Introducing Victor Marín-Crespo, who began his career as a designer for urban spaces. He was chief inspector of buildings and urban control at the Direction of Architecture and Urbanism, Havana City until 1987. From 1988 until 2002, Victor served as Deputy Director of the Cuban National Centre for Conservation, Restoration and Museology (CENCREM). Managing extensive projects, he coordinated the team for the urban recovery of the Havana Old Square and the second stage of conservation program at Santa Clara Cloister in Havana. Under the UNESCO Chair for conservation he also lectured courses for CENCREM. Operating as program officer at UNESCO’s Regional Office for Culture in Havana from 2002 until 2015, Victor coordinated the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP), for World Heritage and other activities on heritage recovery in Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean.
As the former Adjunct Senior Professor at Havana Faculty of Architecture, he is Merit Professor at the UNESCO chair on conservation. With a specialised Degree in Urbanism and a Master on Conservation & Rehabilitation of the built heritage, Victor is a true expert when it comes to heritage conservation and rehabilitation.
A former Vice-president of the Pan-American Committee on historic Heritage and Urban Development and Member of the Cuban National Landmarks commission. He was part of the Board of Directors of the Cuban Union of Architects and Engineers (UNAICC) and is a member of the Union of Writers & Artists (UNEAC). Victor is also an active member of the Chair of Vernacular Architecture. He collaborates with the World Monuments Fund, having participated in its Watch Panel 2012.