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Second Lina Bo Bardi fellowship awarded

Laura Smith has been chosen as the second recipient of the Lina Bo Bardi fellowship

Smith, who currently works as an education co-ordinator at the Architecture Foundation and was a founder of design studio Make Do & Draw, will travel to Brazil in October for a six-week research trip exploring the design work of Bo Bardi.

Her research will focus on the impact that Brazilian popular culture has had on Bo Bardi’s work and how this heritage is translated into contemporary design.

She said: ‘Through the process of drawing and making, I hope to discover the story behind each built work, be it Lina’s architecture, theatre sets, exhibition design or furniture. This will be expanded into the wider context and I will look at how contemporary practitioners have adopted her methods of working.’

João Guarantani, senior programme manager – architecture, design, fashion at the British Council said: ‘Laura’s ambition to investigate Bo Bardi’s design process and how she embedded the cultural heritage of Brazil into her work was a fitting response to this year’s brief. We hope Laura’s research will reveal the impact of Bo Bardi’s thinking and legacy on the wider design landscape in Brazil today.’

Began in 2013, the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi fellowship aims to raise awareness and understanding of the Brazilian architect’s contribution to architecture, while providing links between the UK and Brazil.

Last year it was awarded to Studio Weave’s Jane Hall, whose researched focused on how society, culture, and national identity affect architectural practice in Brazil today.

The fellowship is part of the British Council’s four year Transform programme - a series of arts and cultural exchanges between the UK and Brazil in the run up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Born in Rome at the start of the First World War, Bo Bardi arrived in Brazil shortly after the Second World War.

She left a legacy in the Latin American country as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator.

Bo Bardi’s own house on the outskirts of Sao Paulo became an icon of Brazilian modernist architecture.

Yet she rejected the term ‘modernism’, refusing to be aligned with either modernist or post-modernism in Brazil.

Previous story (AJ 27.09.13)

Studio Weave’s Jane Hall scoops Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship

A London-based architect has been selected for a six-week trip to Brazil to study the work of Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi

Studio Weave architectural assistant Jane Hall became the inaugural recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship.

She will travel to Brazil in November as part of the Transform programme – a series of cultural exchanges between the UK and Brazil in the run up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Hall’s research will focus primarily on how society, culture and national identity affect architectural practice in Brazil today. 

‘I intend to re-visit Lina’s progressive and social ideas concerning the practice of architecture,’ she said.

‘I feel this especially relevant in a 21st century context, given the challenges faced by Brazil to modernise and implement infrastructure as the Olympics and World Cup approach.’

Born in Rome at the start of the First World War, Bo Bardi arrived in Brazil shortly after the Second World War.

She left a legacy in the Latin American country as an architect, set designer, editor, illustrator, furniture designer and curator.

‘She explored Brazil in order to assimilate and understand its culture, and argued that a country should build its identity from the foundation of its own roots,’ said the Council.

Bo Bardi’s own house on the outskirts of Sao Paulo became an icon of Brazilian modernist architecture.

Yet she rejected the term ‘modernism’, refusing to be aligned with either modernist or post-modernism in Brazil.

Hall graduated in architecture from King’s College Cambridge in 2009 and The Royal College of Art in 2013.

She was a founding member of the architectural and design collective Assemble.

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