BERNARDO MANTILLA BACA

Ecuadorian architect who has developed homes and buildings in styles ranging from eclectic, contemporary modern through to the renovation of aged timber-framed buildings. Examples range from a, magazine featured, contemporary “Barndominium” built in Houston, TX, to the complete restoration of an acclaimed 1930s, 2,200 seat Art-Deco Theatre that had been destroyed by fire in Quito, Ecuador.

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EXPERIENCE

Private Professional Practice

 

After qualifying in Ecuador and starting as an independent architect in 1989, Bernardo has worked actively on a wide variety of designs and architectural planning, reconstructions and renovations for clients in Ecuador (1988-2009), in the USA (2003-2013) and in the UK (2013-present). 

 

Commercial:

  • Design and construction oversight of 60 distribution centres for General Tire across South America

  • Design of office and administration buildings for Coca Cola, Ecuador

  • Redesign of the layout of the office buildings for a national newspaper

  • Interior design for retail premises

  • Complete redesign and renovation of multiple theatres, including the famous, A-Listed, Art deco, Bolivar Theatre, Quito, after its tragic destruction in a fire in 1999, in partnership with RVC architects

 

 

Residential:

  • Multiple renovations and extensions of character properties, both wooden and stone, in Ecuador, UK and the US

  • Creative new builds to meet unique customer requirements and specific environments

  • Conversions of agricultural buildings and churches to exclusive residences

  • Renovation of a storage building to a chapel

  • Farm development including substantial farmhouse, worker accommodation, cheese factory, farm manager's house, unique horse stables, high-production cattle sheds.

  • Detailed design and layout of equestrian properties

EDUCATION

Architect: Central University of Ecuador - Architecture and Urban Design 1988

Quito - Ecuador

Postgraduate degree in Cultural Affairs and Planning.: University of Gerona - Cultural Affairs and Planning    2002

Gerona (Catalonia), Spain

Bernardo qualified as an architect in the School of Architecture and Urban Studies in Quito-Ecuador, in 1988. He subsequently studied at the University of Gerona in Spain, in 2002/2003, earning a postgraduate degree in Cultural Affairs and Planning.