Teresa Valsassina Heitor

MsC, PhD

Teresa Heitor was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1959.  She is Full Professor of Architecture at University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).

She obtained a first degree in Architecture (1982, Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa, PT), a Master degree in Urban Design (1984, Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brooks University, UK); a PhD in Territorial Engineering (1997, Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, PT) and habilitation in Architecture (2007, University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, PT).

Currently she is the chair of Architecture at IST. She has been teaching post- and undergraduate students in Architecture at IST for the past 20 years. In that time she has been responsible for both the IST 5-year Master Program in Architecture (1999-2003; 2005-08; 2010-16) and the Doctoral Program in Architecture (2008-13) and has also supervised a large number of PhD students as well as dissertation projects from Master programs. She has been appointed to examine a large number of PhD thesis and to take part in Habilitation Committees both internally and externally.

She has research expertise in the area of spatial analysis within the theoretical and analytical framework known as ‘space syntax’  for studying the relationship between people and their built environments. Her research interests are focused on the relationship between space, form and function and the development of models capable to simulate the implications of new social demands as well as on self-assessment tools to be applied along the occupancy stage. Her current research activity aimes at the understanding of contemporary socio-spatial aspects of learning in urban settings, i.e., the places where structured and unstructured modes of learning, social interactions and re-presentation of knowledge can take place. Particular attention is given to technology-enabled active learning and research environments.

She has also an interest on innovative learning practices  applied to real-world design problems for which she has published a range of articles.

At the IST Doctoral Program in Architecture she runs the Space-use Analysis module, which examines the interface between built form and social outcomes and the impact of spatial design on people and social behaviors inside a range of complex buildings such as schools, universities and workplaces.

She has been involved with the OECD Directory of Education through the Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) in different research and consultancy activities in the field of educational buildings performance and quality. Since 2005 she integrates the Group of National Experts on Evaluation of Education Facilities (GNEEEF) and coordinated the International Pilot Study on the Evaluation of Quality in Educational Spaces (EQES) (2007-2010). Between 2010 and 2012 she served as the Portuguese Delegate to OECD-CELE.

She integrates the steering committee of the International Space Syntax Symposia network and chaired the organizing committee of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium held in Lisbon, 3rd to 7th july, 2017 (

In addition to her teaching and research activity she is regularly invited to disseminate knowledge to policy-makers and the general public.

She regularly undertakes higher education strategic evaluations and peer review assessments for European and national research/scientific councils.

Fernando Nunes da Silva

MsC, PhD

Fernando Nunes da Silva is full professor of Urban Planning at IST. He obtained is PhD degree in Civil Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon, in 1992, where he also got the degree of Aggregation in Urban and Regional Planning, in 2000. Is responsible for the scientific area of Urban and Regional Systems and for the courses of urban planning and urbanism. He also participates regularly in courses of urban mobility and transportation and teaches in several European and Brazilian Universities. His research work has been developed in CESUR (since 1982) and more recently in CERis (since 2015). In his professional experience was consultant in urban mobility for the Interamerican Development Bank (2014); deputy mayor and councillor in Lisbon Municipality (2009/13); member of the steering committee of the Environment Program of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2009/12); member of the National Council for Sustainable Development as representative of DECO (National Association of Consumers) (1999/2009); consultant-member of the Superior Council of Public Works (2003/7) and consultant of several municipalities and governmental bodies, both in Portugal and abroad.

He was founding member of AUP (Portuguese Association of Urban Planners) and member since 1983; vice-president of INTA (International Association for Urban Development (since 2014); and is or was member of the board of IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning), ISoCaRP (International Society of City and Regional Planning) and member of AESOP (European Association of Schools of Planning).

Ana Tostões

MsC, PhD

Ana Tostões is full professor of Architecture at IST. She has a degree in Architecture (ESBAL, 1982), a master’s degree in History of Art (UNL, 1994), with a thesis entitled Os Verdes Anos na Arquitectura Portuguesa dos Anos 50 (FAUP Edições, 1997) and a holds a PhD (IST-UL, 2003) on culture and technology in Modern Architecture (Idade Maior, FAUP Edições, 2015), awarded with the X Bienal Ibero-Americana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo BIAU Prize 2016.

She directs the IST Doctoral programin Architecture since 2012 and is president of DOCOMOMO International and DOCOMOMO Journal Editor ( She has been invited professor at worldwide universities, such as the University of Tokyo, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Rice School of Architecture, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura – Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona). Since 2013, she is professor of the PhD program on Porto University (FAUP). She leads the research field is the History and Theory of architecture of the twentieth century, focusing the relations between European, Asian, African and American production. On these topics she has published 13 books and 95 scientific articles, curate 10 exhibitions and organised 41 scientific events. She also has coordinated 14 research projects, supervised 21 phd thesis (12 concluded and 9 under development) and 30 MSc thesis, taken part in 47 juries and 40 scientific committees and given 72 lectures in European, American, Asian and African universities. The relation with Africa was reinforced with the leading of the research Exchanging World Visions focused on the Sub-Sahara African architecture and urbanism during the Modern Movement period which publication was awarded with the Gulbenkian Prize 2014. She leads the research on Healthcare facilities within the project CuCa Cure and Care, the rehabilitation (PTDC/ATP-AQI/2577/2014).

She has been invited as keynote speaker at some leading universities such as ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich), Ku Leuven (Belgium); Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture (India); Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology (China); University Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique); ETSAS (Spain); Faculty of Architecture, Brno (Czech Republic); Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Brasilia (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Universidade Nacional Autónoma México (México); Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland); Università di Bologna (Italy); Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan); Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile).

She was vice-president of the Portuguese Border of Architects and the Portuguese section of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2006, his Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic distinguished her with the Commander degree of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique for her work on behalf of the Portuguese architecture.

José Antunes Ferreira

MsC, PhD

José Antunes Ferreira is an associate professor with habilitation at IST. He obtained a first degree in Civil Engineering (1976, Instituto Superior Técnico, Pt), a PhD in Civil Engineering (1990, Instituto Superior Técnico, Pt) and habilitation in Civil Engineering (2015, Instituto Superior Técnico, Pt).

He teaches at IST since 1976 courses in the fields of Operational Research, Project Management, Spatial and Urban planning.

His main research topics have been in the field of numerical taxonomy, risk management on plans and projects and evaluation models. More recently, he has been devoting himself to problems related to public procurement, management, and financing urban spaces.

He recently led a research group that had two research projects funded by FCT approved and developed, namely PERCOM and PERIURBAN. The first one related with land readjustment and the second concerning with periurban areas.

He has coordinated a wide range of projects and studies on public procurement, project management and urban planning.

He has also an outstanding CV as senior researcher of CESUR – Centre of Urban and Regional Systems – being coordinator of the urban unit’s successful FCT projects. He is author of several research papers published by international journals on Urban and Regional Planning, and is a consultant in the area of Planning and Project Management for National and International Organisations.

He is vice president of the Portuguese Association of Urban Planners.

He is a member of the Council of Representatives of AESOP – Association of European Schools of Planning.

He was the chair of the organising committee of the AESOP Annual Congress ’17 “Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning” held in Lisboa, Portugal, on 11-14 july, 2017 (


Alexandra Alegre

MsC, PhD

Alexandra Alegre (1968) is an assistant professor of architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon since 2001. She holds a degree in Architecture in 1992 from Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, after which she practiced as an architect for several years. Her Masters degree in Building Construction was completed in 1999 and her PhD in Architecture in 2009 both at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal.

