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), the Hotel Les Arènes (Morocco) and the renovation of Marina da Glória (Rio). In urbanism, she restructured neighbourhoods such as Point de Trivaux, in Meudon-la-Forêt (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.
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.
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).
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.