Since my Portuguese is still a far cry from conversational, I made a series of drawings to communicate the scenes I was hoping to capture. I shared these drawings with photographers shooting Carnaval in hopes to get a few snaps in locations we weren’t able to get into.

Santa Teresa


There is a spirit that lives in Sta Teresa. Perched on this hill, we felt like eagles with the most spectacular views of the harbor, downtown, the local airport, and the neighborhoods of Botofogo and Flamengo. It’s incredible how much you can learn about a city from a birds eye view. Logistically, our colonial mansion was […]

Aron Nussbaum

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Aron Nussbaum is my United States research assistant who will be traveling with me and specifically helping to develop a relationship with the community aspects of the project. While in college, he studied in Rio at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as an exchange student. This experience transformed Aron. His love for the city […]

Rubem Machado

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Rubem is a director at one of Rio’s oldest Samba Schools, Mangueira. His in-depth tour of his school’s community center was the first opportunity for us to understand the deep connections between the community and the parade. We are so grateful for his time and for inviting us into his community. Photo by Aron Nussbaum

Daryan Dornelles

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My collaborating photographer! I am so excited to work with the incredibly talented Rio based photographer, Daryan Dornelles. His ability to bring out a very personal and often hidden side to his subjects is magic. I am greatly looking forward to our collaboration and working together to bring out the spirit of the floats through his […]

Studio X RIO

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We were invited by Raul Smith to an opening and talk by Juan Herreros and Mark Wigley at Columbia GSAPP’s Studio X in Praça Tiradentes. Mark gave an inspiring talk about what it means to be global, young, and an architect in today’s economy. By chance, we were joined by Vera Tangari (UFRJ) and Bruno Tenório […]

Centro Architecture

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Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião.Tower outside of the Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião.Petrobras headquarters in central Rio designed by Roberto Luís Gandolfi in 1972.