ALEXANDRA CARDOSO (Senior Researcher)

Alexandra Cardoso is an architect (1994) by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal. As a researcher, she began her work with Pedro Vieira de Almeida in 1996, in the field of architectural theory and criticism, being an affiliated researcher of Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo (CEAA) since 1999, of which she was Director between 2003 and 2010. Her main research has been focusing on vernacular architecture as a source of ‘genuine’ information for further approaches in the field of architectural research (housing typologies, rural habitat, Modern Movement, regionalism, identities), since her participation in the research project The ‘Popular Architecture in Portugal’. A Critical Look (2010-2013)

Alexandra Cardoso was involved in national and international research projects in which she had the opportunity to foster her fields of interest: Photography, Modern Architecture and the “School of Oporto”: Interpretations around Teófilo Rego Archive” (2013-2015) Southern Modernisms (2014-2015) ; Portuguese Participation in CIAM X (2014)

She is co-editor of the books: To and Fro: Modernism and Vernacular Architecture / edited by Joana Cunha Leal Maria Helena Maia and Alexandra Cardoso. Porto: CEAA, 2013, 240 pg (ISBN: 978-972-8784-47-8); Surveys on Vernacular Architecture. Their Significance in 20th Century Architectural Culture: conference proceedings / edited by Alexandra Cardoso, Joana Cunha Leal and Maria Helena Maia. Porto: CEAA, 2012, 554 pg. (ISBN: 978-972-8784-40-9)

Alexandra Cardoso is one of the person in charge of organizing the CEAA’s homemade exhibitions.