof Terraces Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" in Delgado, João M.P.Q., Building Pathology and Rehabilitation, v. 7 (Springer, 2016)

Changing Narratives on Brazilian Heritage. Platform: Preservation in the Americas | Finding Our Shared History. November, 2019

Preservando o moderno da Fundação Oswaldo Cruz: Estudos para o Plano de Conservação do Pavilhão Arthur Neiva. Revista Docomomo Brasil, 2018, v. 2, n. 02.
English version: Preserving the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation’s Modern: Studies for the Arthur Neiva Pavilion Conservation Management Plan.

Architecture and the Public Sector: Image as Narrative in Brazilian Architecture, with Marcio Cotrim and Fernando Lara. Bitácora arquitectura, 2018.

Judgement and validation in the Burra Charter Process: Introducing feedback in assessing the cultural significance of heritage sites, with Silvio Zancheti, Lucia Hidaka, and Cecilia Ribeiro. City & Time, 2009.

photo of Barbara Cortizo De Aguiar
  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Historic Preservation History and Theory
  • Nationalism and Identity
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Modernity and modernisms