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Index

1 Faculty of Architecture
2 PhD in Architecture FA+UD
3 PhD Course in Architecture
4 Admission
5 Applications
6 Schedule
7 Timetable
8 Tutor / Supervisor
9 Financial Aid
10 Fees
11 Suspension of Studies
12 Course Objectives
13 Teaching Language
14 Coordinator of 3rd Study Cycle
15 Scientific committee of CDA
16 CIAUD – Research Centre for Architecture,Urbanism and Design
17 Material Resources
18 Mobility Programmes
19 Study Plan
20 Specialist areas of the PhD course in Architecture
21 Curricular Structure
22 Teaching Staff on the PhD course in Architecture
23 Elective Curricular units by Specialist Area
24 Student Testimonials

1 Faculty of Architecture

The Faculty of Architecture (FA) offers courses leading to the award of the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees in Architecture, Urbanism and Design. It also offers nondegree courses which provide further training for professionals who wish to extend their knowledge.
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This broad training offer makes the FA the largest and most diversified school in the country in its specialist areas, with an intake of approximately 3,000 students. It is also the school with the largest number of foreign students, who come from Europe as well as other continents where the FA has exchange agreements.
In addition, it is the oldest school in Portugal, with a history dating back to the 16th. century.
The main feature of this Faculty is the training offered through design studio project work in the 1st. and 2nd. cycles, in which the knowledge acquired in all subject areas is applied to the design of a broad range of possible objects, from small-scale to territorial. However, the aim of the FA is to train a wider range of professionals to work as consultants, researchers and public sector staff in areas associated with the built environment, culture and industry. It is, without doubt, these combined objectives which have ensured that over 95% of its graduates find employment within a year of completing their courses. The FA is currently investing in training professionals who can work in Portuguese society and help increase its potential for innovation, competitiveness and exports.
For this reason, special emphasis is placed on the development of final projects and dissertations produced in collaboration with public and private entities, encouraging entrepreneurialism and creating future opportunities for students.
Training in the 3rd. cycle is directed towards advanced research in the three subject areas of the FA within the framework of the CIAUD, a research centre classified as Excellent by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. A service provider centre, technology transfer office and business incubator have recently been created.
As a modern school which aims to combine tradition and innovation, the FA is a leading institution providing professional training for architects, urban planners and designers, and is recognised in the field of specialist interdisciplinary research.

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2 PhD in Architecture FA+UD

The PhD in Architecture emerged in Portugal through the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Technical University of Lisbon). The current PhD course is the result of adapting the old degree to the Bologna process and offers a wide range of curricular units, enabling students to structure their studies in accordance with their individual research interests.
The course is organised into five specialist areas — Design Theory and Practice, History and Theory, Building Technology and Management, Drawing, and Computation and Conservation and Rehabilitation — and is based on several transdisciplinary research lines. Given its links with the Research Centre (CIAUD), this work involves students, researchers and teachers in funded research projects directed towards the needs of the professional market and present-day society.

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3 PhD Course in Architecture

OFFICIAL DURATION

Years: 3 (up to a maximum of 5 years)doutoramento-arquitetura-site-4
Semesters: 6 (up to a maximum of 10 semesters)
Weeks of classes: 14*
ECTS credits: 180

* 14 weeks of classes, plus assessment period. Assessments take place during the normal period reserved for this purpose at the end of each semester and the period for re-sits or improving marks at the end of the academic year.

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4 Admission

Under the terms of Article 30 of Decree Law 74/2006, published in the Diário da República (Official Gazette) No. 60 on 24 March 2006, the following may apply to study on the PhD course: holders of a Master's degree or legal equivalent; holders of Bachelor's degree with a minimum final mark of 14 (fourteen) or equivalent; individuals with a school, scientific and professional curriculum that attests to their ability to undertake the study cycle leading to the award of the PhD degree. Candidates will only be admitted following a rigorous selection process.

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5 Applications

Applications for admission to PhD courses should be submitted within the dates stipulated for this purpose. This process is formalised on completion of the application form available from the FA site and submission of the following documents:
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• Curriculum Vitae — professional/academic
• Copy of certificate(s) of education
• Letter of interest detailing the theme to be developed in the thesis
• Copy of C.C. (Citizen's Card)/BI (Identity card) and taxpayer number.

