HELENA MAIA (Principal investigator)

Maria Helena [Texeira] Maia holds an MA in History – Art and Archeology (University of Oporto, Portugal) and a PhD in Modern Architecture and Restoration (University of Valladolid, Spain). She is a full-time tenured assistant professor and deputy-director at ESAP – Escola Superior Artística do Porto [Oporto University School of Arts], which is owned by CESAP – Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Artística do Porto. Since 1984, she has taught several curricular unities of the scientific areas of Architecture, Architectural History, Architectural Theory and Criticism, Art Theory and Criticism. She was deputy-director (1985; 1999-2003) and co-coordinator (1985-87; 1998-99) of ESAP’s Architecture Master Program, and president [by successive elections] of the ESAP’s scientific council (2002-2015).

Maria Helena Maia is an affiliated researcher of CESAP’s Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo since 1999. After the CEAA was recognized as a FCT research unit (nº 4041) in 2007, she assumed its scientific coordination and became the principal investigator of the Theory, Criticism and History of Architecture group, currently the Architectural Studies research group. In 2011, she was appointed director of CEAA.

She was PI of the FCT research project Popular Architecture in Portugal. A Critical Look (2010-2013), and team member of the projects Photography, Modern Architecture and the “School of Oporto”: Interpretations around Teófilo Rego Archive (2013-2015) and Southern Modernisms (2014-2015).

Maria Helena Maia organized several international conferences linked to the research projects she is involved in, among which: Surveys on Vernacular Architecture. Their significance in 20th century architectural culture (May 2013), Dramatic Architectures. Places of Drama – Drama for Places (November 2014), Southern Modernisms. Critical stances through regional appropriations (February 2015); Photography & Modern Architecture (2015); Revisiting Post-CIAM Generation. Debates, proposals and intellectual framework (2019).