Portuguese Special Session

Extra Plenary Session  

Portuguese trajectories in the 20th century residential architecture:  forms, types and contexts.


Patrícia Santos Pedrosa (LABART)
Marta Cruz (CEAU)

The purpose of this Plenary Session is the discussion of a few critical perspectives regarding the Portuguese residential architecture in the 20th century.

In this field, knowledge results from a wide and complex analytical and interpretative process. Thus, the structure of this session is twofold. On the one hand, we will have the chronological perspective that allows the establishing of four large moments ranging from the pre-revolution period till the present days. On the other hand, we will have the perspective of scale by which we will approach different architectural and urban issues, starting in the domestic scale - the house, moving to a vicinity scale - the neighbourhood, and expanding to the urban scale - the city.


Invited keynote speakers:

THE HOUSE - Ricardo Agarez (Ghent University)

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD -José António Bandeirinha(FCTUC)

THE CITY - Nuno Grande (FCTUC)


Ricardo Agarez

Ricardo Agarez is an architect (Dip. 1996) and architectural historian (M.Phil. 2004, Ph.D. 2013) specialised in the history and theory of 19th- and 20th-century cities and architecture, whose work has focused on national and regional identities, dissemination phenomena, multifamily housing, public architecture and architectural cultures in bureaucracy. His doctoral dissertation at The Bartlett, University College London, “Regionalism, Modernism and Vernacular Tradition in the Architecture of Algarve, Portugal, 1925-1965”, won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2013, and is currently being turned into a book to be published by Ashgate. Ricardo is currently FWO Pegasus Marie Curie Fellow at Ghent University.


José António Bandeirinha

Architect, graduated at Escola Superior de Belas-Artes of Porto (1983), full associate professor in the Architecture Department of the University of Coimbra, where he did a PhD in 2002 entitled The SAAL process and the architecture in April 25th 1974. Having as main reference architecture and space organization, he has been devoting his work to diverse subjects — city, housing, theatre, culture. Former President of the Department of Architecture of Coimbra University (2002-2004 and 2006-2007). Former pro-rector for cultural issues University of Coimbra (2007-2011). Former Director of the Arts University College, University of Coimbra (2011-2013). Curator of the Exhibition Fernando Távora Permanent Modernity whose coordinator was Álvaro Siza. The exhibition took place in Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012. Scientific consultant of the exhibition The SAAL Process Architecture and Participation 1974-1976, curated by Delfim Sardo and organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto, Portugal, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada. (2014-2015). Senior researcher at Centre of Social Studies.
José António Bandeirinha has been continuously working on the urban and architectural consequences of political procedures, mainly focusing on the Portuguese 20th century’s reality.


Nuno Grande

Obtained his degree in Architecture at the University of Oporto in 1992.
Obtained his PhD degree in Architecture at the University of Coimbra in 2009, based on his academic thesis: Architectures of Culture: Politics, Debate and Space.
Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (DARQ/FCTUC) since 1993. Researcher at the Social Studies Centre (CES), University of Coimbra. Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto since 2006, at the Urbanistic Master and PhD courses.
As a curator he organised exhibitions on Portuguese Architecture at: Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture; 2007 Lisbon Architectural Triennale; 2007 São Paulo Architectural Biennale; Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture; and proximately, at La Cité de L’Architecture et du Patrimoine, in Paris (2016).
As a critic he writes occasionally for architectural reviews published in Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Croatia and Japan. He is author or editor of different publications on Portuguese Architecture and Urban Culture.