María Gabriela Flores Kearns

Courses Taught (in the last four semesters prior to current visit):

ARQU 3133 – Elementary Architectural Design I

ARQU 3134 – Elementary Architectural Design II

ARQU 4135 – Advanced Architectural Design I: Architecture as an Urban Component

ARQU 6311 – Advanced Architectural Design IV: Architecture as an Urban Component

ARQU 6334 – Advance Architectural Design IV: Architecture as an Urban Component

Educational Credentials:

(2007) Master’s Degree in Architecture, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

(2001) Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

(2000) Study Abroad, Universitá di Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Teaching Experience:

(2013-Present) Professor. School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

(2018-2020) Division of Engineering, Design, and Architecture. Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

(2016) Putney Student Travel Pre-College. Summer Program Art & Architecture Leader. Barcelona, Spain.

(2010-2013) Architectural Design & History Instructor. School of Architecture. Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Professional Experience:

(2013-Present) Principal. Flores Kearns, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(2007-2013) Architect. Luis Flores Arquitectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(2006) Summer Intern. RoTo Architects, Los Angeles, California.


Licensed Architect in Puerto Rico No. 20096

Selected Publications and Recent Research:

(2015) LOZA: Paver materials Research to the fabrication of multi-surface prototypes that aim to perform as modular elements with the capacity to decelerate the speed of water runoff from building surface to water basin, along with sister patterns forms to be used as landscaping pavers.

(2014) “Thinking Through Making: Prototypes for Tropical Architecture” ACSA 2014 Fall Conference, WORKING OUT: Thinking While Building.

(2011) “Recent Interventions in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico”, ACSA 2011 Southeast Fall Conference: Local Identities + Global Challenges.

(2008) Arquitecturas Torres Nadal: Un Trabajo. Editorial Rueda. Madrid. pp. 1-199

Recent Creative Work:

(2021) Centro de Salud Atenas, Medical Offices and Health Center. Manatí, Puerto Rico.

(2021) Casa de Campo, Private Residence, Country Home. Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.

(2020) Private Residence renovation, Single Family Residential. Dorado, Puerto Rico.

(2018) 1810 Loíza Street, Mixed Use Commercial Development and Public Space. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(2018) Techos para el Caño, Caño Martín Peña, Hurricane disaster relief. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(2016) San Antonio de Padua Historic Church Grounds Renovation, Public Space and Landscape Architecture Design for Civic Use. Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Professional Memberships:

College of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico (CAAPPR)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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