Brazilian Architect Duo Opens Atelier 1901 to Mentor Recent Graduates
It can tough, after graduation, to know what kind of work you’d like to do—and where you’d like to do it. For recent architecture and urban planning graduates in Curitiba, Brazil, there’s now a good solution for the second dilemma: Atelier 1901. Architects Ismael Gustavo Zanardini and Thatiane Botto de Barros, partners at Studio BaZa Architecture and Interior Design, conceived the 2,200-square-foot project as a hub. “We are a community,” says Zanardini, “a space for collaboration and exchange of experiences.”
Located in a 1940s building just off Praça Osório, the space mixes 21st-century co-working amenities with 20th-century details such as the original parquet floors. Here, both open-plan office space and private phone booths are available for professional mentoring via Atelier 1901’s network of technical and artistic partners.
“Our goal,” explains Botto de Barros, “is to empower these young professionals in a place where they can develop their skills and establish themselves in the initial steps of their careers, not fearing possible mistakes.” In other words, where to show up on Monday mornings.