After having completing her intitial secondary school studies in the French language at the Lycée Charles Lepierre, she took a degree in Landscape Architecture at the Higher Institute for Agronomy (ISA). With the assistance of a Fulbright-ITT scholarship she completed a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at MIT with results which won her the “Student Honor Award of the American Society of Architects”, and completed complementary studies at Harvard University. She obtained a Doctorate and Aggregation at Lisbon Technical University and has taught at the ISA since 1989. She was Director of the Ajuda Botanical Gardens, where she led a variety of projects that won numerous awards. In 2005 the French Government awarded her the Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She is also the author of many books on historical gardens and landscape architecture and has had her work published in specialist journals in Europe and the United States. She was nominated as an international member of ICOMOS (UNESCO), of which she is the only Portuguese member, and founded the Portuguese Association of Gardens and Historical Sites, of which she is the current President.