Seventh Edition 2019-2020
Born in 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, she trained in Architecture and Urbanism at the Santa Ursula University in Rio de Janeiro, where she has developed her independent practice of architecture and research since 2000. Her office is currently engaged in both public and private projects, focusing on housing and cultural programs. As an undergraduate she worked with the architect Gisela Magalhães, and after college with Mario Fraga on the Atelier house. There followed a series of projects such as Rio Bonito House (2005), Varanda House (2007), Minin House (2008), Santa Teresa House in its final stage (2012), as well as exhibition designs and the ephemeral Pavilion Humanidade conceived with the senior set designer and theater director Bia Lessa for Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Carla Juaçaba is constantly part of the academic realm: Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio; Workshop at IUAV di Venezia 2014 and 2020 where she won the best studio for public space projects; Jury at BIAU Bienal Ibero Americana in Madrid 2012 and 2019. She won the first edition of the international prize ArcVision Women and Architecture 2013 and the first prize of AREA Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2018. She was invited to Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 with the project BALLAST, curated by Grafton Architects, and also built one of the Vatican Chapels for the Holy See Pavilion, curated by Francesco Dal Co, that is now part of the Italian heritage. In 2016 Clovis Cunha became a partner of her studio. She is now living in London and currently teaching at the Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio.