||Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas/ Archaeological and architectural conservation
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 technologies, vernacular architecture, preservation of the built heritage, and the conservation of material culture. Her doctoral research explores cultural heritage ideologies and national identity in the Isthmus of Panama.
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 several professional practical training, including the architectural restoration of medieval structures in North Italy under Willowbank, School of Restoration Arts in 2010. This was followed by Saving The Stones, a 5-month practical conservation course in archaeology based in Israel under the sponsorship and training of The Israel Antiquities Authority in 2011.
Ileana also completed an MSc in Conservation Studies from University College London in Doha, Qatar 2012-2014. While undergoing her conservation studies, she was awarded an internship collaboration with 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. Ileana also served as an advisory body for the ICCROM- ATHAR, Arab section, at the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar. Ileana has participated in excavations in Qatar, Turkmenistan, and Israel and has conducted archaeological conservation of Pre-Columbian artifacts in Panama.
Ileana has served as an archaeological conservator for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research Laboratory and recently at the Tree-Ring Laboratory Research for the University of Arizona.