Truly passionate about drawing from a very young age, Lia put her talent on the backburner to study biological sciences in the early 1980s. One day, during a casual chat, a professor suggested Lia that she should pursue her passion and hone her talent. No sooner said than done, she joined the Architecture and Urbanism course at Santa Úrsula University in Rio de Janeiro.
Very early in her career, she became professionally involved with Brazilian designers such as Chicô Gouvêa, Cadas and Lula Abranches. In 1987, she founded Siqueira + Azul Arquitetura, housed in a charming home located in the district of Jardim Botânico, in Rio de Janeiro, where she keeps some of her sketches, her designs and even some memorabilia.
An accomplished architect, recipient of countless prizes, Lia was honoured by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) in 1991, 1993, 1994, 2008 and 2011. Her notable awards include the Movesp Prize, the Riofaz Design Seal, the iF Design and Red Dot Design.
Among her many designs, those in natural wood are the closest to her heart. “I like the smell of wood; I like to touch it,” says Lia. “The relationship of man with this material fascinates me. Our intervention can turn wood into something completely different.”