Succeeding the donation of Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s collection to Casa da Arquitectura (CA) – Portuguese Centre for Architecture, CA announces the organization of two simultaneous exhibitions on the work of the Brazilian Pritzker, which will open in May 2023 and will be complemented with an ambitious programme of activities inside and outside Portugal.
The exhibitions will occupy CA’s exhibition spaces, the Exhibition Hall and the Casa Gallery. The largest exhibition, at the Exhibition Hall, will be curated by the architect and architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen, and by Vanessa Grossman, a Brazilian architect based in Rotterdam. The exhibition project will be authored by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Pritzker Prize 2011.
This will be a great retrospective exhibition of the work of architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha from a reading of the collection donated to Casa da Arquitectura – which includes all the material produced during his long professional life, from the 50s of the last century to the present day – and it will remain open until October 2023.
Simultaneously, at the Casa Gallery, there will be an exhibition curated by the Brazilian architect Marta Moreira and the Portuguese engineer Rui Furtado, with an exhibition project by Ricardo Bak Gordon, a team that, together with Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Nuno Sampaio, carried out the project for the National Coach Museum.
Along with these two exhibitions, there will be a programme of activities curated by architect Nuno Sampaio, Executive Director and General Commissioner of CA, together with architect Catherine Otondo, responsible for organizing the Paulo Mendes da Rocha collection, who arrived at CA in September 2020. This wide-ranging parallel programme will include debates, conferences, site visits and is intended to be held for five months in six different countries: Portugal, Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan, and will turn out to be a great celebration of architecture and of the work and person of Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Pritzker Prize 2006, the first honorary member of Casa da Arquitectura in September 2018 and the most recent awarded with the gold medal at the UIA Congress – International Union of Architects, Paulo Mendes da Rocha passed away on last 23 May.
“This will be a great accomplishment of Casa da Arquitectura to celebrate the person and universal work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha, his ethical, aesthetic and technical principles throughout the world and will make these exhibitions in Matosinhos a must-visit for those who like architecture and, in particular, the work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha”, highlights the Executive Director, Nuno Sampaio.
Casa da Arquitectura, the organising institution, is currently establishing partnerships with several entities around the world to pursue this ambitious plan of activities.
Catherine Otondo is an architect graduated from FAU_USP in 1994. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. degree from the same institution with the thesis: “Design and built space; relations between thinking and doing in Paulo’s work Mendes da Rocha”. About the architect’s work, she also published several books: Paper Maquetes, Itinerários of Architecture –Paulo Mendes da Rocha and the 29-minute short film with PMR. She is currently a partner at the Urban Base office in partnership with the architect Marina Grinover.
The office develops projects at various scales of architecture and urban design, focusing on the complete design process from the first drawings until the execution of the work. She was a Project Professor at the University’s Institute of Architecture and Urbanism from São Paulo (IAU-USP), and currently teaches the same subject at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at Mackenzie Presbyterian University.
In 2020 she was elected, together with a group of 156 women, President of the Council of Architecture and Urbanism of the State of São Paulo, CAU/SP, for the 2021-2023 triennium.
Eduardo Souto de Moura
Eduardo Souto de Moura was born on the 25th of July, 1952, in Oporto, Portugal. He studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Oporto, receiving his degree in 1980. In 1974 he collaborated in the architectural practice of Noé Dinis. From 1975 to 1979 he collaborated in the architectural practice of Álvaro Siza. From 1981 to 1991, he was assistant professor in his alma mater, and later began to serve as professor in the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Oporto. Own office since 1980. He has been visiting professor at the architectural schools of Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin, ETH Zurich, Lausanne and Mantova. He has participated in numerous seminars and given many lectures both in Portugal and abroad. His work has appeared in various publications and exhibitions. In 2011 he received the Pritzker Prize, in 2013 the Wolf Prize and in 2017 the Piranesi Prize. In 2018 received the award “Leone d’oro” in La Biennale di Venezia.
Jean-Louis Cohen is an architect, historian, and curator, with a long track record in research on modern architecture and city planning. Since 1994, Jean-Louis Cohen has held the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He has been a curator for numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine and at MAXXI.
The most significant among the forty books he has published are: Building a New New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture (2020), Frank Gehry: Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings, Volume One, 1954–1978 (2020), Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013), The Future of Architecture. Since 1889 (2012), Architecture in Uniform (2011), Designing and Building for WWII, (2011).
São Paulo, Brazil. Architect graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP) in 1987.
Professor of the Design Area of the Escola da Cidade school of architecture since 2001; member of this Association’s presidency since 2019.
Founding partner of MMBB Arquitetos since 1990. Main projects: Cultural and Recreation Centre of Esporte Clube Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017; Jardim Edite Social Housing Complex, São Paulo, Brazil, 2008/2012; Auditorium and Music School in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, 2009; Redevelopment of the Córrego do Antonico in Paraisópolis, São Paulo, Brazil, 2009; City Boaçava House, 2004/2008 and Vila Romana House, São Paulo, Brazil, 2004/2006; Campinas F1 Public School, Campinas, Brazil, 2003/2004; Trianon Garage, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995/1999; Headquarters of DPTO – Advertising and Marketing, São Paulo, Brazil, 1993/1994; National Project Competition for the Pavilion of Brazil in Seville, Spain, 1991.
