A name partner in the Levisky Arquitetos|Estratégia Urbana architecture and urban strategy firm, architect and urban planner Adriana Levisky sits on the Board of the São Paulo Chapter of the Brazilian Architectural Firms Association (AsBEA-SP), the Building and Land Use Commission (CEUSO), the São Paulo Chapter of the the Brazilian Architecture and Urban Planning Council (CAU/SP), and the Urban Landscape Preservation Council (CPPU); she is also the São Paulo State Goods, Services and Tourism Trade Federation (FecomercioSP) representative in the Urban Legislation Technical Chamber (CTLU). An architectural design firm specialising in institutional projects in the fields of education, health and culture, Levisky Arquitetos|Estratégia Urbana also offers strategic consulting and urban planning services. Blending innovation with creative flair, it designs solutions and actions that specifically address aspects related to urban and building legislation issues, the development and approval of projects ranging from complex enterprises to public-private cooperation models, and the feasibility of spokesperson representation and neighborhood agreements. With a project development portfolio covering more than fifteen million square metres, this firm deploys Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology in many projects. Constantly seeking higher quality and greater efficiency, it is acknowledged for its focus on urban enhancement through upgrading public and private spaces, thus enriching the quality of life in metropolitan regions. Its prize-winning projects include: the glass-fronted SENAC vocational training building in São Miguel Paulista, a finalist in the 2018 Cityscape Award that was also selected in the Iberoamerican Design Biennial that same year; the Best Architecture Award in 2011 for the the Albert Einstein Hospital Master Plan; and the 2008 IAB Award for the Praça Victor Civita square – an Open Museum of Sustainability.
With a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Bahia Federal University, Adriano Mascarenhas launched his career through monument lighting for a French multinational. Subsequently, he was involved with several projects outside Brazil with fellow architect David Bastos. In 2008, he set up his own architectural firm – Sotero Arquitetos – where he began to work on major public and urban planning projects, in addition to houses. Set in the Chapada da Diamantina National Park in his home state of Bahia, the exposed and embedded concrete of his Casa do Bomba country house won the 2015 Best Architecture Prize in its category, awarded by the Arquitetura e Construção magazine, as well as the AsBEA Prize in 2014, awarded for Completed Works in the in the Residence category by the Brazilian Association of Architecture Firms (AsBEA). This home was also featured in several publications, including IW Magazine (Taiwan). More recently, he designed a set of urban interventions in Salvador, including the steep but picturesque Ladeira do Curuzu alley and the religiously significant Caminho da Fé pathway leading up to the sacred slopes of the Colina Sagrada that honours the ascending Jesus as the Senhor do Bonfim, listed by the National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Another of his designs in the Bahia State capital is the Tecnocentro – the State Government headquarters in the Bahia Technology Park, a sustainable building that uses solar power and recycled water. In 2013, this design was honoured by the Bahia State Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-BA); listed as a finalist in the 2012 Best Architecture Prize, it also received an Honourable Mention from AsBEA.
Established in Quito in 2007 and focusing on outreach projects and engagement with the communities in which it operates, the Al Borde collective gathers together architects David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena, Marialuisa Borja and Esteban Benavides. One of its most noteworthy works is the Casa en Construcción project that is refitting an old mansion in historic downtown Quito, which also serves as the headquarters of this collective. In 2016, this project received the Ibero-American Works Panorama Prize at the X Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Planning Biennial, held in São Paulo, as well as the Lafarge Holcim Acknowledgement Latin America award in 2014. The Al Borde track-record includes many other honours: in 2012, it won the Schelling Architecture Prize in Germany, and the Cultural Acknowledgment Medal in Ecuador, with the World Sustainable Architecture Award in Paris the following year. In 2014, these architects were nominated for the Iakov Chernikov International Young Architecture Award in Moscow and the Design for the Year Award at the London Design Museum in 2015. In 2016, they sat on the Iakov Chernikov Committee in Moscow and the Nominations Committee for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, as well as taking part in the official selection for the 2016 Venice Biennale that year.
Colombian Alejandro Echeverri believes that every designer has an ethical responsibility: to contribute to a better society. Lauded by Brazilian O Globo newspaper as a ‘social urban planning’ fan, he is known for the radical changes he introduced in Medellín – his hometown – where he was its Projects Director and the general manager of its Urban Development Agency (Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano). Between 2004 and 2008, he drew up a development plan that assigned top priority to the poorest areas, building new government schools and public libraries, parks and community centres with beautiful architectural designs, redefining the landscape. Two of these new buildings carry his signature: the Explora Park Science and Technology Museum, and the Innovation and Business Centre, in partnership with Emerson Marín. His urban upgrade programme also linked these low-income areas to the transportation system, including the use of cable cars. The outcome: violence dropped sharply, property prices are rising in once-neglected neighbourhoods, and tourism is thriving. In 2010, he established the Urban and Environmental Studies Centre (URBAM) at EAFIT University (also in Medellin), in order to research urban, environmental and social issues in developing countries with weak political and institutional structures. He also works with design through his studio – Alejandro Echeverri + Valencia Arquitectos – focusing on projects with low environmental impacts. His work won Colombia’s National Architecture Award (SCA) in 1996, as well as the Pan American Urban Design Biennial (2008); the Curry Stone Design Prize (2009); the X Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design (Harvard, 2013); and the Obayashi Prize (2016), among others.
