15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, March 8-13, 2020

INTBAU CUBA invites attendance and participation in its 15th Havana International Study Tour and Charrette, a program held in two parts, beginning with a study tour (March 8-10) and concluding with a charrette (March 11-13). Participants may attend either or both portions.

The tour will introduce participants with the history of the Architecture and Urbanism of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its urban evolution. The Charrette will start a 100 Years Plan for Havana based on Classical Planning Principles.

Habana Vieja de noche
Havana at Night, Gabriel Rodríguez / CC BY-SA (


For full details, download a PDF of the tour and charrette brochure here:  Brochure for 2020 Havana International Study Tour and Charrette

Havana International Study Tour, March 8-10, 2020

The expert guide will be Cuban Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, currently Associate Professor of the Practice at the School of Architecture of the University of Notre Dame. An international lecturer, Perez Hernandez has been a guest speaker at many international conferences and lectured widely about Cuban Architecture and Urbanism in the most prestigious institutions in the US, Canada and Europe. He is the only Cuban Loeb Fellow in history at Harvard University where he was selected the 20012-Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar. He was Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture in Havana (1998-2006) and is the author of two major books “Inside Cuba” (2006) and “Inside Havana (2011) and of “A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana”, a comprehensive urban project for the future development of Havana plus of numerous articles published by professional journals. His next two books on Cuban architecture and urban design will be published in 2020 by Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas, USA. As the Founding President of both INTBAU and CEU Cuba, Julio Cesar Perez has led the annual Havana International Charrette on Urban Planning and Urban Design since 2007 and has led numerous International Study Tours for international institutions and VIPs along the past 20 years. Professor Perez Hernandez is the founding principal and Creative Director of Caesar Studio |Architects& Planners, a successful international practice ranging from architecture to urban planning and design with a focus on excellence with projects in the United States, Cuba, Spain, and Panama.

Tour overview:
Day 0. Arrival.
Day 1. Sunday, March 8, 2020 – Walking Tour of Old Havana and ‘The Walls’ district
Day 2. Monday, March 9, 2020 – Walking Tour of El Vedado and Bus Tour of El Vedado
Day 3. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Bus Tour of Miramar and afternoon Free

  • The cost of the registration fees for the International Study Tour is $1,250.00 USD per participant or its equivalent in other currencies, such as Euros, British (Sterling) Pounds, etc.
  • Airfare, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the registration fee
  • A Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000.00 is required to get an official Letter of Invitation from INTBAU London
  • For Registration, please, contact Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez at:
  • People will get 100% reimbursed if trip is cancelled

Havana International Charrette, March 11-13, 2020

The 15th Havana International Charrette will focus on the Bay of Havana Area and will build on the previous work developed by INTBAU Cuba since 2007. International developers, businessmen, architects, planners, artists and people in general are invited to join Cuban experts and local communities for a half-week Charrette from March 11-13, 2020 to develop proposals for the regeneration and development of the waterfront area of the Bay of Havana based on Classic Planning concepts, principles and ideas.
The Charrette will fit both educational and professional purposes and will give participants an introduction to the history of Havana’s cultural heritage through close contact with its traditions, architecture and urbanism while focusing on the waterfront area of the bay of Havana.
The Charrette seeks the participation of individuals who share a respectful attitude to new interventions in historical contexts, and who value the creation of places where humans can live in, work in and enjoy.

Project Objectives

  • Site of the Charrette: The Bay of Havana
  • Draft a Classic Planning 100 Years Master Plan for Havana based on a Holistic and Humanistic Long-Term Vision and Sustainable Design Principles
  • Test and evaluate the ideas of ¨A Master Plan for 21th Century Havana¨ for The Bay Area and their feasibility and implementation based on the city´s current needs
  • Elaborate ideas for the development of the waterfront sectors of The Bay of Havana
  • Promote an integrated vision between the natural condition and the built environment
  • Promote and highlight the importance of a long-term vision for The Bay of Havana that preserves its fabric and character and grants social and cultural diversity
  • Evaluate the benefits of the transformation of The Bay Area in economic and urban terms to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants
  • Increase urban open space, housing and commerce along the waterfront sectors and evaluate their impact at city level
  • Reshape the civic and urban landscape of The Bay Area and surrounding neighborhoods by increasing the green areas and by exploring new mixed-use infill development
  • Interact with local experts about the building environment and business possibilities in Cuba

Charrette Overview

Day 1, March 11, 2020 – Introduction, Lectures and presentations, Work in teams, Studio Work, Preliminary ideas and proposals.
Day 2, March 12, 2020 – Studio Work, Review of preliminary ideas and proposals, Presentation of preliminary ideas, Pin-up
Day 3, March 13, 2020 – Studio Work, Refinement of proposals, Studio work to prepare final presentation, Final Presentation, Public Discussion

  • The cost of the registration fees for the Havana International Charrette is separate from the cost of the Tour and is the equivalent of $1,250.00 USD per participant or its equivalent in other currencies, such as Euros, British (Sterling) Pounds, etc.
  • A Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000.00 is required.
  • For Registration, please, contact Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez at:
  • People will get 100% reimbursed if trip is cancelled by INTBAU

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