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Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa

Website - http://www.fa.utl.pt/

The Faculty of Architecture (FA) is a university institution dedicated to teaching, research and the provision of services in the fields of Architecture, Urbanism and Design. Its origin goes back to the Royal Academy of Beaux Arts founded in 1836. In 1925 it became the Lisbon School of Beaux Arts and an institution for higher education in 1950. In 1979 was integrated in the Technical University of Lisbon. FA offers 1st degrees in Architecture and Urbanism, Design, Fashion Design and Scenography, with 2nd, master degrees and specialisations in the same and additional fields such as interior design, urban planning and urban management, communication, fashion and product design, as well as doctoral degrees in Architecture, Urbanism and Design. In 2010 the number of students doing 1st and 2nd Bologna degrees was 1800, in master and post graduate courses 300 and around 150 doing doctoral courses. Teaching staff is 180, of which 80 have PhD. For teaching and research FA has privileged partnerships and protocols with universities and public and private entities. Research is organized through units. The main one is CIAUD – Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design, created May 2006, rated by FCT in 2008 as a research unit of excellence, promoting the production, development and innovation in science, technology and arts. CIAUD had in 2010 45 permanent members holding PhDs and integrates other researchers and all FA teaching staff willing to participate in its activities.

Research and education are closely intertwined in the Technical University of Lisbon, where research completes and supports the educational mission by creating up-to-date knowledge and adding a global dimension to the educational process.

All of TUL’s Schools are strongly involved in applied research projects, in technological development and innovation, and in fundamental research. Most research takes place within Research Centers and Institutes, accredited in the national science system (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia), and have critical mass and material resources for sustainable development in the various fields of their research programs. Several of these units are research references in the scientific community and have international recognition.

The potential for interdisciplinary research at TUL has been increasingly explored in the development of new areas of research and new professional post-graduate training. TUL and their professors and researchers have played a key role in defining strategies and research policies at national level and in some cases European-wide.

Many of the research projects are multidisciplinary and have an international dimension, particularly at European level. Links with various economic and industrial sectors are established, both nationally and in Europe, and partnerships are operational. Increasing the capacity to transform the results of research and scientific and technological developments into economic and industrial achievements is a strategic goal of TUL.


The PhD Program in Architecture and Urban Planning, both participating to the AUSMIP+ partnership aims to develop a deeper knowledge in several areas of expertise related to Architecture and Urban Planning, and which may be regarded as of interest to research, lecturing and professional practices related to the AUSMIP+ main research themes. The course of doctorate in architecture intends to develop the capacity to undertake research in the field of architecture taking into account the factors that interfere in the formation of knowledge and complexity of the several aspects that contribute to the disciplinary training, in this regard, the possibility for faculty, PhD and Post-doc’s to incorporate a period of research at any of the AUSMIP+ partners would greatly benefit TUL’s research, and educational doctoral programs.

At TUL, PhD students are to develop an original argument, framed in the theme of architecture, identifying the issues that want to answer and, on the knowledge and the development of hypotheses, find innovative and original answers. The AUSMIP+ program should enhance opportunities for both outgoing and incoming participants to formulate innovative answers to the complexity of the profession today. At the completion of the research, supported by the AUSMIP+ program, a PhD Diploma in Architecture or Urban Planning should emerge whith a distinctive added value.

At TUL, PhD research is organized along the following criteria:

Research methodology: common program of study units of the five doctorate specificities where are described the various methods of investigation urban planning and architecture. 
Seminars on project thesis: The research seminar is to assist the student in preparing his project thesis and is common to the five specialties of doctoral course.  The ensuing project thesis is the proof of scientific measurements.

Accomodation of AUSMIP+ mobility

TUL will assist AUSMIP+ mobility with accommodation, and specially incoming PhD’s will be appointed a ‘buddy’ to ensure social integration. The exisiting study visits specific for Ausmip-R&DaR students/faculty, will also be open to AUSMIP+ participants. These are organized and scheduled each semester, providing an oriented and accompanied overview of both the city of Lisbon and the Faculty of Architecture facilities. Field study trips to project sites are accompanied by an English speaking tutor.

TUL has free Portuguese classes available for all visiting researchers participating to TUL’s mobility programs or partnerships.  Incoming AUSMIP+ participants therefore can enroll the classes of different levels of the language.

Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, local coordinator prof. Carlos Coelho, cdcoelho.luotp@gmail.com

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