Her research interests are focused on the history of architecture, architectural design process and production, rehabilitation/renovation process, space and functional analysis, construction and urban history, and morphotypological studies, stressing the studies on school building architecture, learning and recreational environments, dwelling and children, and childhood spaces.

She is the Principal Researcher of the research project Atlas of School Architecture In Portugal_ Education, Heritage and Challenges, funded by Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), and a researcher of the international programme Re-Use of Modernist Buildings – Design Tools For Sustainable Transformations, Programme Erasmus+, Keyaction: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (partner institutions: Hochschule Owl, Instituto Superior Técnico, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universidade de Coimbra, Docomomo International).

Author of several national and international papers published in journals such as Construction History Journal and Planning Perspectives. Author of the book Arquitectura Escolar. O Edifício Liceu em Portugal (1882-1978), published by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in 2012. Member of Docomomo International and Portuguese Construction History Society.

Joana Almeida

MsC, PhD

Joana Almeida is Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she teaches courses in Urban and Regional Planning; Property Development, Valuation and Management; Projects and Procurement; Strategic Planning and Urban Governance.

She holds a PhD in Territorial Engineering (2013)  (Title: “Tourism versus territory collaborative conflict management: The Troia-Melides Coast, Portugal”), a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning (2004), and graduation from IST (1997). She holds a 2 years Postgraduate course in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediarcom / Faculty of Law at the New University of Lisbon. Courses taught: Urban and Regional Planning; Property Development, Valuation and Management; Projects and Procurement; Strategic Planning and Urban Governance; etc.

Her recent research project “PERCOM – Equity and efficiency in the urbanisation process: a land readjustment execution model”, was funded by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT).

Research interests: Negotiation and conflict management in spatial planning; Tourism planning; Territorial governance; Tourism and urban regeneration; Financing and management models in urban regeneration. Recent publications: Almeida, J., Nunes da Silva, F., Costa, C. (2017) A framework for conflict analysis in spatial planning for tourism. Tourism Management Perspectives, Vol. 24, pp. 94-106; Almeida, J. (2017) Leadership in intractable conflict management, Finnisterra, LII, Vol. 104, pp. 25-37; Bernardo, F., Almeida J., Faria C., (2017) Urban identity and tourism: different looks, one single place. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Urban Design and Planning, Vol. 170(5), pp. 205–216.

João Appleton

MsC, PhD

João Appleton graduated in architecture from the Faculdade de Arquitetura of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 1992. Since 1999 he is a partner of the studio APPLETON & DOMINGOS Arquitectos, together with Isabel Domingos with whom he has collaborated since 1995. He is the author and co-author with other colleagues of several buildings, among which are the Car Silo at Calçada do Combro, the system of prefabricated houses “Tree House” for the client Jular madeiras, the rehabilitation of the buildings at 43 Rua Nova do Carvalho, 81 Rua Capitão Renato Batista, 45-49 Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca in Lisbon, the rehabilitation of Estufa Fria (cold greenhouse) also in Lisbon, the prefabricated Creches Modulares (modular kindergartens), a project for the Lisbon City Hall and the conservation project of Igreja de Santa Isabel. He is the author of the book Reabilitação de Edifícios Gaioleiros em Lisboa and co-author of the book Biografia de um Pombalino. Having concluded his master’s degree in Construction at Instituto Superior Técnico in 2001, he finished in 2018 his doctoral thesis on the subject Avenida Almirante Reis, a history of the tenement building in the first half of the 20th century. His main research interests are related to rehabilitation and prefabrication.

Daniela Arnaut

MsC, PhD Candidate

Daniela Arnaut is an assistant professor of Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), where she teaches Architectural Design Studio since 2009, and where she is a PhD candidate.

She obtained a first degree in Architecture in 2005 at IST. Her Phd thesis is on Architecture regarding the Portuguese Healthcare buildings from 1930 to 1970. This reveals her research interest on Modern Architecture, focused on history, construction, planning, reuse, and design project process on healthcare buildings of the 20th century. She is part of the research team of “CuCa_Re – Cure and Care_the rehabilitation”, an investigation project held at IST within the grant of the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT). This three years project aims to develop an original research on healthcare buildings built in Portugal in the 20th century, and their role in the welfare society policy, approaching future challenges driven by the developments in technology and medicine, and the need to assure a sustainable built environment.

In 2016 she was Executive Co-Coordinator of the International Workshop within the 14th International docomomo Conference, in Lisbon, where she was co-session chair for the meeting on “The Modern healthcare architecture: obsolescence and transformation”. In 2017 she was chair for the session “Buildings´performativity: Health facilities” within the 11th Space Syntax Simposium.

In 2016 she co-coordinated a student’s exchange workshop in Liverpool University in London.

She joined several research teams regarding modern architecture: “Inquérito à Arquitectura Portuguesa do Século XX” (2005); Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation publications (2006-2015), “Gulbenkian Headquarters and Museum.The Architecture of the 60s” (2006); and several publications for the docomomo Ibérico (2009-2011).  She’s a member of docomomo International Association.

In 2015 was a jury for Archiprix Portugal. From 2005 until 2011 she collaborated with Risco S.A. architecture office on projects such as Ferreira Dias secondary school, the NATO Summit in Lisbon (2010), and Santa Filomena Hospital, in Coimbra.

Jorge Batista e Silva

MsC, PhD

Jorge Batista e Silva joined the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources at IST in 1987 where is has worked ever since. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Urban and Regional Planning (1990) from the former Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (1999), a dissertation that was presented at IST and concerning “The Monitoring Function in Urban Planning – a model for actions program by objectives”.

He was a Senior Researcher at CESUR since 1988. In 2002-05 has coordinated the CESUR team concerning the WP4 of URBEM European Project (Urban Basin Rehabilitation Enhancement Methods), related with the classification and evaluation of aesthetic quality of urban watercourses and has coordinated the 1st stage of RiProCity project, funded by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology, devoted to urban rivers seen as an opportunity to urban sustainability. He has over 30 year’s professional experience in the subjects of Urban and Regional Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring, Mobility and Transportation, sometimes for central administration but mainly for local administration/ municipalities. He was a consultant in numerous projects dealing with Urban Development Plans, urban road networks planning and mobility systems. In 2001 was a consultant in a governmental planning team aiming to lunch the International contest concerning the Project of a new Light Rail /Tram Line in Almada-Seixal, which was later (in 2008) opened to public operation. During 2007-2011 was member of the Board of Directors of IMTT – the Institute of Mobility and inland Transportation – a central administration body from the Ministry of Transportation, and was its President in the last six months of that period. He is currently an Assistant Professor at IST and he teaches “Fundamentals of Spatial Planning” and “Urban Planning” at Civil Engineering and Architecture Graduation Courses and Urbanism and Spatial Planning Master Course. He is the responsible teacher for the subject “Evaluation of Plans and Public Decision” at this MSc Course of the Dep. of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geo-resources of IST.

Fátima Bernardo

MsC, PhD

Fátima Bernardo is professor of Social and Environmental Psychology at the Psychology Departments – University of Évora. She is trained in Psychology (1989), with a master in Psychology, a pos-graduation in Psychology and Environmental Education, and holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Her main research focus is grounded in Place identity, stereotypes and intergrupal relationships, risk perception, space and elderly quality of life, and landscape perception. She has carried out research activities since 1992.Firstly, in the context of risk perception in flood plain management (project EUROFLOOD), the psychosocial impact of relocation process in urban context (project EPSIAS) the landscape perception in urban areas (RIPROCITY, URBEM); later, on GIS usability (European projects: ESMI and CommonGIS). More recently, on exploring the importance of place identity on landscape perception in peri-urban areas (PERIURAN).

