João Luís Carrilho da Graça, architect, graduated from Esbal (Lisbon 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. He was a professor at the Autónoma University of Lisbon from 2001 to 2010, and at the University of Évora since 2005 – and headed the architecture department at both institutions until 2010. Invited professor at the Technical School of Architecture of the University of Navarra in 2007 and 2010. Carrilho da Graça was an invited lecturer in seminars and conferences at several international universities and institutions.
Awards given to the architect 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 Biennale, the order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic in 1999 and the International Art Critics Association award in 1992. He was also 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 Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares – Expo’98; the Secil prize in 1994, and the nomination for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2010 and 2011.