Architects should be cultural agents who are concerned with both good and functional design. For me, Lina Bo Bardi and her raw, modernist architecture exemplified this. She really thought about the people who would use her spaces. My favorite example of her work is SESC Pompéia, a cultural center where old and young gather to play soccer, swim, enjoy theater and dance, or just stroll along the boardwalk. —Zahira Asmal
Rua Clélia 93, 55/(0) 11-3871-7700. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue. Read more about Designing South Africa and Designing Brazil founder Zahira Asmal.