The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Bartlett International Lectures: Empty Space

02 November 2022, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Image: 'Vatican Chapels' - © Federico Cairoli

Architect and researcher Carla Juaçaba joins Frédéric Migayrou to discuss a selection of her recent projects and installations.

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This event will be a discussion between speaker Carla Juaçaba and host Prof Frederic Migayrou, and forms part of The Bartlett International Lectures Autumn 2022. This year, the International Lectures return to an in-person format, with lectures taking place at the school's Bloomsbury campus, in the Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 22 Gordon Street, at 18:30 GMT on Wednesdays throughout the autumn and spring terms. 


Empty Space

The lecture will present recent projects, focusing on recent cultural projects and installations such as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: the project “Vatican Chapels” for the Holy See Pavilion, and “Ballast” for the curators of the Biennale. The continuity of the “Humanidade Pavilion”, a few exhibition designs done in Rio de Janeiro and Portugal and housing projects will also be presented.


Since 2000, Carla Juaçaba developed her independent practice of architecture and research, based in Rio de Janeiro. Her office is currently engaged in both cultural programs and private projects. After graduating she worked on the Atelier House, Rio Bonito House, Varanda House, Santa Teresa House, and two exhibition designs.

The ephemeral Pavilion Humanidade 2012 was conceived by theatre director Bia Lessa and built for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. Carla Juaçaba is a regular part of the academic and teaching realms, research studies, and lectures at Harvard GSD, Columbia University GSAPP and Academia di Architettura di Mendrisio. She led a workshop at IUAV di Venezia in 2014 and 2020, where she won the best studio for public space projects; she was also on the jury at BIAU Bienal Ibero Americana in Madrid 2012 and 2019. She has been invited to be the president of the jury of the Simon Architecture Prize 2022 organized by Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona.

She won the first edition of the international prize ArcVision Women and Architecture 2013 in Italy, and the first prize of AREA Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2018.
She was invited to Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 with the Ballast project, curated by Grafton Architects. She built one of the Vatican Chapels for the Holy See Pavilion, curated by Francesco Dal Co which is now part of the Italian heritage. In 2022 she created an installation for the Openhouse Geneve exhibition with the project “Fil d´air”, and in Portugal for the project “First Stone” at Museu do Coche in Lisbon.

She now lives in London, teaching at Mendrisio Accademia in Switzerland, and is currently a PhD student at ETSAM-UPM-Madrid.

Image: 'Vatican Chapels' - © Federico Cairoli