Un Viaje a La Habana

Frank Ponterio – January 27, 2017

I travelled to Cuba back in December with fellow Design Leadership Network colleagues to sample the architecture, art and culture, and thought I’d post some photos of our journey. We all were excited to visit Havana, which has been largely undisturbed for years, but this trip wound up being especially noteworthy – we arrived just days after the death of Fidel Castro.


For several years now I’ve joined the DLN on adventures far and wide, and no one’s been more surprised than me by how much I enjoy traveling with this wonderful group. Travel is always inspiring, but my DLN colleagues are so great to travel with – smart, curious, with similar interests...and just plain easy to be with. I’m grateful to them for making our trips so memorable and enjoyable!


Havana has much that is beautiful – its culture and people, the shoreline, its buildings. Part of me found it bittersweet, because most of the built environment is in such a state of disrepair – but the optimist in me sees so much potential.


Thanks to fellow travelers Adrian Ferrier and Remy LaGrange for letting me share some of their photos here along with a few of my own – and to Chas Miller, the Executive Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, for his expert coordination of our trip. Chas’ frequent prior visits to Havana, and the terrific local guides he knows there, made for an outstanding trip. I can’t wait to go back!


My best,













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