Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

[CANCELLED] Architect Hermes Mallea presents "Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now"

CANCELLED: Due to concerns surrounding coronavirus, this event has been cancelled until further notice. We will attempt reschedule it, most likely during the Fall semester. Please check our website or subscribe to a Stone Center listserv to receive updates and more information. If you’d like to be added to one of our listservs, email with your name and affiliation. Community members are welcome.

Two special events in New Orleans featuring Hermes Mallea will be sponsored by The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation (NOHHF), Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), and Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI), and The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC).

Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:00PM
The Preservation Resource Center (PRC), will host a Round Table Discussion, The Tropical Influence: Architecture, Art, and Design, in New Orleans and Havana, exploring the myriad of ways which the aesthetics of New Orleans and Havana draw on one another. Panelists will include Mr. Mallea, Cuban painter Piki Mendizabal, and photographer, author and teacher Richard Sexton. A reception and book signing of Mr. Mallea’s latest book Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now will follow. The event will take place at 923 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA. 70130. The book will be available for purchase.

Friday, April 17, 2020 6:00PM
Mr. Mallea will present Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now, published by Rizzoli, 2017. This exciting and timely event will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center located on Newcomb Circle. A reception and book signing will follow in Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium. The book will be available for

Admission to both events is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

While documenting Havana’s landmark historic houses, architect Hermes Mallea was stunned to discover that the gracious family life traditionally associated with the city’s grand houses had not disappeared with the Cuban Revolution. Since 2010, he has encountered stylish Havana houses brimming with personality, homes that had been created despite the island’s economic hardships and isolation. Mallea appreciated these interiors not just for their esthetic beauty, but for the way they keep Havana’s design traditions alive, making a direct connection to the style of the city before its political upheavals.

Dozens of homeowners—art collectors, expats, lawyers, painters, businessmen, fashion designers, musicians—welcomed him into homes that lovingly reflected their unique personal styles. His latest book HAVANA LIVING TODAY: CUBAN HOME STYLE NOW celebrates the homeowners’ individual flair and ingenuity and brings the reader inside a world that has never been presented in this depth, countering long-held preconceptions about how people live in this vibrant city. Mallea sees these interiors as evidence of the Cuban peoples’ hopes for their future and their vision of what Havana Style might be.

Hermes Mallea, who lives in New York City, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami, attended the Master’s Program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University, and is a licensed architect in the State of New York and a member of the AIA. He has published and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subjects of Caribbean architecture and historic Cuban family life in Havana and elsewhere and has presented papers on the design links between Paris and Havana, historic photographs of Cuban domestic interiors, and Havana lifestyles stories chronicling the individualism and self-expression that has been accomplished in Cuba in spite the island’s severe constraints over the last sixty years.

Additional background information on Mr. Mallea’s most recent book can be found in the following link: Havana Living Today by Hermes Mallea