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Zeuler Lima

Associate Professor


Givens 210

Campus Box 1079

Post-doctorate, Center for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University, USA; PhD, MSc in Architecture, Diploma in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, Brazil


Zeuler Rocha M. de A. Lima, PhD, CAU-BR, is trained as an architect, landscape architect, and urbanist with postdoctoral education in comparative literature. He is an accomplished designer, educator, scholar, and writer with interest in a humanistic approach to the built environment.

Lima teaches design studio and history-theory courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs, including the Florence Spring Program, the Architecture Study Abroad Program, and the cross-disciplinary course Urban Books. He also has taught and conducted research at the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1988-96), the Schools of Architecture in Grenoble and Saint-Étienne, France (1992), the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1997-99), and Columbia University, Center for Comparative Literature and Society (2001-2002).

Between 1989 and 1996, Lima was one of the four partners of Projeto Paulista de Arquitetura office in São Paulo and won several distinguished national architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design competitions and awards in Brazil, including for the Federal District Legislative Assembly building on the Monumental Axis in Brasília (2010). His projects have been featured in several Brazilian publications, including in cover articles for AU and Projeto magazines.

Lima was the recipient of the prestigious 2007 International Bruno Zevi Prize for architecture history and criticism. His prolific historic and theoretical research and publishing focus on modernity and post-WWII architecture and urbanism. He wrote a dissertation about architecture and global cities titled "The City as Spectacle: The Architect and the Crisis of Contemporary Culture" (USP, 2000). He also received several national and international research grants.

Lima is the author of the acclaimed biography Lina Bo Bardi about the Italian-born Brazilian architect (Yale University Press, 2013), with several worldwide lectures and deferential reviews, including in the New York Review of Books. He has contributed extensively to national and international journals, museum catalogues, and book editions and is co-editing a forthcoming anthology of texts by architects from Latin America for the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Lima has served on several curatorial advisory committees, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museu da Casa Brasileira (São Paulo), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Architekturmuseum (Munich), and the Johann Jacobs Museum (Zurich). He also practices drawing, painting, and printmaking and has participated in several exhibitions, including the current traveling solo exhibition The Architecture of Drawing.