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Brazilian architect wins AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2018

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Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba has won the Architectural Review’s (AR) Emerging Architecture award 2018 

The founder of Rio de Janeiro-based practice Carla Juaçaba Studio was announced as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a ceremony held at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam last night (29 November).

The judges, who included Spanish architect Ángela García de Paredes, Indian architect Gurjit Singh Matharoo and Ronald Rietveld of Dutch practice RAAAF, praised Juaçaba’s ‘tenacity and determination’ in achieving her vision. 

For the first time this year, entrants were asked to submit a portfolio of work rather than a single project, with Juaçaba entering her chapel for the Pavilion of the Holy See from this year’s Venice Biennale and Casa Santa Teresa in Rio de Janiero.

Praising the continuity in Juaçaba’s portfolio, which saw off competition from a 14-strong shortlist, Rietveld said‘There is thread through all her work: the integration of structure, simplicity and balance.’

Speaking to the AJ in Amsterdam, Juaçaba described her win as ‘very important’, particularly as it was a difficult time to be working as an architect in Brazil, which she said was in ‘terrible crisis’.

Carla juacaba from tiwtter

Carla juacaba from tiwtter

‘Prizes are not only about the most beautiful projects but about communication,’ she said. ‘It’s a bad time to be working in Brazil so I hope this international prize gives me new ways to work outside the country.’

Asked if Rio’s dramatic topography had influenced her work, she said: ‘I do think the chapel is very Brazilian, though I’m never sure exactly why. It’s this relation of nature and contemplation of nature, and the continuity of the space that is very Brazilian.’ 

Japanese firm Yu Momoeda Architecture Office and Danish practice Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter were both highly commended in the awards, while Spanish outfit Aulets Arquitectes won the first-ever Peter Davey Award, named after the AR’s former editor who died earlier this year.

The AR’s Emerging Architecture awards celebrate the architectural stars of tomorrow from across the globe. Previous winners have included Shigeru Ban, Anna Heringer, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H and Frida Escobedo.

The full shortlist

  • Abari, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Alejandro Guerrero | Andrea Soto, Zapopan, Mexico
  • Ampuero Yutronic, London, United Kingdom
  • DOMAT, Hong Kong
  • OJT, New Orleans, United States
  • Rosmaninho + Azevedo, Porto, Portugal
  • Studio FH Architects, Kampala, Uganda
  • Studio Weave, London, United Kingdom
  • T O B Architect, Dublin, Ireland
  • Titan, Nantes, France
  • Highly Commended Yu Momoeda Architecture Office, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Highly Commended Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Winner Carla Juaçaba Studio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Peter Davey Prize Aulets Arquitectes, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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