João Luís Carrilho da Graça, architect, graduated from ESBAL (Lisbon higher-education school of fine arts) in 1977, the year he initiated his professional activity.
Lectured at the faculty of architecture of the technical university of Lisbon between 1977 and 1992.
Professor at the autonomous university of Lisbon from 2001 to 2010 and at the university of Évora since 2005. Headed the architecture department at both institutions until 2010. Invited professor at the higher technical school of architecture of the university of Navarra in 2007 and 2010. Invited lecture in seminars and conferences at several international universities and institutions.
Awards given to João Luís Carrilho da Graça include: the title of “chevalier des arts et des lettres” by the french republic in 2010; the “Pessoa award” in 2008, the “Luzboa-Schréder” award in 2004 at Lisbon’s first international light art Biennal, the order for merit of the portuguese republic in 1999 and the “international art critics association” award in 1992.
Distinguished with the “Piranesi prix de Rome” prize in 2010 for the archeological museum of “Castelo de São Jorge”, the FAD prize in 1999 and the “valmor” prize in 1998 for the knowledge of the seas pavilion at Lisbon expo ’98; the “secil” prize in 1994 for the school of media of the i.p.l (Lisbon Polytechnic Institute), and the nomination for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2010 and 2011.