Her research main publication were on Place identity, and landscape identity with several peer review articles and the edition of an e-book, called “The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of Built Environments”; on risk perception with peer review articles and the organization of a special issue called “A changing world: coping with environmental, social and economic risks; and space and quality of life, especially in elderly people, with a research project on exploring the physical characteristics of urban areas, and indoor contexts as hospitals.

She was the chair of the organizing committee of the 14th Conference on Environmental Psycholoy, held in Évora, 21th to 7th june, 2017 (

Pedro Brandão

MsC, PhD

Pedro Brandão is assistant professor of Architecture at IST. He obtained an Architecture diploma (1977, Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa, Pt), a PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration interdisciplinary program (2005, Barcelona University, Sp) and habilitation in Architecture (2007, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Pt).

He leads a research interdisciplinary team, with members from IST departments of Architecture, Urbanism, Environment and with members from other Portuguese Universities (Geography in Lisbon Universidade Nova, Architecture and Ciences in o’Porto University and from Spanish, namely from Barcelona Universities’ joint research program CRPolis.

His research expertise is in the area of Urban Design and Public Space’ interdisciplinary studies with emphasis placed on the development of: 1) Implications of global urban change in territorial phenomena namely urban growing and new theoretical resources; 2) Public Space and Urban Design roles attending knowledge gaps namely in planning and architectural present roles; 3) Empirical and subjectivity principles and rationalization procedures in Public Space assessments and interpretation tools to be applied at programming, designing & use stages; 4) Urban Design interdisciplinary theoretical options. Emphasis is also put on training of young researchers, strengthening international networking, participating in joint international and national research projects and keep publishing research results in both national and international scientific publications (total 6 full authorship of books, 6 readers as editor and several of articles in readers and scientific reviews etc).

Has been evolved in advanced research (POS DOC and PhD supervisions) and young researchers (Mst supervisions) and in broader activities mostly in Architectural Profession in Portugal and European organizations, in Design research and promotion, and as present is President of Europan Portugal, diverse activities mainly for young professionals and researchers.

Alexandra Campos

MsC, PhD student

Degree in Civil Engineering, 79/84 IST
Graduate in planning and urban management, IST 2007
Degree in Management and evaluation of plans UNiv Católica, 2009, master in urbanism 2015
PhD student in Territory Eng, IST.
Participated as a speaker at conferences in Greece / 2015, Spain (Alicante / 2016, Barcelona / 2017) within the framework of the master’s thesis and the development of the PhD. “Contributions for the evaluation of the quality of the urban landscape.
Works at CMCascais with superior Civil Engineering.

Fernando Campos

MsC, PhD Candidate

Fernando Campos was born in Lisboa (1973) and he is project coordinator at the Portuguese Agency for the Assessment and Accreditation in Higher Education since 2009. He has a first degree in architecture (1997, FAUTL) and a master degree in engineering (2001, GSE – U Tokyo).

He studied Health Care Environmental Facilities in Nagasawa Lab. (1998-2001, UT, w/ a MEXT-Japan grant), joined the team of British Arch. Jes Mainwaring in the Coolhouse Project (2001-2005, Lagos), a EU initially funded project for energy efficiency in buildings, and did research on Personal Space at Nishide Lab. (2005-2008, UT, w/ a MEXT-Japan grant).   In September 2016, he started the IST-UL PhD program under the supervision of Professor T. Heitor. His long-term research interest has been on the dwelling plan reform, observed from the detached houses movement, starting the mid-90s’, in Japan.

António Carvalho

MsC, PhD

Antonio Carvalho is Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, in Italy, since 2017.

He studied Architecture at Oporto School (ESBAP, Porto, PT, 1982-1986) and obtained a first degree in Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL, Lisbon, PT, 1988). He obtained a PhD in Architecture from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon, PT, 2013) with the thesis “Housing for the Elderly in Lisbon: from Collective into Assisted Living. The Alvalade Case Study”. His PhD thesis was awarded the national prize “Prémio Andre Jordan 2014”.

His main research domains are: elder-friendly environments, multigenerational housing, urban space and universal design.

He is leading the commitment “Ageing in the City: Adapting Spaces for 21st Century Citizens” under the Action Group D4 of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing promoted by the European Commission.

His monograph “Architecture as Space for People” with Foreword by Gennaro Postiglione and Introduction by Juhani Pallasmaa, was published in 2017 by Caleidoscopio (ISBN 978-989-658-186-2).

He is the principal and founder of António Carvalho Arquitectura e Urbanismo, Lda (

He has designed and built in a wide span, from private and commercial housing to educational and other public buildings, urban spaces and urban plans. His work has been recognized nationally and internationally: 2008 – shortlisted at “World Architecture Festival 2008″, Barcelona, Spain; 2003 – Silver Plate at the European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza 2002, Napoli, Italy; 1999 – Honors Mention at “Prémio Architécti / Arkial 1999”, Lisboa; 1997 – Honors Mention at “Stone in Architecture Prize -1997”, Lisboa; 1995 – Honors Mention at the “National Prize of Architecture”, Ministry of Planning and Territory Administration, Lisboa; 1994 – Medal of Municipal Merit, awarded by the Municipality of Guarda.

Antonio was Vice-coordinator and Coordinator of the Architecture School of the Catholic University of Portugal, in Viseu (2006-2013). He was supervisor for Final Projects in the courses “Urban Design Seminar” and “New Buildings Design Seminar” of the Master in Architecture, along with Gonçalo Byrne.

He has taught in Architecture Schools and lectured in Portugal and abroad (Europe and China).

Ricardo Carvalho


Ricardo Carvalho is full professor of Architecture at Da/ UAL Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He has a degree in Architecture (FA UTL, 1995), and a holds a PhD (IST-UL, 2012) on urban form and collective housing.  He is also a practicing architect with a studio, Ricardo Carvalho Architects & Associates, based in Lisbon.

Ricardo Carvalho was Visiting Professor at BTU Brandemburg University, Germany (2009-2012), UNAV Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad de Navarra (2013), Carleton University, Canada (2016-2017) and IUAV School of Architecture of Venice, Italy (2017). Since 2013, he is the dean of Da/ UAL, the Department of Architecture of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

He has published several books – “A Cidade Social” (Tinta-da-China 2016), “Is Time a Raw Material?” (IUAV 2017) and “Power/ Architecture” (Lars Muller 2017) -, scientific articles, has curated exhibitions and organized scientific events. His work as an architect and as an architectural critic has been published in international magazines such as Architectural Record (USA), A+U (Japan), Casabella (Italy), 2G (Spain), El Croquis (Spain), Icon (UK), Oris (Croatia), RITA (Spain) among others.

He has been invited as keynote speaker at some leading universities and institutions such as Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (Germany); Brandemburg Technical University BTU (Germany); Catedra Blanca Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra ETSA Seville (Spain); David Azrieli School of Architecture, University of Tel Aviv (Israel); Escola da Cidade, S. Paulo (Brazil); ETSA Granada (Spain); Faculty of Architecture of Liubliana (Slovenia); Faculy of Philosophy, USC, Santiago de Compostela (Spain); National Museum, Brasilia (Brazil); IUAV School of Architecture of Venice (Italy); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Canada); Politecnico di Milano (Italy); Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (Mexico); UNAV Universidad de Navarra (Spain); Universidade Nacional Autónoma México (México) among others.

