Porto Design Summer School



Nuno Grande – Architecture lecture and city visit

Born in Luanda, Angola (1966) Nuno Grande obtained his degree in Architecture at the University of Porto in 1992 and his PhD, in 2009, at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra (DARQ/FCTUC), where he teaches as Assistant Professor. His PhD thesis is focused on the relationship between Culture, City and Architecture, and especially on the role of great cultural facilities within the urban regeneration process.

Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, since 2006, on the Urbanistics course. Coordinator, since 2010, of the Curatorial Studies Masters Course, at Colégio das Artes, University of Coimbra. Member of the Culture, Cities and Architecture Department at the Social Studies Centre (CES), University of Coimbra. Responsible for the Cultural Programming on Architecture and City, in Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture. Cultural Department Coordinator  for the Association of Portuguese Architects, Nothern section (Orden dos Arquitectos, Secçao Regional Norte). Member of the Portuguese Section of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art (AICA).

He is curator of the exhibition Europa. Arquitectura Portuguesa em emissão at the 1st Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 7th São Paulo Architecture Biennale, both in 2007, and curator of the exhibition The Urban Being. On the trails of Nuno Portas, for Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture.

Author and editor of the following essays: O Verdadeiro Mapa do Universo: uma leitura diacrónica da cidade portuguesa (Edarq, 2002) on the evolution of Portuguese Cities; Arquitectura & Não (Caleidoscópio, 2005), a selection of his own texts; Cidade-Sofia, Cidades Universitárias em debate (Edarq, 2005), a compilation of different expert approaches on European University Cities; MuseuMania, Museus de Hoje, Modelos de Ontem (Fundação de Serralves/Público, 2009), a worldwide survey on recent Museums and Art Centres; and The Urban Being. On the trails of Nuno Portas, a survey about the work of the renown Portuguese architect.

Nuno Grande writes occasionally for architectural publications published in Portugal (JA, Arq/a), Spain (El Croquis, Arquitectura Viva, 2G), Switzerland (wb+w), Croatia (Oris), France (L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui), Holland (A10) and Japan (A+U). 

In 2008, together with other colleagues, he created a collective architectural design studio – Pedra Líquida (Liquid Stone) – as a complement of his academic and critical work and as a professional co-authorship platform with other studios.