Manuela Salgueiro Lourenço is a Brazilian image designer and visual artist currently based in New York City. Her practice is always carried out by research and a strong multidisciplinar approach. Her background in architecture is at the heart of her practice as a photographer.

In 2016, she graduated in architecture at Escola da Cidade, in São Paulo, when she had her first experience working with photography, assisting American photographer Jon Lowenstein, on a Nikon commissioned project about Brazil’s economic rise during Lula’s government. In 2013, she received a fellowship from Escola da Cidade to develop an academic research paper: 'The Construction of the City's Image – Through Photographic Narratives'. That’s when she began using photography and walking as tools to discuss interests such as landscape, territory, place identity and memory. Her architecture school final project ‘The Espigão and its Windows: Possibilities in the Void’ - a walking exploration of São Paulo’s remnant spaces with non obstructed views of the horizon line - was selected to be part of the São Paulo’s Biennial permanent archive and was on display at Mario de Andrade Public Library, during the Architecture Biennial event in 2017.

During architecture school, she started working as a graphic designer, which she continued doing after graduating in 2016. After that, she spent one year working as an art director in CJ31 design studio in São Paulo. By the end of 2017, she started her career as a freelancer, working both with graphic and set design on a range of advertising campaigns for clients like Tums, Youtube, Vick, Oracle and more. Since 2019, she also splits her time with photography projects, doing job assistances and commissioned projects.

In 2021, she received a Director’s Fellowship to study Photography at the International Center of Photography, in New York, where she has been working on two different projects; the first one entitled ‘There Will Be Something There’, comprising of a journey of becoming intimate with New York City. The second one is a set of different self-portrait series, assessing the tension of being in-between psychological spaces, and its physical unfoldings.


One Year Certificate in Creative Practices
International Center of Photography – New York, USA
2021 - 2022

Stalker Module
(part of the) MA in Territory and Environment
Università degli Studi Roma Tre – Palermo, Italy

BA in Architecture & Urbanism
Escola da Cidade - Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo – São Paulo, Brazil
2011 - 2016

BA in Business Administration
Faculdade de Administração e Economia - Universidade de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil
2011 - 2013

group shows 

2022 Arts Gowanus ArtWalk – New York, USA
2022 OYC Student Exhibition at the International Center of Photography – New York, USA
2017 São Paulo’s Architecture Biennial at Mário de Andrade Public Library – São Paulo, Brazil
2017 Archdaily Year Selection of Students' Drawings


2022 SHIFT – International Center of Photography OYC Student Publication – New York, USA
2017 Marte – self published zine – São Paulo, Brazil