Ricardo Carvalho work as an architect has been presented in international exhibitions, such as “OVERLAPPPINGS. Six Portuguese Architecture Studios” in the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (2009); “Portugal Convida” in the FAD, Barcelona (2010); “Tradition is Innovation” in Ozone Design Center in Tokyo (2011); “Lisbon Ground” in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), “A Room for Mexico City” in Liga, Mexico City (2013) and “Haus Wittgenstein, Art, Architecture & Philosophy” at MAAT Museum, Lisbon (2018).

In 2015 he was nominated for the European Architecture Prize Mies van der Rohe European Award and in 2020 for the Swiss Architectural Prize.

Beatriz Condessa

MsC, PhD

Beatriz Condessa is assistant professor at IST. She obtained a first degree in Environmental Engineering – Specialization on Spatial Planning (1986, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, New University of Lisbon, Portugal) and a PhD in Geography (Dissertation entitled: Methodologies for Municipal Master Plans Management, 1999, Barcelona University, Spain).

She has carried out research activities since 1992. Firstly, in CNIG (National Centre for Geographic Information), mainly on the development of databases using GIS tools in order to facilitate urban management and promote public access to information. She coordinated the CNIG’s research team on Spatial Planning (between 1998 and 2004). Some of research projects carried out in CNIG included BEOT (Framework for a National Spatial Plan, as PI) and MUBISPI (Biodiversity indicators and spatial planning).

Since 2004, in IST, she teaches and researches in urban management, focused on the integration of urban planning, law and urban economics, and she has special expertise on application of equity in land use planning. More recently, she was PI of PERCOM project (Equity and efficiency in the urbanization process: a land readjustment execution model), of LANDYN (Land use cover change in continental Portugal: characterization, driving forces and future scenarios) and of RIPROCITY (Rivers in Cities: potential for urban sustainability), and was also a team member of PERIURBAN (Peri-urban areas facing sustainability challenges: scenario development in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon).

She coordinated the master programme in Urban Studies and Territorial Management – IST (2014 and 2015)

She is GIS specialist by “Ordem dos Engenheiros” and member of the Portuguese Urbanists Association. She is member of International Academic Association for Planning Law and Property Rights (PLPR).

Manuel Correia Guedes

MsC, PhD

Manuel Correia Guedes is an Associate Professor at the Higher Technical Institute (Instituto Superior Técnico – IST), of the University of Lisbon. He has a Graduate Degree in Architecture (Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon, 1991), an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, Faculty of Architecture, 1995 and 2000). Former Head of the Architectural Research Centre of the IST (ICIST-G1). Former Director of the Course of Architecture of the IST. Specialised in Sustainable Architecture, he created the disciplines of Environmental Design and Sustainable Architecture at the Master and Ph.D. courses. He participated in 15 International Research projects in the area, being PI in 5 of these, and National Coordinator in 6 (mostly E.U. cooperation projects with Africa and Asia). He authored and edited 12 books, 16 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, over 70 papers in International Conferences, and Environmental Simulation Software. He is a member of over 12 Scientific Commissions of international knowledge networks and programs. Is a Peer Reviewer for 8 International ISI journals, and a member of the Editorial Board of ELSEVIER (Renewable Energy). Is an expert for the EU (evaluation of FP7 and H2020 project candidacies). Member of the Organising Committee of 36 International Conferences, international Coordinator in 8 of these. Developed work with over 46 higher education and research institutions. Supervised 8 PhD students and 43 Masters’ Students.

Bárbara Coutinho

Bárbara Coutinho (Lisbon 1971)
Master degree in Contemporary Art History and Post-graduate degree in Art History Education. Currently, conducting her PhD on the Exhibition Space in the 21st Century Museums. Her work is divided between research, teaching, curatorship and writing, having as main topics of interest museology and curating, museum architecture and exhibition space, design and contemporary creation. Member of the Docomomo International and member of the Advisory Board of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño organisation.
Founder director and programmer of MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, Colecção Francisco Capelo since 2006. Author of the Museological Program of MUDE museum, she is also responsible for the functional program and architectural concept of the museum building renovation, currently underway.
Guest Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon), where she teaches architecture theory and history. She also tutor master thesis on the topics of her expertise.
Between 1998 and 2006, was Head of the Educational Department at the Exhibition Centre of Centro Cultural de Belem and conceived the Programme of courses about Contemporary Art History, Architecture and Design.

Abdon Dantas

PhD Candidate

Abdon Dantas is a PhD candidate in Architecture at IST. He obtained a first degree in Civil Engineering (1990, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil), a Post-grad in Sanitary Engineering (1991, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil), a Master degree in Business Administration (2005, Institute Universitaire Kurt Boesch/Université de Lausanne, Switzerland), first degree in Architectural Design (2011, University of Queensland, Australia), a Master degree in Architecture (2013, University of Queensland, Australia) and a Post-grad Diploma in Shelter and Settlement in Emergencies (2016, Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Abdon’s professional experience includes design of residential and commercial projects, as well as construction project management. Between 2014 and 2017 he worked as a Space Planner for the University of Queensland, the largest University in Australia. He also has been undertaking research about informal settlements for the past four years, with focus on refugee camps. In 2015 he published the book ‘Uncovering Forgotten Cities’, and in 2016 he received an award for best paper in the topic of ‘Housing in disaster and conflict Scenarios’ during the 2016 Sustainable Housing Conference, which took place in Porto, Pt.

Diana Del-Negro

Msc, PhD

Diana is an Architect and Lighting Designer combining years of practice with academic research.
She has been responsible for the exterior lighting of the monuments in Lisbon since 2004, where she designed and helped implement several lighting projects for its main monuments and public spaces. She also started developing the first lighting masterplan for the city. Some of the main projects include the lighting of Praça do Comércio, the road and artistic lighting for Marquês de Pombal roundabout. She has also conceived the lighting of the network of belvederes of Lisbon, including its churches; the lighting of the façades of Santa Casa da Misericórdia and the church of São Roque.
She is the author of a book and academic publications mainly on the subjects related to urban and heritage lighting. Diana holds a Master’s degree in Heritage Restoration and Conservation by Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, and a PhD on Urban Lighting by The Bartlett, UCL Institute for environmental Design and engineering in London, where she researched the impact of artificial lighting on the legibility and wayfinding in the urban environment.
She is an active member of the CIE (International Commission on Illumination).

Tiago Farinha

PhD Candidate

Graduated in Architecture, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, IST-UL, 2005. Trainee at OMA, Rotterdam, 2004-2005. Team researcher for the exhibition: “Gulbenkian Headquarters and Museum. The Architecture of the 60’s”, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2005-2006. Architect at RISCO, Lisbon, 2006-2013. Ongoing PhD in Architecture, IST-UL.

Ana Fernandes


Ana Fernandes is an architect, graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico with a Master degree in Architecture in 2013, with the thesis entitled “BNU Headquarters Building. Adaptive reuse in the context of Baixa Pombalina: from Bank to Museum”.

Ana started working as an architect in the Atelier Teresa Nunes da Ponte, from 2013 to 2016 collaborating in architectural competitions, editorial projects and other works. In 2016, Ana initiated her research activity, in the multidisciplinary team of the Atlas of School Architecture in Portugal_ Education, Heritage and Challenges, which aims to provide a deeper understanding of school architecture in Portugal. This project is funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT and is developed in Instituto Superior Técnico with the collaboration of the General Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science.

Rui Ferreira

PhD Candidate

Rui Ferreira obtained a first degree in Historical Sciences (Lusíada University), followed by postgraduate studies in Educational Sciences (University of Lisboa) and Recovery of Architectural and Landscape Heritage (University of Évora). He is currently developing his PhD project in Architecture at the Instituto Superior Técnico, focused on the uses of cork in Portuguese traditional architecture.

