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Study Tour—March 8-10, 2020 | Planning & Design Charrette—March 11-13, 2020

To Register, please, contact Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez at:

Our colleague Prof. Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez of the University of Notre Dame will lead for the 15th year running the International Havana Study Tour and Charrette. Each year the charrette focuses on a different part of Havana.

This year the three-day study tour—MARCH 8-10, 2020—will broadly introduce the history, architecture, and urbanism of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Based on Classical Planning Principles, the Charrette will continue the 100-Year Plan process that has been ongoing for Havana since 2007. This year it will focus on the Bay of Havana area.

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. 

Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez is the only Cuban Loeb Fellow in history at Harvard University where he was selected the 2012 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar. Professor Perez Hernandez was Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture in Havana (1998-2006) and is the author of three major books: Inside Cuba (Taschen, 2006), Inside Havana (Taschen, 2011), and of A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana (in development), a comprehensive urban plan for the future development of Havana. 

Professor Perez Hernandez is also the author of numerous articles published in 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 as well as numerous International Study Tours for international institutions and VIPs during 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.


This is a high-level educational trip. The Registration Fees are exclusively for the events. They do not include airfare, accommodation nor meals. Upon registration, participants will receive an Official Letter of Invitation from INTBAU London that will allow them to get a visa to travel legally to Cuba.


Every international participant will need a visa to visit Cuba. INTBAU will provide an Official Letter of Invitation that will allow US participants to get the visa to travel to Cuba legally.


All participants are responsible for obtaining their visas and airfare from the place they live to travel to Havana. This means that all participants must arrange their own trip. There are direct flights from the US, Europe and Asia to Havana, Cuba.


All participants are responsible for their accommodation either in hotels or in a Casa Particular (rooms in private houses and apartments). Participants can be put in touch with AirB&b owners in Havana, eventually, where former participants have stayed at in the past. These are apartments with rooms who have their own private bathroom, air conditioning, etc. like a hotel

The Organizers

This Study Tour is organized by INTBAU Cuba and CEU Cuba, who have successfully organized and led similar events since 2007. Professor Julio César Pérez is the Chair of both chapters C.E.U. & I.N.T.B.A.U. Cuba. You can contact him at

The registration fee for the International Study Tour and the International Charrette is $1,250.00 USD each per participant or its equivalent in other currencies (Euros, British Pounds Sterling, etc.). Upon registration, participants receive an Official Letter of Invitation from INTBAU London that will allow them to get a visa to travel legally to Cuba. A Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000.00 is required. INTBAU Cuba will reimburse 100% of the deposit and the other payments received if for any reason the events are cancelled. To Register, please, contact Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez at:

Study Tour Schedule

Day 1.  Morning. Walking Tour of Old Havana.

Afternoon. Walking Tour of ‘The Walls’ district. Meeting at the Parque Central

Day 2. Morning. Walking Tour in El Vedado neighborhood.

Afternoon. Bus Tour of El Vedado.

Day 3. Morning Bus Tour of Miramar area. 9.00 am-12.30 pm.

Lunch at Paladar Vistamar by the sea and afternoon free 

The Charrette

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.

The Charrette invites the participation of individuals who share a respectful attitude to new interventions in historical contexts, and who value the creation of places in which humans can reside, work, and enjoy life. International developers, businessmen, architects, planners, artists and those interested in Cuba, Havana, and cities in general are welcome to join Cuban experts and local communities for a half-week Charrette from March 11-13, 2020.

This Charrette will 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 suit both educational and professional purposes. Focusing on the waterfront area of the Bay of Havana, it will introduce participants to Havana’s historical cultural heritage through engagement with urbanism and close contact with its traditions and architecture. 

Charrette Objectives

• Draft a classic planning 100-Year Master Plan for this part of Havana based on a holistic and humanistic long-term vision and sustainable design principles

• Elaborate ideas for the development of the waterfront sectors of The Bay of Havana

• Evaluate the benefits of the transformation of The Bay Area in economic and urban terms to improve the long-term 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

Academic Program

Day 1.  Morning. Introduction. Lectures and presentations. Work in teams

Afternoon. Studio Work. Preliminary ideas and proposals.

Day 2. Morning. Studio Work. Review of preliminary ideas and proposals.

Afternoon. Studio work. Presentation of preliminary ideas. Pin-up.

Day 3. Morning. Studio Work. Refinement of proposals. Prepare final presentation.

Afternoon. Final Presentation. Public Discussion. 5.30-7.30 pm


Hotel Marque de Monte Hermoso, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis

To Register, please, contact Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez at:

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