If appropriate, other documents may also be enclosed, such as a summary of the research proposal or portfolio. Documents should be delivered to the Postgraduate Office after paying an application fee of 60 euros (sixty euros) to the FATreasury.

Applications may be delivered:
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2) in person, to the Postgraduate Office: 3rd. Cycle and Continuing Education
3) by registered letter, to the above Office, to arrive before the closing date.

After interviews have been held and the applications have been considered by the Academic Committee for the PhD course in Architecture, candidates will receive written notification of the Committee's decision.

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6 Schedule

Applications • 

1st phase (mid-April to mid-May / 2nd phase (beginning of June to beginning of July). There are certain advantages in submitting applications in the 1st phase, namely the possibility of applying for a study grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology).
In exceptional circumstances a 3rd phase of applications may open during the first week of September (to be confirmed).

Interviews and selection of candidates • during the two weeks following the closing date for applications. Announcement of results of selection procedure: 1st. phase (end of May) / 2nd. phase (end of July).

Enrolments • 1st. week of September for 1st year students / 2nd. week of September for students from other years.

Start of course • Friday of the third week in September.

End of 1st. curricular year • End of May, with assessments in the months of June and July.

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7 Timetable

Classes will be held on Fridays between 8 am and 10pm and possibly on Saturday mornings.

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8 Tutor / Supervisor

Applicants may state a preference for a particular tutor during the admission process or may opt for a tutor appointed by the Academic Committee for the course. Students will need a supervisor for formal approval of the Thesis Project.
The supervisor (who may also be the tutor), or alternatively the co-supervisor, must be a member of the FA teaching staff, although other members of the supervisory team may belong to other Portuguese or foreign higher education institutions.

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9 Financial Aid

Candidates may apply for a study grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and other institutions which fund research in higher education (such as the Oriente Foundation or the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).

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10 Fees

The fees for the PhD course are updated annually. Information on amounts and payment methods is provided on the FA site.
www.fa.ulisboa.pt FA › Estudar › Propinas

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11 Suspension of Studies

Students may apply to suspend their PhD studies for a maximum period of one year, using the form available from the FA portal.
www.fa.ulisboa.pt FA > Cursos > Doutoramentos > CDa

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12 Course Objectives

The main objective of the PhD course in Architecture is to provide training dedicated to developing advanced individual research work, preferably integrated into assessed and funded projects, leading to the creation and transmission of knowledge. The specific objectives are intellectual fulfilment, the acquisition of advanced skills to enable individuals to exercise their profession in a more informed way with competitive advantages, and the opportunity to contribute to the development of society and the economy. The study plan is organised according to the Bologna principles.
In the first year of the course, PhD students take various curricular units in order to acquire knowledge and skills in (1) the research methodologies for their area of study, (2) the various lines of research with which the teaching staff on the course are associated (3) how to construct an individual research project. Fulfilment of these objectives is assessed by the work produced for each curricular unit, culminating in the approval of the Thesis Project, which enables the student to register the theme and begin their individual research work.
In the second and third years, students areengaged in developing and operationalising their research work, culminating in the defence of their thesis. Progress is assessed by semester reports and seminars focusing on the development of the work.

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13 Teaching Language

Classes are taught in Portuguese or in English. The school reinforces the university's policy that classes should be taught in English whenever there is a student in class who is not fluent in Portuguese. Many teachers are also fluent in other languages, such as Spanish, Italian, French and German, which facilitates communications with foreign students, particularly in one-to-one situations

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14 Coordinator of 3rd Study Cycle

Dr. João Sousa Morais (Coordinator)
Dr. Tânia Beisl Ramos (Vice-Coordinator)

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15 Scientific Committee of CDA

Dr. João Sousa Morais (Coordinator)
Dr. Jorge Bastos
Dr. José Pinto Duarte
Dr. José Aguiar
Dr. Paulo Pereira
Dr. Tânia Beisl Ramos (Vice-Coordinator)
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16 CIAUD – Research Centre for Architecture,Urbanism and Design

The Faculty of Architecture has an accredited Research Centre, the CIAUD – Centro de Investigação em Arquitetura, Urbanismo e Design (Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design), which was founded in May 2006, accredited and assessed by the FCT in 2008 and awarded the classification Excellent. The main aims of the CIAUD are to:
a) promote research, knowledge and innovation in the fields of architecture, urbanism and design from a multidisciplinary perspective;
b) produce, disseminate and transfer knowledge and technologies through pure and applied scientific research;
c) support the publication of scientific texts produced by its members;
d) support the scientific development of the various courses and levels of training ministered by the FA;
e) reinforce the involvement of the FA in research and development programmes. CIAUD researchers may be either full members or associates. In November 2012, there were 87 full members and 172 associates.

