Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism


Center for Studies
in Architecture and Urbanism


Casa Cor-de-Rosa © Carlos Albuquerque Castro, 2023

The center aims to promote artistic, scientific, technological and interdisciplinary research (in close relationship with Art, Engineering, Geography, History, Philosophy and Social and Human Sciences) in the fields of architecture, construction, design, urban planning and related areas from an integrated vision of the discipline in close relationship with the didactics and project practices of architecture and urban planning of the School of Porto.

The center is based at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in its own facilities designed for the development of advanced research activities in the area of architecture and urban planning. It has studio-rooms for the research groups and their ongoing projects, as well as for integrating individual researchers who develop research actions in close correlation with the center's activity.

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Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto © Carlos Albuquerque Castro, 2022

As an organic unit of the University of Porto, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) is a centre for the creation, transmission and diffusion of disciplinary knowledge in the area of architecture, construction and urban studies. FAUP, also known as "Porto school", is a worldwide reference in Architecture graduation and one of the very few schools in the world that has as former students and professors, two Pritzker prize winners: architects Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

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Integrated Members

Research Groups

AMH Architecture and Modes of Inhabiting
ADC Housing architectural design and forms of dwelling
ATPH Architecture: Theory, Project and History
AAI Architecture, Art and Image
DFL Digital Fabrication Laboratory
MDT Territory Dynamics and Morphologies
PACT Architecture, City and Territory Heritage
T2P Theory and Design Practices


José Miguel Rodrigues

Vice Director
Pedro Alarcão

Luís Urbano

Permanent External Scientific Advisory Committee

Professora Doutora Ana Tostões
Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa

Professor Doutor Franz Graf
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Professor Doutor Vitor Manuel Guimarães Veríssimo Serrão
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa