About us

The Burle Marx Institute (BMI) top priority is to safeguard and make public the collections left by Burle Marx and his collaborators through their inventorying, cataloging and digitization.

The 120,000 piece collection is composed of studies, drawings, models, urban projects, letters, photos, and published articles, all of which are carefully preserved in documents. The collection displays the creativity of one of the most innovative thinkers of the 20th century.

Burle Marx Institute (BMI) aims to preserve and disseminate the collection left by Brazilian landscape architect and artist Burle Marx and his collaborators. The organization’s goal is to connect themes in his works to relevant current topics, effectively giving new meaning to his legacy, and promoting visions of urban landscape transformation and greater equity. The Institute believes that boldness, experimental liberty and aesthetic language can inspire current and future generations – especially youth, artists and urban planners – to create changes and new visions of the future.


The Institute is a recently-founded non-profit organization that aims to learn from and work with other organizations and social groups. BMI was created by dedicated associates at the Burle Marx Studio to make his archive accessible to the public. Haruyoshi Ono, Burle Marx Studio partner and director until 2017, always argued the importance of preserving this archive. In 2019, his daughter Isabela helped continue this mission of safeguarding and disseminating the archive, seeking to inspire new works and to promote cultural, educational and environmental conservation initiatives in collaboration with it.


Preserve, catalyze and disseminate the Burle Marx’s legacy to inspire and stimulate new cultural, educational and environmental conservation new initiatives.


Respect to memory


Commitment to the exchange of experiences

Stimulus to knowledge



Passion for the cause

Ethics and Transparency

Preserve and reverberate the living art of Burle Marx

The Institute operates with an assertive, inclusive and collaborative vision that seeks to raise appreciation for the archive through cultural and educational initiatives and knowledge exchange, while aiming to contribute to Brazilian biome preservation and to improving the relationship between man and nature. Through its work, the Institute also aims to expand discussions on healthier, greener cities and SDGs (particularly number 11), and to promote aesthetic experimentation and freedom of expression


Founding Partners

Isabela Ono

Julio Ono

Gustavo Leivas

Board Members

Isabela Ono

Julio Ono

Gustavo Leivas

Ana Toni

Lauro Cavalcanti

Frederico Gelli

Marisa Vassimon

Paulo A. Weyland Vieira

Júlia Dias Leite

Fiscal Board

Marcelino dos Santos

Adriana Moura

Executive Director

Isabela Ono

Communication Manager

Tatiana Leiner

Burle Marx Institute Collection

General Supervisor

Christina Gabaglia Penna (Hólos Consultoria e Assessoria)

Technical Coordinator

Cecilia de Oliveira Ewbank


Maria Pierro Gripp

Lia Peixinho


Ana Renata de Souza Tartaglia

Lucia Helena Ribeiro Santos

Yuri Calamara (internship)

Support Administrative

Rafaela Manhães