: luísa alpalhão :

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: luísa alpalhão :

luisa@atelierurbannomads.org

(b.1984, Lisbon) is a London and Lisbon based architect & artist and founding member of the architecture, art & design platform atelier urban nomads. Her work focuses on creating informal, playful and participative projects that vary in scale, representation methods and format. Linked by the way they investigate and analyse misused urban spaces so that through the process of reclaiming those derelict urban niches new socio-cultural links can be established between local people of all ages and backgrounds. These projects help developing new methods and techniques to engage the public/users in the design and construction of the public realm and other spaces of public use in a participative way so that social boundaries and thresholds between private and public spaces become blurred. Luísa is a lecturer in Interior Design at the University of East London and a PhD candidate at the Bartlett, UCL.

PhD by Design, The Bartlett, UCL, London, 2012-2017 with a scholarship from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)
Senior Tutor in Interior Design, School of Architecture, University of East London RIBA Part 3, The Bartlett, UCL, London, July 2010
MA Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, July 2008
BSc(Hons) in Architecture, University of East London, June 2005

LA CV_[ ENG ].2016 | LA CV_[ PT ].2015

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(n.1984, Lisboa) é arquitecta e artista plástica baseada em Lisboa e Londres e a fundadora da plataforma de arquitectura, arte e design atelier urban nomads.  O trabalho de Luísa Alpalhão visa criar projectos de carácter informal, jocoso e participativo com escalas, métodos de representação e formatos variados consoante o objectivo final dos mesmos. Os vários projectos estão inter-ligados pela forma como investigam e analisam espaços urbanos sub-utilizados através de um processo de apropriação desses mesmos nichos estabelecendo novas ligações socio-culturais entre pessoas de faixas etárias e culturas variadas. A diversidade de carácter dos projectos leva a que se criem novos métodos e técnicas de interacção com o público/utilizadores no processo de design e construção de espaços públicos e outros espaços de utilização pública de uma forma participativa desmistificando barreiras sociais e atenuando as diferenças entre espaços privados e espaços públicos. Luísa é docente no curso de Design de Interiores na Faculdade de Arquitectura da University of East London e bolseira de Doutoramento da FCT na Bartlett, UCL.

Doutoramento em Arquitectura pelo ramo de Design, 2012-2016, The Bartlett, UCL, Londres, 2012-2016, bolseira da Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

Tutora Senior em Design de Interiores, Faculdade de Arquitectura, University of East London

RIBA Parte 3, The Bartlett, UCL, Londres, Julho 2010

Mestrado em Arquitectura, Royal College of Art, Londres, Jullho 2008

BSc(Hons) em Arquitectura, University of East London, Junho 2005

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// Education //

2012 > 2017 (ongoing) |

| PhD by Design in Architecture, The Bartlett, University College of London with a scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal

2010 |

| ARB Registration, London

RIBA Part 3, The Bartlett, University College of London

2006 > 2008 |

| MA Royal College of Art in Architecture & Interiors, London with Upper Pass in Cultural & Historical Studies on the written thesis [ tempo … ]

2002 > 2005 |

| BSc (Hons) Architecture, University of East London, 2.1

// Teaching Experience //

2013 > ongoing |

Senior Tutor, Interior Design, School of Architecture, University of East London

2015 |

Summer Challenge, The Bartlett, University College of London

2015 |

Collaborative Workshop between University of East London and ISTE School of Architecture, Lisbon

2006 > ongoing |

Guest critic at the University of East London; Architectural Association; Southbank University; University of Westminster; University of Bedfordshire; The Bartlett, University College of London; Oxford Brookes University

// Projects & Architectural Practice //

ongoing | 

| PhD research thesis : [ Urban nomads ] participatory practices for the making of public spaces in Portugal (provisory title)

| [ outros espaços ] : Participatory Urban Strategy | Beja Municipality, Portugal

| [ stabburgueiros ] : Community Centre | Kunstnartun & Leveld Skule,

Leveld, Al, Norway, 

| [ mirror conspiracy ] : Photography | Japan

| [ beleza atípica ] : Photography | Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, Portugal

2015 |

| [ takeuma no aida no kagee ] : Shadow Puppetry & Performance | Oruta, Okinawa, Japan

2014 |

[ takeuma no aida no kagee ] : Shadow Puppetry & Performance | Oruta, Okinawa, Japan

2013 |

| [ jogos de rua ] : Participatory Urban Intervention | BipZip, CML, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ a linha ] : Participatory Urban Intervention | BipZip, CML, Lisbon, Portugal

2011 |

| [ table for 100’s ] : Art Installation : Residency | Konya 2023, Fukuoka, Japan

| [ alfacinhas ] : Art Installation & Opening Event | Centro das Artes Culinárias, Lisbon, Portugal

| founded atelier urban nomads

2010 |

| [ hortas de lisboa ] : Research Project on illegal allotments | Lisbon, Portugal

| [ estórias andantes ] : Puppetry & Performance | Museu da Marioneta,

EGEAC, Lisbon, Portugal

2006-10 |

| SCABAL | Architect, London, UK

2006 |

| muf architecture/art | Architectural Assistant, London, UK

2005-06 |

| The Architecture Foundation | Office Manager, London, UK

2005 |

| What Architecture | Internship, London, UK

2004-05 |

| Arquitectura & Vida | journalist / London Correspondent, Lisbon, Portugal

2004 |

| One Architecture | Internship, Amsterdam, Holland

2003-04 |

| London Open House | voluntary at the Millennium School, St. Matthew’s Church and UCL, London, UK

