Rui Leão

Architect & Designer

Rui Leão’s practice extends from architectural design to urban planning, art and furniture installation and editorial activity. He grew up in S. Jorge (Azores), Lisbon, São Tome e Príncipe and Macau and received his Architectural degree from FAUP (Architecture College at Porto University). Since the 1990’s has developed extensive architectural & planning design in Macau and China.

Together with partner, Carlotta Bruni formed LBA: their built work features awarded projects, namely the Sai Van Urban Park and the Reading Room at the Macau Portuguese School, and the renovation of the Moorish Barracks (Macau Port Authority) building, which is part of the ensemble of buildings in Macau under UNESCO world heritage patronage. Their design for the Nam Van Square (with Carlotta Bruni & Manuel Vi – centre) in the centre of the Nam Van reclamation scheme, which deals both with the vicinity to the water, and a complex road infrastructure situation, integrating all components into the design, was awarded an Arcasia Gold Medal in 2006, and has been exhibited in the 10th Mostra Internazionale di Architectura of the Biennale di Venezia and at the 7th Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de São Paulo.

Qualifications: 1994 – Graduates from “Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade do Porto – F.A.U.P.” – OPORTO PORTUGAL. PhD in Architecture, President of The International Council of Architects of the Portuguese Language CIALP and President of DOCOMOMO Macau.

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