Over several years, he has developed research in the areas of local and regional history, particularly in urban and rural history, traditional and vernacular architectures (specializing in earth architecture), and in interdisciplinary areas, such as Agronomy and Forestry. He published several papers on water mills, oil mills and oil production, and traditional construction systems in Portugal.

He was invited to collaborate in specialized publications on traditional construction materials and techniques by associations and academic research centers in Portugal and Spain, such as Arquitectura de terra em Portugal/ Earth architecture in Portugal (2005) and a collective volume on the traditional architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, organized by the University of Valencia (forthcoming).

He has worked with students of History and Architecture interested in developing studies in the above fields of research and pursuing projects dedicated to architectural conservation together with local associations.

Zara Ferreira

MsC, PhD Candidate

Zara Ferreira is an architect and a PhD candidate. She has a master in architecture (2012) from Técnico-University of Lisbon, with a dissertation entitled “The Modern and the Climate in the Lusophone Africa. School buildings in Mozambique: the Fernando Mesquita concept (1955-1975)”, developed in the framework of the FCT research project “EWV_Exchanging Worlds Visions” (, where she acted as fellow and researcher (2011-2013). She was the secretary general of Docomomo International and co-editor of Docomomo Journal (2014-2018). She acted as architect participant in the Portuguese official representation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and copy editor of the Journal Homeland-News from Portugal (2014) and worked in the Tetractys Arquitectos office (2010, 2014). She is currently doing her PhD, in Técnico – University of Lisbon and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, on the preservation of the post-WWII sites and neighbourhoods, with a Doctoral Fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

Jorge Gonçalves

MsC, PhD

Jorge Gonçalves is a PhD in Geography and Territorial Planning at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.He is assistant professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. He is also the coordinator of the Master in Urban Studies and Spatial Planning in the same institution. He is a lecturer in several master’s degrees related to architecture and urban planning and also in the PhD Course in Territory Engineering. It teaches subjects mainly related to Geography, Strategic Planning, Housing, Social Challenges and Urban and Regional Development.

Regarding the involvement in research projects, the following stand out: 2004, project Reconfigurations in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon: Spaces, Actors and Strategies for the New University of Lisbon; 2009, Residential Dynamics Project in Lisbon: Contours and motivations in exemplary areas, for the Lisbon City Council; 2010 and 2013, SPOTIA project: Sustainable Spatial Policy Orientations and Territorial Impact Assessment – Contribution to Portuguese context | PTDC / CS-GEO / 105452/2008; 2010 and 2013, the PERIURBAN project – Peri-urban areas facing sustainability challenges: scenario development in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon | PTDC / AUR-AQI / 117305/2010.

Are underway the following projets: The PSSS – Public Space’s Service Value as an Urban System projects. An integrated assessment methodology | PTDC / ECM-URB / 2162/2014; SPHERA Supporting the Professionalisation of Health Engineering studies and Related areas in Asia | Erasmus + Program | Project Reference: 573909-EPP-1-2016-1-EN-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP; Project Tourism & dynamic transformation in historic neighborhoods: the case of Alfama | CERIS 2017 | IST.

Finally, it is worth highlighting its collaboration with multiple public and private entities in the preparation of studies and instruments for local planning and development, which, along with the aforementioned research projects, have allowed a growing dynamic of publication in scientific journals and books.

Ren Ito

MsC, PhD Candidate

Ren Ito is a doctor student of Architecture at IST. He obtained the first degree in Architecture (1997, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan), a Master degree in Architecture and Urban Design (1999, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan) and the second Master degree in Sustainable Design (2003, Architectural Association Postgraduate course, London, U.K.).

He leads an architectural design office, Ren Ito Arquiteto from 2011. The office is based in Porto, Portugal and it deals with various types of architecture, including residence, hotel, restaurant, medical clinic, school. He was awarded the first prize of architectural competition for residential building of the University of California, (2014 Architecture at Zero, AIA San Francisco/Pacific Gas and Electric Company), and the second prize for urban planning in Japan, (2000, Utukushi Machiwo Tukuru Murawo Tukuru, Japanese Institute of Architecture)

Ren published a book about design process of Portuguese world-known architect, Álvaro Siza (2014, Álvaro Siza Design Process -Qunta do Bom Sucesso Housing Project, Author: Ren Ito, ISBN: 978-989-8481-29-0, IST Press, Portugal, and about his own career (2013, Architects Working Abroad – the world is filled with opportunity, Co-Author: Ren Ito, ISBN: 978-4-7615-2555-2, Gakugei Shyuppan, Kyoto, Japan,

He was awarded scholarship from Japanese Government (2005, Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Japan) and Rotary Foundation (2002, Rotary Foundation, Ambassadorial Scholar, Japan).

Mateus Laranjeira

MsC, PhD Candidate

Mateus Laranjeira is a student of the Doctoral Degree in Architecture at IST. He obtained a first degree in Cultural Heritage (Licenciatura em Património Cultural: 2005, Universidade do Algarve, Pt) and a Master degree in History of Art (Mestrado em História da Arte: 2013, Universidade do Algarve, Pt).

He studies History of Portuguese Architecture and Urbanism, from the Modern Age mostly. His research embraces Religious and Civilian Architecture. The prime territory of the investigation is the Azores islands. At present, he is writing the PHD thesis, entitled «the three-aile churches with a wooden cover in the Azores – from the 15th to the 20th century» (As igrejas de três naves com cobertura de madeira – séculos XV-XX). It´s a type of church that stopped being built at the end of the 16th century, in Portugal’s mainland and overseas, but remained in the Azores until the begining of the 20th century.

He was envolved in some projects, such as «Inventário do Património Imóvel dos Açores» (2007-2008) and «Museu do Barrocal – construção de uma narrativa museológica» (2006).

He has published two books: Laranjeira, M. 2016. As casas de câmara e cadeia nos Açores – séculos XV-XVIII, Angra do Heroísmo, Instituto Açoriano de Cultura; Laranjeira, M. 2008. São Salvador de Angra – uma catedral sebástica, Angra do Heroísmo, Instituto Açoriano de Cultura.

Susana Lobo

Msc, PhD

Susana Lobo (Lourenço Marques, 1973). Architect, graduated from the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (Darq-FCTUC), where she teaches since 1998 and is currently Assistant Professor. She holds a PhD in Architecture, specializing in Theory and History of Architecture, from the University of Coimbra (2013) with the dissertation “Arquitetura e Turismo: planos e projetos. As cenografias do lazer na costa portuguesa, da 1.ª República à Democracia”, under which she was granted an FCT scholarship. Since 2015, she has been a member of the DArq-FCTUC’s Coimbra Studio PhD programme and is responsible for the Urbanism, Architecture and Tourism curricular unit she created at this institution. She is the author of Pousadas de Portugal: Reflexos da Arquitetura Portuguesa do Século XX (Coimbra: University Press, 2007).

She was part of the Regional Commissariat of the Northern Area of “Habitar Portugal: 2000-2002” (CDN-OA, 2003); of the Organizing Committee of “Távora: Exhibition of designs and drawings of Fernando Távora” (Coimbra National Capital of Culture, 2003); and was a member of the IAPXX – 20th Century Architecture Survey in Portugal (OA, 2004-2006). She was the curator of the exhibition “Risco Interior: o desenho de mobiliário na Cidade Universitária de Coimbra” (Ano Zero: Encontros de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, 2015) and was the scientific coordinator of its catalogue (Coimbra: Edições Almedina, 2015).

