Join AIA|DC's Design Excellence Committee for a film screening and panel discussion highlighting the profound contributions of South American women architects in the world of creativity, design, and diversity.
This program is part of a 4-part series showcasing 4 countries: Argentina, Peru, Chile and Brazil. Each session will include 4 panelists from the represented country that will share their work.
The series explore representation of diverse typologies of unseen architecture in South American countries all seen from the eyes of local women architects.
This 4x4 = 16 Brazil showcases the work of architects Gloria Cabral, Gabriela Leandro, Marta Moreira and Mariana Simas.
- Identify emerging man-made materials and experimentation techniques that can be a conduct to allow social experiences and collaboration in low-income societies.
- Discover the design of public sector service architecture related to cultural, educational and academic buildings in the megalopolis of Sao Paulo.
- Discuss topics about equity and inclusion in the north of Brazil that include themes such as Collective Black Land, Discourse and Territory and Transatlantic Cities and Racial Thought.
- Illustrate the approach to rethink and give continuity to the iconic Brazilian Modern Architecture movement.
Francesca Franchi, AIA - Presenter
Cristiana Mascarenas - Moderator
Arquiteta Gloria Cabral believes that architecture is her tool for making the necessary transformations in our society. Cabral was a partner of Gabinete de Arquitectura in Paraguay, from 2004 to 2020. She participated in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program as a mentee of Peter Zumthor, during 2014 and 2015.
Among the many international recognitions that Cabral has received together with her partners are: the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, for Best Participation in the International Exhibition; the Architects 2018 Moira Gemmill Award for Emerging Women in Architecture; and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2021.
She studied architecture at the University of Asunción where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, in 2020.
Arquiteta Marta Moriera founded MMBB Arquitetos in 1991 together with Fernando Franco and Milton Braga; later Maria João joined the team. The office focuses on the development of public and institutional projects in the areas of building, infrastructure and urban planning.
MMBB has won several distinctions and awards, such as the Archdaily Building of the Year 2023; the Brazilian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai; the First Prize of the International Urban Project Award – IUPA 2020 and the Special Prize at the XI BIAU 2019, both with the SESC 24 de Maio building, in collaboration with Paulo Mendes da Rocha; the Prize at the IX BIAU 2014 with the Jardim Edite social housing complex; and the Best Entry with prize the Watery Voids proposal in the 3rd International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam 2007.
She has been a professor of design at Escola da Cidade since 2001 and a member of the Association’s Presidency since 2019.
Moreira received her title from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU/USP) in 1987.
Arquiteta Gabriela Leandro Pereira is a professor and researcher at the School of Architecture and at the Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal da Bahia.
Leandro is a member of the Common Place Research Group at UFBA and coordinates the Body, Discourse and Territory Study Group. She is also a member and co-founder of Coletiva Terra Preta (Collective Black Land).
In 2017, she won the Theses Award from the National Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Urban and Regional Planning which resulted in the publication of the book "Body, discourse and territory: City in dispute in the narrative folds of Carolina Maria de Jesus", in 2019.
In 2022, she participated in the 13th International Biennial of Architecture of São Paulo, with the work “Heritage The Fabulous Inventory of the Work of my Grandfather”, co-authored with Maria Leandro Pereira.
Leandro holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória; and a master’s and doctorate degree from the Federal University of Bahia. She has also completed a doctorate from the Center for Social Studies at University of Coimbra, in Portugal. She is currently carrying out a post-doctorate program at UFES, developing research on "Transatlantic Cities and Racial Thought: "de-capturing" gestures and bio-cartographic fabulations from the Santa Maria River Basin".
Arquiteta Mariana Simas is a partner and the executive director at Studio MK27.
Her interests in the global architectural dialogue led her to head the communications efforts at MK27. She has had the opportunity to present and discuss the studio´s body of work on several institutions such as at the Archipel, Belgian Institute of Architects; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia; South Florida University and the Royal Academy of Arts, in London.
Simas is focused on developing masterplans and conceptual designs for competitions and pro-bono projects such as Catarina town, a planned sustainable city in the outskirts of São Paulo; a Pavilion in Chapultepec, City of Mexico; and the Occupation of the former Ford Factory in São Paulo, a housing project requested by the municipality for the unsheltered people.
Globally, she has designed projects such as the island for Patina hotel in the Maldives; an urban community in Madrid; and the Brazilian Pavilion for Expo Osaka 2025.
Sima believes that the purpose of her work is to create a healthy business model to allow for the intellectual research of architecture to thrive.
She studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo where she acted as treasurer of the student’s union, created a cooperative of employees that took over the school´s canteen, and generated a financial fund for the student´s activities that lasted for the years to come.
AIA|DC Design Excellence Committee
Thank You to Our Sponsors:
-Avalon Bay Communities
-Cunningham / Quill Architects PLLC
-David Haresign, FAIA
-Francesca Franchi, AIA
-Frederick & Cederna Architects
-Gerald Briggs, FAIA and Randy Briggs
-Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, IIDA, Assoc. AIA
-shalom baranes associates architects
-William Hodges Hendrix, AIA
-Winstanley Architects & Planners
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