Architectural and cultural study tour to Brazil 2020 – Postponed to March 2022. More information follows

We invite Nordic Architects to participate in this 15 days study tour to explore the highlights of Brazilian architecture, art and landscape.

Foto: josep from BHz, Brasil



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The tour is offered by the Danish Association of Architects. Tour organizers and tour guides are Architect MAA Lotte Bech and the Danish-Brazilian Architect MAA PhD Gustavo Ribeiro.



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 July 18-22 or in an optional 3 days architectural program, and you can study Rio in smaller groups, 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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Arquitetos 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 and the work of the prize-winning architect Carla Juaçaba. The Tour will end in Rio de Janeiro with its spectacular landscape and unique architecture.

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.

A preliminary optional architectural program in Rio includes a visit to the Capanema Palace (1939 – 1943) which is the result of a ground-breaking collaboration between Le Corbusier and the first generation of modernist architects in Brazil, including Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Affonso Eduardo Reidy. We will also visit the Roberto Burle Marx Country House, which comprises extensive rain forest gardens, that he spent decades creating. The tour will also include recent architectural works such as Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow (2015) and urban projects, such as the Harbour Front urban development. We also plan to visit the office of award-winning architect Carla Juaçaba.

Travel plan in Brazil for 15 days

8-12 July São Paulo
12-14 July Brasilia
14-15 July Belo Horizonte (Pampulha)
15-17 July Ouro Preto (Inhotim)
17-22 July Rio de Janeiro
22-23 July Return trip

18-22 July Architectural program in Rio de Janeiro
18-22 July Participation in the UIA Congress in Rio de Janeiro

UIA World Congress of Architects
The International Union of Architects’ (UIA) World Congress is held next year in Rio. It has been postponed one year to 18-22 July 2021 due to the CIVID-19 pandemic. In 2023 it will be held 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. 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.


Price for 15 days study tour based on minimum 16 participants is DKK 31.000. The price includes International and Domestic flights, hotel accommodation in shared double room with breakfast as well as bus transport and entrance fees for visits on the round trip until Rio included in the main program.

For the optional 3 days architectural program in Rio, which is an addition to the original 2020 program, there will be expenses for entrances and local transport. There is a supplement for single room of DKK 5,800.

The flight is from Copenhagen Airport or Billund Airport. Connection flights can be arranged from Nordic airports serviced by KLM to Amsterdam with supplement.


Deposit of DKK 10.000 to be paid at the registration.

Remaining payment of DKK 21.000 plus possible supplements to be paid before May 7, 2021.

The payment will be refunded by Jesper Hannibal Rejser, if it is not possible to complete the tour or further postpone the tour due to travel restrictions.

Information meetings

Information meeting will be held April 13, at 17.30-19.00 POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2021.

The tour organizers and tour guides Lotte Bech and Gustavo Ribeiro will make a presentation of Brazilian architecture and inform about the program for the study tour. Annette Blegvad from the Danish Association of Architects will talk about the UIA Congress in Rio de Janeiro and the UIA Congress in Copenhagen. A travel meeting will be arranged in June-July 2021 just before the tour. The meetings are held at the Danish Association of Architects, Åbenrå 34, 1124 Copenhagen K.

Write an e-mail to Lotte Bech if you want to join the meeting.


Lotte Bech
Phone: +45 2125 7105

More information

Registration Form, Brazil 2021

Day program, Brazil 2021

Architectural Program, Brazil 2021

Flyer Brazil 2021


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