On the relationships between Architecture, Territory, Landscape and Tourism, her area of expertise, she has participated in various scientific meetings. More recently, at the International Seminar “Architecture for leisure in post-war Europe (1945-1989)” (Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning K.U. Leuven, 2012); coordinated the session “Architectural typologies and models of urbanization related to tourism” in the 1st International Seminar on Research “Touristic Territories: the tourist imagery and the construction of contemporary landscape” (Polytechnic School of the University of Girona, 2014); and was responsible for the session “Architecture and Tourism: rethinking modern leisurescapes” of the 14th Docomomo International Congress (2016).

From 2014 to 2017, she was member of the Nucleus of Architects of the Region of Coimbra, where she was the scientific coordinator of the publication Construir a Paisagem: O povoamento florestal da costa entre Mira e Quiaios (NARC/OA-SRN, 2016) and author of the monographs José Isaías Cardoso: Um moderno na Figueira da Foz (NARC/OA-SRN, 2016) and Vasco Cunha: O Arquiteto e a sua Cidade (NARC/OA-SRN, 2017).

José Maria Lobo de Carvalho

MsC, PhD

José Maria Lobo de Carvalho (1971) is an invited assistant professor of architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon since 2010. He holds a degree in Architecture in 1994 from Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, including a year at the Istituto Politecnico di Milano as an ERASMUS student. In that same year he concluded a post-graduate course on Historic Buildings at the Instituto Superior Técnico and in 1996 he obtains a MA in Conservation Studies from the University of York (UK). After some years for professional practice, he develops his PHD in Architecture at the Instituto Superior Técnico, concluding his thesis on the Economics of Conservation in 2009.

His research interests are focused on the conservation of historic buildings and urban centres, the economics of architectural conservation and cultural policies for the heritage sector, maintenance strategies for historic buildings and history of architecture and the city. As a practitioner, he started his professional career working for the national Architectural Inventory System (DGEMN) and worked for six years at Parques de Sintra- Monte da Lua, as conservation architect of the National Palace of Pena and author of the reconstruction of the Chalet of the Countess of Edla, which received the Europa Nostra Award in 2013. In 2015 he founded his own office Conservation Practice and has been responsible for the study and research of over forty historic buildings in Lisboa, Porto, Cascais e Évora.

He is a member of the research project STORM – Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management (2016-2018), funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and a member of the research project “Tourism & dynamics of transformation in historic neighbourhoods: the case of Alfama” (CERIS 2017). He is often invited to participate in scientific and technical events and is a member of the Jury of the ARPA International Architectural Award (Valladolid, Span). Member of Historic Garden’s Association and Portuguese Construction History Society.

Isabel Loupa Ramos

Msc, PhD

Isabel Loupa Ramos is trained as a Landscape Architect (1992), with a master in Human Geography and Spatial Planning (1998) and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (2009). Her main research focus is grounded in the landscape concept exploring the interface of cultural and natural processes in the framework of spatial planning. She has carried out research activities since 1992. Firstly, exploring on the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques in flood plain management (EUROFLOOD), the value of natural spaces, as rivers, in urban areas (RIPROCITY, URBEM); later, on policies for land cover transitions (LANDYN); and more recently, on exploring the urban/rural interface, notably in peri-urban landscapes (PERIURAN, ROBUST). Her methodological toolbox builds on landscape ecology, using tools as scenarios and transdisciplinary research, integrating landscape preferences and perceptions, attitudes and behaviors, and landscape identity with land cover and landscape patterns. She participated in COST actions linked to urban agriculture (UAE), renewable energies in the landscape (RELY) or transcultural memory (ISTME), or landscape monitoring (BIOHAB). To foster societal relevance of research she is interested in exploring how to bridge research findings into spatial planning practice, as for participatory landscape character assessment (LCA), and Green Infrastructure Planning at multiple scales based on ecosystem service approaches, as well as, making the concept of landscape identity operational. She is since 1999 founding member of the Portuguese Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). Since 2009 (reelected in 2017) she is Executive Committee Member of the European Chapter of Landscape Ecology (IALE-Europe). She organized the 2005 European Conference on Landscape Ecology in Portugal; in 2014 the 1st thematic workshop of IALE–Europe, and more recently, she was part of the local organization of the 2017 AESOP Conference held in Lisbon. She also organized 4 editions of IALE Phd courses since 2012 – in Évora, Manchester, Copenhagen and Ghent. She is presently strongly invested in the creation a landscape observatory (Chamusca, Portugal) for the development of a community–based project, involving research, education and art as a hub for raising landscape awareness.

Patrícia Lourenço

MsC, PhD

Patricia Lourenço is an architect and invited assistant professor at IST, lecturing Architecture Project in the second year of the integrated master in Architecture. She obtained her degree in architecture in 1996 from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. In 2002 she obtained her master degree in Architecture at IST, Universidade de Lisboa, researching on sustainable construction materials, with a thesis on the economic and technical viability of re-using raw earth construction in Portugal. Since then she has been involved in the research and dissemination of practices to promote raw earth heritage conservation as well as its construction techniques mapping and updating, by participating in research groups, books and articles writing and revision, conferences and workshops.

In 2015 she concluded a PhD in Architecture, at IST, researching on enhancing buildings’ sustainability through user oriented strategies and use data monitoring. Case study: School buildings.

The current primary areas of research include 1) Evidence Based Sustainable Architecture, 2) Post occupancy evaluation & buildings in use monitoring 3) Users behaviour data for modeling and simulating buildings’ energy performance.

Dissemination of results include journal and conference articles, participating as guest consultant for the European Council of Architects regarding the theme “Responsible Architecture”.

She is currently participating on the following research projects at IST: 1) RMB – re-use of modernist buildings (; 2) ATLAS of School Architecture in Portugal – Education, Heritage and Challenges (PTDC/ATP-AQI/3273/2014).

She is a licenced professional architect since 1999, maintaining a professional practice since then.

Carolina Martins

MsC, PhD

Carolina Martins is the Accessibility projects’ Coordinator in the Company Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, S.A.. She is responsible for improving the accessibility physical conditions, services and information at the UNESCO monument managed by the company.

She was awarded a doctoral FCT grant in Enterprise, for the pursue of her PhD in Architecture, which was completed in 2017 at IST under the title “Understanding Accessibility in Cultural Landscape Sites – the case of Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, S.A.”.  It aimed to contribute with new and comprehensive knowledge on the topic of physical accessibility to heritage sites. This type of grant allowed the researcher to be on site during the whole research period, contributing directly for the efficiency of the access program while concluding on the best methodological procedures to achieve it. Her research interests are focused on platforms to structure information and to provide a spatial framework within which accessibility conditions can be surveyed, assessed, compared and monitored in both new and heritage places.

Carlos Mourão Pereira

MsC, PhD

Carlos Mourão Pereira is a researcher in Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Also, he is integrated in the group Research[x]Design at KU Leuven, University of Leuven.

He graduated in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon in 1997 and obtained a PhD in Architecture, at IST in 2013. His PhD thesis was awarded with FNSE Prize (2014).

He was a postdoctoral research fellow from FCT under the supervision of Teresa Heitor and co-supervision of Ann Heylighen (2014-2018). His research work explores the quality of invisibility i.e. the multisensory integration of non-visual modalities, aiming to balance the ocularcentrism in Architecture. It is grounded on architectural morphology innovation, aiming to identify positive and negative spatial components and requalification strategies, centred on health promotion and inclusivity in the scope of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. He follows a methodology based on post-occupancy evaluation aiming to identify morphological rules concerning the user’s satisfaction.

