Maria Lopez Schmid Curriculum Vitae


Maria Lopez Schmid

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

126 East Main Street

Anamosa, Iowa 52205

Telephone (319) 462-2260 



Graduate                     Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, Towson MD, 2015

Undergraduate             Bachelor of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Cum Laude, 2001


Stephen K. F. and Katharine W. Lee Prize in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, 2013

McCullough Prize for best thesis Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, 2015


2018 to Present:  Principal Investigator - Architectural Historian/Historian, Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Maria F Lopez, DBA 2001 to Present:

2016 to 2018   Architectural Assessments and Visual Effects Report for Section 106, Resource descriptions and eligibility statement for eighteen previously recorded resources and Inventory forms and eligibility statement for resources in Gilmer, GA Claiborne, LA Greenville, MS Innsbrook, GA Warren County, GA with TerraXplorations, Inc., Tuscaloosa Alabama.

2015           Architectural Description and Evaluation for Section 4(f) of Bridge no. 217 in Mayagüez and Bridge no. 443 in Loíza, Puerto   Rico for Archaeologist Sharon Mélendez.

Teachers’ Association Building, San Juan, Principal Investigator, Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places with a Historic Preservation Fund Grant.

Decanter Hotels, Old San Juan, Principal Investigator, historic context and nomination to the National Register of Historic Places conservation plan and interior design of a 1776 Old San Juan building.

2012           Digitalization Project at the National Archives in Puerto Rico and the Department of Transportation, Archivist, document conservation and digitalization.

2011           Luis Muñoz Marin Residence, San Juan, Principal Investigator, Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places with a Historic Preservation Fund Grant for Luis Muñoz Marin Foundation.

2008           Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, Condado, Principal Investigator, Nomination of a 1918 building to the National Register of Historic Places for International Hospitality Enterprises Inc.

2003           Old San Juan Fortification City Walls, San Juan, Conditions survey, field inspection and HABS drawings manager of Old San Juan south city walls, with ConservAcción, Inc. for the Department of Transportation.

2002           US Naval Security Group Activity Sabana Seca, Investigator and field condition survey and historic investigation of Cold War era buildings and structures, with ConservAcción, Inc. for US Navy.


2015           Preserving Threatened Historic Resources in Puerto Rico from Sea Level Rise, Pablo Méndez Lázaro, ed. “Climate Change Adaptation Plan”, Report for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health.

“Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Conservation: A Literature Review” APT International

“The Coast in Peril: Preserving Puerto Rico’s Historic Resources from Sea Level Rise”

Thesis Abstract.

2015        “Including Historic Properties in the Puerto Rico Costal Zone Law” white paper.

2014        “Defending San Juan’s Fortifications from Sea Level Rise” white paper.

2014        “Rescue of Santurce with a Zone Regulation Change” white paper.


2001 to Present  Maria F Lopez, DBA 

2017            Private Residences, Woodstock IL, Architectural drawings, for a 2,500-square foot house.

                    Project Manager, design and drawings for a 2,000-square foot house.

2015            Decanter Hotels, Old San Juan, Project Manager and Interior Designer of a 20-room boutique hotel in an 1800’s Old San Juan          building.

                    Residential Interior Design, Project Manager and Interior Designer of a 3,000 square feet luxury penthouse apartment in  Condado.

2003 to 2009  P&S Consultants Architecture, Engineering, and Environmental Design

2007/2009   Toyota de Puerto Rico Headquarters, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, code compliance investigation, renovation design, construction drawings and documents.

2005           Janssen Pharmaceutical, Dorado, Puerto Rico, architectural design of building renovations.

2004           Biovail Laboratories, Dorado, Architectural design of building renovations.


2001 to 2009 Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Faculty of Architecture, Professor, 

History of Caribbean Architecture, Basic Design Studios, and Architectural Representation Fundamentals, Teaching assistant History of Architecture, Architectural Theory, History of Modern Architecture, and Summer Workshops


Goucher College, Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, Guest Speaker, Culture and Calamity Course, May 2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Conference, Savanah, GA, Speaker, November 2014

State Historic Preservation Office, San Juan, PR, Speaker, Conference Series, September 2015

Goucher College, Historic Preservation Program Symposium, Towson, MD, Speaker, August 2015


Association for Preservation Technology Education and Research Committee

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Program Skills:  Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Chief Architect 3D modeling.



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