Mónica Ortiz Cortes

Class of 2019

Hi, I'm Mónica. I was born and raised on the colorful island of Puerto Rico. Growing up I was very interested in art, but it wasn't until I was fifteen that I discovered my love for architecture. I was inspired by how historic buildings were designed to last and endured time way past the designers lifetime. That's when I decided to pursue a degree in Architecture which I just finished in July 2018. During my degree, I first experienced working with historic buildings in a preservation studio where we had to document and look for the history of that special place that we were going to incorporate into our design. That experience made me decide that Historic Preservation was something I wanted to do in conjunction with my Architecture degree for my career. Now I'm a student at the University of Pennsylvania who plans to graduate with a Historic Preservation Master of Science in 2020.