Frederico de Holanda ((b. 1944, Recife, Brazil). Architect (BSc, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 1966). PhD in Architecture (University of London, 1997). Full Professor, Emeritus Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de Brasília, where he has taught since 1972. He has also worked at the Companhia Hidroelétrica da Boa Esperança [Boa Esperança Hydroelectric Company] (Maranhão, 1967-1969), and at the Wit-Olaf Prochnik architectural practice (Rio de Janeiro, 1969-1971).
He pays tribute mainly to three great masters: Prof. Delfim Amorim (UFPE), for the architectural language apprehended in the drawing board; Prof. Evaldo Coutinho (UFPE) and Prof. Bill Hillier (University College London, supervisor of his doctoral thesis – Exceptional Space), for the enlightening way they put space at the frontstage of architectural thinking.
Building and urban projects: 1) 109 North Superblock urban design, Brasília, DF, 1985 (under implementation); 2) his second residence in Canaan, Trairi, CE, 1989 (built); 3) his house in Sobradinho, DF, 1999 (Honourable Mention, Brazilian Institute of Architecture, 2001, built); 4) entry for a national competition for the W-3 Avenue, Brasilia, 2003 (third prize); 5) Preliminary Study for the Museum of Science and Technology, Brasília, 2007 (Honourable Mention); 6) Master Plan for the Planaltina University Campus, Universidade de Brasilia, DF, 2008 (under implementation). In 1998 he received the Brazilian Award in Urban and Regional Planning, by the Urban and Regional Planning National Research and Graduate Studies Association, in the category “doctoral thesis for the period 1996/1997”. In 2007 he is awarded the prize Destaque em Pesquisa by the Universidade de Brasília, as the best researcher in Humanities that year.
In 2010 he founded a press to publish titles on architecture and culture (FRBH). By this and other presses, he published the books: 1) O Espaço de Exceção [Exceptional Space], based in his doctoral dissertation (Edunb, 2002; FRBH, 2018 [e-book público]); 2) Arquitetura e Urbanidade [Architecture & Urbanity] (org., ProEditores Associados Ltda, 2003 [2ª Edition, FRBH, 2011]; 3) Brasília: cidade moderna, cidade eterna [Brasília: modern city, eternal city] (FAU/UnB, 2010), for which he was granted the ANPARQ 2010 Prize – Honourable Mention (Architecture and Urbanism Research and Graduate Studies National Association), in the category authorial books; 4) the bi-lingual book Oscar Niemeyer: de vidro e concreto / of glass and concrete (FRBH, 2011); 5) the e-book Exceptional Space (in English), based in his doctoral dissertation (FRBH, 2011); 6) Ordem e desordem: arquitetura e vida social [Order and disorder: architecture and social life] (org., FRBH, 2012); 6) 10 Mandamentos da Arquitetura [10 commandments of architecture] (FRBH, 2013, 2ª Edition 2015); Construtores de Mim [Builders of my Self] (FRBH, 2019). Besides the books, he published 50 articles in periodicals, 43 book chapters, and 102 papers in conference proceedings.
He has supervised 32 master dissertations and 18 doctoral theses.
Since 2014 he has been making films on architecture and culture, available on the World Wide Web: https://www.youtube.com/@fredericoholanda326/videos (131 titles).
He investigates relations between architectural configuration and the use of space by different social categories (classes, genders, generations) in buildings and cities. He coordinates the research group Morphological Dimensions of the Urbanisation Process. Besides Brazil, he has acted as visiting lecturer or visiting professor in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Japan, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United States of America, Uruguay. Member of Editorial Boards in Brazil and abroad. He is Senior Research Fellow (CNPq). He is married to Rosa de Lima Cunha and has two children – Joana and Pedro – and two granddaughters – Irene and Carolina.