Interview with the architect Maria Emília Costa

To close the interviews in 2020, we talked today with the architect Maria Emília Costa. She told us about her personal, academic (ESBAL) and professional career, as the first architect in the Municipality of Oliveira de Azeméis.

We thank the architect Maria Emília for her generosity and for the time dedicated to this interview. We hope to meet soon!

Individual PhD scholarship to make women of the SAAL Process visible

The application for FCT's individual doctoral scholarship of the researcher of the W@ARCH.PT project, Lia Gil Antunes, was approved.
Entitled "Women in the SAAL Process (1974-1976): women architects and residents for the right to housing" and under the project W@ARCH.PT, critical historiographical research focuses on the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Ambulatory Service of Local Support - SAAL), a housing process between 1974 and 1976 in Portugal, with a focus on the women who participated in it. The main objective is to understand who and what contributions have been made, on the one hand, by women architects and other professionals and, on the other hand, by women residents involved in the struggle for the right to housing. The depth of interdisciplinary knowledge about SAAL will be expanded and consolidated by making the roles of these women more visible. Research methods will focus on bibliographic review, documentary research and fieldwork. The exclusion and secondary role of women in the History of Architecture requires both a critical evaluation of official historiographical narratives and an anchoring of female characters as active historical subjects. The recovery of their lives and contributions foreshadowed both their actual existence in History and the construction of plural and diverse History of Architecture and Right to Housing.

The supervisors are Professor Jorge Figueira (Darq-UCoimbra) and Professor Patrícia Santos Pedrosa (CIEG / ISCSP-ULisbon and UBI). The host entity is CIEG, at ISCSP-ULisbon.