He has academic experience as an Architectural Design Studio lecturer, at IST, University of Lisbon (2003-2008) and University of Beira Interior (2005-2006) also he was a lecturer in intensive programs on inclusive design, in Spain, at the Technical School of Architecture of Vallès – Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2010), in France, at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier (2011) and in Turkey, at Trakya University (2016).

He worked from 1991 to 2005 in architecture offices, in Lisbon, with Aires Mateus, Carrilho da Graça, Costa Cabral and Gonçalo Byrne, in Zurich, with Toni Geser, and in Genoa, with Renzo Piano. He is a registered Architect in Portugal with practice experience from 1998 to 2008.

In 2006 he was blind and continued his research and teaching activity in Architecture. His research work has been presented internationally at conferences at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2007 and 2009), at the World Expo in Zaragoza (2008), at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2010), and at international exhibitions, in the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in Budapest (2008) and in the Borges Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires (2014).

His work has been presented in research workshops, in the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London, 2018) and in the Fitzwilliam College (University of Cambridge, 2018).

Arsalan Nezhadfard

Msc, PhD Candidate

Arsalan Nezhadfard is a PhD student in Architecture at IST. He gained his Bachelor degree in 2013 form the University of Tabriz in Iran and his master degree in 2016 at Shabestar IAU university. His master thesis was on designing a stadium based on modern Iranian architecture, and the ultimate target of this project was to find a possibility to introduce a formal and spatial traditional concept in a modern structure.

Similar to what he did in his master thesis, his research interests include international architecture in the 20th century with a concentration on a dialogue between West and East, from the Middle East to America. The Turkish architecture from Seljuks to Post-modern, Iranian architecture in the 20th century and the European modernism in the last century are the detailed terms, representing the most keywords for his past research experiences.

His recent project at the moment is on the architectural challenges of modernity and tradition in three cities: Istanbul, Sarajevo and Lisbon which is the combination of theoretical and practical issues.

Joana Nunes


Joana Nunes (1991) is an architect. She holds a Master degree in Architecture (2015, University of Coimbra), and a Master degree in Building Rehabilitation (2017, University of Coimbra).
From 2016-2017 she has collaborated in Docomomo International, and she has worked in the organizing team of the “14th International Docomomo Conference – Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future”, held in September of 2016, in Lisbon. In November of 2017 she has collaborated in the Docomomo International Conference “Siza & Pallasmaa. Dialogues North-South”.
Her research interests include 20th Century architecture and spatial anthropology, focused in healthcare facilities, and architectural photography.
At the moment, she is working in a research scholarship, in the project “Cure and Care_the rehabilitation”, at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Alexandra Paiva

MsC, PhD Candidate

Alexandra Paiva is a PhD student in Architecture (DArq) at “Instituto Superior Técnico”, University of Lisbon. She obtained a first degree in Architecture in 1993, at the “Faculdade de Arquitectura” of Lisbon, and the pre-bologna Master degree in Housing Architecture (2002), at the same University.

She was research fellow of the Foundation for Science and Technology (2000-2001) at LNEC, National Civil Engineering Laboratory (host entity): PRAXIS XXI. BM / 20 700 is the reference of the Research Grant under the PRAXIS XXI program, for the execution of the dissertation on “Flexible Housing – Analysis of concepts and solutions”, with a view to the conclusion of the Masters in Housing Architecture at FA / UTL.

The research and execution of the master’s thesis was done at the National Civil Engineering Laboratory, in the Department of Buildings, Nucleus of Architecture, under the guidance of Architect António Reis Cabrita, Research Coordinator of LNEC, and co-orientation of Architect João Branco Pedro, researcher at the LNEC (2000-2002).

She was a managing partner of the company “ASPMM, Arquitectos Ldª” (from 2001 to 2010), and worked in the City Hall of Torres Vedras from 1994 to 2000 (at the DGU – Urban Management Division). She works since 2006 to the present in the Project Area of the Department of Strategy of the same City Hall.

The current investigation for PhD is about flexible housing, strategies, operators and prototype: housing modularity in developing countries. The main objective is to research and develop flexible housing in the context of developing countries and create design patterns and prototypes that can be employed for such flexible housing.

Elisa Pegorin

MsC, PhD Candidate

Elisa Pegorin (Cittadella, Italy) is an architect. She holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in a.a. 2005-2006 with 110/110 cum laude. Between 2003-2005 she worked as an architect in Italy. She lives since 2007 in Lisbon, where she has worked in several architecture offices. Elisa participated in various international seminars, as 2005 in Marostica (IT) with Luigi Snozzi, in 2007 in VIII UAL (Universidade Autónoma) Lisboa, in 2008 IX UAL (Universidade Autónoma) Lisboa, and in 2010 with “Liveinslum” in Cairo. In 2009 she organized, along with Nikos Ktenás (GR) and Simona de Giuli (CH) the 1AAW (First Athens Architectural Workshop) in Athens. Elisa is a PhD Candidate from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP) since 2011 within the scientific field of “Arquitectura: Teoria, Projecto, História”. She holds a FCT scholarship and from 2012 integrated the Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo (CEAU).

Currently she is concluding her PhD thesis about architecture relations between Italy and Portugal during the dictatorship regimes. She wrote for Italian magazines about architecture, like “Il Giornale dell’Architettura”, “Ottagono” and “Casabella” and also worked for “ProViaggi Architettura”. Her interests are focused on modern architecture in Italy, Portugal and Arabic countries. In 2017 she started working in IST as a researcher in the research project “Cure and Care: the rehabilitation”.

Susana Pereira

MsC, PhD

Susana Pereira has a degree in architecture (1997) from the Faculty of Architecture from the Oporto University (FAUP), has a master degree in Heritage Conservation (2009) from the University of Évora (UÉvora) and is currently a PhD student at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) from Lisbon University.

Since 1997 she has worked as an architect, interior designer and urban planner in different Portuguese architectural offices as well as abroad. As part of multidisciplinary teams she has participated in different types of projects in all its phases being also responsible for the coordination of teams of professionals.

She is currently developing her PhD research entitled, “Built Environment – Physical Activity: An Equation for Health. Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Construction of a Healthy City” project that has the financing by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) through a PhD grant. As part of that she has integrated various congresses on urban health.

Pedro Pinto

MsC, PhD

Pedro Pinto is a post-doc fellow at IST. He obtained a first degree in Territorial Engineering (2003, IST), a Master degree in Urban Studies and Land-Use Management (2007, IST), and a PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (2015, University of CaIifornia, Berkeley).

He has collaborated in research teams studying the relationship of cities and rivers, the evolution of urban waterfronts, and municipal land-use planning. His doctoral research compared land-use patterns and environmental governance structures in the Tagus Estuary (Lisbon) and the San Francisco Bay. His professional experience has also included collaboration in municipal master plans and social facilities planning.

His current research emphasis is focused mainly on aspects of the interface between natural and built environments: 1) how urban riverfronts have evolved and are being redeveloped, and how the social and environmental benefits of these contemporary interventions may be improved; 2) what land-use patterns and evolution have led to the current patterns of land-use around urbanized estuaries; 3) how has the land-use and environmental governance structures operating around the estuaries contributed to an increased or reduced encroachment on wetlands; 4) how have past and current land-use patterns and policies affected the current and future vulnerability to sea-level rise; 5) how can land-use patterns and policies be improved so as to favor the adoption of local adaptation solutions in face of rising seas.