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17 Material Resources

The FA offers students a wide range of support facilities for the various stages of academic life including the Library, Audiovisual Centre, reprographics service, 24-hour workshop (a space where students can work on their assignments), Publications Centre, Multimedia Centre, Cartography Lab, IT Centre, Fashion Atelier, Colour Laboratory, 3D Digitalisation Laboratory Photography and Image Synthesis Laboratory, workshops, Rapid Prototyping Centre, Intellectual Property and Knowledge Transfer Office and the FA Incubator.

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18 Mobility Programmes

The FA offers students the opportunity to study and take part in research work abroad. This may take place in Europe (the Erasmus programme), Brazil (Bolsas Luso-Brasileiras Santander), other countries in Latin America (Bolsas Ibero-Americanas Santander and the Smile programme), in Japan via the AUSMIP programme, and in former Soviet Union countries under the TEMPO programme.

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19 Study Plan

The curriculum for the PhD course in Architecture is structured as follows:
1) Obligatory curricular units, such as Research Methodologies, Thesis Project Seminars and the PhD Laboratories I, II and III, which are common to all three PhD courses
2) Elective curricular units, which may be specific or free.

Specific electives are curricular units from the specialist area of the PhD in question. Free electives may belong to other specialist areas or other PhD courses in the Faculty of Architecture or other Portuguese or foreign schools, provided that they have been approved by the supervisor and the Academic Committee for the course. A minimum of 50% of the ECTS for elective curricular units must be specific.

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20 Specialist areas of the PhD course in Architecture

The PhD course in Architecture includes the following specialist areas:
• Design Theory and Practice TPP)
• History and Theory (TH)
• Drawing (D)
• Computation (C)
• Building Technology and Management (TGC)
• Conservation and Rehabilitation (CR)
NB: The elective curricular units offered each academic year will depend on the number of students enrolled on each PhD course and their research interests. Consult the FA portal for a full list of the curricular units offered for each area of specialisation.

NB: Admittance to the 2nd year of the course will depend on approval of the Thesis Project.

 

1º YEAR 1º SEMESTER ECTS CREDITS
Research Methodologies* 10,0
Elective Curricular Units 20,0
YEAR 2º SEMESTER  
Thesis Project Seminar 10,0
Elective Curricular Units 20,0
YEAR 1º SEMESTER  
PhD Laboratory I 30,0
YEAR 2º SEMESTER  
PhD Laboratory II 30,0
YEAR 1º SEMESTER  
PhD Laboratory III 30,0
YEAR 2º SEMESTER  
Dissertation 30,0

*Obligatory curricular unit common to all PhD courses in Architecture, Urbanism and Design.

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21 Curricular Structure

(1) OBLIGATORY CURRICULAR UNITS
RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

The main aim of this curricular unit is to develop research skills and familiarise students with the process of creating knowledge through the interaction between theory and its operationalisation. Students will therefore learn to master methodological techniques and principles with ease for gathering and processing information and producing scientific reports, thus enabling them to select the most appropriate and reliable research process for their individual project.

THESIS PROJECT SEMINAR

The aim of this curricular unit is to establish and deepen the framework for scientific research within the fields of knowledge theory and philosophy of science, establishing connections with the concrete work of each student and developing the tasks required to produce the Thesis Project, which will be assessed by a panel of examiners. Admission to the 2nd year of the course will depend on approval of the Thesis Project.

LABORATÓRIOS I, II E III

These curricular units are designed to develop research work, following approval of the Thesis Project. Their main objective is the acquisition of written skills for abstracts, articles and chapters and oral skills for presenting academic work, academic discussion and argument, and for structuring and developing integral sections of the thesis to be presented and discussed in seminars, together with the Progress Report.

DISSERTATION

This curricular unit, which takes the form of tutorials, is designed to provide supervision for students in the final stages of writing dissertations, ending with their submission and defence in a public viva voce examination. It involves a close working relationship between the student and their supervisor(s) in order to ensure the advance in knowledge stipulated in the Thesis Project, which will be assessed by the panel of examiners in accordance with legal requirements and the regulations of the FA.

