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Bruna Ferreira Montuori

MPhil work

From interaction to correspondence: understanding everyday life performance to develop codesign as a relational practice.

This research outlines recent practices of co-production in design and architecture with activists from urban peripheries aiming to find possible answers for the following question: how could designers play a role of relational practitioners, rather than only problem-solvers in collaborative processes carried out in spaces of urban metropolises?

Designers are mainly stimulated to create and build, by engaging in projects that have a starting point, a middle, and a result, instead of building an “education of attention” (Ingold 2001) and keeping processes alive in inhabitants hands. In this sense, this research argues for a codesign practice based on correspondence, that is relational and acknowledges the juxtaposition of the existing differences in such environments – including cultural, economic, and political aspects. Therefore, to acquire such attributes, the research places its theoretical background on the relations between anthropology, design, urban studies, and performative urbanism.


  • MPhil


    School of Architecture


    Architecture Research, 2018–2020

  • Bruna Montuori is a designer interested in the different typologies of co-production in the city and the many forms of interaction engendered from encounters of designers and activists. As a researcher, Montuori explores ideas such as everyday life and rituals as matters to be embraced within the design practice as well as the exchange between anthropology, design and urban studies. In addition, she is deeply interested in the emerging productions involving decolonization, gender studies and learning from urban peripheries. 

  • Degrees

  • MSc. Architecture, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 2018; BA Product Design, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 2014; Academic Exchange Programme, Politecnico di Milano, 2012
  • Experience

  • Curator Assistant, 11th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, Sao Paulo, 2017; Freelance Designer, Tellus Institute, Sao Paulo, 2015 - 2018; Freelance Designer, Santo Caos S.A., Sao Paulo, 2015 - 2017; Innovation Designer, MJV Technology and Innovation, Sao Paulo, 2014 - 2015; Research Intern, Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Imaginário da Cidade | 11th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, Sesc Parque Dom Pedro II, Sao Paulo, 2017; Devires do Brasil | 11th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, Praça das Artes, Sao Paulo, 2017; Biblioteca da Bienal | 11th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, Sao Paulo, 2017; Utilidade Pública | 11th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, Vila Itororó, Sao Paulo, 2017; Laboratórios de Inclusão Cultural (with APE Estudos em Mobilidade), Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, 2015; Handmade Urbanism (Research Intern), Studio-X Rio, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
  • Conferences

  • Feminist Voices: Design and Politics in Latin America. FAU-USP, 2017; Manifesto for a Relational Design, Entremeios LaDA/ESDI/UERJ, Studio-X, 2017; Design by means of citizen activism: three cases illustrated by the action of Coletivo Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Design for Next, Università Sapienza, 2017
  • Publications

  • Montuori, B. F. Origens e concepção de um curso de design para contextos reais na PUC-Rio: a primeira identidade in Braga, M. da C.; Ferreira, E. C. K. (Eds.) Histórias do Design no Brasil III. Sao Paulo: Annablume, 2017, 79-99.; Almeida, A. J. M.; Montuori, B. F.; Nicoletti, M. V. Entre identidade e deslocamento: relações entre práticas de design e o fazer artesanal feminino in 13th Women’s Worlds & Fazendo Gênero 11 Proceedings, 2017.; Montuori, B. F.; Santos, M. C. L.; Rosa, M. L. Design by means of citizen activism: three cases illustrated by the action of Coletivo Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in: The Design Journal 20 (1), London: Routledge, 2017, S2973-S2990.; Montuori, B. F. Bicicletário Ciclo: convívio, integração e intermodalidade no Largo da Gardênia Azul/Rio de Janeiro in Proceeding of Colóquio Internacional de Design 2015, Belo Horizonte, 2015.; Oliveira, L. P. P.; Montuori, B. F. Un Dialogo Universidad - Comunidad: contribuiciones para el plan regional municipal del distrito Jaçanã - Tremembé (São Paulo) in “La Formación Universitaria y Dimensión Social del Profesional”, Cordoba, 2015; Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft; Rosa, M. L.; Montuori, B. F. Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Report Rio de Janeiro 2013 in Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Rio de Janeiro 2013, Rio de Janeiro, 2013; Rosa, M. L.; Montuori, B. F.; Fontenelle, R. B.; Barossi; J.; Masagão, J. Observatório da 11ª Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo. Sao Paulo: Meli Melo Press, 2017