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Carla Juaçaba: ‘For me, material and context are intrinsically related’

AR_EA Brazil: Carla Juaçaba

Who are you?
Carla Juaçaba, a Brazilian architect based in Rio de Janeiro.

Why did you become an architect?
Observing my grandmother who was a painter.

What kind of work do you do?
Housing and cultural programmes, exhibitions and public projects.

What is it like being an architect in Brazil?
I feel lucky!

What inspires you?
I have recently discovered the work of Wisława Szymborska, a Polish poet that I find particularly stirring.


Plan and Section of the Humanidade Pavilion

What project are you most proud of?
The Humanidade Pavilion. It was a social event visited by 220,000 people in just two weeks and a unique opportunity for experimentation, particularly since I collaborated with a scenographer and theatre director.

What is your favourite building material?
For me, material and context are intrinsically related. For the Humanidade Pavilion it made sense to use scaffolding since it is a material already available on site, in Copacabana.

Where do you hope to go from here?
Stay here and keep on working.

What do you want to be remembered for?
For being audacious.

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