Born in New York, Alfredo Brillembourg set up the Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in 1998, jointly with Hubert Klumpner. This interdisciplinary design office in Caracas (Venezuela) specialises in cutting-edge research into Contemporary Architecture and Urban Planning for complex environments. Its focus is the quest for innovative solutions responding to unplanned urban conditions and dramatic population shifts in cities around the world. With a B.A. in Art and Architecture (1984) and an M.A. in Architectural Design (1986), both earned at Columbia University, he obtained a further degree (1992) from the Central University of Venezuela. The U-TT gathers together the expertise of architects, civil engineers, environmental professionals, landscape designers and communication specialist seeking innovative but practical solutions to modern urban issues. Its main projects include the Metrocable cable-car in Caracas and vertical gym models. He also made a documentary film about the David Tower, an unfinished 45-floor office building in Caracas researches by many studies of informal vertical communities. He is currently working with U-TT on the Empower Shack project in South Africa, whose goal is to confer ethical and aesthetic dignity on shacks in the Khayelitsha district of Cape Town, where 400,000 people live in inadequate housing. Alfred Brillembourg is a guest professor at José Maria Vargas, Simon Bolívar and Central Universities (all in Venezuela), as well as Columbia University in New York – where he and Hubert Klumpner set up the Sustainable Laboratory for Urban Housing (S.L.U.M.). From 2010 to 2019, Brillembourg and Klumpner held the chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich; it is currently held by Klumpner alone. As a co-director of U-TT, Brillembourg has received several awards: the Ralph Erskine Prize (2010); the Holcim Gold Prize for Latin America (2011); the Holcim Global Silver Prize for innovative contributions to social and ecological design practices (2012); and the Golden Lion for Architecture at the Venice Biennale (2012).
A yardstick for contemporary architecture in São Paulo, Angelo Bucci is a professor and researcher, as well as an architect. His work is swayed by the Paulista Modernist School, whose simple lines and apparent structure steered project designs between the 1950s and 1970s. He designed projects such as the Casa de Fim de Semana weekend house in São Paulo, and an innovative six-story apartment building in Lugano, Switzerland, built on a seven-sided plot of land measuring some 1,000 m². A professor with the Architecture and Urban Planning School at the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP), he is also a guest lecturer at renowned international institutions such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Venice. Jointly with architects Milton Braga, Fernando de Mello Franco and Marta Moreira, he founded the firm MMBB architecture firm in 1996. Projects dating back to that time include the Trianon underground parking garage, awarded the Ex-Aequo Prize at the IV International Architecture Biennial in São Paulo; as well as renovations of homes such as the Casa Baeta de Vilanova Artigas e Carlos Cascaldi; and Casa de Ribeirão Preto. Adopting an experimental stance, his architecture uses a half-cave / half-ship strategy that permeates his thinking. This can be understood more clearly through the book expanding on his PhD thesis (2005): São Paulo, Razões de Arquitetura: da Dissolução dos Edifícios e de Como Atravessar as Paredes. Supported by architect Álvaro Puntoni, he set up a small firm (SPBR) in 2003 in order to "explore the field of a possible that has not yet been realised". The design for the Media Library at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) – which took first prize in this competition – also dates back to this period. Appointed an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington (2011), in 2019 his firm won the Best Work of Architecture Prize, awarded by the São Paulo Art Critics Association (APCA) with a design for the Hospital de Urgências in São Bernardo do Campo.
One of his best-known projects is a literal interpretation of the concept of fluid architecture: the walls of the Digital Water Pavilion (designed for Expo 2008 in Saragossa, Spain) are a real water curtain that reacts to visitors, opening up to allow them to enter, in addition to forming drawings and words. At the London Olympics, he created The Cloud, transforming a historic building into a cloud of interactive art data from all over the world. Born in Italy, Carlo Ratti is one of Europe's leading architects, known for his analyses and ideas on the impacts of new technologies on urban life, having published over 250 scientific articles. He heads up the Senseable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is a research group exploring how new technologies are changing the ways in which cities are perceived, planned and experienced. He is also a co-founder of the Carlo Ratti Associati firm in Turin, Italy, set up in 2004 (www.carloratti.com). The works of this speaker have been displayed in several countries, including the Venice Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), the Museum of Science in London and the Museum of Design in Barcelona. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion in Saragossa and the Copenhagen Wheel (bicycles with sensors that transmit traffic conditions, temperature, noise and air pollution and relative humidity data and other information to a public centre, while being pedalled) – have been ranked among the Best Inventions of the Year by Time magazine. Included in the Wired magazine’s Smart List of 50 People who will Change the World, he was also rated as one of America's 50 Most Influential Designers by Fast Company magazine. Now, Carlo Ratti co-chairs the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council, while also serving as a special consultant on Urban Innovation for the European Commission.
An architect and urban planner with a Master’s degree and PhD from the Architecture School at Minas Gerais Federal University, Carlos Alberto Maciel is a founding partner of the Arquitetos Associados collective, based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State.
Noteworthy for his art museums and public space designs, his works include the Miguel do Rio Branco and Cláudia Andujar galleries at the Inhotim Contemporary Art Centre in Minas Gerais State, which have won Brazilian and international awards.
In parallel, he works in the academic field, lecturing in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Architecture School, Minas Gerais Federal University (EA-UFMG), and has authored two books: Territórios da Universidade – Permanências e Transformações and Arquitetura como Infraestrutura.
An architect and urban planner with 33 years of experience in more than thirty countries, Claudio Acioly is one of the world’s leading urban management experts. In addition to serving as an urban management consultant and specialist for squatter settlement upgrades, housing policies and programmes, he also prepares and implements urban projects, in parallel to training and professional qualifications for the technical staff of local and national governments, universities and NGOs. He has worked as a consultant with the World Bank and UN Agencies (such as the UNDP, UNECE and UN-Habitat) in countries such as Moldova, Bulgaria, Armenia, Mozambique, Cuba, Bolivia, Brazil, Albania, Ecuador, Egypt and the Philippines, to name just a few. Between 2008 and 2012), he headed up the Housing Policy area at UN-Habitat, serving as the Coordinator of the UN Housing Rights Programme and Supervisor of the UN-Habitat Advisory Group on Forced Evictions. Currently, he heads the Capacity Building and Vocational Training area of UN-Habitat, directing projects and training programmes in several countries. The author of books and papers on housing and urban development published in academic and professional journals, he also served as a senior expert at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (HIS), the Netherlands (1993-2008). Since 2004 he has been an associate professor at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, USA, where he coordinates programmes focused on the unregistered land sector and the urbanisation of squatter settlements in Latin America.
