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Gonçalo Byrne elected president of the Order of Architects

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Gonçalo Byrne elected president of the Order of Architects

The architect Gonçalo Byrne is the new chairman of the national governing board of the Order of Architects, according to the provisional results of the elections for the governing bodies released this Friday night.

“The results obtained tonight, which should be confirmed and considered definitive by July 8, gave the victory to list C”, headed by Gonçalo Byrne, says a statement from the Bar Association.

In the suffrage participated 6,952 architects, that is, 27.31% of the voters who are registered in the electoral roll, who elected the governing bodies of the Order, national and regional, for the three-year period 2020-2022.

The note said that, “for the first time”, there are seven regional bodies: North, Centre, Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo, Algarve and autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores.

Of a total of 21 elements that make up the assembly of delegates, the deliberative body of the Order of Architects, list C, with the motto “This only goes with everyone”, gonçalo Byrne, elected nine delegates, followed by list B, “The Order is you”, which elected six delegates.

List A, “A Present Order,” elected five delegates, and list D, “Near Architecture,” elected a delegate.

Gonçalo Byrne was born in 1941, in Alcobaça, Leiria district, completed his training at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and is an Honorary Doctor from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and the University of Alghero in Italy, according to the information available on the Gonçalo Byrne Architects website.

He was director of Jornal Arquitetos between 1985 and 1987 and founded in 1991 the studio Gonçalo Byrne Arquitetos.

The architect also taught at several international universities, such as Harvard (United States), Milan and Venice, both in Italy, and Pamplona (Spain).

Gonçalo Byrne will succeed the architect José Manuel Pedreirinho.

Because of the pandemic, the Order of Architects had recommended electronic voting for associates, an election that began at 12:00 p.m. on June 17 and ended at 8 p.m. today.

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