Rosa Lowinger, Principal Conservator, is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and holds an M.A. in art history and conservation from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. With a focus in modern and contemporary sculpture, architecture, and public art, Rosa Lowinger has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1988, serving such clients as the Broad Art Foundation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority Gold Line to Pasadena, the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, and the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Ventura, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Santa Fe Springs, and Honolulu. Rosa lectures and publishes frequently on conservation topics related to modern and contemporary sculpture and architecture (see a partial list of publications), and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome for research into the history of vandalism. She is the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub and a founding contributor to the award-winning art-and-culture blog C-Monster.net. Rosa is particularly passionate about maintenance of the built heritage of Cuba, her country of birth, and actively seeks to promote international interest in its preservation.
Christina Varvi, Senior Conservator, and Professional Associate of the AIC, holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation with a concentration in materials conservation from Columbia University. Prior to joining RLA, Christina worked as a conservation technician with the Central Park Conservancy in New York City and as a staff conservator with Jablonski Building Conservation where she was involved with the treatment of tile murals for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Kelly Ciociola, Senior Conservator and Professional Associate of the AIC, holds an M.S. in historic preservation from the joint Clemson University and College of Charleston graduate program in Charleston, SC. Prior to joining RLA, Kelly spent three years serving as an Architectural and Sculptural Conservator for Kreilick Conservation, LLC. Her experience in Philadelphia includes the management and execution of treatments on prominent projects such as the Merchants’ Exchange Building, including the implementation of the Carrara marble capitals treatment plan, the weathervane at Independence Hall, and the Jeanne D’Arc Memorial at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC. At RLA Kelly was the lead conservator for the Normandy Fountain restoration project on Miami Beach.
Humberto del Rio, Chief Conservation Technician, holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Instituto Politécnico de Química “Mártires de Girón” in Havana, Cuba, with a specialization in Industrial Chemistry. Prior to joining RLA Humberto worked for Conservation Solutions, Inc. as a stone technician and served as a marble, brick and masonry conservation trainee at the Cementerio de Cristobal Colon in Havana, Cuba.
Lucinda Linderman, Senior Conservation Technician, holds a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Miami. Prior to joining RLA, Lucinda spent five years working as the fabrication manager for sculptor John Henry. An expert in metal fabrication and painting of outdoor sculpture, she has a wide variety of teaching experience, including currently at the University of Miami. Lucinda is a 2011-2012 Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate in Cutler Bay.
Benjamin Brandfon, Conservation Technician, holds a B.A. in English Literature from California State University at Northridge. He has worked as a sculpture conservation technician since 2004, first for Sculpture Conservation Studio’s work at the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA and with RLA since 2008.