Eager to explore the problems of Architecture and the city through teamwork, the Estudio 41 architecture firm was set up in Curitiba by a group of architects with degrees from the Paraná Federal University (UFPR). Currently consisting of partners Emerson Vidigal, Eron Costin, Fabio Henrique Faria, João Gabriel Rosa and Martin Kaufer Goic, the Estudio 41 collective recently gained international fame through its design for Brazil's new base in Antarctica. Winning the International Contest for the Comandante Ferraz Antarctica Station, it was also headlined the New York Times. This complex must cope with the incredibly harsh conditions found only in that white wilderness, planned to withstand temperatures of less than -50°C. The entire base is suspended three meters above the ground, keeping it above the snow and preventing heat loss heat loss through adjustable columns that adapt to changing temperatures and thaws. Covering 4,500 m², its seventeen laboratories are powered by a windfarm and solar energy panels, for lighter environmental impacts. This architectural collective from Paraná State has submitted entries in many other Architecture contests, expressing its ceaseless quest to upgrade the quality of life through buildings that enhance work, leisure and rest. Noteworthy among its many works is the Administrative Headquarters of Fecomercio Sesc Senac in Rio Grande do Sul State, which won the Outstanding Innovation Prize in the VI Saint-Gobain Architecture Award - Sustainable Habitat, and its design for upgrading the shoreline around Lake Paranoá in Brasília, where Estudio 41 outperformed 21 other entrants.
Her career with the São Paulo Municipal Housing Bureau (SEHAB) included significant contributions to the Favela Upgrade Programme (2009-2012), coordinating urban upgrade initiatives for São Francisco, Paraisópolis and Cabuçu de Cima. This led to the setup of Fabulous Urban in 2014, an urban design and research office headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, with a branch in Lagos, Nigeria, focused on underdeveloped regions. Lecturing in Urban Design at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2017, she was twice (2008-2010 and 2013-2017) a research lecturer at the Urban Design Institute, Federal Technology Institute (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2009, she was Assistant Curator for the IV Architecture Biennial in Rotterdam, having worked at Herzog & de Meuron, a Swiss architecture firm in Basle. Fabulous Urban was involved with the Regeneration Plan for the Makoko district of Lagos, Nigeria, where a third of its population lived in stilt-houses. In 2014, this project was selected for the Fuller Challenge run by the Buckminster Fuller Institute. From 2014 to 2017, she implemented the Makoko Neighbourhood Hotspot pilot project: a multi-purpose community centre with a biogas plant connected to community bathrooms and producing cooking gas. Commissioned by Böll Stiftung Nigeria, she coordinated and published the first edition (2016) of a research paper entitled Urban Planning Processes in Lagos – Policies, Laws, Planning Instruments, Strategies and Actors for Urban Projects, Urban Development and Urban Services in Africa’s Largest City. Produced in cooperation with local Urban Planning students and researchers at Lagos University, its second edition was published in 2018/2019.
With a degree from the Architecture and Urban Planning School at São Paulo University (USP), where she also completed her Master´s Degree, Fernanda Barbara is a founding partner of the Una Arquitetos architecture firm and a lecturer at the local College. In 2015, she was a guest lecturer at the graduate course on urban mutations (Des Mutations Urbaines) at the Special Architecture School in Paris. In 2017 she earned a Specialisation Diploma in design investigation from the Architecture, Design and Urban Planning School at the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has attended international seminars and given lectures in Chicago, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, Querétaro, Santiago, Montevideo and La Plata. A member of the representation team for Brazilian entries in the International Biennial in Venice (2006); that same year she also sat on the jury for the international contest run by the Architecture Triennial in Lisbon – Debut Award; and in 2016 she was a member of the curator team at the Ibero-American Biennial in 2019. She also received several prizes for constructed works and projects, with some designs published in Brazilian and international magazines; she also displayed on four occasions at the Venice Architecture Biennial. In 2018, Una Arquitetos was a finalist with four designs in the MCHAP Award in Chicago, USA. In 2003, she joined the team headed up by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, working on the design for the São Paulo bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. At the moment, she is also a partner in the UNA Barbara e Valentin architecture firm, which specialises in designing mixed-use buildings, including exhibitions and homes, among others.
Today one of Spain's most important architects, Fuensanta Nieto has an enviable track record of projects, jury membership, lectures, conferences and symposia at many institutions all over the world. A Professor of Design at the School of Architecture, European University of Madrid, she is also the founder (1985) of the Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos firm, in partnership with Enrique Sobejano and with offices in Madrid and Berlin. A graduate of the Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM), she holds an MSc in Building Design from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York (USA). From 1986 to 1991, she was a co-director of the Arquitectura journal published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos in Madrid. Milestones in her career include major works for which she submitted winning bids in public tenders. Her first important project was the expansion of the Dean’s Office at Vigo University in 1995. She also designed projects such as the SE-30 housing complexes in Seville (1996-2002), which received the European VII Biennial A E 2003 Prize; and the Mérida Convention Centre (1999-2004). She also designed the Saragossa Convention Centre for the International Expo 2008. In Las Palmas, she designed the Museo del Mar in Castillo de la Luz, awarded a Special Mention from the jury for the 2015 Spanish Architecture Prize awarded by the Main Board of the Colégios de Arquitetos in Spain. Her main works include three museums: Moritzburg (Halle, Germany), and Madinat al-Zahra (Córdoba) and San Telmo (San Sebastián), both in Spain; the annex to the Joanneum Museum in Graz (Austria) and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Córdoba (Spain). The Nieto Sobejano architecture firm is currently working on projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Morocco, China, France and the UK. Its work has also been displayed at the Venice Biennale in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2012; the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA, 2006); Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2008); and the MAST Foundation in Bologna, Italy (2014). It also has received several international awards, including the National Prize for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (2007) and the Nike Prize (2010), both from the Association of German Architects (BDA); the Aga Khan Prize for Architecture (2010); the Piranesi Prix de Rome (2011); the European Museum Year Award (2012); the Hannes Meyer Prize (2012); and an AIA Honorary Fellowship (2015).
Born in the port city of Barranquilla in northern Colombia, Giancarlo Mazzanti was the first Colombian architect with work selected for the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. A graduate of the Javeriana University in Colombia, with graduate studies in Industrial Design and Architecture in Florence, Italy, his architectural output features projects that foster social transformation and construct communities. His professional life has focused on enhancing the quality of life through designing environments and the concept of social equality. His focus on social values prompted him and his wife (biologist Laura Jaramillo) to set up the Horizontal Foundation for the implementation of Architecture and Urban Planning projects that deploy collaborative design tools as a tactic for pursuing social justice, acknowledging individual aspirations and promoting local work networks. The work of this Foundation follows four paths: Education, Justice, Climate Change and Resilience and Diversity. Extending beyond classic concepts of space, its vision pursues the goal of furthering quests for safety, security, equality, education, environmental adaptation and social capital development. A winner of fifteen international and national awards, he is also a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton as well as several Colombian universities.
