Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation. He is an architect graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a degree on Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage from the Excellence Program of the Carolina Foundation and the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. His expertise involves case studies of ancient mason techniques, stereotomy, descriptive geometry, and architectural geometry informed by form-resistant structures. His most recent research work focuses on the transmission of building technology from Europe to the Americas focusing on the constructive and geometric analysis of sixteenth-century ribbed vaults in Mexico. His work in masonry, geometry and stereotomy has been awarded in Mexico and the US and has been disseminated in various forums and journals of Europe, Latin America, and North America. His most recent book named “Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry” published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico has received numerous awards and his exhibition holding the same name has been traveling for two years through seven cities of Mexico and United States. This research work was awarded with the University of Texas/Coop. Hamilton Creative Research Award 2014. Benjamin has participated in developing assistance for world heritage cities such as Zanzibar in Tanzania, Baku in Azerbaijan, and the Batanes Islands in the Philippines. He recently participated with Ochsendorf DeJong & Block in the project “Beyond Bending” designing and constructing tile vaults exhibited at the Architecture Biennale in Venice 2016. To learn more about his research work visit this website
As an educator and designer, Benjamin is interested on the current challenges of historic urban landscapes including building adaptive reuse and insertions of contemporary pieces of architecture in historic cities. His recent courses have been supported by the National Park Service developing documentation projects of historic buildings and assessing structures for implementation of conservation strategies within the framework of Historic Landscapes. Within these documentation efforts, Prof. Ibarra-Sevilla works with students exploring traditional methods and digital technologies such as Laser Scanner and Digital Photogrammetry as vehicles for assesment and visualization of historic properties.
Assitant Professor Ibarra-Sevilla has a passion for photography, he believes in this media and its potential as a design tool, a documentation tool, and as an art that captures space and time in one frame.
- Master Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage
University of Alcala de Henares and Carolina Foundation Excellence Program, Madrid, Spain. 2005
- Licensed Architect with distinction. Professional degree to practice architecture
Taller Max Cetto. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, (UNAM). Mexico City. 1994
- “Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry / El arte de la cantería mixteca” Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Bilingual (Spanish and English). 2014
Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals
- “From Fretwork to Ribbed Vaults” Informes de la Construcción Vol. 65, Instituto Eduardo Torroja, Spain 2103 pg 65-80 Article in English and Spanish
- “First ribbed vaults of the Americas: Indigenous people skills, construction and crafting processes in the Mixtec region of southern Mexico” Construction History Journal Vol 28, 2013. pg 1-27 Article in English
- “La Capilla Abierta de Teposcolula: un Edificio Unico en el Mundo” Archivo Dominicano Editorial San Esteban, Salamanca, Spain. XXXIII, 2012 Article in Spanish
- “Líneas y entramados estructurales; geometría de trazo para las bóvedas mixtecas renacentistas de Coixtlahuaca, Yanhuitán y Teposcolula en Oaxaca” Bitácora Arquitectura, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. No 25, November 2012. Article in Spanish
- “The Hidden Face of the Vault: Unveiling the Expression of the Avant-Garde Through the Use of the Sphere in Teposcolula’s Open Chapel” Nexus, Architecture and Mathematics. Vol.15 Spring 2013. Article in English
Book Chapters & Articles by Invitation - Contributions
- "Construction History Research of Early Colonial Buildings in Central America, New Doors for Interpretation" Construction History Journal No. 29 p. 7-12, 2016
- "The City of Oaxaca as World Heritage Site" Book in commemoration of the 475th anniversary of Oaxaca City, Casa de la Ciudad de Oaxaca. p. 9-31, 2007
Lectures by invitation
- "El arte de la canteria mixteca" Keynote Lecture at th International Symposium on Cultural Heritage of Oaxaca, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Oaxaca, Mexico
- "The Mexican Gothic; 3d Scanning and Visualization three 16th-Century Churches in Oaxaca" Keynote Lecture Modeling Medieval Vaults International Symposium University of Liverpool in London
- "El arte de la cantería mixteca" [Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry] at Universidad de Murcia, Spain
- "Geometry, Gravity & Structure" University of Virginia
- “El arte de la cantería mixteca” Keynote Speaker at "Catedra Cumex Carlos Chanfon Olmos" Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez
- “Baroque in LatinAmerica” Speaker for the discussion panel at the exhibition. LLILAS
- “El arte de la cantería mixteca” Escuela Superior de Arquitectura. Guadalajara, Mexico
- “Ribbed Vaults and the Art of Construction” School of Architecture, South Dakota State University
- “La esteretomia de la piedra y la conservacion de edificios” National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology, Mexico City
- “El arte de la cantería mixteca” School of Architecture, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
- “El arte de la cantería mixteca” School of Architecture, Autonomous University “Benito Juarez” of Oaxaca, Oaxaca City.
- “Construction Intricacies of Sixteenth-Century Ribbed Vaults in Mexico” Construction History Panel Minnesota AIA convention. Minneapolis MN
- “La Geometría Fabrorum en la Cantería Mixteca del Siglo XVI; Estudios Esteretómicos de las Bovedas Nervadas de Yanhuitlán, Coixtlahuaca y Teposcolula” School of Architecture, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.
- “Fabrorum Geometries for Stonecutting Operarions; Analysis of Sixteenth-Century Vaults in the Mixteca, Mexico” Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA.
Exhibitions and Creative Research
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented within the framework of the Biennial Meeting of the Constriction History Society of America at at the School of Architecture, UT Austin (May – August 2016)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (April – June 2015)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented at the School of Architecture, UT Austin (January – March 2015)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented at the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura Guadalajara City (August – October 2014)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented at the Centro Cultural Clavijero in Morelia City (March – June 2014)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Traveling Exhibition presented at the Instituto Cultural San Pablo Oaxaca, Oaxaca City (April - June 2013)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Museum for Art and Sciences UNAM, Mexico City (September – December 2013)
-“Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/El Arte de la Cantería Indigena” Goldstein Museum University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (August – October 2013).
-“Skew Arches, Cow Horns and Oblique Bridges; The Problem of the Trust to the Void” Exhibition at National Masonry Construction Conference at the University of Minnesota. 2011
-“The Cloud” Installation and Shelter for children at Silverwood Park, New Brighton, MN 2010