(2) ELECTIVE CURRICULAR UNITS

Elective curricular units belong to the specialist areas and differ each year, ensuring that the topics and curriculum content are flexible and up-to-date (see page 16).

NB: The programme for each curricular unit is available on the FA portal.

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22 Teaching Staff on the PhD course in Architecture

Visiting professors:
Dr. Luiz Amorim
Federal University of Pernambuco - UFPE

Dr. Gabriela Celani
University of Campinas - UNICAMP

Dr. George Stiny
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT

Dr. Terry Knight
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT

Guest professor:
Architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Universidade de Évora

Professores da FA:

Dr. José Pinto Duarte
Dr. João Sousa Morais
Dr. Jorge Bastos
Dr. Jorge Cruz Pinto
Dr. Rui Barreiros Duarte
Dr. António Morais
Dr. Centeno Gorjão Jorge
Dr. Fernando Moreira da Silva
Dr. Fernando Caria
Dr. José Aguiar
Dr. Madalena Cunha Matos
Dr. Maria Calado
Dr. Alexandra Ai Quintas
Dr. Ana Marta Feliciano
Dr. António Leite
Dr. Carlos Ferreira
Dr. Carlos Figueiredo
Dr. Carlos Mesquita
Dr. Eduarda Lobato De Faria
Dr. Fernando Pinheiro
Dr. Filipa Roseta
Dr. Francisco Agostinho
Dr. Francisco Oliveira
Dr. Francisco Serdoura
Dr. Graça Moreira
Dr. Hugo Farias
Dr. João Carmo Fialho
Dr. João Pardal Monteiro
Dr. João Pernão
Dr. Jorge Ribeiro
Dr. José Nuno Beirão
Dr. Luís Afonso
Dr. Luis Mateus
Dr. Luís Romão
Dr. Maria Dulce Loução
Dr. Maria João Neto
Dr. Michel Toussaint
Dr. Miguel Gama
Dr. Nuno Beirão
Dr. Paulo Pereira
Dr. Pedro Abreu
Dr. Pedro Janeiro
Dr. Pedro Januário
Dr. Soheyl Sazedj
Dr. Susana Ganhão
Dr. Victor Ferreira
Dr. Tânia Beisl Ramos

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23 Elective Curricular units by Specialist Area

DESIGN THEORY AND PRACTICE

Architecture Laboratory
Architect Luís Carrilho da Graça
Dr. João Sousa Morais (Interim coordinator)

History and Architecture of Construction
Dr. Madalena Cunha Matos

Living Spaces, Comparative Architecture and Urbanism: Portugal and Brazil
Dr. Tânia Beisl Ramosdoutoramento-arquitetura-site-6

Urban Design
Dr. João Sousa Morais
Dr. Luís Afonso
Dr. Carlos Ferreira

Architecture, conceptualisation and design — towards an epistemology of architectural creation
Dr. Rui Barreiros Duarte
Dr. Eduarda Lobato de Faria

Urban Cultures and Architecture
Dr. Madalena Cunha Matos

 

HISTORY AND THEORY

Early Portuguese Architecture (10th – 13th century): Variants and Invariants
Dr. Paulo Pereira

Image Theory
Dr. Centeno Gorjão Jorge

A Critical History of Modernity
Dr. Maria Calado
Dr. Michel Toussaint

Ontology and Phenomenology of Architecture and the City
Dr. Pedro Abreu

Architectural Restoration Theory
Dr. Pedro Abreu

History of Performing Arts
Dr. Maria João Neto

Portuguese Architecture and Urbanism in Africa
Dr. João Sousa Morais
Dr. Manuela Fonte

 

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COMPUTATION

Shape Grammars
Dr. Luís Romão
Dr. José Pinto Duarte

3D Digitalisation
Dr. Luis Mateus
Dr. Victor Ferreira

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Dr. Francisco Agostinho

Essential Mathematics for Computation
Dr. Jorge Ribeiro
Dr. Susana Ganhão

Digital Design and Manufacturing
Dr. Pedro Januário
Dr. José Nuno Beirão

Computer Animation
Dr. Carlos Figueiredo

Analysis and Simulation Tools
Dr. Luís Romão

 

DRAWING

Light and Colour
Dr. Maria Dulce Loução
Dr. João Pernão

Visual Operations in Architectural Space
Dr. Alexandra Ai Quintas

Drawing and the City
Dr. Pedro Janeiro

The desire machine
Dr. Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues

Flow visualisation
Dr. Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues

Composite geometry
Dr. Manuel Couçeiro
Dr. Mário Kong
Dr. Pedro Januáriodoutoramento-arquitetura-site-8