With a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Fluminense University (UFF-RJ), Gustavo de Oliveira Martins won first prize in the Telephone Museum ideas contest (now Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro). This prompted him to establish the OA - Oficina de Arquitetos architecture workshop in 2000, together with other partners. This firm has won more than twenty Brazilian and international awards, mainly for educational and cultural institutional projects, such as the ANVISA/UNDP Building housing Brazil’s Public Health Regulator (ANVISA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Cine Teatro Mussi and Casa Polaski culture complexes in Santa Catarina State; and the National Academy of Medicine Museum (ANM) in Rio de Janeiro.
Currently lecturing at the Fluminense Federal University, he is also the national administrator of the Architecture and Urban Planning courses at the Estácio de Sá University.
With a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Paraná Federal University (2010), Gustavo Utrabo was active in the academic field as a guest professor and lecturer at renowned institutions such as the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Illinois Institute of Technology, both in the USA; the University of Hong Kong (China); the Future Architecture Platform (Slovenia); Royal Institute of British Architects (UK), and others. The founder of the Aleph Zero firm in Curitiba, he currently heads up the studio that bears his name in São Paulo. His main awards include the RIBA International Prize (2018); the RIBA International Emerging Architect Award (2018); the Arch Daily Building of the Year in the Educational Building category (2018); and the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Award (2017). He was also a finalist in the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), College of Architecture in Chicago (2018) and the Harvard Wheelwright Award (2018), taking third place in the Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture (2018). His Moradias Infantis children's housing project was included in The Guardian's list of the 25 leading architectural works of the XXI century.
Projects designed by architect Indio da Costa have helped redefine the face of Rio de Janeiro: the kiosks lining its shoreline, the Rio Cidade Leblon urban upgrade, the Colégio Veiga de Almeida school, the SESC centre, the headquarters of the National Institute of Metrology, Standardisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO), the revitalisation of Pier Mauá, the new Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) and the Glória Marina, to name just the most famous. Imbued with Brazilian spirit, his works reflect his love of nature (especially the landscapes of Rio), the influences of Bossa Nova, Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Reidy, and the structural and futurological innovations of Sergio Bernardes. Born in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul State, Indio da Costa has lived in Rio for several decades. With a degree in Architecture from what was then the University of Brazil – today Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) – he began his career with a construction company, subsequently studying Urban Planning in France. His small studio in Botafogo gradually grew into a fully-fledged business: Indio da Costa AUDT – Architecture, Urban Planning, Design and Transportation, where he still works today, together with his son Guto Indio da Costa. As an architect with City Hall, he spent time with Rio’s Parks and Gardens Department and the Municipal Urban Planning Department, designing many major projects and public buildings, as well as homes. In the course of his career, he has received several local and international awards, most recently from the IAB and the Brazilian Association of Architecture Firms – National (AsBEA) and its Rio de Janeiro chapter (AsBEA/RJ), of which he is currently the Honorary President. In 2006, he was the first architect to receive the Oscar Niemeyer Commendation, awarded by the IAB Senior Board at the XVIII Brazilian Congress of Architects "for his exemplary contribution to the production of the best architecture in Brazil." He also received the Roberto Cláudio dos Santos Aflalo Prize in 2010 (AsBEA National) and the Sergio Bernardes Prize in 2014 (AsBEA/RJ) for his body of work.
One of Brazil's best-known architects and urban planners, Jaime Lerner has an impressive track-record that overflows this brief profile. Twice governor of his home state (Paraná in Southern Brazil) and three times mayor of the State capital (Curitiba, also his hometown), he is also a former president of the International Union of Architects (UIA). In each of these positions, his pursuit of creative urban planning alternatives has always been notable. Back in the 1970s, during his first term as mayor of Curitiba, Lerner developed the subway on wheels concept, now known internationally as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system currently operating in Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, Seoul, Los Angeles and Istanbul, among other cities. Last year, the BRT carried 2.6 million people each day in Curitiba, just short of the London Underground, which handles around three million passengers a day. Educated in government schools, in 1964 he earned a degree in Architecture and Urban Planner from the Architecture School, Paraná Federal University. Since then, he has advised and designed urban plans for cities all over the world (USA, Mexico, Panama, Angola, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, China, Cuba and South Korea) and in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Recife, Salvador, Aracaju, Natal, Goiânia, Campo Grande, Niterói, Joinville, Cuiabá, São Caetano do Sul and Campinas), in addition to serving as a consultant to the United Nations for Urban Affairs. Honoured by many awards, his tributes include the United Nations Highest Environmental Prize (1990); the UNICEF Children and Peace Award (1996); the Sir Robert Mathew Prize for the Improvement of Quality of Human Settlements, UIA (2002); the Volvo Environment Prize (2004); and the Silver Medal at the University of Wisconsin's International City Design Competition, USA (1989). In 2010, Time magazine ranked Jaime Lerner among the world’s 25 most influential thinkers. In the field of Education, he taught at the Architecture and Urban Planning School, Paraná Federal University. A guest lecturer and professor at Berkeley, Cincinnati and Columbia Universities (USA) and Osaka University (Japan), he has also conducted seminars in many countries, including China, Colombia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain, the UK and the USA.
Jane Hall studied architecture at King’s College Cambridge and at the Royal College of Art, in London. She was the inaugural recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi fellowship, in 2013, allowing her to develop research on new models of practice in Brazil inspired by the work of Lina Bo Bard, a Brazilian modernist architect that is one of the greatest names of the 20th century. Jane’s PhD research builds on this initial study to critically examine the changing role of the architect and the alternative design and professional practices being developed as a result. She is the founding member of the London architecture collective Assemble (Turner Prize winner in 2015) and her work is based on interdisciplinary practices between artists and architects. She is also the author of the book Breaking Ground, Architecture by Women (Phaidon, 2019), which provides an historic and illustrative analysis of the extraordinary contribution women have made for architecture through more than 180 buildings. Jane’s work on public space, occupation and collective action has been published in Blueprint magazine and the Architectural Review.