Margarida Quintã

PhD Candidate

Margarida Quintã is an architect. She holds a diploma in architecture from the University of Porto and is a doctoral candidate at the IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative since 2012. Her research, developed under the supervision of Prof. Ana Tostões and Prof. Franz Graf, draws on Modern Movement architecture in Angola (1945-1975). Her scientific expertise focuses on 20th century heritage and climate responsive design in tropical contexts. In this framework, she has published the monograph Arquitetura e clima. Geografia de um lugar: Luanda e a obra de Vasco Vieira da Costa (2009), where she describes and analyses the passive control systems in the built work of Vasco Vieira da Costa.

António Ricardo da Costa

MsC, PhD

António Ricardo da Costa graduated in Architecture (1992), by the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also obtained a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (1996). Developed his PhD research in the University of Seville, where he obtained his PhD degree, classified Cum Laude (2006).

António Ricardo da Costa is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon. As professor at IST he taught courses such as “Urban and Regional Planning “, “Theory and Urban History”, “Urban Design”, “Instruments of Land Management” and “Project”. He participated in several works under the IST Center for Urban and Regional Systems (CESUR) as well as for GAPTEC (Support Cabinet of the Technical University) . He has several papers published on the subjects of urban design, urban history and conservation of the historical city, namely in Journals such as Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design and Revista do Direitro da Cidade.

He is since 2016 invited Professor in the Master de Urbanismo, Planeamiento y Diseño Urbano in the University of Sevilla.

He was invited to elaborate several Technical Reports about built construction and urbanism, technical and legal case issues, by the Attorney General of the Republic.

He was the Chair of several International Workshops in a partnership between IST/DaST/South China University of Tecnology: “Landscape Design and Sustainability Issues; Sustainable Issues in Urban Planning and Landscape Design; Urban Regeneration and Sustainability; Urban Morphology, Planning and Sustainability (IST/DaST)”. He also organized, in partnership, the Seminar “O Ensino do Urbanismo e do Ordenamento. Novas Perspectivas”, and the International Conference “A equidade e eficiência no Processo de Urbanização. Proposta para um Novo modelo”.


MsC, PhD

Ana Sá graduated in Territorial Engineering at Lisbon University, in Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal). In 2014, she completed her PhD at the same university on the basis of her study on the relationship between Sustainable Municipal Financing, Land and Property Taxation and Land Policies and Spatial Planning.

Since then, she is an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources Department of Lisbon University and she has lectured on various courses of different BSc, MSc and PhD programmes [e.g. Urban and Regional Planning (BSc and MSc), Urban Planning (MSc), Urban Management (MSc), Planning Public Facilities and Land Use Policies and Land and Property Taxation (PhD)].

She as been involved in some national research projects, some funded by FCT – Portuguese Science Foundation [such as, RIPROCITY – Rivers in Cities: opportunities for urban sustainability (POCI/AUR/62210/2004) and more recently PERCOM – Equity and efficiency in the urban development process: a Land Readjustment execution model (PTDC/AUR-URB/120509/2010)]. In both projects, her research interests focused on cross-national comparative analysis of the relationship between planning law, land use regulations, property rights, land and property taxation and planning practice.

More recently, she has authored and co-authored several scientific conference proceedings in this field of knowledge, as well as, research papers (published and submitted for publication) in international peer-reviewed journals.

André Saraiva


André Saraiva is a landscape architectet graduated by Instituto Superior de Agronomia – Lisbon Technical University (degree in 2010, MsC in 2011), having a second master’s degree in urbanism and spatial planning by Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon (2014). André worked between 2011 and 2012 as a consultant landscape architect in Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua S.A. in the project for the restoration and refurbishing of the Capuchos Convent and in the analysis for the landscape restoration project of the Villa Sassetti in Sintra. Since 2014, André Saraiva worked in a multidisciplinary research team of Instituto Superior Técnico responsible for the review of Almada’s Municipal Master Plan.

Francisco Teixeira Bastos

MsC, PhD

Francisco Teixeira Bastos is Assistant Professor at IST. He obtained a first degree in Architecture (1986, Faculdade de Arquitectura-Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa) and a PhD in Architecture (2013, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Pt). His scientific interests are focused on the relationship between the representation and communication of the architectural design project and the production phase of construction, giving particular attention to BIM paradigm. He has an active participation in the research, diffusion and normalization of BIM in Portugal, being involved in the organization of the 1st and 2nd BIM Academic Forum (IST 2015 and PTBIM 2016); BIC 2015; Chairman of Subcommittee 1: CT197 – Standardization BIM – IPQ, Portugal. Since 2016 he has been involved in RE-USE OF MODERNIST BUILDINGS. DESIGN TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION (RMB), an European project developed in the framework of the ERASMUS + program, and I since 2015 as a member of team investigation of an I&D, project – ATLAS OF SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE IN PORTUGAL EDUCATION, HERITAGE AND CHALLENGES, He was member of the scientific committee of the 1srt national PTBIM held in Guimarães (Universidade do Minho, 11/2016) and international conference Kine[SiS]tem17, 06/2017

He is a registered Architect in Portugal with practice experience since 1986. His work has state of the art in architectural exhibitions (IST 2014, ESRDL – Lisbon Triennale 2015, Order Architects 2016), and has been the subject of publications (Uzina 2014) and mentioned internationally (Good Practices of OECD).

Carlos Veloso

Carlos Veloso (1970) is currently invited lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Beira Interior University (DECA-UBI) and a PhD student in Architecture at IST; He has teaching experience as Invited lecturer at ESTG – IPVC – Master curse in Arts, Communication and Design  (2003-2014) and at  Catholic University of Viseu – Master Course in Architecture, between 2009 and 2014; He obtained a Diploma in Architecture at University of Porto (FAUP -1996) and a Post-graduation in Planning and Urban Environment Project (FAUP-FEUP). In 1996 He was awarded with the Prize Eng. António de Almeida, fot thre best student Architecture at the University of Porto (1995/96). He is a registered architect with practical experience since 1994. In 1999 he set up the architect firm AVA – Atelier Veloso Arquitectos, Lda. He has developed projects in the area of Furniture Design, Interior Projects, Architecture and Urbanism for private clients as well for public entities such as the Teatro Municipal da Guarda; Collective affordable housing in Trav. of Salgueiros and Paasseio das Virtudes in Porto; Antas, Nevogilde and Massarelos schools in Oporto and Sports Hall in Seixals. He has been invited to participate in several exhibitions and conferences and his work is published in several books, catalogs and national and international journals. His research interests ate focused on the practice-based research. Emphasis is given to the architectural design process, namely the methodological tools capable to support new forms of architectural production.

João Vieira Caldas

MsC, PhD

João Vieira Caldas is an assistant professor of Architecture at IST. He holds a degree in Architecture (1977, School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, Pt), a Master of Arts in History of Art (1988, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon, Pt) and a PhD in Architecture (2007, Instituto Superior Técnico , Lisbon, Pt).

In the past, his professional activity was divided between the practice of architecture, teaching, research and criticism having worked on intervention projects in the built heritage and participated in various inventories and studies on Architectural and Urban Heritage. Nowadays, he teachs History of Architecture, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Conservation and Restoration and Methods of Research in Architecture at IST, and is dedicated to research in the fields of architectural heritage and Portuguese architecture of modern and contemporary times. The focus of his research is on the History of Housing, whether vernacular or erudite, rural or urban, superving a group of young researchers. Emphasis is placed upon the need to disseminate and discuss the knowledge produced through the publication of papers and books, regardless of their academic status, as well participation in conferences and colloquiums. He has published articles and books, as well as supervised master’s and doctoral theses.