PIONIRA was one of the first official partners of the New European Bauhaus movement, initiated by the European Union. After initial discussion of potentially joining the group of High Level Roundtable members, we became official partners in the following project phase. We are very excited about this partnership – find out more here.
PIONIRA was invited as a keynote speaker for the Workshop "Ferla 2050" in Ferla, Siciliy in September 2021. The "Master of Heritage and Innovation" from Abadir Academy in Siciliy cooperated with Scuola Gibel, from Siciliy, IT, to create a new vision for the Sicilian town of Ferla with an interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together city planners, politicians, architects and designers.
our future is full of possibilities
People and projects who already explore these possibilities, often act in a humble and small-scale nature. We believe these require a platform: PIONIRA.
PIONIRA is a platform that looks for pioni(ee)rs.
Pioneers that answer the pressing question: But how?
A platform that inspires a new way of thinking and acting.
By portraying projects, authentic places and the people behind them, PIONIRA searches for the definition of a future, holistic architecture on a European scale, beginning with Portugal. Through collecting and publishing, we aim to inspire and encourage people to actively shape our world, preserving its beauty. We strongly believe this can only be brought about by fostering diversity in every sense.
As architects we believe that there is not only a technical, measurable aspect, but also an immeasurable and perhaps larger component to the projects we curate. The examples we collect are neither finite, nor dogmatic. They serve as a subjective, curated beginning on a path towards a hopeful future.
Read our MANIFESTO to find out why.
After growing up in Germany and Switzerland, Lena became accustomed to travel and adapting to new situations. Her interest for photography and film has grown in the past years, together with her interest in architecture. She spent a year working in Porto during her studies at UdK in Berlin. A fundamental belief in a holistic approach to life not only motivates her daily routine, but also determined the initial direction PIONIRA would take.
After studying international relations in France and Italy, Charlotte came to study Architecture in Berlin from 2014 onwards. Interested in the confluence of the two, roadtrips through Europe have filled her summers, constantly exploring new places and looking for characters that spark her curiosity. Living and working in Lisbon for a year inspired PIONIRA's beginnings.
Adventure insight fuel informs Pionira.
Staying inspired, while slowing down.