The British Council, in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation and Ordem dos Arquitectos, is pleased to announce the practices selected to take part in an exchange programme between the UK and Portugal for 2010-2011. Three emerging UK practices, Carl Turner Architects, KrausSchoenberg and MA Projects, will join Portuguese practices, Joao Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira, MOOV and SAMI-arquitectos to act as ambassadors for the architectural scenes in their respective countries, taking part in reciprocal programmes in Lisbon and London with a schedule of coordinated activities including public lectures, studio visits and site tours.
The UK based architects will visit Lisbon from 20 – 22 October 2010, to coincide with the Lisbon Architecture Triennale for a programme of intensive workshops and networking events. They will also get the opportunity to present a public lecture at the Museum of Fashion and Design (MUDE). The Portuguese practices will visit London for the second part of the exchange from 16 -19 November, and will take part in public presentations at the Architecture Foundation.
Public Lecture: Carl Turner Architects, KrausSchoenberg, MA Projects
Thursday 21 October
18.30 - 20.00pm
Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE)
R. Augusta 24
Public Lecture: SAMI Arquitectos, MOOV, Ruivo and Oliveria
Thursday 18 November
18.30 - 20.00pm
The Architecture Foundation
Ground Floor East
136 – 148 Tooley Street
East London based Carl Turner Architects was founded by Carl Turner in 2007, with Bryn Griffiths and Zoe Fudge both joining in 2009. Their multidisciplinary architecture and design studio integrates architectural, interior and product design with project management and construction. Often through collaboration with other designers across a range of disciplines, their practice focuses on housing, with a particular interest in live-work spaces.
Finalists in 2008’s Young Architect of the Year Award, KrausSchoenberg (Tobias Kraus and Timm Schonberg) create buildings and spaces within the urban cultural context for private, commercial and public-sector clients with a focus on urban regeneration. Current activities include work in derelict industrial areas, the peripheries of cities and conservation areas, as well as on historic structures and the renewal of buildings.
Set up in 2009 by partners Ed McCann and Rashid Ali, the young London based practice MA Projects have developed architectural and landscape projects that expand on ways we experience and inhabit spaces at macro and micro scales. Through an invested interest in contemporary cultural and social issues, art, architecture and urbanism, their practice seeks to mix design, material and technology in unexpected ways.
Portuguese, Athens-based architects João Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira met in Rotterdam, where they worked between 2004-2008. Their past projects include a winning entry for UPTO35, an international architecture competition for architects up to 35 years old, to design an affordable student housing complex in the historic centre of Athens. Their winning entry ‘18 steps’ redefinines the traditional separation between the private and the communal domain on both the urban design and the architectural level.
Moov has a working field based on project disciplines such as architecture, design and planning. Characterised by a pragmatic approach, looking for specific solutions to concrete problems. Recent projects include ‘Forwarding Dallas’, a research driven prototype for sustainable urban living created in collaboration with Atelier Data, which transforms components that make up a city block in an effort to shape how people will live and work in the future.
SAMI-arquitectos was founded in 2005 by Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira. Since then architecture projects have been designed for clients in Portugal and Poland. The practice has been selected for various prizes including the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2007 for their building Gruta Das Torres Visitor Centre which is located on the Pico Island, Azores, Portugal.
The practices were selected by a panel of leading professionals: