Elizabeth de Portzamparc is a Franco-Brazilian architect and urban planner, born in Rio de Janeiro.
Following her arrival in France in 1970, she supplemented her degree in sociology with a degree in urban planning, carrying out work based on the criticism of functionalism. The thinking of her early works reflect her commitment; it structured
her vision of the city which subsequently guided all of her projects.
Working at all levels, from artistic creation to urban planning, through object design and interior architecture, she is recognised for her vision and consistent approach throughout her works. Mindful of preserving the identity of places and of creating connections, she advocates for the suppression of barriers in the city and between individuals, and she endeavors to implement what she calls “architecture de liens” (architecture of links). Her projects of the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes and the 4th generation tower Taichung Intelligence Operation Center in Taiwan, express this concept through their open structure and their respectful inclusion of nature and the surrounding context, as well as through arrangements promoting the communication of the building with the outside world and interactions between users.
Elizabeth de Portzamparc created a multidisciplinary sustainable workshop in her agency composed of architects, sociologists and political scientists, trained in research on environmental and social topics. This workshop allows her to carry out experiments and test arrangements that provide solutions to the current energy and environmental crisis.
She received several distinctions and prizes, including the “Médaille du Sénat français” for the entirety of her work and the Lighting Design Award for the creation of the Hestia urban lighting, which was adopted for urban lighting in several cities around the world. Her Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes, opened in 2018, received the Future Heritage Award for its cultural character and its successful integration in the historical context.