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Gabriela de Matos - Representative of IABsp

1st vice-president of the Institute of Architects of Brazil in the department of São Paulo (IABsp). Architect and Urbanist, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at PUC Minas, in 2010. In 2016, she specialized in Sustainability and Management of the Environment Built by UFMG. Master’s student at Diversitas – Center for the Study of Diversities, Intolerances and Conflicts at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) at the University of Sao Paulo. She is the founder of the Arquitetas Negras project that currently maps the production of Brazilian black female architects. She researches structural racism and its influences on urban planning, and contemporary architecture produced in Africa and its diaspora. Among others, it proposes actions that promote the debate of gender and race in Architecture as a way of giving visibility to the issue. She signs the editorial for Revista Arquitetas Negras vol.1, the first publication made by black female architects in Brazil. Awarded as Architect of the Year 2020 by IAB RJ.

Sabrina Fontenele - Representative of IABsp

Resident Curator of the 13th Biennale and Director of Culture of theInstitute of Architects of Brazil in the department of São Paulo (2020-2022). Architect and urban planner, with master’s and doctorate from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP). In 2019 she completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Campinas, when she wrote a book on housing, gender and modernity. Author of the books “Modern buildings and the urban layout in downtown São Paulo” (2015) and “Restoration of the USP Medical School: studies, projects and results” (2013). She was a researcher at Cultural Preservation Center of the University of São Paulo (2012-2018), where she also worked as scientific editor of Revista CPC and as curator of the exhibition Tempo das Construções (2013-2014). She collaborates since 2018 as a teacher at Escola da Cidade where she is Research Coordinator, since 2020.

Helena Ayoub Silva - Representative of IABsp

She is an architect and urban planner graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP), a master and doctor in architecture and urbanism from the same institution, where she has been a professor in the Project Department since 1989, teaching for undergraduate and graduate courses. She is a managing partner and technical officer at Helena Ayoub Silva & Arquitetos Associados EPP and has worked in different areas, especially in projects for public and educational buildings, as well as in restoration and preservation initiatives of the national historic heritage. She participated in the management of IABsp in the 1980s and 1990s and is a federal advisor to CAU-SP in the 2018-2020 and 2021-2023 administrations.

Naine Terena - National Guest

She is from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, an indigenous Terena and activist. Graduated in Social Communication at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), professor at the Union of Catholic Colleges of Mato Grosso, master in arts at the University of Brasilia and PhD in Education at PUC-SP. She is currently part of the Rede Multimundos de pesquisas da UFMT, where she coordinates the ‘Lab Gentes’ research project with a focus on art, education, social movements and technologies. She is one of the organizers of the book Indigenous Peoples in Brazil: Perspectives in strengthening struggles and combating prejudice through audiovisual, and in the Dossier: “INDIGENOUS SCHOOL EDUCATION IN THE XXI CENTURY: Challenges, specificities and perspectives”. Abatirá – Magazine of Human Sciences and Languages (Dec / 2019) (UNEB). She is an independent curator and signs some journalistic productions for environmental and cultural communication projects/vehicles.

João Fernandes - National Guest

Born in Bragança, Portugal, he made his academic career at the University of Porto, where he graduated in modern languages and literature. In the same city, he started in the artistic world. He was deputy director of the Reina Sofía Museum, in Madrid, and curator (between 1996 and 2002) and director (from 2003 to 2012) of the Serralves Museum, in the city of Porto. In the programs he developed for institutions he directed or helped to command, he sought to combine visual arts with performing arts and cinema. He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto – Mart (Italy) and Artistic Director of the Moreira Salles Institute.

Maria Estela Rocha Ramos Penha - National Guest

Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Master and Doctorate in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Bahia [PP-GAU FAU-UFBA] and post-graduate student in Environmental Technologies. She has professional experience in the area of small and medium-sized architectural projects, community projects with traditional construction techniques, social technologies and technical assistance in self-construction. She is a researcher on cultural heritage, spatiality and architecture in black communities in rural and urban areas, with an emphasis on the formation of black neighborhoods. She works as an architect, interior designer and professor in the Architecture and Urbanism courses at Unime-Lauro de Freitas, being a member of the NDE and the course collegiate, scientific initiation advisor and final undergraduate work. She is the coordinator of the Model Office of Architecture and Social Interest [EMAIS].

