Founder and Creative Director, Estudio Guto Requena
Intent on changing the way we interact with our physical and virtual environments, Guto Requena uses digital technologies to blur the boundaries between design, architecture and art. After receiving a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo, where his dissertation Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era shone a spotlight on his leading-edge approach early on, the Brazilian architect and designer founded Estudio Guto Requena in 2008. His studio carries out emotion-centered experiments with digital technologies, each with its own reflections on memory, culture and poetic narratives in different design scales: objects, spaces and cities.
Most recently, Guto has focused on interactive public art, such as the urban furniture of story-sharing project Can You Tell Me a Secret?, and light installations such as the set design for the popular “Heineken up on the Roof” annual event atop one of Brazil’s tallest buildings. He has also experimented with conceptual creations like the 3D-printed Nóize chair (a digital merging of street sounds with furniture), and lent his vision to the high-tech renovation of night clubs in São Paulo. Guto has lectured and exhibited in more than 20 countries, and has shared his hybrid approach to design as creator, writer and host of several TV, web and cinema series.