 

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

Rationalisation of the Construction Industry
Dr. Carmo Fialho

Environmental Sustainability of Materials and Construction Technologies
Dr. António Morais
Dr. João Carmo Fialho
Dr. Soheyl Sazedj

Aesthetics of Structural Forms
Dr. António Morais
Dr. Francisco Oliveira

Coordination and Compatibility: Techniques for Projects and Buildings
Dr. João Carmo Fialho
Dr. João Pardal Monteiro

Conservation, restoration and rehabilitation techniques
Dr. Jorge Bastos

Pathologies in traditional construction
Dr. Jorge Bastos
Dr. António Morais

 

CONSERVATION AND REHABILITATION

Design Development for Colour and Rehabilitation of Architectural Surfaces
Dr. José Aguiar
Dr. João Pernão

Design development for conservation, restoration and rehabilitation
Dr. José Aguiar
Dr. Fernando Salvador

Design development for urban rehabilitation and architectural complexes
Dr. Flávio Lopes

Design development and heritage management
Dr. Flávio Lopes

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24 Student Testimonials

"One of the many advantages of the PhD course in Architecture is the interdisciplinary approach to the fields of architecture, design and urbanism. The range of subjects offered enables students to structure their course in accordance with their research interests. It also offers them an overall vision of the concepts and themes approached in the different specialisations and broadens their area of scientific knowledge."
Filomena Nascimento / 1st Year CDA

"doutoramento-arquitetura-site-10 The flexibility offered in the choice of subjects available on the PhD course in Architecture enabled me to study subjects that were related to my Thesis Project. It also allowed me to balance the academic year, submission of assignments, oral presentations and involvement in seminars with one other big event, which was the birth of my daughter. The support I received from the teaching and office staff meant that I could carry on, overcome obstacles and work out how to combine nappy changing with regular research work: in short, pursue my chosen path with the aim of achieving a PhD degree."
Alexandra Veira / 2nd Year CDA

"The PhD course in Architecture provided the bridge I needed to enable me to combine my research interests with the real needs of society, by relating architecture, urban planning and the use of the built environment to the study of criminality in the “comunidades” (formerly known as favelas i.e. shanty towns) in Rio de Janeiro, intervening directly in these areas through architectural projects and active social programmes."
Carla Pinto da Silva / 5th Year CDA

"After completing the Master's in Architecture and Urban Centres at the FA, I opted to continue my training by enrolling on the PhD course in Architecture at the same school, due to the confidence I had in the teaching staff and the fact that it wouldenable me to achieve my objective: a two-way study of the influences between Portugal and Brazil. The project was approved and funded by Brazil, my country of origin."
Marina de Miranda Martins / 2nd Year CDA

"Coming to Lisbon from London, I was a little concerned about not studying in the “centre of the universe”. I soon changed by ideas. The high proportion of foreign students, partnerships with excellent research centres from all over the world and, above all, the openness of all the researchers and teachers, not only to giving me freedom but also to becoming actively involved in areas which other universities do not cover, gave my studies a much-needed impetus. It is not easy, but every second is well worth the effort."
João Neves / 2nd Year do CDA

"After completing a Master's degree in Barcelona, I decided to return to Portugal to do a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture in Lisbon. The main reason for my decision was that the training would be ensured by a teaching staff who have developed quality research in the field of computation and whose vision, I am certain, will establish the FA in the vanguard of international research into the application of new technologies in architecture."
Gonçalo Castro Henriques / 5th Year CDA

"In the troubled waters of doctoral research, I see the FA and its PhD course in Architecture as a safe harbour where, despite all the difficulties we face today, I will find competent, dedicated people who are always available to help their students find the best path for their career and research interests."
Vítor Ribeiro / 2nd Year CDA

"Being interested in the area of Design and Computation, I grabbed the opportunity of a one-year exchange at the FA to research shape grammar and parametric urban design under the supervision of two professors whose work I knew from international publications, whilst enrolled on a PhD programme in Vienna. The experience at the FA proved so positive and enriching that I decided to stay. Now I am happily enrolled on the PhD program here and continuing my research into Portuguese urbanism."
Francesco Orsi / 2nd Year CDA

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