São Paulo studios of Brazilian architects including Paulo Mendes da Rocha captured in photos

Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is captured at work in this photoset by photographer Marc Goodwin, which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of 20 architecture offices in São Paulo.

The São Paulo series is the latest in Goodwin's project to document architecture studios in cities across the world, following recent trips to workplaces Mexico City, Panama City and Los Angeles.

The set includes the workplace that Paulo Mendes da Rocha, one of Brazil's most celebrated architects, has occupied since 1979. Goodwin said that meeting the 90-year-old architect, who he captured holding an architecture model, as a "highlight" of the trip.

"He was staggeringly youthful for a man nearly 90 years of age," Goodwin told Dezeen. "I am quite sure he has more energy than me and he spoke without pause about several of his projects, walking around the room to point out and pick different models to explain them together with technical facts interspersed with witty anecdotes."

"It felt a bit like meeting Le Corbusier and was a great honour," he added.

The workplace of Studio MK27, founded in the 1970s by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, and FGMF Arquitetos, founded in 1991, are among the offices captured.

The photographer, who runs the studio Archmospheres, toured 20 offices in total – providing evidence of its booming architecture scene. He found a number in a cluster together.

"The studios are nearly all within a few blocks of each other in the Higienopolis neighbourhood which is a kind of living breathing museum of modernism," Goodwin said.

"I think that speaks to how closely knit the architectural community is there," he added.

In addition to this, a number of the workplaces host more than one studio: 23 Sul Arquitetura, Casa 14 Arquitetura, Entre Arquitetos, CR2 Arquitetura and Casa RA Arquitetura and Design are all located in one office building, along with structural engineering firm MR2 Soluçoes Estruturais.

Verso Arquitetura's office includes an atelier for a porcelain painter.

Most of the studios are pared-back, with many featuring exposed concrete ceilings and beams, and white-painted walls.

"The spaces where stripped down and functional, perhaps reflecting the economic downturn and political crisis the country is going through," he added. "Each person I met with expressed great concern over the future of Brazil."

Take a look inside all 2o São Paulo studios below:


Aflalo/gasperini Arquitetos

In this space since: 1994
Number of employees: 54
Building's former use: office building


Andrade Morettin

In this space since: 2005
Number of employees: 14
Building's former use: offices


Bacco Arquitetos Associados

In this space since: 2012
Number of employees: 17
Building's former use: offices


BNA / Transversal / 2SMC / Planomotor / SG Arquitetura

In this space since: 2013
Number of employees: 22
Building's former use: offices


Brasil Arquitetura Ltda

In this space since: 1985
Number of employees: 10
Building's former use: a little house


Paulo Mendes da Rocha

In this space since: 1979
Number of employees: 30
Building's former use: Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB)


FGMF Arquitetos

In this space since: 2018
Number of employees: 54
Building's former use: store


23 Sul Arquitetura, Casa 14 Arquitetura, Entre Arquitetos, Cecilia Reichstul Arquitetura, MR2 Soluçoes Estruturais and Casa RA Arquitetura and Design

In this space since: each office has been here for a different time, and each one has a different number of employees
Building's former use: it has always been an office


Geral Arquitetos

In this space since: 2006
Number of employees: 23
Building's former use: offices


Grupo SP

In this space since: 2014
Number of employees: 9
Building's former use: offices


H + F Arquitetos

In this space since: 2002
Number of employees: 12
Building's former use: mixed-use commercial gallery


Keila Costa (+K Arquitetos)

In this space since: 2014
Number of employees: 02
Building's former use: offices


Metro Arquitetos Associados

In this space since: 2012
Number of employees: 10
Building's former use: offices


Studio MK27

In this space since: 1978
Number of employees: 34
Building's former use: optician and studio


MMBB Arquitetos

In this space since: 2001
Number of employees: 10
Building's former use: the same: offices

Nitsche Arquitetos

In this space since: 2008
Number of employees: 15
Building's former use: offices


SIAA Arquitetos Ltda, Paula Zemel and Marcelo Pontes de Carvalho

In this space since: 2008
Number of employees: 14
Building's former use: offices


SPBR Arquitetos and Angelo Bucci

In this space since: 2003
Number of employees: 5
Building's former use: offices


Tacoa Arquitetos Associados

In this space since: January 2019
Number of employees: 2
Building's former use: offices


Verso Arquitetura

In this space since: September/2018
Number of employees: 4
Building's former use: artist's studio