On-line ISSN 0718-7262
OLIVARES TOLEDO, Juan Carlos. I am returning back south as one always returns to love: Macarena Almonacid Burgos and the architectural nature of life in the Archipelago of Chiloé. AUS (Valdivia), 2016, no.20, p.92-98. ISSN 0718-7262.
Macarena Almonacid Burgos was born in Ancud, Chiloé Island in 1981. She is the daughter of Hugo and Flor, eternal dwellers of this place. She studied at Anexa School and then went to high school at the Liceo Domingo Espiñeira Riesco. Eager to study architecture, in 1999 she joined the School of Architecture of Universidad de Valparaíso, in the Playa Ancha Hill of Valparaíso, away from her beloved archipelago. She led an estranged, distant and deeply nostalgic life in Valparaíso. She longed for the landscapes, the people, the rain and the wind, the midnight mist and the morning cold. A few years later, she learned about the opening of the School of Architecture at Universidad Austral de Chile, and traveled to Valdivia to gather more information. Excited with the program's syllabus and teaching/learning approaches, she requested a transfer and enrolled as a regular student in 2002. This is how she recovered her love affair with the south. She graduated as an architect in 2009 and returned to her home patch, Ancud, in Chiloé Island. She joined the Foundation Friends of the Churches of Chiloé, an NGO that implements heritage protection work for the wooden churches of Chiloé, which are listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. In 2015, she received the Youth Promotion Award granted by the School of Architects of Chile. Currently, she works on a free-lance basis with an agency called Heritage and Restoration Workshop.
Keywords: Chiloé; heritage; churches; restoration.
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