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Susana Saraiva

Susana Saraiva

Porto, PT

 

About 

I have a 6 year graduation in architecture from the Faculty of architecture of the University of Porto - FAUP, Portugal (2004) with honors - awarded best student of the year 2004; and one year post-graduation/research at Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, Germany (2010-2011) with recommendation.

My native language is Portuguese and I speak fluently in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

I am experienced in Windows and Mac; microsoft office; autocad, archicad, artlantis, sketch up pro, CS4 (in design, illustrator, photoshop, flash), corral draw and freehand.

My professional experience starts in a Urban Planning Office - Rui Passos Mealha arq. (2002-2003) - where I was part of the architecture team responsible for projects like Resend city urban plan, Torres Vedras city Urban Plan, Albufeira city urban plan competition, University of Porto - sector II "Asprela" - urban plan, Porto city; and Vila do Conde city urban plan, all located in Portugal.
After the presentation of my final thesis for graduating in architecture I worked as an architect for the Research Center of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (CEFA_UP) from 2004 to 2006 where I was responsible for projects like the student residence for the sector II "Asprela" of the University of Porto; student residence for the University of Viseu; kindergarten school Carolina Michaelis, Porto; bar/restaurant in Palácio de Cristal public gardens, Porto; and reconstruction of the St. Domingos Church, Guimarães, developed in association with IPPAR (heritage protection institute).
Since 2002 I also founded my own architecture practice with 2 colleagues - metroquadrado@ - a company dedicated to architecture and graphic design, where we developed several projects for commercial, retail, office and residential. Some examples are "Torres restaurant (2004) - reconstruction of an old house plus addition of new construction, Guimarães, Portugal; "matrioska" house (2008), a single house in Gondomar, Portugal; Burmester headquarters (2009) - office in Leça do Balio, Portugal; "small big AP", apartment refurbishment (2009) Porto, Portugal; Red Bull headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); Hilti headquarters (2011) - transformation of old administrative building into office space; conversion of old weaving factory into Lionesa Business Center (2010), Leça do Balio, Portugal.

I have also participated in several architecture competitions: 6th place - competition "beach surveillance structure - arquitectura e vida magazine"; 4th - competition Tektonica 08 - "itinerant village for a green community"; and 6th place - competition for "Art Center Graça Morais", Bragança, Portugal.

The work I developed as chief architect at metroquadrado® has been selected for publication in specialized online magazines such as ArchDaily and PlusMood amongst others, as well as published in books like I-Space vol. 4, Archiworld publisher; Interior Design magazine April 2012 issue; Joy Office Design III, BySpace publisher; and We Made publisher.

I have lectured at the Architectural Association (AA) London (January 2011) and at the Bauhaus auditorium, Dessau (February 2011)

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, DE, architect/researcher

-Research on the Bata System – Production, Architecture, Urban Planning, Social Engineering, Media;
-Research Junkers Physical City, Dessau (Junkers was an industrial that settled in Dessau, Germany and promoted housing for workers – comparison with the Bata System);
-Bata East Tilbury – Regional Context – How does the company towns relates to its surroundings and the country at the time and today – effects of the settlement, evolution, present physical, social and economical reality;
-Preparing travelling exhibition - "City inc. Bata Cities - Corporate Towns" Part of Curatorial Team;
-Preparing travelling exhibition – “City inc. Bata Cities – Corporate Towns” Part 02 “The Production of 80 Cities” (storage shelf of late 19th century and early 20th century main breakthroughs in terms of production, architecture, urban planning, social engineering and media; representation of an assembly line to represent the main components of the “Bata System”)
-Field trip to East Tilbury, London to former Bata Company Town: analysis of urban layout, classification and characterization of every building, inter- views with locals, research on Bata East Tilbury archive, Grays Council archive and British Library; photographic and video record; interview with English Heritage Joanna Smith and architecture office responsible for urban plan for the area Allies&Morrison;
-Lecture at AA: architectural association London;
-Lecture at Bauhaus Fondation auditorium.

Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
 

IDStore - International Design Store, Porto, PT, creative consultant

-Support to the selection of new products/brands/artists according to the companies mission to be represented by ID Store;
-Supervision of creative design proposals;
-Quality control;
-Management of the relationship between professionals and designers;

Jan 2009 - Oct 2010
 

metroquadrado® - architecture, communication design, web design, Porto, PT, architect

-Conception and development of architecture projects related to all functional areas, scales and phases;
-Conception and development of Competitions and Investigation projects.
-Technical support;
-Client management, Project management;
-Architecture department management;
-Management of the relationship between architects and designers work.

Mar 2002 - Oct 2010
 

CEFA-UP: research center of the Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto, Porto, PT, architect/researcher

-Conception and development of architecture projects related to public residential and educational buildings for several Portuguese universities - student residence for the sector II "Asprela" of the University of Porto; student residence for the University of Viseu; kindergarten school Caro- lina Michaelis, Porto; bar/restaurant at Palácio de Cristal public gardens, Porto;
-Interaction with multidisciplinary teams " engineering, landscape architec- ture, interior architecture;
-Architecture research in collaboration with IPPAR (heritage) - reconstruc- tion of the St. Domingos Church, Guimarães;
-Research on Late Ghotic style church of St. Domingos, Guimarães on site.

Dec 2004 - May 2006
 

Rui Passos Mealha architect, Porto, PT, intern architect

-Part of creative team responsible for the development of projects related to urban planning in different stages;
-Interaction with multidisciplinary teams " structural engineering, land- scape architecture, biology, geography, environment engineering;
-Resend city urban plan, Torres Vedras city Urban Plan, Albufeira city urban plan competition, University of Porto - sector II "Asprela" - urban plan, Porto city; and Vila do Conde city urban plan, all located in Por- tugal.
-Site surveillance with experts team (landscape architects, geographers, engineers) for the project Vila do Conde, Portugal;
-Model Making for the project University of Porto – sector II “Asprela” – Urban Plan;

Sep 2002 - Apr 2003
 

Education 

Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau, DE, Post-Graduation Studies

Bauhaus Kolleg XII - UrbanStudies – “Urban Footprints: Bata Cities”

Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
 

Universidade do Porto, Porto, PT, BArch, architecture

Sep 1997 - Jun 2004
 

Awards 

International architecture competition, Award

6th place awarded by Vila Flor Municipality for the International Architecture Competition: Art Center Graça Morais, Bragança, Portugal.

2009
 

Tektonica 08, Award

4th place awarded by Tektonica 08 for the International Ideas Competition: "Mobile Village for a green community" with the project "Life Container".

2008
 

Best Student - University of Porto, Faculty of Architecture, 1st Place

2004
 

International ideas competition: "Modular Structure for beach surveillance support", Honorable Mention

International Ideas competition organized by "Arquitectura e Vida" magazine

2004
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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