Integrated Phd Researcher

Sheila Palomares Alarcón

research interests

Architecture, Architectural History, Building conversion and rehabilitation, Construction History, Industrial Heritage, Urban History.

Short Bio

Sheila Palomares Alarcón hold a MS in Architecture (ETSA-University of Granada, 2007), an International PhD (University of Jaén, 2016 - Research Thesis “Cronista Alfredo Cazabán 2018” Award) and a PhD in History (HERITAS – Heritage studies, University of Évora, 2020).

She is currently a researcher at ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon; Project ReARQ.IB [ERC Starting Grant].

Study visitor at prestigious international centres in Italy, Greece, and Spain; she has been an invited teacher in BA and MS studies and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Évora - CIDEHUS (2021-2022).


Member of the Editorial Staff of the journal MDCCC 1800 (Edizioni Ca`Foscari), she has served on the scientific committee of different international congresses and is an external reviewer for various journals. She has contributed in terms of the dissemination of knowledge to numerous scientific events.

She has published several publications in English, Spanish and Italian and is a member of the Network of Experts of the Campus of International Excellence in Cultural and National Heritage Project (Spain).

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

How can we manage, improve and develop resilient, sustainable communities, without a solid scientific knowledge of our built environment? Our everyday life is framed by a cohort of buildings about which we know very little, or nothing: they are outside of our cultural concerns, even though we reside, work, learn or convalesce in them. Understanding the architecture that shapes our everyday empowers our communities – it enables them to take informed decisions about what to preserve, reuse and replace; how to update and improve their buildings. At a time when resources are dwindling and must be used rationally, repurposing and retrofitting existing buildings is a priority over new construction, everywhere. ReARQ.IB bridges the gap between local communities in Spain and Portugal and their ‘architecture of proximity’.

Main publications

Palomares Alarcón, S. (2022). El ferrocarril como factor determinante al proyectar la arquitectura industrial harinera: el caso andaluz. Tst: Transportes, Servicios y telecomunicaciones, 47, 16-42.

Palomares Alarcón, S. (2020). Pan y aceite. Arquitectura industrial en la provincia de Jaén. Un patrimonio a conservar. Jaén: Diputación Provincial de Jaén. Instituto de Estudios Giennenses.

Palomares Alarcón, S. (2020). From fantasy to reality: adaptive reuse for flour mills in Venice. In Montero, Maria do Rosário & Ming Kong, Mário S. (Editors). Pereira Neto, Maria João (Co-editor). Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy (pp. 173-177). London: Taylor and Francis Group.

Palomares Alarcón, S. (2020). "Marsá" reinforced concrete beams and their application in Spanish agricultural industrial architecture. ICON – Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC), 25, 2, 148-162.

Palomares Alarcón, S. (2020). Arquitectura industrial agroalimentaria: la red de almacenes reguladores de aceite del Sindicato Vertical del Olivo. (1945-1960). Biblio3W Revista Bibliográfica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales. Barcelona: Universidad de Barcelona, 5 de abril de 2020, vol. XXV, nº 1.291

Main projects

2021-2026. ReARQ.IB – Built Environment Knowledge for Resilient, Sustainable Communities: Understanding Everyday Modern Architecture and Urban Design in the Iberian Peninsula (1939-1985), European Research Council ERC Starting Grant (GA949686). PI: Ricardo Costa Agarez (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon).

2018-2020. El proyecto y el ferrocarril en la encrucijada: paisaje urbano y patrimonio industrial en el entorno de las estaciones de la Península Ibérica, 1850-2017, Fundación BBVA. Coordinator: Jordi Martin Henneberg (University of Lleida).

2015-. De Ora a Labora. Los procesos de cambio y las transformaciones espaciales en las tipologías religiosas en espacios de la producción. Coordinators: Julián Sobrino Simal (University of Seville) and Ana Cardoso de Matos (University of Évora-CIDEHUS).

Last update

9 de maio de 2022