AA São Paulo Visiting School

2010 – 2014




Klaus Bode

(BSc (Hons); HonFRIBA)

Klaus Bode graduated from the University of Bath as a Building Environmental Services Engineer in 1987. His work has focused on environmental design strategies and low-energy engineering solutions, looking at the multiple interfaces between engineering, environmental and architectural design as well as urban design. With his creative and thorough approach, Klaus has collaborated with internationally acclaimed architects in projects across the world.  Recently celebrated ones are: London 2012 Olympics Velodrome, London (Hopkins Architects), Bocconi University, Milan (Grafton Architects), LSE See – Saw Hock Centre, London (O-Donnell & Tuomey), One Airport Square, Accra (MCA), Whiteleys Development, London (Foster & Partners). Klaus has been a guest lecturer for the Master Course Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA School of Architecture in London for almost 20 years. Following 17 years as a Director of BDSP Partnership and 5 years with Chapmanbdsp, Klaus has just launched Urban Systems Design in 2018.


Herman Calleja

Herman Calleja is an architect specialising in parametric environmental design, façade optimization, passive design and pedestrian comfort. In 2012 he completed his MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA with distinction. He is now a tutor at the AA SED programme and a Principal Environmental Consultant at ChapmanBDSP where he has worked on a variety of projects including a university building for the Institut Mines-Télécom with Grafton Architects, the LSE CBR with RSH+P, a mixed-use development with Foster+Partners, the Dubai Observation tower with Santiago Calatrava, a high-rise office tower with AHMM and a private residence in UAE with Zaha Hadid Architects. His main area of interest is the combination of climate-based daylighting modelling with the assessment of occupant thermal comfort through a parametric design platform. Herman has participated in various Smart Geometry workshops since 2008 and has also contributed at a number conferences as NCEUB and PLEA.


Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves is Associate Professor of FAUUSP and currently is the Head of the Technology Department.  She graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from UFRJ (1993), earned her Master’s degree in Environment and Energy from the Architectural Association (AA) Graduate School of Architecture in London (1997) and PhD from FAUUSP (2003). In practice, Joana coordinated the studies for the environmental efficiency of the architectural design of the expansion of Petrobras Research Centre in Rio de Janeiro, CENPES (2005). Between 2009 and 2013 she taught in the Environment and Energy Programme of AA Graduate School. In 2011 she was guest lecturer at the GSD in Harvard University. She is the author various publications including “The environmental performance of tall buildings” (2010), by Earthscan; she was the organizer of “Edificio Ambiental” (2015), by Oficina de Textos. Since 2014, one of her key research topics has been of “The environmental quality of iconic buildings from the Brazilian Bioclimatic Modernism (1930 – 1964)”.





Franklin Lee
 and Anne Save de Beaurecueil have been directors of the AA Visiting Schools São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2010 and have run a series of workshops that bring leading architects from around the world to rethink the Brazilian urban landscape through combining cutting-edge technology and critical theoretical exploration with local culture, material and labor sources.  The are also design directors of SUBdV Architecture, using a mixture of high and low design technologies to generate socially and environmentally responsive geometries for architecture, furniture and urban design projects. They were AA Diploma Unit 2 Masters from 2005 to 2010 and taught at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University in New York, from where they both also received Master’s degrees. They have published, exhibited and lectured about their work worldwide.