Portuguese-speaking architects represent 18% of global professionals


Portuguese-speaking architects represent 18% of professionals in the world, a “significant” percentage, told Lusa Rui Leão, president of the International Council of Portuguese-Speaking Architects (CIALP) – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) is made up of members of professional orders of architects from Portuguese-speaking countries and territories, who “represent a population of over 230,000 architects”, which corresponds to “18% of architects in the world”, Léa clarified.

The president of CIALP recalled that the NGO, created in 1991, and comprising Brazil, Portugal, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Goa and Macao, “ precedes the creation of the CPLP. [Community of Portuguese Language Countries]”, Founded in 1996, defending the importance of the association to promote“ shared culture ”in these territories.

“The architecture, the food and the language are things that are the basis of our meeting,” he said. “What binds us is very strong, it is about a way of being and of understanding the world, which is quite unique, and which goes beyond all the dimensions of the colonial and the post-colonial, because in fact what we share is immeasurable “he defended.

“It’s a cultural expression that crosses all these spaces, no matter what separates us,” he added.

According to Leão, who has chaired CIALP since 2016, the organization has promoted the exchange of experiences between its members, such as “a volunteer program with the government of Brasilia, for four years, of urban management in the favelas”, which allowed that “African, Portuguese and Macao architects could work directly with the communities of the 10 main favelas” of the Brazilian capital.

“A huge learning experience on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Leão, who is keen to “continue exploring” this type of approach in Africa as well.

“Brazil is very innovative in this area of ​​the reconversion of slums and the application of microfinance and self-construction, and these are responses that fully apply in the cities of Angola, Cape Town. Green, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, ”defended the architect. , who lives in Macau.

To mark the 30th anniversary, the NGO is organizing this year a series of four web seminars on “Portuguese-speaking Heritage”, which began today with a conference on Portuguese architectural heritage in Africa, with the participation of the Angolan architect Francisco José Miguel and the Mozambican Luís. Lage, as well as Victor Leonel, vice-president of CIALP and president of the African Union of Architects.

The series, which runs through December, also includes lectures on Portuguese-speaking heritage in Asia, “with a focus on Goa and Macao,” Brazil and Portugal, on dates yet to be scheduled, Rui said. Leão, stressing that, despite numerous studies on Portuguese Architects on colonial architectural heritage, it is important to listen to professionals from the countries where it is established.

“Some of us have had one voice for 500 years and others have only had 40,” he said after April 25, defending that “it is important to have interpretations from Angola, Mozambique “and other member countries on Portuguese Heritage.

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, CIALP will also open, on July 18, the video exhibition “Diálogos Emergentes”, a film showing the work of 11 architects from Macao, Goa, São Tomé, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Cape Town. Green, Brazil and Portugal, in the area of ​​housing.

The film, produced in partnership with Dinâmia’CET-IUL (Center for Studies on Socio-Economic Change and the Territory of the Iscte), with the support of the Camões Institute, “will show the enormous diversity that exists in these countries, in the form. to build and to make the city ”, showing at the same time many things that unite them, said Rui Leão.

CIALP, a non-profit private law association, headquartered in Lisbon, is made up of professional associations of architects from Portuguese-speaking countries and territories, and is an institutional partner of the International Union of Architects (UIA) and a CPLP advisory observer.

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