Humberto Rodríguez-Camilloni honored with emeritus status
October 7, 2019
Humberto Rodríguez-Camilloni, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Rodríguez-Camilloni is a recognized historian and scholar of South American Pre-Columbian architecture and an authority on Spanish colonial art and architecture, specifically religious architecture in Lima of the 17th and 18th centuries. For many years, he has been a contributing editor on Pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art and architecture for the "Handbook of Latin American Studies," published biannually by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.
Throughout his career, Rodríguez-Camilloni directed restoration projects in Latin America working with UNESCO and the Organization of American States. At Virginia Tech, he was the director of the Center for Preservation and Rehabilitation Technology and was a driving force in the restoration of Solitude, a historic landmark on campus.
Rodríguez-Camilloni served as director of Virginia Tech’s Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture and organized monthly academic meetings and exhibitions for the university community that focused discussions on art and architectural history and theory.
In the classroom, he taught the primary History of Architecture course and several advanced courses and seminars including The Classical Tradition in Architecture, South American Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings and Writings, and Louis I. Kahn: Buildings and Writings. In conjunction with these courses, Rodríguez-Camilloni took students on study trips to iconic buildings, including private residences, which provided unique learning opportunities.
In addition, he led many study abroad programs to Peru, including the UNESCO World Heritage site at Machu Picchu, Cuzco, with students and members of the Society of Architectural Historians and the American Institute of Architects.
In 2015, Rodríguez-Camilloni was recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians for his 40 years of membership and service, and in 2017 he was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for demonstrated unwavering excellence in his chosen field.
He received his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and Ph.D. from Yale University.