One of the best-known projects designed by her architecture firm – Jô Vasconcellos & Arquitetos Associados – is the Cachaça Museum in Salinas, a town in northern Minas Gerais State that is home to one of Brazil’s largest craft cane spirit producers. In its description of this project, which was built by the Minas Gerais State Government, this firm stresses that it was designed to “contribute significantly to the transformation of the surrounding urban space, restoring a desirable socialisation area.” The building is described as “a continuity of volumes that turn into a spacious and inviting square that is open to the community, redeeming the necessarily public nature of a museum and confirming its social commitment, welcoming citizens.” Born in Belo Horizonte, the State capital, Jô Vasconcellos graduated from the Architecture School at the Minas Gerais State Federal University in 1971 – the same institution where one of her relatives (architect and historian Sylvio de Vasconcellos) was the tenured professor for the Chair of Architecture in Brazil. Specialising in landscape design and the restoration and conservation are historic monuments and complexes, she made her mark through the 3 Arquitetos group, jointly with Éolo Maia and Sylvio de Podestá. In addition to restorations, she has also produced some noteworthy designs for town squares and interventions in public areas. At the start of her career, she submitted entries in several contests and prizes, setting out on a long partnership with her subsequent husband Éolo Maia, who introduced Post-Modern Architecture to Brazil during the early 1980s. In 1981, they opened an office with Sylvio de Podestá, with whom they already shared the publication of two magazines: Vão Livre and Pampulha. During that period, the three of them published booklets entitled 3 Arquitetos (1982-1985), gaining visibility in Brazil and elsewhere in the world. After Éolo Maia passed away, she took over the coordination of the Jô Vasconcellos & Arquitetos Associados architecture firm that worked on many other institutional projects, in addition to the Cachaça Museum, such as the Knowledge Space at the Minas Gerais State Federal University (UFMG), the Culture circuit in the Praça da Liberdade square, and the headquarters of the Minas Gerais State Philharmonic Orchestra, all in Belo Horizonte. In 2005-2006, she also served as the curator of an exhibition of her husband’s designs and maquettes, entitled Éolo Maia: O Vento sobre a Cidade, displayed in Belo Horizonte and São Paulo.
In 2008, Brussels-born Laurent Troost opened his own firm, Laurent Troost Architectures, in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Working in the Amazonas State capital Manaus, he has also been the Urban Planning Director at the Municipal Urban Planning Institute (IMPLURB) since 2013. Before settling in Brazil, he spent time with architectural firms in countries such as Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. For example, between 2004 and 2007 he worked with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on projects such as the Renaissance Tower in Dubai, the new Jeddah International Airport in Saudi Arabia and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (China). Furthermore, he was Vice-President of the Brussels Association of Architects (SADBr) between 2002 and 2009. One of his recent projects gained international fame through winning the 2019 Dezeen Prize in the Rural Home category: the Casa Campinarana in Manaus. Raised from the ground, this modern two-story residential project stands on a 20 x 40 metre plot of land that includes a stream and a campinarana copse with characteristically low trees growing in an old flooded area. According to the description provided by Laurent Troost Architectures, Casa Campinarana "reversed the classic housing typology", preserving 65% of the impermeable land area through thermo-efficient architecture (essential in the tropical heat of Manaus), with cross-ventilation openings and extended eaves that provide added shade, while also preserving local ecosystems. Another of his recent projects that was highly praised is the Parintins Pier, selected for the Hidden Architects exhibition at the Seoul Hall of Urban Planning and Architecture in South Korea. With a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Institut Supérieur d'Architecture Intercommunal Victor Horta (ISAIVH) in Brussels, he also holds a post-graduate degree in Geography and Cities from the City School in São Paulo. Together with 24 renowned architects such as Norman Foster, Beatriz Colomina and Paola Antonelli, he will sit on the 2020 Dezeen Awards jury.
Born in São Paulo, Lua Nitsche graduated from the Architecture and Urban Planning School at the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1996. She worked with Felipe Crescenti, Isay Weinfeld, André Vainer and Guilherme Paoliello before setting up her own architecture firm in 2001 with her brother Pedro Nitsche: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados. Since then, her designs have won many awards, including the Barra do Sahy home, which won the Planeta Casa Prize in the Architectural Design category, awarded by in 2003 Casa Cláudia magazine. Designed in 2009, the São Francisco Xavier home won the IV Best Architecture Prize in the Country Home category. In 2012, the João Moura office block was awarded the Flávio Império Prize in the Design category by the São Paulo Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-SP), as well as the Best Built Work Award. This building also brought her the Young Architects Award in 2009. Also engaged in the academic field, Lua Nitsche has lectured at the Architecture e Urban Planning School at the City School, since 2009, where she completed a graduate course on Architecture, Education and Society in 2015.
The General Curator of the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Alberto de Oliveira has two exhibitions planned for this year, both aligned with the UIA2020RIO theme: Cities and Communities and Climate Emergency. A Physicist and with a PhD in Cosmology, his most recent lectures addressed the impact of technological changes on the lives of people and cities. In a recent interview with the UOL news website, he recalled that – although the plough took 700 years to reach Spain from China – today knowledge disseminates so quickly that "no one will be able to know about everything that is published in physics in just one day, it's impossible." A researcher at the Institute of Cosmology, Relativity and Astrophysics (ICRA-BR) and the Brazilian Physics Research Centre (CBPF/MCTI), where he also teaches History and the Philosophy of Science, he is also a professor, lecturer and consultant at several institutions. He has written essays for several collections: Tempo e História, A Crise da Razão, O Avesso da Liberdade, O Homem-Máquina; Ensaios sobre o Medo, Mutações: Ensaios sobre as Novas Configurações do Mundo, Mutações: a Condição Humana, Mutações: a Experiência do Pensamento, Mutações: Elogio à Preguiça, Mutações: o Futuro não é mais o que Era and Mutações: Fontes Passionais da Violência.
