Andrea Queiroz Rego

Very Carioca, as she defines herself, the architect, urban planner and professor,  Andrea Queiroz Rego, director of the Architecture and Urban Planning School (FAU) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), is one of the professionals who don’t hide the emotions when addressing Rio de Janeiro and its beauties. Born in the “Wonderful City”, she recounts growing up experiencing “many Rios”. All full of great memories, for the most part.

– Rio is my house, my home. I know that there are many Rios in Rio and I don’t know all of them equally, but this is a characteristic of someone who lives in such a complex metropolis. I can tell that I am from the South District, since I have spent my childhood living in Flamengo, Leme and Botafogo. My teenage years were in Gávea and Lagoa. Adulthood, besides Lagoa, was in São Conrado  -, she tells. 

According to Andrea, the experience and memories from this neighborhoods are extremely rich and unforgettable.

– But I also love the other locations in Rio, such as Fundão, Urca, Jardim Botânico, Tijuca, Some are wonderful, others good and some not so much. In fact, I couldn’t tell what in rio mesmerizes me the most: its green and blue landscape; the diversity; the light; the water, anyaw -, States Andrea  

The architect, who is also a professor in the architecture postgraduate course (PROARQ) and is part of the Department of Urbanism and Environment (DPUR) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, considers herself happy for having acted, in a couple professional opportunities, in projects of urban spaces in Rio.

– In the theoretic and academical reflection about these spaces and also the discussion on professional practice, with regard to the Architecture and Urban Planning Council. Unfortunately, architecture and urban planning have always had an elitist bias, only accessible for a few people,  for private and built up spaces, as well as urban public spaces. This happens not only in our country, but also around the world. However, here, more than in other places, it is fundamental that practice and reflection are expanded – she argues. 

Andrea says she is still not very clear about the architectonic and urban planning changes that might arise around the globe, as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

– I think it is too early to bet. Anyway, I believe that critical reflections will rely more on the living space, experienced in the limit of its reinvention capacity in this moment-, she believes. 

Andrea Queiroz Rego’s favorite places in Rio

Jardim Botânico. Photo: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur

Jardim Botânico – For its natural beauties, monuments of historical, artistic and archeological value, which are part of the institution.

Urca. Photo: Alexandre Macieira/ Riotur

Urca – One of the city’s paradises. The ideal place to relax and enjoy, with family and friends, one of the prettiest views of the capital, specially at sunset. 

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Photo: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur

Lagoa – Its calm waters create a beautiful scenario for water sports. Along its 8 km length, cyclists complement the landscape.  

Fundão. Photo: Hudson Pontes/Rio City Hall

Fundão – In this neighborhood is the dean’s office and most of the schools of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in an area of more than 5 million square meters. Literally, an island of knowledge. 

Tijuca – Saens Peña Square. Photo: Hudson Pontes/Rio City Hall

Tijuca – In addition to housing one of the largest urban forests in the country, its squares are traditional meeting points for cariocas and tourists, such as Saens Peña and Xavier de Brito, popularly called Praça dos Cavalinhos