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Sara Silva Lopes

Assistant Researcher

research interests

Architecture; Urbanism; Spatial planning; Urban studies; Urban Morphology; Housing; Urban habitat; Right to the city and housing;

Short Bio

Sara Silva lopes is an Architect who graduated at Iscte, University of Lisbon (2015) and is currently working on her PhD thesis in Urban Studies at FCSH.NOVA and Iscte.IUL (2020), with the project "Morfologias e Dinâmicas de Habitação: O impacto da dimensão espacial das políticas públicas de habitação no território metropolitano de Lisboa durante a Democracia" (working title).


Urban and architectural design collaboration carried out in architectural studios between 2016 and 2019, sought to expand her knowledge in the various approaches to transforming the public spaces and the living conditions in cities, and typological solutions, design approaches and technical conditions of housing. Her experience in the issues of housing, public equipment and public space, acquired both through scientific research and professional experience, has contributed to a multidisciplinary and integrated perspective of the ongoing research topics: : Representations of public policies on architecture and territory; Transformations of the Metropolis and Housing; Spatial Planning and Socio-Spatial Intervention; and Urban Morphology.


As an early career researcher and PhD student, she has already published or is about to publish as a co-author 2 articles in indexed journals, 1 book (Atlas), 4 book chapters, participated in dissemination of research works in national and international conferences, with presentations and papers in conference proceedings and was a member of the organizing committee of an international conference. Her final coursework and master's dissertation were distinguished with an honourable mention in the Archiprix Portugal 2016 award, which annually distinguishes the best final coursework and master's dissertations presented in the areas of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture.

Current projects

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