Integrated Phd Researcher

Alexandra Saraiva

research interests

Architecture, Representation, City and Territory

Short Bio

Alexandra Saraiva (Vila Nova de Gaia, 1972) Architect (1995) and Master of Architecture (2008) by Lusíada University of Oporto. PhD in Architecture by University of Coruña (2011). Professor at Lusíada University of Oporto, since 1996. Master's thesis adviser in architecture. Researcher (2007-2015) at the Territory, Architecture and Design Research Center (CITAD), with published articles in international conferences context. In 2015 integrates DINÂMIA'CET IUL-ISCTE, as post-doctoral researcher. Facilitators of the ITL, Creative and Participative Lives in Empowered Societies, with Andrea Pavoni. Since September 2018, I am part of the Center for Documentation and Research in architectural culture (CICA) of the Marques da Silva Foundation (FIMS), University of Porto, for documentary treatment, Raúl Hestnes Ferreira archive. In 2020 I join the Editorial team for Brazil and Portugal of the ARCHIVOZ MAGAZINE, a free international digital magazine, on archival and / or documentary themes.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

This research will have as main contribution the understanding of the architecture of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, going through the constant triangulation between the Mediterranean, Scandinavian architecture and the work of Louis Kahn, in search of the essentiality of the architecture, crossing this triangulation with the neo-realist universe of his father, José Gomes Ferreira, promoting reading on cultural heritage and European identity. As a postdoctoral fellow of the FCT (SFRH / BPD / 111869/2015) under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Tormenta Pinto, starting in September 2015 and ending in September 2021, for the investigation development of "The monumentality revisited - Hestnes Ferreira, between timeless European and North American classicism (1960-2018)".

​This Research Program is part of the Reflective Societies - cultural heritage and European identity, and thus identifies with the scientific identity of D'C.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

The proposed research plan fits into the overall research strategy of DINÂMIA'CET-IUL, integrating cultural heritage and European identity into reflexive societies. More concretely, Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and thoughtful societies. Emphasizing the cultural heritage and European identity, memory, identity, integration and interaction, and cultural translation, research on the architectural work of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira. And it will contribute to its planned research objectives on the role of Europe in the world and on links and mutual influence between different parts of the globe, as well as an external perspective on European cultures.

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)

Main publications

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 índice Q4

SARAIVA, Alexandra (2019) “Tempo e espaço no Bairro Fonsecas e Calçada, a experiência urbana de Raúl Hestnes Ferreira” in PNUM 2018 A Produção do Território: Formas, Processos, Desígnios, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade do Porto, Porto, pp.899-910, ISBN: 978-989-8527-21-9

SARAIVA, Alexandra, PINTO, Paulo Tormenta (2018) “Between the local and the global - The Pedagogical Experience of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira” in “Teaching through Design”. 2nd RMB Conference, University of Coimbra and Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur, Coimbra, 20182018 | conference-paper

Main projects

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)".

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