Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Even before graduating in architecture at the School of Fine Arts of Porto, in 1980, he had worked with great names of Portuguese architecture, such as Noé Dinis, Álvaro Siza Vieira and Fernandes de Sá.
In 1981, he won the competition for the project of Casa das Artes, a cultural centre in Porto, which has revealed his talent worldwide. In his hometown, he was also responsible for the project of the Porto Metro.
Another great works of his are the Municipal Market of Braga, the Paula Rego Museum, in Cascais, and the pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in 2005 at the Kensington Gardens, in England.
He has been a visiting professor at the architectural schools of Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin, Zurich and Mantova.
Souto de Moura is one most prize-winning Portuguese architects. In 2011, he won the Pritzker Prize; in 2013, the Wolf Prize; in 2017, the Piranesi Award; and, in 2018, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Elizabeth de Portzamparc has been living in France for 50 years. When she left Brazil, in 1969, she abandoned her sociology studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio and started studying architecture at the Sorbonne University, in Paris. There, she got her bachelor degree and master’s degrees in economy, sociology, anthropology and urbanism, at renowned institutions such as the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Institut d’Études Economiques pour le Développement Social of Paris University.
Her focus in Humanities is a clear mark in her work. Elizabeth incorporates arts and sociology to architecture and urbanism. A multidisciplinary team works at her firm: architects, urbanists, set designers, sociologists and political scientists.
Some of her most recognized works are the Musée de la Romanité of Nîmes (France) and the Hotel Les Arčnes (Morocco). In urbanism, she restructured neighbourhoods such as Point de Trivaux, in Meudon-la-Foręt (France), and was responsible for the 145 stations and the urban furniture of the Bourdeaux Tramway (France).
Her most recent projects are: the rail station of Le Bourget, which is a part of the project of the Grand Paris; the Campus Condorcet’s Library, in Aubervilliers, France; and the Taichung Intelligence Operation Center, a high rise tower that will host a digital cultural center, offices and shops, in Taiwan.
Elizabeth won the Future Heritage Award, in 2016.
Born in 1965 in Gando, a village with a population of 3,000 in Burkina Faso, a small African country, Diébédo Francis Kéré got his Architecture degree at the Technical University of Berlin and is now globally recognized because of his visionary and socially relevant work. While he was a student, he set up the association “Schulbausteine für Gando” and was able to raise funds to build the first school in his village, making him win the international award Aga Khan in 2004. In the following year, he founded the office Kéré Architecture in Berlin.
His projects in Africa – schools, cultural centers, villages – got him acknowledged as an agent of social transformation. Kéré values sustainability, the use of local methods of construction and community participation.
Responsible for projects in countries with very different cultures, such as Mali, Yemen, China and the United States, Francis Kéré collects a series of titles and awards. In 2009, he won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture; in 2010, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award; and, in 2014, the Schelling Architecture Award. In 2017, he took part on the project of the renowned Serpentine Gallery, in London.
Some of his projects are the Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Beijing Pavilion, the Zhoushan Harbour (China), the National Park of Mali, and the Volksbuhne Satellite Theater at Tempelhof, in Berlin.
One of the founders of the office Gabine de Arquitectura, Solano Benitez was born in the capital of Paraguay and got his degree in Architecture at the National University of Asunción, in 1986. Since then, he works with simple and low cost materials, such as bricks and even broken materials from catastrophes. His original intention was to project high-quality housing with the lowest possible cost. Paying attention to social matters and sustainability, he has become one of the most renowned contemporary architects from Latin America.
One of his renowned projects is in the Telethon Children’s Rehabilitation Center, which assists children with limited mobility. It was built with brickwork and it has a vaulted ceiling made with recycled materials.
In 2001, Benitez was finalist of the 2nd Mies Van Der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture. In 2008, he won the BSI Swiss Architectural Award. In 2012, he was elected as an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. At the Venice Biennale of 2016, he won the Golden Lion after impressing the jury through the structural cleverness of his project: a huge arc made with bricks and clay.
The work of Mexican Tatiana Bilbao is tightly focused on creating humanised spaces (in counterpoint to global capitalism). Grounded on an understanding of Architecture in its multidisciplinary and multicultural aspects, her intention is to explore economic and cultural development niches. Her abundant portfolio of designs for public spaces follows this approach, including the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Master Plan and the Thanksgiving Chapel for the Jalisco Pilgrim Path; the prototype of a sustainable house at a cost of less than 160,000 Mexican pesos (€ 8,000); a new building for the University of Monterrey (Mexico); and the new Central Park Aquarium in Mazatlan (under construction). With a degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, in 2010 she was named an "Emerging Voice" by the Architecture League in New York. She has won several awards for her work: the Kunstpreis Berlin (2012); the Locus Foundation's Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize (2014); the ArchitzierA + Awards Impact Award Honourees (2017); and the latest Marcus Prize Award (2019), among others. Her designs are included in the Architecture collections at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Frac Centre in Orléans. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) recently acquired some of her work for its collection. She also lectures as a visiting professor at several universities, including Andrés Bello (Chile), Dusseldorf (Germany), and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), as well as Rice, Columbia, Yale and Harvard in the USA.