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Sérgio Magalhães

Former Secretary of Housing of Rio de Janeiro and former President of the Institute of Architects of Brazil

Sérgio Ferraz Magalhães is an architect, PhD in Urbanism, professor of the Graduate Program in Urbanism at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of the books “Reinventing the city: interaction, equity, planet”, 2021; “About the city – Housing and democracy in Rio de Janeiro”, 2002; “Favela-Bairro, another history of Rio de Janeiro”, 2004, co-authored with Luiz Paulo Conde, preface by Oriol Bohigas; “The city in uncertainty – Rupture and Contiguity in urbanism”, 2007.  

Secretary of Housing of Rio de Janeiro (1993-2000), he was responsible for creating and coordinating the city’s Housing Policy, including the Favela-Bairro program, which reached 155 favelas and 550,000 inhabitants.  

He was President of the Institute of Architects of Brazil, IA from 2012 to 2017 and of the 27th World Congress of Architects UIA 2021 RIO. He received the America Award for Architecture / SAL 2017, Colombia (for the body of work); the FAD Award 2012, Barcelona (for the Favela-Bairro Program) and the project awards of the Instituto de Arquitectos do Brasil -RJ in the years 1991, 1986, 1977, 1975 and 1974.  

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