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Eduardo Pizarro


Eduardo Pizarro is an architect and urban designer based in São Paulo, Brazil.

He is an International Relations Advisor of the São Paulo Council of Architecture & Urbanism (CAU/SP) and Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at São Judas University (USJT). His research focuses on the infrastructural potential hidden within the spaces in between buildings.

He holds a Master and PhD from the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism, Universidade de São Paulo (FAUUSP), and developed research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, United Kingdom. He also holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Architecture from FAUUSP.

Eduardo Pizarro’s doctoral research proposed a future direction for São Paulo, driven by morphological, environmental, and social parameters where neglected urban voids could be transformed into effective infrastructure of change.

His earlier Masters dissertation investigated the redesign of spaces between buildings in Paraisópolis, the largest favela in the city of São Paulo. The project was selected for the Student Poster Competition 1st prize at the 5th Holcim Forum held in Detroit, USA (2016).

His final year undergraduate project proposed an alternative design for the Athletes’ Village at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games that investigated the existing city and proposed an effective urban legacy. The project received the Young Scientist Award 2012 conferred by President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff on behalf of the National Council for Scientific & Technological Development (CNPq).

Eduardo Pizarro’s “everyday HOUSE” project was implemented as a full-scale prototype on top of the Paraisópolis Community Centre, housing the local Women’s Association. The prototype uses simple and replicable strategies that are capable of informing the self-construction process based on environmental criteria. Application of these strategies has started in Paraisópolis and is now disseminated through the digital platform CHANGE! The project received the Most Innovative Design Awards by Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) in Hong Kong (2018), and was published in the Institute of Brazilian Architects (IAB) Guide for the UN 2030 Agenda.

He was curator of the Latitudes Global Exhibition that was displayed in Ahmedabad, São Paulo, Chennai and London (2018). His projects have been exhibited in the 11th and 12th São Paulo Architecture Biennials (2017/2019). He has contributed to publications including L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Urban Design Journal, and ArchDaily.

Eduardo Pizarro is a Holcim Awards Ambassador for Latin America.

Last Updated: March 17, 2022
São Paulo, Brazil
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