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Integrated Researcher

Alexandra Saraiva

research interests

Architecture, Representation, City and Territory

Short Bio

Alexandra Saraiva (Vila Nova de Gaia, 1972) is an architect (1995), master (2008) and Ph.D. in Architecture (2011). Professor at the Lusíada University of Porto, since 1996. Advisor of master theses integrated in Architecture. Researcher (2007-2015) at the Centre for Research in Territory, Architecture and Design - CITAD. Between 2015 and 2022 joined ISCTE's DINÂMIA'CET-IUL, with FCT Post Doctoral Grant. In April 2022, Alexandra started an individual Grant to Scientific Employment Stimulus - 4th Edition, for the development of the research “Learning from the past: the importance of former housing participatory production for the coming years”, at ISCTE. Her scientific activity focuses on the following areas of research: History of Architecture and Urbanism Contemporaneous in Portugal; Housing; Contemporary architectural and urban heritage in Portugal. Alexandra published several articles in specialized magazines and international conferences and has experience in exhibition curatorship. Since 2022 Alexandra is coeditor, of PASSAGENS, an academic magazine edited by DINAMIA'CET.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Through a historical, social, and cultural approach, the aim of this research is to analyze and illustrate the evolution of participatory architecture in Portugal and its relationship with critical thinking and international practices. To address the question of what we can learn from this creative and socially engaged experience vis-à-vis the dramatic housing crisis that Portugal is currently facing. This research traces the surfacing of participatory social architecture in Portugal, especially focusing on the work of the 4th generation of Portuguese modern architects in relation to the question of housing in post-1974. To respond to the Portuguese Research and Innovation Agenda until 2030, which focuses on the importance of Portuguese architects' works in Portugal and around the world. Based on their experience, find points of contact for successful intervention in Portugal, where even today, the problem of housing continues to be pressing on the national and international agenda.

Main publications

SARAIVA, Alexandra (2022) "Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, the time span of an architectural archive" in Boletim do Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra, VOL. 35 NO. 2 (2022), pp.115-126, ISSN: 0872-5632 (print)
2182-7974 (online) DOI:10.14195/2182-7974_35_2_4
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SARAIVA, Alexandra, (2020) "Hestnes Ferreira's proposal for Amsterdam City Hall Competition: - analyzed in continuity with Louis Kahn" in Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 2020 Volume 44 Issue 2: 138–144, ISSN 2029-7955 / eISSN 2029-7947 DOI:10.3846/jau.2020.12713
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PINTO, Paulo Tormenta, SARAIVA, Alexandra, DELGADO, João Paulo (2020) “Spanish post-war architecture in Portuguese magazines (1946 – 1970) – the cases of A Arquitectura Portuguesa & Cerâmica e Edificação (Reunidas) and Arquitectura” in Histories of Postwar Architecture, vol.4, pp. 116-130, ISSN: 2611-0075 (online) DOI:10.6092/issn.2611-0075/9835
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SARAIVA, Alexandra (2019) “Hestnes Ferreira Between European Timelessness and North American Classicism.” In: Ellyn Lester (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 17.1. Education, Design and Practice – Understanding skills in a Complex World. Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. 17 – 19 June (2019). pp. 150-159 Editor. Ellyn Lester. ISSN 2398-9467

SARAIVA, Alexandra, PINTO, Paulo Tormenta (2018) “El proceso continuo - producción social de la arquitectura de Hestnes Ferreira” in Rita_9, pp.112-119, ISSN(s): 2340-9711 (print) 2386-7027 (online) Identificador SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85046898141 DOI: 10.24192/2386-7027(2018)(v9)(06)

Main projects

"Hestnes Ferreira - Form | Matter | Light"
Curatorial of the exhibition and essays: Hestnes Ferreira: Forma | Matéria | Luz. Curator: Alexandra Saraiva, Co-Curator: Patrícia Bento d'Almeida and Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Casa-Atelier José Marques da Silva, Fundação Marques da Silva, Porto, 11 fevereiro - 29 julho 2023.

2022- 2028 (ongoing)
Alexandra Saraiva - Scientific Employment Stimulus Individual Project "Learning from the past: the importance of former housing participatory production for the coming years"

Documentary contents of the RHF collection, deposited at FIMS, about ISCTE I, Autonomous Wing, INDEG, ISCTE II/ICS and Raul Hestnes Ferreira, all made for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ISCTE. And videos about the architect and the buildings co-authored with Bernardo Miranda, edited by Ana Rita Mateus, from ISCTE's communication office. Available on the page commemorating the 50th anniversary of ISCTE.

SIZA - The Critical Monumentality of Álvaro Siza: Projects of urban renovation after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition (Expo98)

2015 -2022
Post Doctoral FCT (SFRH / BPD / 111869/2015) under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Tormenta Pinto, for the investigation development of "The monumentality revisited - Hestnes Ferreira, between intemporality European and North American classicism (1960-1974)".

Last update

5 de setembro de 2023
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