Riva Feitoza - National Guest

She is an occupational safety and building technician and by IFS, a technician in interior design at Universidade Tiradentes and has a degree in architecture and urbanism from the same institution. She is an expert in Engineering Reports, by the Brazilian Institute of Continuing Education (INBEC) and has worked in design and social architecture for 16 years. Creator and Coordinator of the Arquitetura para o Povo project, creator of CANES- Collective of Black Architects of Sergipe and member-adviser of IAB-SE. Member of GETEQ -UFS – Research and Studies Group, on social issues and movements, Post graduate student in Construction Management with a focus on BIM methodology. With her work she has reached several neighborhoods in the municipality of Aracaju, in the municipality of São Cristóvão and in the municipality of Nossa Senhora do Socorro. Currently, she coordinates the RIVA FEITOZA- POPULAR ARCHITECTURE Office and is a graduate student in civil construction management with a focus on the BIM-ESB-FACULTY AND POST GRADUATION EAD methodology.

Pedro Rivera - National Guest

Architect and urban planner, he graduated in 1997 from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and has a master’s degree in urbanism from PROURB UFRJ. He is currently a visiting professor at GSAPP Columbia University and, from 2011 to 2018, he was director of Studio-X Rio, an initiative of the same institution. Partner at Estúdio Pedro Rivera and Rua Arquitetos. Participated in exhibitions at MoMA (NY, 2014), MAK (Vienna, 2015), Carnegie Museum of Arts (Pittsburgh, 2016), Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam, 2017) and MAM São Paulo (2017); in addition to the Hong Kong-Shenzhen (2013), Chicago (2015), Venice (2016) and São Paulo (2017) architecture biennials. Among his projects are the Headquarters of the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course, the Carpintaria art gallery, and the headquarters of the Hong Kong / Shenzen Biennial, this an international collaboration.

Janet Sanz - International Guest

She holds a BA in Law and Political Science and Administration from the Pompeu Fabra University. She was Counselor of the Municipal Group ICV-EUiA, in the City of Barcelona and is currently Secretary of Ecology, Urbanism, Mobility and Infrastructure of Barcelona, where she led emblematic projects such as the Superblocks Program. She also defended the implementation of green axes, the increase of cycle paths, and about housing, she present as one of the central policies that 30% of the units were allocated to low-income housing in private enterprises and also the reduction of the impact of tourism through the hotel’s moratorium (PEUAT), in highly saturated areas and the control of illegal tourist apartments.

Sepake Angiama - International Guest

She is the artistic director of the institute for international visual art (iniva) in London- a curator and educator, whose praxis lies in the discursive and social framework, in order to collectively rewrite our understanding of the world. This has inspired her to work with artists who disrupt or provoke aspects of the social sphere through action, radical forms of pedagogy and architecture. While in her position as Head of Education, documenta 14 she initiated the project Under the Mango Tree – a self-organised gathering of unlearning practices. The second edition in 2020 (Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santineketan) brought together artist-led spaces, libraries and schools interested in unfolding discourses around decolonizing education practices that destabilize the European canon, through examining alternative epistemologies, notions of unlearning and indigenous knowledge. The next edition will take place in Puerto Rico in 2022 with a focus on indigenous epistemologies, shamanistic practices and craft sustained through a conversation with Escuela de Oficios – Jorge González, Rocio Tejada and Taylor Cruz. Their practice is founded on a process of integration of pedagogical and decolonial strategies, addressing interest from soil restoration, community building, self-directed education, indigenous knowledge, craft, activism and performance. Her ongoing teaching practice with artist Byron Kalomamas – Module for Temporary Infrastructures – explores teh mechanisms and support structures of art education institutions. Previously she was the Head of Education for Manifesta 10 hosted by the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. Her research, Her Imaginary, addresses how to think through science fiction, feminism and social forms of architecture as a way to harness the perfect tools for pedagogy to awaken new forms of political and social imagination.