The Honorary Committee of the 27th World Congress of Architects UIA2020Rio has two new members: the french-brazilian architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc and the brazilian Ambassador to India André Corrêa do Lago.
Born in Rio and based in France for more than 40 years, Elizabeth de Portzamparc tends to say she isn’t an architect. But practices architecture ... and urbanism, photography, design, drawing. Winner of numerous international competitions, the architect is the mind behind the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes, France. The work covered in glass mosaics establishes a dialogue of more than two thousand years with the ancient Roman arenas situated in its surroundings.
The career diplomat André Corrêa do Lago is a great connoisseur of architecture. The only Brazilian to have joined the Pritzker Prize jury, he was the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2014. He also wrote several books on architecture and has great experience with sustainable development and climate change, since he was the chief negotiator of Brazil, between 2011 and 2013, for the Rio + 20 conference.
Chaired by Paulo Mendes da Rocha - the great Brazilian architect - the UIA2020Rio Honorary Committee gathers names from culture and architecture who can make important contributions to the issues that will be debated at the 2020 event. The group also has the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira; the architect Jaime Lerner - the only Brazilian who has ever been president of the International Union of Architects; the singer and former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil - who had already been discussing favelas for 40 years; and Marisa Moreira Salles - editor specialized in architecture and creator of the event and the portal Arq.Futuro, which bring important discussions about urban planning and cities. Other members will still be announced.