Practice
 

 

About

 

Bak Gordon Arquitectos (BGA) was established in 2002 by Ricardo Bak Gordon. However, some of his works were transitioned from Gordon’s previous professional experience, that started long before in 1990, when he finished his education in architecture. The studio practice is best known for its residential houses, educational and public buildings. Ricardo Gordon’s career was launched in 1995, when he won the competition for the Residence of the Portuguese Embassy in Brasília. After founding BGA, one of the studio’s first commissions was the Santa Isabel houses (2003-11), built inside an internal courtyard, which was awarded with the 2011 FAD Architectural Prize and represented Portugal in the Venice 12. La Biennale di Architettura (2010). This project is a paradigm of our commitment to housing research, that has been carried out and consolidated over the years in several single and multiple family housing projects. From urban context to the country side, and from building from scratch to building with existing structures. In 2007, BGA engaged with the programme Parque Escolar, an ambitious governmental plan for the modernization of Portugal’s public schools. Its proposal for Dom Dinis school was the pilot plan for the programme, aiming to invert the learning paradigm and increase focus on cooperative and informal learning spaces. Since then BGA has designed several other schools not only in Portugal, but also abroad, namely in Switzerland, culminating in the construction of the Romanshorn school (2014-19). In parallel, the studio has also developed several partnerships with other architects, landscape architects, urbanists and consultants, that has resulted in the enrichment of our experience as a team, with diversity in perspectives, practices and cultures. Here we can highlight the friendship with Paulo Mendes da Rocha, for what it represents to our way of thinking and practising architecture. A fruit of this friendship was the construction of the new Museu Nacional dos Coches (2008-17), among other projects. The studio keeps an adequate dimension to grant a personal involvement and a sincere commitment to all projects. BGA projects are rooted in place, with strong sense and sensibility to the local features and contexts. Inherent of the fact that architecture is always a subjective equation, our approach is based on defining a strategy according to the typology, while at the same time being aware that each project has its own and unique answer. This practice, exercised through intensive drawing and combined with academic research and teaching, has been nationally and internationally recognised through exhibitions, publications and prize nominations.

 

 

Team

 

Founder

Collaborators

Past collaborators

Office Manager

 

Ricardo Bak Gordon

Nuno Costa

José Pedro Cano

Daniela Cunha

Tania Correia

Pietro Dardano

Fábio Ferreira

Duarte Valle

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Cristina Morgado

 

 

Awards

 

2019

AICA Prize, Lisbon_Winner

2018

FAD prize, Barcelona, Spain_Shortlisted

2017

BIG MAT prize, Luxemburg_Finalist

2016

FAD prize, Barcelona, Spain_Finalist

2015

APCA prize , São Paulo, Brasil_ Winner

CICA prize, Buenos Aires, Argentina_Winner

BIG MAT prize, Luxemburg_Finalist

VALMOR prize, Lisboa_Honorable Mention

2014

ENOR prize_Finalist

2012

BIAU prize,Cadís, Spain_Winner

SECIL prize_Shortilisted

2011

FAD prize, Barcelona, Spain_Winner

Mies Van der Rohe prize_Shortlisted

2010

SECIL prize_Shortlisted

2009

Mies Van der Rohe prize_Shortlisted

2008

SECIL prize_Shortlisted

Valmor prize, Lisboa_Honorable Mention

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2019

"Drawing Attention", Roca Gallery, London, uk

"100" Experiments, AEDES Architekturforum, Berlin, de

"Ideias de Intimidade", Note, Lisbon, pt

2018

PCR British Bar, Lisbon, pt

"Building Stories", Garagem Sul_CCB, Lisbon, pt

Representante de Portugal, Biennale Venezia, it

 

2017

Chicago Architecture Bienal, us

"Poder Arquitectura", Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos, pt

CENSE, Newark, New Jersey, us

2016

"Sketch for Syria", Universitá IUAV, it

"Arquitectura em Concurso", Lisbon, pt

X BIAU, São Paulo, br

2015

"Habitar Portuga"l 12-14, Lisbon, pt

GSD Design, Miami, us

Bienal BA

"Portuguese houses", Politecnico di Milano, it

2014

ISCTE, Lisbon, pt

Galeria Boavista, Lisbon, pt

Biennale Venezia, it

2013

Festa dos Museus, Museu dos Coches, Lisbon, pt

WAVE, Universitá IUAV, it

Universidade de Navarra, Pamplona, es

Estratégia Urbana, Lisbon, pt

2012

"Commond Ground", Biennale Venezia, it

2011

Bienal São Paulo, br

Overlapping Lx, Lisbon, pt

2010

Laboratorio Casabella, Milan, it

Biennale Venezia, it

"Overlapping", Barcelona, es

 

2009

"Portugal fora Portugal", Lisbon, pt

"Habitar Portugal", Lisbon, pt

2008

"Overlappings", Portugal x6, pt

Premio Mies Van der Rohe

Prémio Secil, pt

2007

"Reunião de Obra", OA, Lisbon, pt

 
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