Publication date: 13-04-2016 15:10
After completing in 2009 my PhD thesis, exploring the compromises in between Architecture and Landscape, jumping from the urban fabric to a wide understanding of the territorial responsibilities of architecture, I was approached by my dear colleague and friend José António Bandeirinha, inviting me to be part of an initiative emerging (EfS) inside our university. Even not being a founder member, I feel, since the very beginning, to have been part of it since always. Slightly later I took the responsibility for the Environment and Space Organization course that I’m still lecturing today, together with the complicity of some fellow colleagues and friends of the Department of Architecture. This course is included in the educational framework of the EfS Initiative and addresses three alternative formation scenarios: PhD (MIT-Portugal Program) degree in Sustainable Energy Systems; Master’s degree in Energy for Sustainability; and Advanced Studies in Energy for Sustainability.
EfS Initiative is a multidisciplinary academic environment that provides holistic base opportunity for current research. Moreover, the permanent contact with highly motivated and qualified students attracted from all around the world, that share different educational backgrounds, geographical origins and cultures, provides dialogs in class that are open minded and extraordinarily enriching, both for them and to me. I am fully convinced that the course unit Environment and Space Organization that is now being lectured is an invaluable contribution for students’ formation as current worldwide researchers. As a teacher of the EfS Initiative I've also been given the opportunity to participate in the coordination board and the communication committee. Again, this has been an opportunity to work together with brilliant colleagues from different scientific backgrounds, being a great source of human and professional enrichment for me.
Besides my commitments in the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology I’m also a researcher at CES | Coimbra (Associate Laboratory), a multidisciplinary research and development center that explores a humanistic approach to technological and artistic subjects, through the research group | Cities, Cultures and Architecture. The Energy For Sustainability Initiative | UC currently represents a very important part of my work, and I keep being member of the Scientific Coordination and Management Committee (CCCG), and also the Communication Committee (CCom) that manages the internal and external visibility of this very unique program inside the UC. I am also supervising a small group of students and I am involved in some research projects that emerged from conversations and common research interests between several EfS colleagues.
Being an architect, I think that Energy Efficient Buildings, Smart Cities and Sustainable Development have never been so demanding and urgent factors for societies. Present times are exciting times, although they bring along extraordinary challenges. Energy and Efficiency are important basic subjects that uphold all possible future improvements. Architecture, seen as a broad and opened thematic area, stands as a fundamental support for a real Sustainable Development, based on true quality of life for people.
Presently, I see 2009 as having been an year of timeless opportunities and I am thrilled to be part of this fascinating adventure.