Born in Carmo de Minas, southern Minas Gerais State, Marcelo Ferraz moved to São Paulo to study Architecture at the Architecture and Urban Planning School, São Paulo University (FAU-USP). Graduating in 1980, he worked closely with Lina Bo Bardi on all her projects between 1977 and 1992, including the Sesc Pompéia sports and entertainment complex in São Paulo. He also worked with Oscar Niemeyer in 2002.
In 1977, he set up the Brasil Arquitetura architecture firm with Marcelo Suzuki and Francisco Fanucci, currently staffed by eight architects. He is a former director of the Lina Bo and Pietro Maria Bardi Institute and the Monumenta Programme run by the Ministry of Culture, for the rehabilitation of historical towns and cities.
In the academic field, he was a visiting professor at Washington University in the USA, and has authored the following books: Arquitetura rural na Serra da Mantiqueira (1992), Lina Bo Bardi (1993) and Arquitetura Conversável (2011).
A historian with an undergraduate degree from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), she also holds an MA in Social History from Campinas State University and a PhD in Sociology from the Rio de Janeiro Research Institute (IUPERJ) where she worked from 1987 to 2007, becoming a Full Professor (Sociology) in 1993. A former president of the National Social Sciences Research and Graduate Studies Association (ANPOCS) in 2009-2010, she currently sits on the Strategic Information Council at the Pereira Passos Municipal Urban Planning Institute (IPP). Researching and working in the social studies field with a focus on culture and the city, she is known for her research and ideas on Social Science theories (History, Sociology, etc.) applied to understanding the concept of the city, exploring urban changes in modern times. Of particular interest are steadily increasing throngs of people housed in degrading conditions in poverty-stricken urban outskirts and tent towns that are home to more than forty million refugees fleeing political persecution, civil wars and climate disasters. Currently an Associate Professor II with the Social Sciences Department at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), she has also been a Researcher with the National Research Council (CNPq) since 2005. The Social Sciences Graduate Studies Programme Coordinator at PUC-Rio in 2011 and 2012, she now coordinates the City Studies and Projects Unit (CENTRAL) at its Social Sciences Centre. Her research focuses on the history and sociology of culture and intellectuals, urban studies and political sociology. A prize-winning author honoured by the National Library Foundation and the Brazilian Association of Writers, she has written, co-authored or organised eleven books, with her work included in 35 international and Brazilian collections.
Born in São Paulo, Mario Biselli works at all scales with many projects, ranging from airports and major urban projects to countless homes, public and private buildings, residential, commercial and utility complexes, and social interest initiatives such as schools and sports centres. With clients in the public and private sectors, he also works through public tenders, winning notable prizes. A graduate (1985) with a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Architecture and Urban Planning School at Mackenzie University, in 1987 he established the Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos Associados architecture firm, in partnership with his fellow graduate Artur Katchborian. Believing that the practice of architecture should always be associated with academic reflection, in 1992 he began his career as a lecturer in the Design Department at the Fine Arts School in São Paulo. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the Design Department at the Architecture and Urban Planning School at Mackenzie University. His more recent awards and exhibitions include: the Infinito Vão exhibition at the Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos, Portugal, 2018; the Rogelio Salmona Latin American Architecture Prize; 20 Latin American works selected to participate - CEU Pimentas, 2016; Julio Prestes Public Private Partnership – the winning design in a closed competition organised by Construtora Canopus, São Paulo, 2016; Urban Upgrade Project for the Anhangabaú Valley, São Paulo, 2015; APCA Award 2010, Best Work Built in São Paulo (CEU Pimentas) – São Paulo Association of Art Critics (APCA); - Rino Levi Award; IAB 2010 - Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB/SP) - Best Built Work of the Year (CEU Pimentas); - Design for Terminal 3 Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo, 2010; Venice Biennial - International Architecture Exhibition 2014, Brazil Pavilion.
An architect and urban planner with a degree from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) Campinas (1988), he also holds a PhD from the Architecture and Urban Planning School at the University of São Paulo (2002). A coordinator at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) foundation in São Paulo from 2013 to 2015, he lectured at Mackenzie University (also in São Paulo) from 1993 to 2013, where he set up and coordinated a graduate course in Architectural Design for the Contemporary City. Since 2006, he has taught at the Escola da Cidade school and served as a guest lecturer at the UDC college in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná State since 2017. He is currently preparing to head up the graduate course at the Escuela Radical school in Mexico in 2020.
For more than ten years, he has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at academic and professional events in Brazil, Spain and Latin America. In addition to academic and professional awards and honours, he has won 21 prizes in public Architecture and Urban Planning contests, two of them international. His designs and essays are published frequently worldwide in several languages.
Some of his sketches for the Heritage Museum, in Santiago (Chile) are in the architectural collections of the George Pompidou Centre in Paris (France) and the House of Architecture in Matosinhos (Portugal), where they were displayed in two exhibitions: Permanence et Rupture (Paris, 2015) and Infinito Vão (Matosinhos, 2018-2019).
An outstanding name in the field of public and institutional projects in the construction and urban planning areas, this graduate of the Architecture and Urban Planning School at the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP) has been lecturing in design at the City School since 2002. She also served as the coordinator of its Technical Board, in charge of organising technical projects and works of interest to this institution (2014-2018). Together with her partners Fernando de Mello Franco and Milton Braga, she established the MMBB Arquitetos firm in 1990. Since then, it has handled notable projects such as the Cultural and Recreational Centre at the Pinheiros Sports Club (2017); the Jardim Edite Social Housing Complex (2008/2012); the Córrego do Antonico stream urban upgrade project in Paraisópolis (2009); homes in City Boaçava (2004/2008) and Vila Romana (2004/2006), the Garagem Trianon parking facility (1995/1999) and the National Bairro Novo Contest, all in São Paulo. Other projects in São Paulo State include the Music School and Auditorium in Campos do Jordão (2009) and the Campinas F1 Government School in Campinas, in addition to the National Design Contest for the Brazilian Pavilion in Seville, Spain (1991). Collaborating with architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha since 1995, she has worked on international projects such as the National Coach and Carriage Museum in Lisbon, Portugal and the Master Plan for Vigo University in Spain. In Brazil, her achievements include the Paço Alfândega Customs House in Recife, the SESC 24 de Maio building, the Poupatempo Itaquera government services facility, the FIESP Culture Centre, and the Dom Pedro II Bus Terminal, all in São Paulo. In 2013, she was a guest professor at the Architecture and Design School, Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile, having also lectured at the Braz Cubas University in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, between 1992 and 1995.
