Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Centre for Architecture welcomes the exhibition “What? When? Why not? Portuguese Architecture” displayed at the Casa’s Gallery between October 29 and April 24, 2022. Curated and designed by Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, it is an output of the research project “(EU)ROPA – Rise of Portuguese Architecture”, funded by FCT and based at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra.


The project’s aim, of which the exhibition is a public revelation, is to identify, problematise and disseminate the concept of “Portuguese architecture” in the national and international contexts, confronting its history, ideas and methods, with a changing world. Although of recurrent use in the architectural debate, and not only, the expression “Portuguese architecture” had several meanings over time and deserved to be seen from various perspectives and in relation to contemporary debates. The aim of the project/exhibition is also to open the discussion to a broad audience, present the theme in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary dimensions, and convene multiple sensitivities.

The exhibition is accompanied by an International Conference, with the same name, which will take place on October 30 at Casa da Arquitectura, and where the project coordinators, Jorge Figueira and Bruno Gil, and the nuclear researchers, Ana Vaz Milheiro, Carlos Machado e Moura, Carolina Coelho, Eliana Sousa Santos, Gonçalo Canto Moniz, José António Bandeirinha, Luís Miguel Correia, Nuno Grande, Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, Rui Lobo, will present the ongoing investigation.


Hans Ibelings is the keynote speaker, presenting peripheral and central cultures in the context of European architecture.

Cristiane Muniz, Director of Escola da Cidade and Fernando Viégas, president of Associação Escola da Cidade in São Paulo, will close the meeting.