Ana Luiza Addor

Ana Luiza Addor

New York, NY, US

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I am a post-professional student at Masters in Design Studies, in the Art, Design and Public Domain concentration at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. I also received a B.A. in architecture and urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. 

In Sao Paulo, I have led my own exhibition design and architecture firm  (Estudio Cidade office) from 2012 to 2016.  I also have worked in interdisciplinary offices in Sao Paulo where I coordinated a diverse range of projects of architecture and exhibition design. 

In my professional career, I am interested in exploring the connections among art, design, and architecture, and how this transdisciplinarity can become an effective tool to foster educational, cultural and social debates, and activate changes within the society as a whole.


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, US, Exhibition designer assistant

Together with the Director of Exhibition Design department, we are restructuring the methods development and management at Harvard Art Museum. This process includes the redesign of conceptual presentations, exhibition concepts, and technical details.

Mar 2018 - current

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, US, Exhibition designer

I assisted in the development of concepts of large exhibition design projects, as well as developed technical drawings, models, and 3D models for interdepartmental presentations, and constructions.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Estudio Cidade office, São Paulo, BR, Founder and Principal Architect

Founder and principal architect of this interdisciplinary design firm, dealing with a wide range of projects that scaled from architectural commissions (residential, corporative, cultural works) and exhibitions design to project management.
Project leader responsible for design development, conceptual design, technical drawing, and construction management.
Coordination of contractors and sub-contractors throughout the project, managing the projects from initial client meetings through to post-competition.

Oct 2012 - Jun 2016

mpdm office, São Paulo, BR, Intermediate architect

Project manager (from concept to construction phase), and design team leader of the NIKE Ipanema Brand Experience concept store in Rio de Janeiro, working in collaboration with the NIKE design team in Portland, US.

Feb 2011 - Oct 2012

TERO engineering + design office, Sao Paulo, SP , Intermediate architect

Design team leader and project manager of different types of exhibition designs. Overseeing all the stages of the projects, from concept until construction, including management of external teams such as curatorial teams, graphic design, and contractors.

Apr 2008 - Jan 2011


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Masters, Master in Design Studies - Art, Design and Public Domain concentration

The MDes program in Art, Design, and the Public Domain is a post-professional program which promotes many interdisciplinary debates about the role of art and design within the social and public spheres.
In my case, this post-professional master program encouraged me to experiment different media, materials, and scales, challenging me to break a few pre-concept barriers that my background as architect and designer began to ground in my professional path so far. Different classes - such as Film Theory with Giuliana Bruno, Exhibiting Blackness with Sarah Lewis, etc. - have also nurtured profound debates and conversations based on extensive and complex theories and bibliography.

Aug 2016 - current

FGV - FUNDACAO GETULIO VARGAS, Sao Paulo, SP, Project Management

This certified program provided the essential information and skills to develop the role of project manager.

Jul 2009 - Dec 2009

School of Architecture and Urbanism - University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, BArch, Architecture and Urbanism

Differently, than in the United States, schools of architecture and urbanism in Brazil provide the students with a broad overview of the various practices of architects. It means that, in my bachelor degree, I had classes and courses in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, urban planning and graphic design. The purpose of this broader curriculum is to make the students experiment different scales, practices, and roles of designers and architects.

Feb 2001 - Dec 2007


Archiprix International Competition, Award

Bachelors' thesis project selected to represent the School fo Architecture and Urbanism in 2008.


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