// Exhibitions //

2016 |

| [ conspiração dos espelhos | mirror conspiracy ] : Photography | Centro Cultural de Cascais / Embaixada do Japão, Portugal

| [ stabburgueiros ] : Project Development | Leveld Kunstnartun, Leveld, Al, Norway

| [ outros espaços] : Art Installation & Project Development | Beja, Portugal

| [ beleza atípica ] : Photography | Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, Portugal (date tba)

2015 |

| [ tour de France through Hackney Eyes ] : Photography | London, UK (date tba)

2014 |

| [ guardadores do campo ] : Video & Photography | Hexagonal Ruins,

Hackney Wicked Festival, London, UK

2013/14 |

| We Traders | [ a linha ] : Participatory Urban Intervention | Goethe Institute, Turin, Toulouse, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels and Lisbon

2013 |

| [ a linha ] : Participatory Urban Intervention | BIP/ZIP MUDE, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ jogos de rua ] : Participatory Urban Intervention | Energia BIP/ZIP MUDE,

Lisbon, Portugal

| [ on the road ] & [ a linha ] : Participatory Urban Intervention & Research |

Cities Methodologies, University College of London, UK

2012 |

| [ fila’n’tropia ] : Art Installation | Round The Corner, Lisbon, Portugal

2011 |

| [ table for 100’s ] : Art Installation : Residency | Konya 2023, Fukuoka, Japan

| [ chilreios urbanos ] : Art Installation | Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ alfacinhas ] : Art Installation & Opening Event | Centro das Artes Culinárias, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ passeios fotográficos ] : Photography with Children | Ordem dos Arquitectos, Lisbon, Portugal

2010 |

| [ population flow ] : Art Installation | Hackney Wicked, London, UK

| [ 30 days of storytelling ] : Art Installation | Pages of Hackney London, UK

& Biblioteca Orlando Ribeiro, Lisbon, Portugal

2008 |

| [ where shall we meet ] : Video | Hong Kong and Shenzen Bi-City Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, Hong Kong

2007-08 |

| [ baron on the trees ] & [ no one belongs here more than you ] : Illustration | Oberon Books Prizes, London, UK

// Talks, Workshops & Conferences //

2016 |

| Participation and Apathy at the conference Creative Placemaking and Beyond

| American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, San Francisco, USA

| A critical view on participatory processes for the making of other spaces at the conference Culture in Urban Space | Island dDynamics, Copenhagen, Denmark

| Towards long-term transformation at the conference Art, Time and the City

| ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ atelier urban nomads ] | The Lisbon Consortium, Universidade Católica, Lisbon, Portugal

| [ Outros Espaços ], PhD Architecture Programme, Architecture School ISCTE, Lisbon

2015 |

| [ atelier urban nomads ] | Social Practices Series of Lectures, Luton,

University of Bedfordshire

| [ outros espaços ] | Urban Lab Conference, Berlin, Technical University

| [ outros espaços ] | Rencontres Art-Politiques, Gongle, Paris

2014 |

| [ a linha ] & [ jogos de rua ] | We Traders, Goethe Institute,

Turin, Toulouse & Lisbon

| [ stabburgueiros ] | Leveld Kunstnartun, Leveld, Al

| [ atelier urban nomads ] | Oruta, Okinawa

2013 |

| [ atelier urban nomads ] | Evening Series of Lectures, University of East London

| [ a linha ] | Conversas, Lisbon

| [ atelier urban nomads ] | Urban Parliament, Lisbon Architecture Triennial

2012 |

| [ table for 100’s ] | Centro das Artes Culinárias, Lisbon

2011 |

| [ table for 100’s ] | Konya 2023, Fukuoka

// Publications & Published Articles //

2016 |

| Informal Structures, in-between contemporary vernacular and participatory architectural interventions, an eulogy to making | Marginalia in sITA – studies in History and Theory of Architecture, University of Bucharest, Romania

| conspiração dos espelhos | Público, Portugal

| [ conspiração dos espelhos ], Centro Cultural de Cascais / Embaixada do Japão,  Portugal

2015 |

| sharing and public spaces | Roma Spazio Publicco Biennale, Italy

2014 |

| Lærer om stabbur | Hallingdolen, Norway

2013 |

| [ a linha ] & [ jogos de rua ] | Dentro de Ti ao Cidade, BipZip / MUDE, Portugal

| Práticas Emergentes | Arq.a, Portugal

| [ one of many recipes for socially engaging projects ]

| Social Design Public Action, S.L.U.M. Lab Magazine, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2012 |

| [ a linha ] | Agenda Cultural de Lisboa, CML, Portugal

| [ table for 100s ] | Public Places, Gestalten, Germany

| [ Invisible Markings, an ad hoc presence of sports in urban fabrics ],

| Aldiri Arkitektura, Basque Country

| [ table for 100s ] | Revista Punkto, Portugal

2011 |

| [ table for 100s ] | Designboom

| [ hortas urbanas ] | Gorgulho, Portugal

| [ 30 days of storytelling ] | CineQuaNon, Portugal

2008 |

| [ where shall we meet? ] | RCA Graduation Show Catalogue, Royal College of Art, UK

2004-05 |

| various articles for the monthly Portuguese architecture publication

‘Arquitectura & Vida’ | Portugal

// Prizes and Scholarships //

2016 |

| The Bartlett Conference Fund Award, UK

2014 > ongoing |

| PhD Scholarship from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal

2008 |

| Nominated for the award ‘ Design for Our Future Selves’,

Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, UK

2007 |

| Illustration Prize, Oberon Books, UK