Keynote Speakers


José Pinto Duarte holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (FA / UTL), a Masters in Design Enquiry and a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT, USA. He is currently Full Professor at FA / ULisboa (on leave of absence) and at Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Penn State, where he holds the Chair in Design Innovation and directs of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing. He was Professor and Researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST / UTL) and Visiting Scientist at MIT.

At FA, Duarte was coordinator of the PhD in Architecture and member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD in Urbanism and the school’s Scientific Council. At IST he was the coordinator of IST’s Architecture Section and founder of IST Architecture Research Laboratories (ISTAR Labs). At MIT, he worked on the Changing Places project (former House_n) as coordinator of the Mass Customization of Housing project and member of the Living Labs project. His main research interests are the customization of production in architecture, urban planning and design and the development of design and manufacturing methods based on new technologies

sophia psarra

Professor Sophia Psarra (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) researches on aspects of spatial morphology, geometry, spatial cognition, cultural meaning and architectural intent. Her most recent research focuses on the architectural morphology of spatial assemblies and the relationship between space and power. In 2020-21, she convened two conferences on Parliament Buildings (in collaboration with the UCL European Institute), at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She is the author of The Venice Variations (UCL Press 2018), addressing cities and buildings as multi-authored processes of formation alongside authored projects of individual design intention.

Her book Architecture and Narrative (Routledge, 2009) explores the relationship between design conceptualization, spatial narrative and human cognition. Her edited book The Production Sites of Architecture (Routledge 2019) investigates the processes of knowledge production in the design, publication and experience of buildings.

Sophia is the Director of History and Theory PhD stream at The Bartlett School of Architecture and has taught undergraduate/graduate studios and seminars at The Bartlett, University of Michigan (2005-2011), Cardiff University (1997-2004) and the University of Greenwich (1992-1997).

Her research has been funded by the NSF (USA), Leverhulme Trust, UCL Grand Challenges, the University of Michigan and the Onassis Foundation. Sophia has taught and lectured internationally at The University of Michigan, Columbia University, Syracuse University, Cardiff University, The University of Kent, The University of Sydney, Tokyo Denki University, The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, The University of Greenwich, The University of Bologna, IUAV Venice, Gratz University of Technology, The National Technical University of Athens, The University of Thessaly and The University of Crete in Greece.

She has collaborated with cultural institutions on layout design, exhibition concept and visitors’ experience (The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York, The Natural History Museum, London). Her design work was exhibited in Venice Biennale, the George Pompidou Centre, NAI Rotterdam, RIBA London, Berlin, Milan and Athens, Greece in the context of two first prizes in EUROPAN architectural competition and in the Venice Biennale (1991).


Pilar Chías Navarro holds a PhD in Architecture, and is Full Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture (2007-2020) at the University of Alcalá.

She is a member of the Spanish National Agency for Quality in Higher Education (CNEAI-ANECA); until 2018 was responsible for architecture in the coordination team of the Area of Civil Engineering and Architecture in the National Agency for Research of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (AEI).

She is a specialist in Cultural Heritage study, analysis and documentation, and is leading currently the research team ‘‘Built Heritage and Sustainable Architecture’’ (University of Alcala).
She is a member of the Working Group on Spanish Spatial Data Infrastructures (IDEE), and the Working Group on INSPIRE for the Spanish Cultural Heritage (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España).
In 2018 she was awarded the Golden Medal by the Unione Italiana per il Design in Milan (Italy), and the honorary position of WIT Fellow of The Wessex Institute of Technology (Southampton, United Kingdom) in 2020.