Ramón Cotarelo studied architecture at the University of Havana, Cuba (1969-1974). He specialized in the restoration of monuments and historic centres (Italy, 1981-1982).
He was head of the Monument Expert Group in the Province of Matanzas, Cuba (1978-1994).
He has been involved in restoring significant heritage sites, as well as studying and recovering outstanding examples in the field of wooden architecture.
He has acted in an advisory capacity and taught numerous courses in different countries. As a Unesco expert, his missions in Equatorial Guinea (wooden architecture) and Ecuador (Teatro Sucre) stand out.
As a consultant, lecturer and visiting professor, he has worked extensively at universities and institutions in Cuba, Ecuador, Usa, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Equatorial Guinea, Uruguay and Bolivia, completing his international experience with trips to the Canary Islands, France, Greece, Portugal, Ceuta, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland and Switzerland.
He has participated in numerous national and international events as a speaker, jury member and keynote speaker, dedicating his career of over 35 years to the study, dissemination and recovery of monumental heritage and vernacular architecture.