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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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