Listed among the thirty top architecture firms in Latin America by the ArchDaily website in 2018, Bloco Arquitetos was set up in Brasília by architect and urban planner Matheus Seco. With a BSc in Architecture from the University of Brasília (UnB) in 1999, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue his Master's Degree in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UK). He was President of the Federal District Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-DF) between 2014 and 2016. In 2008, he opened the Domo Arquitetos firm in Brasília with his colleagues Daniel Mangabeira and Henrique Coutinho. Six years later (and much larger), it was renamed Bloco Arquitetos, in tribute to the architectural layout of Brasília, based on buildings clustered into blocos: residential blocks, commercial blocks etc. Engaged in projects of many different sizes and scales, Bloco Arquitetos works with houses and buildings, as well as interiors and temporary facilities. Its partners share a vision of urban space shaped by ongoing interactions among small, medium and large buildings, with each project preceded by reflection on its position in the city. It is also among the founding members of the Atelier Piloto collective, set up to build stronger links among architecture students, practitioners and schools in Brasília through running project workshops that encourage collaborative efforts pursuing a common goal: thinking about the city. This firm has built up a long list of awards, exhibitions and winning entries. Noteworthy among its most recent honours are: IAB-SP 2019 Prize in the Single Family Home category for the Casa dos Pórticos in São Paulo; Finalist in the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel 2019 Architecture Prize with Casa Vila Rica in São Paulo, which also placed second in the Work of the Year - ODA 2018 contest run by the ArchDaily portal; an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Annual Prize awarded by the Rio de Janeiro Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-RJ) for the Casa das Praças; in 2018, the 711H House earned an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Annual Prizes awarded by the São Paulo Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-SP); it was among the ten finalists in the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architecture Prize; its Norton Restaurant won the Americas and Caribbean Continent round of the Prix Versailles, Restaurants - Exterior category in 2018.
In an interview with the ArcoWeb architecture website, Miguel Pinto Guimarães explains that the key factor in his architecture is "understanding the local landscape, the quirks of the weather and plantlife", adding that this inspires him to research how ancient peoples dealt with these contextual issues. For him, the crux of his work as an architect is "the quest to interpret the traditional Brazilian home – from indigenous village huts to Portuguese colonial mansions – and include this in the Modernist repertoire". He believes that "rather than just architects, we must be humanists, caring for individuals,” with "our architecture necessarily at the service of people and not the other way around". With a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning (1997) from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), Miguel Pinto Guimarães set up his own firm with Thiago Bernardes at the age of eighteen. With the untimely death of Thiago’s father (architect Claudio Bernardes), they were invited to take over the family business, renamed Bernardes Jacobsen Guimarães. After two productive years, he left to open his own business in 2003: MPG Arquitetos Associados (MPGAA). Since then, he has worked on more than 500 projects all over Brazil and abroad. Initially focused on residential projects, MPGAA today has an impressively diversified portfolio, packed with residential and commercial buildings, art galleries, museums, theatres, schools, restaurants and large-scale urban projects.
This Dutch-Brazilian architect holds a degree in Architecture from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture, Paris-Belleville, France (2000). A partner in the Atelier77 architecture firm, Nanda Eskes is the president of the Convergences of Art, Society and Architecture (CASA) Institute and lectures at the Architecture and Urban Planning Department, Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She coordinated the Cidade das Artes project in Rio de Janeiro for French architect Christian de Portzamparc, with whom she collaborated for several years. Together with her partners Priscila Marinho and Thorsten Nolte, she designed the Santa Cruz Community Centre, the Ser Cidadão education centre and the Urban Quality Seal for the Vale Foundation. In 2012, she won the Rio de Janeiro Federation of Industries (FIRJAN) Public Architecture Contest for the Casa Firjan da Indústria Criativa. Since opening her own office (Nanda Eskes Arquitetura) in 2008, she has worked on residential and government projects, including the Homeless World Cup Community Centre (HMC) in Rio de Janeiro. Included among the fifteen architects selected to represent Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 2016, in March 2019 she won the VI Saint-Gobain Architecture Award / Professional Category: Residential Project with her "Casa Gamboa: Revitalising Downtown Rio de Janeiro".
Soon after graduating from the University of Pernambuco, architects Bruno Lima, Chico Rocha and Lula Marcondes established the O Norte – Oficina de Criação in 1998. A production hub for architecture, design, the visual arts and other cultural projects, this creative workshop strives to showcase and disseminate Brazilian art and culture, particularly in North and Northeast Brazil. Its efforts have been widely acknowledged and honoured: for example, in 2002 the Novo Mangue School won a contest organised by UNICEF and Recife City Hall; in 2016 it was invited to represent Brazil at the XV International Biennial of Architecture in Venice; in 2006 it was selected to participate in the V Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning in Montevideo, Uruguay; it won the Young Architects 2004 Prize awarded by the São Paulo Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-SP) and the Museu da Casa Brasileira museum, followed by the IAB Pernambuco Chapter Prize in 2009; in 2010, the Arquitetura e Urbanismo magazine ranked it among Brazil’s 25 most promising architecture firms for the next 25 years.
Born in Pedregulho, São Paulo State, Paulo Henrique Paranhos earned his degree in Architecture, followed by a PhD, at the University of Brasilia (UnB), the city where he opened his own firm in 1986. Previously he worked with E. M. Dubugras and João F. (Lelé) Lima, in addition to serving as a consultant to his alma mater, as well as the National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty). A former President of the Federal District Chapter of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB-DF) with a seat on the IAB Senior Board during some administrations, he was the Brazilian member of the Adjudicating Committee for the São Paulo International Biennial, as well as in several Brazilian competitions. He also sat on the Curator Boards for several International Biennials. An Award Winning Architecture (AWA) winning with his Espaço Cultural culture centre in Palmas, he has also won some international contests, such as the Shinkenchiku D. Competition (Japan) and the designs for the Embassies of India and Mozambique in Brasília. He also won Brazilian competitions, such as those for the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) and the Regional Medicine Board in Palmas, both in Tocantins State, taking second place in competitions such as the Brazilian Pavilion at Expo 92 in Spain; the ABC University in São Paulo; and the Headquarters of University Level Staff Further Education Coordination (CAPES) head office in Brasilia. Having been honoured by a Special Room at the São Paulo International Biennial, several of his works were featured at the Brazil-France Exhibition in Paris and the Brazil Exhibition in Colombia.
