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Zeuler R. Lima, PhD

Zeuler R. Lima, PhD

Educator, scholar, designer, artist

Zeuler R. Lima, PhD, CAU-BR, is trained as an architect and landscape architect with a Ph.D. in urban history at the University of São Paulo in his native Brazil, with postdoctoral education in comparative literature at Columbia University. He is an internationally accomplished designer, educator, author, artist, and curator. He is also a polyglot, having lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Brazil, USA, Europe, and Japan.

Lima teaches history-theory, design and art studio courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Washington University in St. Louis. He also has taught and conducted research at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, the Schools of Architecture in Grenoble and Saint-Étienne, France, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Columbia University, Center for Comparative Literature and Society, and Hosei University in Tokyo.

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).

In 2007, Lima was the first recipient of the prestigious 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 has received several national and international research grants and has lectured extensively in the North and South America, Europe, and Japan.

Lima is the author of the acclaimed biography Lina Bo Bardi about the Italian-born Brazilian architect (Yale University Press, 2013, 2018), with several worldwide lectures and deferential reviews, including in the New York Review of Books and The New York Times best art book of the year list. He is also the author of Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture (Prestel/Palm Springs Art Museum, 2017) and Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings (Princeton University Press/Fundació Joan Miró, 2019).

Aside from writing, Lima has curated and designed architecture and drawing exhibitions for the Architecture Galleries of Ryerson University and the University of Maryland, the Palm Springs Art Museum in California, the Fondació Joan Miró in Barcelona, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. He has also served on several exhibition and 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).

Passionate about all-inclusive artistic expression, Lima practices drawing, painting, and printmaking and has participated in several exhibitions, including the traveling solo exhibitions The Architecture of Drawing, Becoming Drawing, and Found in Translation, presented in the United States, Brazil, Italy, and Japan. In addition, he plays the piano and the cello and speaks, reads, and writes English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Japanese.