Fernando Luiz Lara

Program Director for Architecture Ph.D.

Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture

Fernando Luiz Lara works on theorizing spaces of the Americas with emphasis on the dissemination of architecture and planning ideas beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries. In his several articles, Prof. Lara has discussed the modern and the contemporary architecture of our continent, its meaning, context, and social-economic insertion. At The University of Texas at Austin Fernando Lara teaches seminars on 20th-century Latin American architecture and urbanism, Theory of Architecture, and doctoral courses on decolonial methods for architectural history.

From 2012 to 2015 Prof. Lara was Chair of the Brazil Center at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Since 2018 Prof. Lara serves as the Director of the UT School of Architecture's Ph.D. Program in Architecture.


  • BArch Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 1993
  • MSc Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 1996
  • PhD University of Michigan, 2001


Prof. Lara's latest publications include Street Matters: A Critical History of Twentieth-Century Urban Policy in Brazil (with Ana Paula Koury, 2022); Excepcionalidad del Modernismo Brasileño (2019); Modern Architecture in Latin America (with Luis Carranza, 2015, awarded the Hamilton runner up prize), and The Rise of Brazilian Popular Modernism (2008).

Fernando Lara is also the editor of Spatial Concepts of Decolonizing the Americas (2022); Decolonizing the Spatial History of the Americas (2021); Apuntes sobre Decolonización: Arquitectura y Ciudad en Las Americas (with Reina Loredo, 2020); and Quid Novi (2016, Anparq best book award of that year).

Prof. Lara is also the editor of Latin America: Thoughts, a series published by Romano Guerra editora; and a member of several editorial boards that include AULA –Architecture and Urbanism in Las Americas; Revista DEARQ (Universidad Los Andes, Bogota); Revista Pós (FAU USP); Arquitecturas Del Sur (Universidad Bio Bio, Chile); and Revista Urbana (UNICAMP).

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  • The Americas
  • Decolonial Theories
  • Informality
  • Participatory Processes
  • Relational Design Methods

Theory of Architecture II - Historical Overview
20th Century Architecture in Latin America
Signature Course on the History of the City in the Americas

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Daniel Koehler

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Mirka Benes

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