International Union of Architects

UIA Rio Congress - 19-26 July 2020

The Brazilian National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and Ministry of Culture have formally authorised the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) to host the 27thedition of the World Congress of Architects at the Gustavo Capanema Palace. 

The Capanema Palace (also widely known for its original use, the Ministry of Education and Culture, MEC) is a public building located in the centre of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

It is considered a landmark in the establishment of Modern Brazilian Architecture, and was designed by a team composed of Lucio Costa, Carlos Leão, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Ernani Vasconcellos and Jorge Machado Moreira, with the consultancy of the Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. 

It was built at a time during which the state tried to convey a sense of modernity to the country, which was reflected both in the design of the building and in the historical context in which it is inserted. The construction took place between 1936 and 1945 and the work was delivered in 1947.

The authorisation to host UIA2020RIO was signed on 21stSeptember 2018. The President of the UIA2020RIO Executive Committee, Sergio Magalhães, and the president of CAU / BR, Luciano Guimarães, signed as witnesses. The UIA Vice President, Roberto Simon, and several Brazilian authorities of architecture and urbanism were also present. 

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