Collaboration with architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha from 1995 to 2021.
Main projects: SESC 24 de Maio, São Paulo, Brazil, 2002/2017; National Coach Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2007/2009; Master Plan of the University of Vigo, Spain, 2004/2005; Paço Alfândega, Recife, Brazil, 2000/2003; Poupatempo Itaquera, São Paulo, Brazil, 1998/1999; FIESP Cultural Centre, São Paulo, Brazil, 1996; D. Pedro II Bus Terminal, São Paulo, Brazil, 1996.
Architect in Porto and Master in “Large Scale Architecture” at the Barcelona School of Architecture, he has been working as an architect since 2000 at the studio “Nuno Sampaio – Arquitetos”.
Currently, and since 2014, he is the Executive Director of Casa da Arquitectura, where he assumes the direction and curatorship of the institution that is today the Portuguese Centre for Architecture.
He was a member of the National Board of Directors of the Order of Architects from 2008 to 2010. He was president of “Estratégia Urbana” – Laboratory for Innovation in Architecture and City, and Vice-president of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale from 2010 to 2020.
Concurrently, he has been a jury member in several architecture competitions, of which the 2013 FAD Awards stand out.
Ricardo Bak Gordon
Ricardo Bak Gordon was born in Lisbon in 1967 and graduated from the School of Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon, in 1990. During his studies he also attended the University of Porto’s School of Architecture and the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Between 2009 and 2019, he was Professor of the Master’s degree in Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), in Lisbon, and at the School of Architecture of the University de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain between 2017 and 2019. He was Visiting Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design between 2015 and 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was also lecturer and/or visiting professor at several universities and international institutions, such as the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, IUAV University of Venice and the Barcelona School of Architecture.
He has been a practising architect since 1990 and, in 2002, opened the studio Bak Gordon Arquitetos, where he works and is coordinator.
He was the author of the Portugal Pavilion at ExpoZaragoza 2008, the Portugal Pavilion at the 2007 São Paulo Architecture Biennale, and of the exhibition project of the first edition of the 2007 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. He is co-author of the project for the new National Coach Museum in Lisbon.
He has a vast work built in the private and public domain, standing out interventions in schools carried out in Portugal and Switzerland.
His work as an architect has been presented in several exhibits in Portugal, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Macau, South Korea and Japan, and published in prestigious architecture magazines.
Ricardo was awarded the 2011 FAD Award (Barcelona, Spain), the 2012 BIAU Award (Cádiz, Spain), the 2015 CICA BA Award (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the APCA Award (São Paulo, Brazil) and was nominated for the Mies award van der Rohe in 2009 and 2011. He also represented Portugal at the 2010, 2012 and 2018 Venice Biennale, and at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
His work is part of the Architecture collection of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).
In 2019 he won the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) prize for his work.
Rui Furtado was born in Porto in 1959 and graduated in Civil Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in 1982, when he starts his professional activity. Today he is a Senior Member of the Association of Engineers and a Structural Specialist.
In 2012 he was Visiting Professor on the subject “Analysis of Structures” of the Architecture Course taught at the “University of Saint Joseph” in Macau. That same year he accepted the invitation to teach the subjects of “Structural Systems I” and “Statics I” in the Architecture course at Universidade Lusófona, which he still does today.
His main occupation is the management of Afaconsult – Multidisciplinary Projects Company – where he promotes the practice of an integrated project philosophy as a way to improve the final result – The Building.
In the practice of his professional activity, he sees the integration of the Structure as enhancing the Architectural result of the Buildings. The lightness of the buildings and the rationality of their construction have been the main objectives of the projects that have been developed in recent years.
During the last 39 years, he participated and led numerous structural projects, including: the Municipal Stadium in Braga, Casa da Música in Porto, 2 Towers in Zenghzou, China, 2 Towers in Milan (Lotto Rd), MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art for USP in São Paulo, the new National Coach Museum in Lisbon, the EDP Headquarters in Lisbon, MAAT Museum in Lisbon, SAKTHI’s SP21 Installations in Águeda, the Brazilian Station “Comandante Ferraz” in Antártica (under construction). He is currently working on the MUDAC Museum and Elysée projects in Lausanne (under construction) and the “Cité de la Musique” in Geneve.
In 2005 he won the “Secil Civil Engineering” Award with the Municipal Stadium of Braga.
Vanessa Grossman is an architect, a historian of modern and contemporary architecture, and a curator whose research focuses on architecture’s intersections with ideology and governance, with a special focus on global practices in Cold War era Europe and Latin America.
She is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology.
She was curator of exhibitions at the São Paulo Cultural Centre, at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, at Sesc 24 de Maio and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Among his books we can highlight the co-editions Oscar Niemeyer en France, un exil créatif (2021), and Everyday Matters: Contemporary Approaches to Architecture (2021), AUA, une architecture de l’engagement 1960–1985 (2015). She is also the author of Le PCF a changé! Niemeyer et le siège du Parti communiste (2013), and A arquitetura e o urbanismo revisitados pela Internacional situacionista (2006).