Petra Noordkamp

Dutch artist Petra Noordkamp (1967) moves fluidly between photography and film. She explores the influence of experiences, memories, movies and dreams on the perception of architecture and the urban environment. She lives and works in Amsterdam where she studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She made her first short film The Mother, the Son and the Architect in 2012. This film was shown in an exhibition of her work in the photo museum Foam in Amsterdam and was selected for various Dutch and international film festivals and exhibitions. She was an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall of 2013. In 2014 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York commissioned her to make a short film about Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina, a land art work by the Italian artist Alberto Burri, which was screened in the Guggenheim during the retrospective of Burri in the autumn of 2015. In 2016 this film was also on show in K21 in Dusseldorf, MAXXI in Rome and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her film When you return, I’ll be living by the waterside had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2018 and it won the Move Cine Arch Award for best form in Venice. Her latest project Fragile – Handle with Care about the earthquakes in 2016 in the Italian region Marche, was commisioned by MAXXI and will be on show there from May till September this year.

Álvaro Domingues

Álvaro Domingues is a geographer, PhD in Human Geography by FLUP and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in integrated masters and doctoral courses. Member of the Scientific Council since 2012. Researcher at CEAU-FAUP (Center for Architectural and Urban Studies Studies at FAUP), Professor of the Master’s Degree in “Urban Environment Project” (FAUP / FEUP) and Doctor of Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories, ISCTE. He also teaches at the Faculties of Architecture of the Universities of Lisbon, Coimbra and Minho.

He was a collaborator of Porto 2001; European Capital of Culture, 1999-2000; Professor of the Summer Courses of the Serralves Foundation (2005-2008); Guest Professor of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2006) and the University of Granada (2005).

As a CEAU-FAUP researcher, he has developed a regular research activity with entities such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Science and Technology Foundation; CCDR-N and CCDRN-C; Junta of Galicia; Erasmus University of Rotterdam-EURICUR; CCCB, Barcelona; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Federal University of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as with the municipalities of Guimarães and Porto, among many others.

Lecturer, Público newspaper columnist, writes in the electronic newspaper Correio do Porto, ArchDailly and the Jornal do Porto University, among others.


Ana Tostões

Ana Tostões, is an architect, architecture critic and historian, and is president of Docomomo International and Editor of the Docomomo Journal. She is a Full Professor at Técnico, University of Lisbon, where she teaches Theory of Architecture and Critical History, and coordinates the Architectonic Culture research group. Since 2012, she has been in charge of the Architectural PhD programme. She has been invited professor at universities worldwide. 

Her research field is the Critical History and Theory of Contemporary Architecture, focusing on the relationship between European, Asian, African and American cultures. On this topic, she has published books and essays, curated exhibitions and organised scientific events. She has also coordinated research projects, supervised PhD and MSc theses, taken part in juries and committees, and given lectures worldwide.  She coordinated the research project Exchanging World Visions focused on Sub-Sahara African architecture during the Modern Movement period, which was published and awarded the APH Gulbenkian Prize 2014. She currently coordinates the research project “CuCa_RE: Cure and Care_the rehabilitation”. Tostões has been vice-president of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects and the Portuguese section of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2006, his Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic made her a Commander of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique for her work on behalf of Portuguese architecture and its promotion in Portugal and abroad.


Gerrit Messiaen

Gerrit Messiaen studied Communication Sciences at the University of Ghent. After an apprenticeship as screenwriter with the VRT television fiction department, he worked two years as a producer for Frans Buyens and Lydia Chagoll. In 1996 he directed “A journey with Paul Cox”, a documentary portrait of the Australian filmmaker Paul Cox. “A journey with Paul Cox “was distributed by Films Transit (Montreal) and New Video (New York). The film was invited to several international film festivals (Sydney, Brisbane, Istanbul, Utrecht, Brussels, Lisbon, Dublin). In 1998 Gerrit Messiaen directed with Peter Krüger a short documentary “The dance of Roberte”, for the ARTE special evening “Saturday night in Europe”. “Until my last Breath”, a documentary portrait of the Belgian film director Frans Buyens, won an award for the best Belgian documentary at the Film Festival of Brussels 2000 (Henri Storck award). Gerrit Messiaen’s first feature film “Hide and seek” was selected for the Ghent Film Festival (2002) and won an award for “Best European Film” at the international film festival in Siena (Italy) in 2003. His film, “Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself” (2013) is a film about the essence of the work and life of one of the most important photographers of architecture of the 20th century. The film won the best Documentary award at Arquiteturas first edition. His most recent film is about the color photography pioneer and Magnun member, Harry Gruyaert.


Tiago Oliveira

Tiago Cardoso de Oliveira is an architect, university professor and researcher in architecture.

He graduated in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1988, obtained the Master’s degree from the same university in the area of ​​History and Theory of Architecture in 1998 and the degree of Research Sufficiency in the area of ​​Architectural Projects by the University of Valladolid in 2003. In 2015 he obtained the degree of Doctor in the specialty of Theory and Practice of the Project by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon.

At the beginning of his career he collaborated in ateliers of reference architects such as Manuel Tainha (1988/89 and 1991/92) and Vítor Figueiredo (1992), and began his activity as a designer in liberal profession in 1990. He has constructed works, some of them published or exposed nationally and internationally.

Throughout his career he taught at several universities, mainly in the areas of Project and Theory and History of Architecture. He has also participated in conferences in the university context and published articles in books and journals of the specialty.

He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Integrated Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Beira Interior, an effective researcher at the Arnaldo Araújo Study Center and a member of the Southern Regional Council of the Order of Architects for the 2017-2019 triennium.

Isabel Barbas

Develops a multifaceted work in the fields of painting, drawing, light art, urban art, installation, design and architecture. In 2004 founded studio in Madrid realizing numerous installations in public space. In 2008 returned to Lisbon and founded MAGstudio (Material, Atmosphere; Gravity) performing artistic and design projects resulting from the crossing of various artistic strategies. Focusing on public space, investigates issues related to participation, memory and citizenship troughout out ephemeral spacial installations and light installations that reclaim from the public different meanings of perception.


In the last years, the artistic works (paintings, drawings and objects) investigate what we could call systems of perceptions. She has several works awarded in competitions and presented in conferences, exhibitions and national and international publications. Since 2010 she has developed teaching positions at the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technology of the University Lusófona in Lisbon and has conducted international and national workshops.