Thomas Deckker


Thomas Deckker is an architect practicing in London and Brasilia.  He is also a Fellow of the Geddes Institute of Urban Design at the University of Dundee, a visiting researcher at the Brazil Institute, King’s College London, and a member of the research steering committee of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London.  

Forthcoming lectures

Rio 1930

Conference: Cosmopolitanism in the Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Brazil Institute, Kings College London 20-21 March 2014.

Thomas Deckker proposes that the development of spaces linked to specifically Brazilian discourses of home, city and landscape in Rio de Janeiro was the major factor in the success of the city in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and that their abandonment in the 1960s was a disaster from which the city is struggling to recover.

Recent lectures

Life's a Beach: Oscar Niemeyer, Landscape and Women

The Rest is Noise Festival, South Bank, London 6 October 2013

Thomas Deckker discussed landscape and the female nude as generative ideas in Niemeyer's architecture.

BBC: Last Word 

BBC Radio 4 7 & 9 December 2012

Thomas Deckker joined Sir Norman Foster and Tony Chapman, Head of Awards at the RIBA, for an obituary of Oscar Niemeyer.

Brasilia: Fictions and Illusions

Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2012

Thomas Deckker proposed that Brasilia, instead of being the cold and inhumane city oppressing its residents through authoritarian architectural doctrines commonly portrayed in the popular, and even scholarly, press, was a pragmatic and successful response to the challenges of urban development in the 1950s.

Thomas Deckker’s architectural practice

Deckkerimage2-980.jpgPhotograph of a model of the superquadra penthouse project, Brasilia.  This project and the Magalhães House in Brasilia were exhibited at the RIBA in 2003.

Further information on the RIBA exhibition.