Women in Sustainable Architecture: Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves
Lecturer at the Architectural Association
Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves originates from Brazil but came to London to study environmental design at the Architectural Association in 1996. Since then her work has involved research into the sustainability of tall buildings, resulting in the publication of a book and the co-ordination of a number of projects in Brazil. She currently teaches on the MSc and MArch environmental design courses at the AA.
Gonçalves said: ‘My interest in sustainability has encompassed buildings and urban issues. In teaching, research and practice, my objective is to demonstrate that environmental performance is not purely a matter of quantification and numerical targets. Instead, or in addition, it should be a search for quality and positive social dynamics. To an extent my interest has emerged out of experiencing the poor quality of buildings in the cities of the developing world, as well as their miserable and chaotic urban conditions.’