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The edition 2019/2020 of the PhD Program is interdisciplinar and it aims to question and rethink architecture beyond its limits, as an exercise committed to contemporary problems. Therefore, the PhD Program opens in a transversal area to t​he three specialty areas of our PhD Program: City and Territory, Construction and Technology and Architectural Culture. This is the main difference with respect to previous editions.

"It is not enough to make "for", it is necessary to do "with"; with people, with earth and water, with the prosaic and with the Erudite. This implies a huge challenge for both the academy and candidates wishing to be involved in this change. In this way, the PhD Program embraces the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations (ODS) to transform our world", says Cidália Silva, PhD Program Director and Assistant Professor at EAUM.

Students selected to attend this PhD course will also be part of the 'Landscape, Heritage and Territory Laboratory' (Lab2PT), a Research Unit rated Excellent in the latest I&D Unit evaluation process undertaken by FCT in 2019.

Lab2PT is an interdisciplinary Laboratory with researchers in the scientific fields of Archeology, Architecture and Urbanism, Design, Geography, Geology, History and Visual Arts. Brought together in three research groups, Landscapes and Societies (LandS), Design and Technology (DeTech) and Space and Representation (SpaceR), Lab2PT members promote broad interaction by generating an internal and international knowledge sharing network. ( 

In order to meet its goals, the edition 2019/2020 is supported by renowned researchers from different disciplinary areas and coordinators of ongoing Research Projects at Lab2PT. By exploring this synergy, PhD students will have opportunities to integrate these and other projects, thus promoting research that is intended to be increasingly robust and collective.


The teaching staff of this edition is part of a panel of prestigious international researchers. At this point, we would like highlight the interns professors at UMinho:

André Tavares (Lab2PT), Coordinator of “Codfish Architecture” and A&BM - The Sea and the Shore, Architecture and Marine Biology: The Impact of Sea Life on the Built Environment” projects ( ), with FCT funding;
Isabel Soares (CIPsi/EP), national coordinator of the ProChild CoLAB Collaborative Laboratory against Poverty and Social Exclusion (, approved by FCT;
Jorge Correia (Lab2PT), Lab2PT Coordinator of the Project “TechNetEMPIRE - Technoscientific Networks in the Construction of the Built Environment in the Portuguese Empire (1647-1871)” ( / en /);
Manuel Sarmento (IE), coordinator of the ProChild CoLAB Collaborative Laboratory against Poverty and Social Exclusion (, approved by FCT;
Paulo Lourenço (ISISE), coordinator of the project “Conservation and rehabilitation of Beira Central Station / Mozambique” funded by the Getty Foundation; (
Paula Remoaldo (Lab2PT), Project Coordinator “CREATOR - Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas” ( , with FCT funding;
 Paulo Cruz (Lab2PT), Project Coordinator “KERAMOS - Additive Manufacturing of Innovative and Multifunction Ceramic Products for Architectural Systems” (, with FCT funding, in the framework of MIT-Portugal programme.