João Luís Carrilho da Graça: One Stone
Cornell in Rome Fall 2014 Lecture Series
João Luís Carrilho da Graça's works utilize "light" in all of its various aspects: they seem to exude light in their transparencies, be composed of light in their opacities; their masses seem to touch lightly on the ground, they lift us from the ground and lightly transport us across cities or within, upon, and around buildings. Meanwhile, his urban strategies are invariably unexpected, yet they ultimately rejuvenate their contexts.
Carrilho da Graça is an architect and educator based in Lisbon. He has taught at a number of prestigious universities including the Technical University of Lisbon, the Autonomous University of Lisbon, and the University of Évora; he has been head of architecture department of these latter two universities simultaneously until 2010. His numerous awards have included an International Art Critics Association Award in 1992, a Secil and Order of Architects prize in 1994 (for his School of Media), the municipality of Lisbon's Valmor prize in 1998 (for the Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion), a Júri FAD grand prize from Barcelona, and an Order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic in 1999. In 2008 he became one of only two architects to win the prestigious Pessoa Prize, a Piranesi Prix de Rome (for the Castelo de São Jorge Museum) and the French Republic's title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010, as well as numerous nominations for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award.