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João Santa-Rita

Lisbon (Portugal)

João Santa-Rita

Architect. Member of the Prize’s Board of Experts.

After graduating in Architecture in 1983 from the Lisbon School of Fine Arts he was a founding member of Santa-Rita & Associados and, since 1998, has been an associate professor at the Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He has taken part as a critic in academic tribunals in such institutions as the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-ARCH, Columbia University, Granada University, Savannah School of Art and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as well as participating in exhibitions and giving lectures in countries including, among many others, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Spain.

In 2006 he was elected as a member of the Akademie für Baukultur, in 2014, he was president of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects and, in 2016, he was vice-president of the International Congress of the Portuguese Language Architects, CIALP. In 1990 he received an Honourable Mention in the International Competition for the Revitalization of the Ulugh Beg Centre in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and, in 2001, in partnership with WS Atkins and Richard Rogers, he won First Prize in the International Competition for the Urban Plan Almada Nascente. Moreover, in 2017, he was patron of the project to install the ArCo, Art Center, in a former market place in Lisbon.

Last update: April 2019

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