Marta Belo

Graphic designer and researcher based in Lisbon. Graduated in Education, studied illustration at Ar.Co, and investigated the concept of the Designer as Player in her MA project in Graphic Design at ESAD.CR School of Arts and Design Caldas da Rainha. She works predominantly in commissioned and self-initiated projects in book and editorial design, identity design, visual arts and design research. Marta is also interested in speculative visual research and learning through exploratory projects that allow her to investigate the intersection of design with other fields of knowledge, especially art, science and pedagogy. She is currently developing a PhD research in design about alternative design pedagogies and play at the University of Lisbon, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology. Lecturer at the Design Department of Lusófona University. Ciência Vitae

Isabel Lucena

Isabel Lucena is a graphic designer and researcher. MA in Communication and Design from the Sandberg Institute (NL) and BA in Communication Design (IADE) with Erasmus Exchange at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst of Vienna (Austria). She is currently a PhD student in Communication and Media Arts at Lusófona University, Lisbon. Her main research interests include the status of images in contemporary culture, their global circulation, and image representation techniques. She teaches graphic design and printing techniques subjects at the Communication Design Programme (Design Lusófona Lisboa). Since 2010 Isabel has maintained her practice as an independent graphic designer, working with several cultural institutions, museums, galleries, artists, and publishers.

Isabel Duarte

Isabel Duarte is a PhD candidate at the University of Brighton and a graphic designer. Her current research engages with the intersections of graphic design history, feminist methodologies and decolonial studies of cultural production, with a focus on Portuguese graphic design history and Portuguese social context. In 2021 co-curated the exhibition Errata: a feminist revision of Portuguese graphic design history. In parallel develops the Errata podcast documenting and reflecting on issues facing women designers in Portugal through conversations with thinkers, curators, historians and designers, about their experiences and work. As a graphic designer, Isabel has worked mainly in editorial projects such as ArtReview and ArtReview Asia, Eye Magazine amongst other projects mainly for cultural clients. Ciência Vitae

PhD Students

Isabel Duarte
Isabel Lucena
Marta Belo
Paul Bailey

Orlando Franco

​​Orlando Franco is a visual artist, independent curator, teacher and educator based in Lisbon. PhD in Media Art, Lusófona University. His doctoral work explored the theme of curatorship understood as an artistic act. Assistant Professor, Cinema and Media Arts Department, Lusófona University, Guest Professor at ESAD.CR and Co-director of the Master in Photography. His artistic work explores video, image, installation and drawing. His research seeks to expand and amplify ideas and concepts such as tension and suspension, weight and lightness, achievement and frustration. Postgraduate in Art Theory at Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon University. Degree in Fine Arts at ESAD.CR, Erasmus Scholarship, School of Fine Arts of Salamanca, Spain. Exhibits regularly since 1999. Recent exhibitions include Notes on Empathy and Otherness (Centro Cultural de Lagos), AWARE (BAG – Banco das Artes Galeria, Leiria), The Eyes Are Not Here (Trem Gallery, Faro), and WAIT (Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon). Ciência Vitae

Soraya Vasconcelos

Soraya Vasconcelos is a visual artist, lecturer and researcher. PhD in Communication, Culture and Arts (UAlgarve). Apart from teaching, she is involved in various projects connected to photography and art, namely Photo Impulse (ICNOVA) for which she was full-time researcher from 2019-2022, focusing on a critical, decolonial analysis of the photographic and film archives produced in the context of Portuguese colonial science, of their visual, political and communicative affordances; and ATLAS of Photobooks in Portugal that aims to create a digital platform, including podcasts and other original contents and a database of Portuguese photobooks published in the last two decades. She collaborated with Propeller Magazine, an editorial project by Hélice, a photographers’ collective in Lisbon; and co-proposed and co-coordinated the collective and interdisciplinary project Estação Vernadsky (Sines/Lisbon 2017-18). Her artistic practice includes photography, drawing, book and printmaking and installation; she has become increasingly interested in the intersections between fields through collaborative and interdisciplinary methods. Ciência Vitae

Inês Marques

Inês Andrade Marques (PhD Public Art) is a visual artist, Assistant Professor, and integrated member of the research center in design & art – Center for Other Worlds (ULHT). She has developed several public art projects with students since 2013, as well as interdisciplinary projects that blur the boundaries between artistic disciplines. As a researcher, she has focused on contemporary public art, and pedagogy in visual arts. She is a founding member and integrates the Coordination Council of Rede 3iAP (2019-2021) – Information, Research, and Intervention in Public Art Network, CITAR – Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Congress CSO – Criadores Sobre Outras Obras, School of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon, and is an external academic peer of the art journals Gama, Croma and Estudio, School of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon. Ciência Vitae

Hugo Barata

Hugo Barata is a visual artist, curator, and educator focused on critical anarchives and crypto-archives, as well as methodological approaches between art practice, curating and education. He has been exploring the concept of constellation to develop creative strategies in the fields of practice-based artistic research, the curatorial as a research-driven collaborative practice and informal methodologies for an inclusive education. PhD in Media Arts from ULHT, with a dissertation about the Archive and Contemporary Art. Recently curated exhibitions include Constellations I/II (CCB, MCB, Lisbon, 2019), Constellations III (CCB, MCB, Lisbon, 2020), In the Cohoorte of De Chirico (Arts College, Coimbra, 2021). He has worked as guest artist and education curator in institutions such as MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB/Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon City Hall – Municipal Direction of Culture and EGEAC, developing different social intervention projects and also formation courses. Ciência Vitae

António Cruz Rodrigues

PhD in Design from IADE – Creative University, Master in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Degree in Industrial Design from IADE – Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing. Director of the Master in Design, and Researcher at COW – Center for Other Worlds, ULHT – Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies. Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy; Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil; Faculdade Nordeste (FANOR), Brazil; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Chiba University, Japan; East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Founder, CEO and creative director of Modus Design, Portugal. Conference Participation in international iniversities, business associations, technological centers in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Angola, Japan, and China. Artist-photographer, with research about images as fundamental vehicles in the functioning of societies. Ciência Vitae

Natalie Woolf

Natalie Woolf holds a PhD in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, and a BA in Fine Arts/Painting from Leeds Beckett University. She has 12 years independent design and applied arts practice, and 6 years experience in Public Arts practice and consultancy in urban and rural development. Since 2015 Natalie has taught drawing for Design and Animation Studies BA’s and Hybrid Spaces MA; is the Curator of the Drawing programmes for DELLI – Design Lusófona, Lisboa and is an integrated member of COW – Centre for Other Worlds, Lusófona University. Main topics of research interest: material responsiveness to human presence and spatially distributed drawing. She is particularly interested in combining still and moving image and how that is mediated by and/or delivered through technologies. Natalie is active in academic research, participating as an author in publications and events and maintains her own creative practice at Atelier Concorde, Lisbon. Ciência Vitae