Gema Arquitetura is an architectural practice founded in 2002 by Nara Grossi and Priscila Almeida, contemporaries at Escola de Arquitetura/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. With studios located in Belo Horizonte and São Paulo, Brazil, Gema has built a solid and diverse portfolio through the years, that ranges from residential and commercial projects to urban interventions and objects design. In 2014, Joseana Costa completed the team bringing her vast experience in heritage projects. Gema was the practice selected to project the renovation and extension of Teatro Oficina, one of the world’s most emblematic theatres, projected by architects Lina Bo Bardi and Edson Elito.Sharing interests between academic and architectural projects, all works of the practice have a common ground: simple and elegant solutions, concerned with timelessness and fluidity of spaces. Gema’s trio designs almost artisanally, seeking bespoke solutions, as each project is thought to each client, taking into account their needs and desires, as well as the architects’ line of thinking.

In 2012 and 2015, the practice was awarded by the Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil (IAB-MG) for the projects “Residência Veredas” and “Museu do Registro”, respectively. In 2017, Nara Grossi wrote a book about the work of the architect Humberto Serpa, published by Monolito.

PARTNERS

Joseana Costa

Architect by Escola de Arquitetura/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (EAUFMG) and specialist in Baroque Culture and Arts by Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).

Nara Grossi

Architect by Escola de Arquitetura/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (EAUFMG) with master’s degree by Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo (FAUUSP). Teaches Interior Design at Istituto Europeo de Design (IED).

Priscila Almeida

Architect by Escola de Arquitetura/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (EAUFMG).

DESIGN TEAM

  • Bárbara Olyntho, architect
  • Giuliana Mora, architect

COLLABORATORS

  • Bianca Burini, historian
  • Márcio Reis, architect
  • Nando Peres, 3D rendering
  • Sandriele Corrêa, heritage architect

Belo Horizonte - MG

Avenida Álvares Cabral, 414 - Centro

CEP 30170-000 Belo Horizonte - MG

+55 31 3262 1003 gema@gemaarquitetura.com

São Paulo - SP

Rua Sergipe, 475 sala 302

Higienópolis CEP 01243-001

+55 11 2495 9485 gemasp@gemaarquitetura.com