Cristina Guedes

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CRISTINA GUEDES

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Kent, England

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Kingston Polytechnic

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Sadie Morgan is a founding director of dRMM and industry leader. Over her 25-year career she has played a key role in the advocacy of exemplary design and architecture, through her professional practice and advisory roles. In her role as a design champion Sadie is involved in a number of advisory roles including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two, reporting directly to the Secretary of State and being one of ten commissioners for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) led by Chief Executive Phil Graham.

Sadie became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013, was short-listed for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award in 2014 and most recently won the inaugural ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD Architect of the Year awards. www.drmm.co.uk

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Cristina Guedes was born in Macau (China), and graduated Architecture in 1992 at FAUP – Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto. She currently teaches as Guest Professor in USI, Mendrisio, Switzerland. CG has been invited to national and international conferences, juries, exhibitions and critics in various faculties such as ETH Zurich, TU Wien and Polytechnic of Lausanne among others, and was commissary of Portugal at the IX BIAU New Geographies, at Rosario, Argentina 2014. She was honoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects by becoming International RIBA Fellows.

Cristina Guedes founded the studio Menos é Mais with Francisco Vieira de Campos in 1994 (Oporto). The ability to do more with less is their greatest asset, seeking to balance the “economy” of means with the “richness” of the materiality and emotional involvement of the users. Their works are pragmatic responses to specific contexts. This is best typified in the Cable Car complex in the Historic Site of Gaia (shown in the 2016 Venice Biennale underlining the question “is it possible to create public space within a private commission?”), and in the Archipelago Contemporary Arts Centre in the Azores island of S. Miguel (shown in the 2018 Venice Biennale” Public Without Rhetoric”).

Menos é Mais have won the 2020 SECIL Award, the BIGMAT’17 International Architecture Award and the 2017 TEKTÓNICA Award. They received the most prestigious Iberian award, the FAD Prize, in Barcelona, and the BIAU Award, in São Paulo. They were also shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize and the Mies van der Rohe Prize. www.menosemais.com

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