Architectural and cultural study tour – Brazil 2020 - UDSAT TIL 2021

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


9 - 23.07.2020

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We invite Nordic Architects to participate in this 10-day study tour to explore the highlights of Brazilian architecture, art and landscape.

The tour is coordinated with the UIA World Congress of Architects, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro July 19-23 2020. The theme is “All the Worlds. Just one World. Architecture 21” and will deal with sensitive issues related to big cities: infrastructure, construction, housing, mobility, culture and urban planning.

The round trip to São Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto will end in Rio de Janeiro, where you can either participate in the UIA congress program for 4 days or you can 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 in São Paulo, Brasilia and the Contemporary Art Institute of Inhotim as well as 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 21 million inhabitants, we will visit works of young, award-winning practices such as Triptyque, who designed the Red Bull Station Cultural Centre, and Arquitectos Asociados, 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.

In all the 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 late 17th century and developed into a unique work of Baroque architecture, which was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Travel plan in Brazil for 10 days + optional 4 days

9-13 July São Paulo

13-15 July Brasilia

15-16 July Belo Horizonte (Pampulha)

16-18 July Ouro Preto (Inhotim)

18-19 July Rio de Janeiro


19-23 July Rio on you own – or

19-23 July Participation in the UIA Congress in Rio

UIA World Congress of Architects
The International Union of Architects’ (UIA) World Congress is held every three years – next year in Rio and in 2023 for the first time in the Nordic countries, in July in Copenhagen.

In Rio, the congress baton will be handed over to Copenhagen, and the Nordic architects and Nordic architecture will be in focus in Rio. The UIA Congress in Copenhagen is organized by the Danish Association of Architects in cooperation with the UIA Nordic Section and will explore the theme of ‘Sustainable Futures – Leave no one Behind’ and discuss architects’ contribution to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Participants, tour organizers and tour guides
The tour is arranged as a Continuing Education Tour for Architects and related professionals such as Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Engineers a.o. Tour organizers and tour guides are Architect MAA Lotte Bech and the Danish-Brazilian Architect MAA PhD Gustavo Ribeiro. The tour is offered by the Danish Association of Architects in collaboration with the Nordic Associations of Architects. Technical tour operator is Jesper Hannibal Rejser.

Mail the enclosed Registration Form to Lotte Bech: – and you will receive confirmation with information on 1st installment payment to secure your reservation.

There is an early-bird discount for payment before December 6th. Price for 10 days study tour based on minimum 15 participants is DKK 27,500 for early payment or DKK 29,000 for full payment. The price includes International and Domestic flights, bus transport and hotel accommodation in shared double room with breakfast and entrance fees for visits covered by the program. There is a supplement for single room of DKK 3,800.

Optional: 4 extra days in Hotel Excelsior Windsor Copacabana in Rio. In shared double room: DKK 2,000 and in single room: DKK 4,000. Individual prolonged journey can be arranged.

1st installment of DKK 10,000 is to be paid at the registration.

2nd installment of Early Bird payment of DKK 17,500 is to be paid before November 29


2nd installment of full payment of DKK 19,000 is to be paid before February 19.

Information meetings
Information meeting will be held November 7, 2019 at 17.30-19.00. The tour organizers and tour guides Lotte Bech and Gustavo Ribeiro will inform about the program for the study tour, and Annette Blegvad will talk about the UIA Congress in Rio de Janeiro and the UIA Congress in Copenhagen. A travel meeting will be arranged just before the tour in July 2020. The meetings are held at the Danish Association of Architects, Åbenrå 34, 1124 Copenhagen K.

Lotte Bech

Phone: +45 2125 7105


More information

Registration Form

Day Program

Architectural Program

Foto: josep from BHz, Brasil


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