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Brazil Center Faculty Committee

Fernando Luiz Lara

Fernando Luiz Lara (photo by Mari Correa)


Fernando Luiz Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (BArch, 1993) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2001). The author of several books and hundreds of articles in academic and professional journals as well as the general media, Professor Lara writes extensively on a variety of issues regarding the Latin American built environment. Lara is Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as Chair of the Brazil Center at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

A member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects and the Brazilian Docomomo, Lara has also been active in his native country as a critic, researcher, and educator. A licensed architect in Brazil, Lara has designed many structures, alone or in partnership with others. His current interest in favelas has led to opportunities to engage with public policy at the municipal level as well as collaborations with local firms designing public spaces in informal settlements. In 2005 he founded Studio Toró, a nonprofit devoted to the challenges of water conservation and urban flooding in Latin America. Since 2009, Lara has collaborated extensively with Horizontes Arquitetura, a Brazilian firm dedicated to public space, favela upgrades and social housing. 

Lara teaches seminars on 20th-century Latin American architecture and urbanism, a doctoral course on the critique of architectural Eurocentrism, as well as studios related to the continent’s current urban challenges.  Learn more about Dr. Lara and his research on his website.


Rosental Alves

Rosental Alves
Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, School of Journalism
BA, Rio de Janeiro Federal University
Interests: foreign correspondence; online journalism; communication; freedom of the press

Wendy Hunter

Wendy Hunter
Professor, Dept. of Government
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Interests: social policy issues in Latin America; politics of education and health reform

Lorraine Leu

Lorraine Marina Leu
Associate Professor, LLILAS and Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
PhD, King's College, University of London
Interests: Brazilian culture; urban Brazil; theories in Latin America

Sonia Roncador

Sonia Roncador
Associate Professor, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
PhD, New York University
Interests: Lusophone literatures and culture; gender and race; questions of servitude, domesticity, and women's education; Brazilian and transatlantic cultural studies

LLILAS Brazilianist Faculty

LLILAS Brazilianist Faculty

Brazilianist Faculty

LLILAS is richly endowed with expertise in Brazil-related topics, with roughly 50 faculty members spread across most of the university's school and colleges.

To learn about LLILAS faculty working on Brazilian issues, visit LLILAS Brazilianist Faculty.


Thu • Nov 5

Colloquium: "Brazil, 1995–2015:...

2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1
12:00 AM

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