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Architectural and Cultural Study - BRAZIL 2020

We invite Nordic Architects to participate in this 10 days study tour to explore the high lights of Brazilian architecture, art and landscape.

The tour is coordinated with the World Architects Congress, UIA, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro July 19-23 2020.

We end the round trip in Rio, where you can decide to participate in the UIA conference program for 4 days or you can stay 4 days and experience Rio on your own, with recommendations from the organizers. 

Study Tour to Brazil 

In this study tour to Brazil we will encounter a rich tradition of modernist architecture, an innovative contemporary production and the sublime artistic creation of the Brazilian Baroque in the town of Ouro Preto. We will get acquainted with several facets of Brazil’s eclectic culture, such as its rich cuisine, and will taste traditional flavours as well as contemporary gastronomy. 

Starting in the megacity of São Paulo, with a metropolitan region housing over twenty-one million inhabitants, we will visit works of young, award-winning practices such as Triptyque, who designed the Red Bull Station Cultural Centre and Arquitetos Associados, the authors of several projects in the Contemporary Art Institute of Inhotim, including the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center, nominated for the 1st Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

This study tour to Brazil will take us to São Paulo, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro. In each of these cities we will see architectural works designed at the height of Brazilian modernism, including the  Pampulha complex in Belo Horizonte (1940), Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo (1954) and the government palaces in Brasilia (1957 – 1962). All fruit of the unique talent of Oscar Niemeyer in collaboration with other outstanding designers such as the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Besides Niemeyer there are many other important architects from this golden period of Brazilian modernism, whose works we will have an opportunity to see, such as Villanova Artigas’ School of Architecture FAUSP in São Paulo and Lina Bo Bardi’s SESC Pompéia, also in São Paulo. 

In Minas Gerais, we will visit Ouro Preto, which  started as a series of mining camps in Serra do Espinhaço in the end of the 17th century, and developed into a unique work of Baroque architecture, which was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Walking through Ouro Preto’s winding streets, visiting its churches perched up on different hills and moving through its civil architecture framing different urban spaces, we are transported back to in time to the colonial Brazil of miners and explorers of the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century.

Preliminary price
Preliminary price based on minimum 18 participants is 28.000 DKK for 10 days study tour and 2.000 DKK for 4 extra days in hotel in Rio. Individual program can be arranged. The price includes UR and IR flights, bus transport and hotel accommodation in shared double room with breakfast and entrance fees for visits covered by the program. There will be a supplement for single room.


Expressions of interest and pre-reservation are sent to Lotte Bech by mail: lotte@lotte-bech.dk.
Registration form with final price will be available on the website of the Danish Architects’ Association from August 1, 2019.

Lotte Bech
Phone: +45 2125 7105

More information:

Short Introduction
Day Program

Foto: Marcelo Coelho
Tor, 09/07/2020