Elsa de leon
Elsa G. De León joined PDP in August 2018 as an Architectural Intern. She earned her Master's of Architecture with a Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate, and her B.S. in Architecture, Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (UTSA CACP). For her thesis Campo Imperatore, Center for Ecotourism and Cultural Creativity: Research, Analysis, and Design for the Requalification of Neglected Spaces located in L'Aquila, Italy Elsa was awarded the 2018 Cultural Sustainability Award and Deans Merit Award for Master Project in Architecture.
During her earlier architectural studies, she participated in a study abroad program in Urbino, Italy where she developed an interest for the integration of historical and cultural resources in architectural design. This interest and her passion for preservation lead her to study during her last year of graduate school at La Sapienza University of Rome where she studied technological restoration and consolidation concerning historic stone and masonry structures.
At UTSA CACP, Elsa was involved in multiple research projects such as: San Antonio State of Cultural Heritage Resources, and Historic Cultural Landscape of San Antonio research that analyzed the Spanish Colonial acequias and characterized the historic city. In the course of her master's degree, Elsa was an intern at Mainstreet Architects, a local preservation firm in San Antonio. She also was selected as a research intern to work at the University of L'Aquila on a research project studying Indoor Air Quality and Interior Environmental Conditions for Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures, learning from post-earthquake reconstruction in L'Aquila, Italy.
In 2017 Elsa was awarded the UTSA University Life Award - Most Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, and UTSA selection for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities. Elsa is a member of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society for Architecture, Golden Key International Honor Society and the San Antonio Conservation Society.