One of South Africa's leading architects, Peter Rich is an expert in the tribes of his homeland both before and after apartheid, endowing him with respect for African worldviews and cultures. The outcome is clear in his architectural works, featuring local organic elements. His contribution to contemporary African architecture – and especially his defence of the world’s less privileged peoples – has been acknowledged worldwide in many ways. A member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), an international member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Sydney Sussex College at Cambridge University in the UK, he was awarded a gold medal by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA); his Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre was voted World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2009. Based in Johannesburg, his portfolio includes works in other countries, such as the Stone House in China, a condominium with organic elements, using concepts learned from South African tribes: respect for public space and a preference for local materials. In 2018, he had a one-man exposition at the Venice Biennale. According to the curators who invited him (Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara), he was chosen for his expertise in architectural design, reminding architecture professionals that they have forgotten how to draw. He has taught people from all over the world how to draw by hand, giving lectures (which include crafts) in 29 countries, including Mexico, Tanzania, India, USA, Turkey and Finland.
An architect, urban planner and educator, Rahul Mehrotra is also a leading expert in Indian architecture, having published several books and studies. He works regularly with historical preservation and environmental conservation commissions in Mumbai, India, where his firm – RMA Architects – is also located. His designs are imbued with the concept that Indian architecture and urban panoramas are pluralistic – multi-ethnic and multi-cultural landscapes that have changed and blended over the centuries since British colonial rule, giving rise to the current mosaic of cities where skyscrapers tower over shantytowns. A Design and Urban Planning Professor at the Harvard Design School, Mehrotra’s projects range from art centres, boutiques and weekend homes to factories, social institutions and office buildings throughout India. They include a complex housing 100 elephants and their keepers in Jaipur, the State capital of northern India. A prolific author of books and papers on Architecture and Urban Planning in Mumbai and India in general, this speaker co-authored Bombay - The Cities Within, exploring the urban history of this city from 1600 to the present day. Based on the recommendations of one of his published studies (Conserving an Image Censer – The Fort Precinct in Bombay), the historic Fort region was listed for preservation in 1995, the first landmark to receive this classification in India. In 2000, he published a book for the UIA commemorating the turn of the century entitled The Architecture of the 20th Century in the South Asian Region. Having studied at the Ahmedabad School of Architecture, Rahul Mehrotra completed his Master's Degree in Urban Design with distinction at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1987). The Executive Director (1994-2004) of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) in Mumbai, he is now a curator of this institution. He has also taught at the Michigan University (2003-2007) and the Architecture and Urban Planning School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology/MIT (2007-2010).
Raquel Rolnik is an architect, urban planner and professor at the Architecture and Urban Planning School of the University of São Paulo (USP), where she completed her undergraduate and master's degrees. She also studied for a doctorate at the Graduate Arts and Science School at New York University. A specialist in housing policy, planning and urban land management, she served as a Special Rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council for the Right to Adequate Housing. She also worked as a Planning Director for the City of São Paulo; the Urban Planning Coordinator at the Polis Institute and served as the National Urban Programmes Secretary at the Ministry of Cities, among other activities related to urban and housing policies. She is the author of two books: one on the city and the law in São Paulo (A Cidade e a Lei, O que é Cidade, Folha Explica: São Paulo) and the other on land colonisation and housing (Guerra dos Lugares: a colonização da terra e da moradia na era das finanças).
After initially studying Architecture and Urban planning at Paraíba Federal University in his home state, he completed his training in 1987 at Ceará Federal University. However, it was in Manaus that he built up his career, making his name as a strikingly original architect through his sustainable approach to blending Amazon rainforest timber with steel and concrete. A good example of this technique is the airy Sítio Passarim country house built on 7,500 square metres of land with a swimming pool near one of the large river inlets around the Amazonas State capital. He describes this project as translating an " urban Amazon" concept, inspired by the shapes, colours and materials of the rainforest and the city, reflecting a harmonic coexistence between housing and nature. The steel beams supporting the floor and roof blend with huge trunks rising from concrete foundations. Environmental impacts are minimised through a double-cell septic tank that ensures better absorption and dispersal in sandy soil. Concrete gutters and pebbles trap rainwater, which is channelled back to the inlet. Thanks to its originality, this design was a finalist in the IV Ibero-American Architecture Biennial. A former managing director of the Municipal Social Order and Urban Planning Institute (IMPLURB) in Manaus, he designed several other original projects, including the Container Mall, where 21 twenty-foot containers line up in pairs to house twelve stores on two floors. He also organised the Casamazônia mega-fair that welcomed more than 15,000 people to its seventy stands in August 2019, showcasing the best in Amazon Architecture, Interior Design, Landscaping and Construction.
Born in Buenos Aires, Zaida Muxi Martínez graduated from the Architecture, Design and Urban Planning School at the Buenos Aires University; she received her doctorate from the Architecture School in Seville. She has lived in Barcelona since 1990, lecturing at the Architecture School. A former Urban Planning Director for the Santa Coloma de Gramenet municipality and Deputy Director of the Architecture School in Barcelona, she has also worked for two Provincial Governments (the Junta de Andalucía and the Generalidad de Catalunya), as well as Government Housing Bureaus in São Paulo and Buenos Aires. A pioneer in urban gender studies, she is a co-founder of the Col Lectiu Punt 6 collective and the Un Día Una Arquitecta research network, set up to spotlight the worldwide output of women in architecture. She is the author of a book on women, houses and cities (Mujeres, casas y ciudades - Más allá del umbral) and co-authored a study of architecture and politics (Arquitectura y Política) with Josep Maria Montaner.