For Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral, from the practice Gabinete de Arquitectura, designing buildings is based on thinking about how the space will be used rather than conceiving them as objets d’art. “All of the work we do at the Gabinete,” she has said, “starts from ideas about bringing some benefit – either to the people who are going to use the buildings or to the city around them.”
Influenced by what she calls the artistic and engineering sides of her parents, Cabral studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción. While studying, she was employed as an intern at the Asuncion-based architecture firm, becoming a full partner in 2004.
Gloria has worked with Gabinete de Arquitectura on projects informed by strong environmental and social concerns, notably the Teleton Children’s Rehabilitation Center, which won first prize at the 2010 Bienal Panamericana in the recycling category. In addition to her practice, she has taught at her alma mater since 2009 and served as a visiting professor at universities in Panama and Peru. Gloria also lectures at universities in several South American countries.
In 2014, as part of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé series, Gloria worked with Peter Zumthor, project managing a South Korean tea chapel for the Swiss architect.