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Debora Barros

Visiting Assistant Professor


Debora Barros has been practicing Architecture and Preservation for over 18 years with experience in New York, United Kingdom and Brazil. After completing her Master of Science from the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with focus on materials conservation, Ms. Barros has worked extensively on preservation and adaptive reuse projects such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Park Avenue Armory and the New-York Historical Society. As an Associate at PBDW Architects in NYC, she currently employs her expertise as the Project Manager on the restoration of Broadway’s Palace Theatre and the exterior restoration of the Museum of the City of New York. While working as a heritage consultant in the United Kingdom, Ms. Barros prepared conservation plans for major redevelopment projects in Manchester and London, including the conservation and design of a new setting for the relocated Manchester Cenotaph. Her passionate engagement in Historic Preservation straddles Architecture of the Modern Movement, such as leading educational tours in Brazil on behalf of the non-profit DOCOMOMO_US, and Conservation and Maintenance of Archaeological Sites, where her research focuses on the preservation of traditional construction techniques and building crafts, and their translation into contemporary construction practices. Ms. Barros is a registered architect in NY State and in Brazil and is LEED BC+C Certified. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism Degree from the University of Brasília, in Brazil, and a Certificate in Conservation of Archaeological Sites from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, in Italy.

Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, USA
MSc Historic Preservation • 2005
University of Brasí­lia, Brasí­lia, Brazil
Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism • 1999
Universití degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Certificate in Conservation of Archaeological Sites • 2011