Member of the Honour Committee, Carla Juaçaba considers UIA 2020 RIO an opportunity to “cross borderlines”

Humanidade Pavilion, built in Copacaba for RIO+20,
in 2012 / Celso Brando

Internationally recognized for works that mix sustainability, technology and sociocultural aspects, the Brazilian Carla Juaçaba is a member of the Honour Committee of UIA 2020 RIO, the 27th World Congress of Architects, that will happen next year, from the 19th to the 23rd of July.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, Carla graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University Santa Úrsula. Since 2000, she works and develops researches at her own office, which is involved in cultural programs and private projects. A strong feature of her projects is the concern with the contexts of the places where they are included – climate, light, nature and available resources.

In 2013, in Italy, Carla won the first edition of the arcVision – Women and Architecture award, which, every year, recognizes international professionals of the area who have shown excellency in their works. She also won the AR Emerging Architecture Award (AREA) in 2018.

UIA 2020 RIO

She believes that UIA 2020 RIO’s proposal is to discuss the best ways to “cross borderlines”:

- The limits between architecture and social matters have to be crossed. Any kind of project needs to consider specific contexts and geographies. When the Congress is set to gather people from different countries, who work on different subjects, its objective is to talk about diversity, common goals and ways to adapt ideas.

In an interview for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Carla Juaçaba emphasized that, for this type of debate to happen, it is important to consider that global examples do not exist, but local solutions do.

The Holy See Pavilion, a chapel constructed for Vatican for the Venice Biennale of 2018, and the Humanidade Pavilion 2012, made in Copacabana during the meeting RIO+20, are two of her most known projects. Carla is also responsible for works such as the Varanda House, the Santa Teresa House and the Rio Bonito House.

Elizabeth de Portzamparc (Brazil), Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso) and Solano Benítez (Paraguay) are confirmed in UIA 2020 RIO and members of the Honour Committee as well.

UIA 2020 RIO

Hundreds of architects, urbanists and other interested groups from the civil society have already guaranteed their presences at the event, which will turn Rio into the epicentre of the debate about the future of the cities around the world.

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It is the fourth time that the World Congress of Architects, that happens every three years, take place in Latin America, being the first one in Brazil. In 1963, Havana was the host city; in 1969, it was Buenos Aires and, in 1978, Mexico City. To host the event in 2020, Rio de Janeiro has competed against Paris and Melbourne.

With the theme “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21” is promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and is organized by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB). It will reunite specialists and enthusiasts of fairer and more dynamic cities to talk about solutions between the 19th and the 23rd of July 2020. Before that, on July 17 and 18, Rio will also host the World Forum of Cities UNESCO-UIA, with mayors of previous host cities and political, entrepreneurial, cultural and social leaderships.


Rio de Janeiro is the first city to win the title of World Capital of Architecture by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA). Throughout 2020, the city will host a series of events, including the 27th World Congress of Architects, the World Forum of Cities, expositions and public contests. Apart from showing to the world the architectural importance of Rio, the title is also an opportunity for reflection about the future, to plan what is wanted for cities all over the world.

Humanidade Pavilion, built in Copacaba for RIO+20, in 2012 / Celso Brando
Vatican Chapel, Venice Biennale of 2018 / Federico Cairoli
Santa Teresa House / Federico Cairoli
Vatican Chapel, Venice Biennale of 2018 / Federico Cairoli
Varanda House / Carla Juaçaba
Rio Bonito House / Federico Cairoli



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