|Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas
Advisor: Dr. Paul Niell
Ileana Olmos joined the doctoral program in the Fall of 2018. Her research interests include the evolving architectural features within Pre-Columbian settlements, ancient building technology, vernacular architecture, archaeological conservation of the built heritage, and the conservation of material culture in South and Central America.
Ileana received a BA in Fine Arts from The University of North Florida in 2007 and an MA in Historic Preservation at the University of Florida in 2009. Shortly after, Ileana became involved in a number of hands-on courses including architectural restoration of medieval structures in North Italy in 2010. This course was followed by a practical conservation course in archaeology in Israel under the sponsorship and training of The Israel Antiquities Authority in 2011. She also completed an MSc in Conservation Studies from University College London in Doha, Qatar in 2014.
While undergoing her MSc, Ileana also served as an intern for The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy, assisting in the preparation and organization of the 2013 Forum on Conservation Science; and the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar, where she served as an advisory body for the ICCROM- ATHAR Arab section in 2013. Ileana has participated in excavations in Qatar, Turkmenistan, and Israel, and has conducted archaeological conservation of Pre-Columbian artifacts in Panama.
Ileana currently is a conservator for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research.