Public Lecture Series

Ricardo Gordon

Ricardo Gordon
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
The Intimacy of the Void
Ricardo Gordon

Lecture Abstract

The construction of void spaces or “negative spaces”, either in private or public programs, may become the most significant spaces within a project.

Bak Gordon will discuss this issue, presenting some examples on the history of architecture as well as through his work developed throughout his career.


Ricardo Bak Gordon was born in Lisbon in 1967. He graduated in 1990 at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. During his studies, he also attended Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto and Politecnico di Milano.

He is currently a Visiting Design Critic at Harvard GSD. In parallel, he is also teaching at the Integrated Master Degree (MSc) in Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. He lectured at several universities and institutions.

His activity as an architect has been developed since 1990 and in the year 2002 he created the studio Bak Gordon Arquitectos. He was the author of the Portugal Pavilion in ExpoZaragoza 2008, the Portugal Pavilion in São Paulo Biennale 2007 and the exhibition project of Lisbon International Architecture Trienal 2007.

His work as an architect was present in several exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Macau, South Korea and Japan.

He was a nominee for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2009 and 2011; winner of the FAD Prize 2011 (Barcelona, Spain), BIAU Prize 2012 (Cádiz, Spain), Prémio CICA BA2015 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Prémio APCA (São Paulo, Brazil).

He was one of Portugal’s representatives at the Venice Biennale in 2010 and 2012.

****No registration is required. All interested are welcome****