Credits: Renato Parada



On display from February 1st to March 19th, 2017.

The Museu da Casa Brasileira presented the exhibition on one of the most important Portuguese architects of our time: João Luís Carrilho da Graça, whose name appears alongside greats like Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura. Carrilho da Graça has the peculiarity of prioritizing the territory and its topography as the support of his works, and this was the main focus of the exhibition Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon.

More than a location – the city of Lisbon – or a chronology, the selected works showed how the architect thinks about his projects based on his “territory theory”, which relates the influence of topography to human paths and its constructions.

Opening of the Show

Credits: Vinicius Stasolla

The exhibition brought a unique opportunity to get to know the architect’s work, with both built and non-built projects in the Portuguese capital, from some that are better known, such as the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (1987-1993), and others less published, such as the plan. strategic in the Valis program (Valorização de Lisboa), and its projects that competed for the pavilions of Portugal at Expo’98.

Mockup Records

Credits: Tiago Casanova

The exhibition was presented for the first time at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, from September 2015 to February 2016, and at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum, in Bogotá, Colombia, from October to December 2016. Curated by Susana Rato, architect and collaborator at the Carrilho da Graça office, and Marta Sequeira, professor and researcher at the University of Évora.

The opening event in 2017 was attended by Carrilho da Graça, who gave a lecture about his projects and his way of working.


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He has been working in his own office since he graduated from the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes in Lisbon. Several awards were given to his work, such as the Aica (International Association of Art Critics) award in 1992, the Order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic in 1999, the award from the Bienal Internacional da Luz – luzboa in 2004, the title of “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” by the French Republic in 2010, the “Prémio Pessoa” in 2008.

About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specializing in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on themes such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economy creative, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the MCB Design Award, the main award in the segment in the country, held since 1986, stand out; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve the memory of the rich diversity of living in the country.

Achievement: MCB
Support: Portuguese Republic, DGArtes, Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, Consulate General of Portugal, Centro Cultural de Belém, Escola da Cidade
Sponsorship: Diasen, Grupo Pavigrés, Cement Supreme, Cement Secil, Everlux

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