Robert Vint, Architect

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Robert Vint serves as preservation architect for Mission San Xavier del Bac. Dating from 1783, the Mission, the “White Dove of the Desert,” is the most significant historic building in Arizona and the oldest complete European structure in the state.

Robert Vint

To preserve this history, the building has been subject to extensive restoration. Currently directing this intricate and complex process, Bob Vint will talk about San Xavier’s history and the impact of the architectural work. He will share his insights about the church’s design and how it has changed over the years, contributing his views about the unique challenges of restoring an historic structure.

Robert Vint is a native Tucsonan who has practiced as a licensed architect in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Massachusetts. He was educated at the Universities of Chicago and Arizona. After working with firms in Boston and Tucson, Vint established his practice in Tucson in 1993. He has focused on community design, historic preservation, and urban infill projects, including the mixed-use Plaza San Agustín in downtown Tucson.  Other projects include design of the San Xavier Franciscan Friary and Mission School, as well as his preservation study, carried out for the U.S. Forest Service, of the pre-historic Native American cliff dwellings of the Sierra Ancha in the Tonto National Forest dating from 1290.

Vint is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. He is principal co-author of Southwest Housing Traditions: Design, Materials, Performance published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2005, which stresses the importance of town planning in the design of housing environments. 

Written by Carol and Donald Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers

May 23: “The Restoration of Mission San Xavier del Bac”