Guto Requena is the Creative Director of the Estudio. He is 33 years old and was born in Sorocaba, countryside of São Paulo State. He is an architect with a Masters degree on Architecture & Urban Planning from USP - University of São Paulo. For nine years he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo (www.nomads.usp.br). In 2007 he presented his Masters’ dissertation, “Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era” that analyzed the transformations occurred in contemporary family and their way of life, verifying the impacts of new information and communication technologies at hybrid dwelling, in the social and domestic quotidian, succeeded by virtuality (http://www.gutorequena.com.br/site_mestrado/intro.htm). He founded Estudio Guto Requena in 2008 and has ever since acted as a design consultant, writer and professor in addition to developing interior architecture, interactive installations and product design. His projects have gained the attention of national and international press and won awards such as “Best in Architecture Brazil - 2010” for nightclub HOT HOT, under category “Bars & Nightclubs” and BID 2012 – Bienal Ibero Americana de Design, as the best Space Design in Brazil for the Exhibition "Roteiro Musical de São Paulo". Guto had exhibited at Design Miami Fair, Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Design Days Dubai, Santiago Bienal of Design in Chile, Brazilian Bienal of Design in Belo Horizonte, London Design Festival at Mint Gallery and Bienal Ibero Americana of Design in Madrid. In 2012 Guto was selected by Google to design their brazilian headquarter in São Paulo. (http://g1.globo.com/tecnologia/fotos/2013/01/google-mostra-nova-sede-no-brasil.html#F683081)
Since 2012 Guto has a design column at newspaper Folha de São Paulo where he writes about design, architecture and urbanism on Sundays twice a month. (http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/gutorequena). He taught project design at Panamericana – School of Arts and Design – and at IED – European Institute of Design, in Sao Paulo – at both graduation and masters levels. By the end of 2010, Guto had lectured on 70 workshops all over the country, and received the “Young Brazilian Awards” as recognition.
In 2011 and 2012 Guto created, wrote and hosted the TV show “Nos Trinques”, for Brazilian TV Globo channel GNT (http://gnt.globo.com/nostrinques) and developed design web series for the same channel, recorded in Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and London. (www.vimeo.com/estudiogutorequena/videos).