Studio Talk- Fernando L. Lara, PhD

AIA Austin's “Latinos in Architecture Committee" presents “New Architecture for a New World:  Convergences in the American Continent”, by Fernando Lara, PhD. Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of Brazil Center at UT Latin American Institute.

At The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Lara teaches seminars on 20th century Latin American architecture and urbanism, a doctoral course on the critique of architectural eurocentrism, as well as studios related to the continent’s current urban challenges.

Mr. Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the University of Michigan.  The author of several books and hundreds of articles, in academic and professional journals as well as the general media, Prof. Lara writes extensively on a variety of issues regarding the Latin American built environment.

A member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, and the Brazilian DOCOMOMO, Mr. Lara has also been active in his native country as a critic, researcher and educator.  His current interest in the favelas has turned into opportunities to engage with public policy at the municipal level as well as collaborations with local firms designing public spaces in informal settlements.  In 2005 he founded Studio Toró, a non-profit devoted to the challenges of water conservation and urban flooding in Latin America.

Thursday May 23rd , 6:00-7:00pm, at the Austin Center for Architecture (801 W 12th St.).