Porto Academy

Porto Academy

Guest Lecturers
Bêka Lemoine, Selgas Cano

Workshop Leaders
Clancy Moore, David Kohn, DF_DC, Diogo Aguiar Studio, Jo Taillieu, M-AO, Salottobuono, Walder Nickisch, WOJR

António Mesquita, Carolina Catarino Gomes, David Wasel, Duarte Nuno Miranda, Francesca, Francisca Alexandre, Hanna Albrecht, João Manarte, Julia Berger, Ludwig Müller, Maribel Sengewald, Onur Özman, Ottavia Sigristo, Samuele Bertoni,  Simone Fagini, Thomas Goldscmidt

Amélia Brandão Costa, Rodrigo da Costa Lima


Gyptec, Panoramah, Volcalis

Actar, Archdaily, Indexshop, Urban Next

Àgora, CMP

Ivo Tavares Studio


Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto

'The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) works on a building designed by Álvaro Siza. "Porto school", as it is internationally recognized, it’s a worldwide reference in Architecture graduation. On this institution, many awarded and published architects have studied and taught. Fernando Távora, Álvaro Siza, Nuno Portas, Alexandre Alves Costa, Domingos Tavares and Eduardo Souto Moura are some of the greatest examples of the pedagogic, scientific and artistic abilities of Porto school.’ by José Manuel Rodrigues, Director of FAUP master degree in Architecture

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Gyptec Ibérica, a portuguese company part of the Preceram Group, has been engaged in the production of laminated gypsum boards (also known as plasterboards), using clean and environmentally sustainable methods, since 2009 The Industrial and Business Cluster of Figueira da Foz, where Gyptec is located, is part of the most complete node of traffic distribution in the central region of Portugal, where the maritime, rail and road networks are all interconnected. A pioneer in the production of gypsum boards in Portugal, Gyptec develops solutions, for construction and rehabilitation, resistant to fire, impact and humidity, with high thermal and acoustic performance. Gyptec gypsum boards are rated A+ for indoor air quality. This qualification comes from the French regulations for emissions of volatile pollutants, with Category A+ being the best indoor air quality classification. Gyptec products are certified and internationally recognized for their excellent quality, being an essential presence in the main works of the entire Iberian Peninsula.

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With surfaces above 98% structural glass, minimalist windows are all about glazing. From an industrial point of view, more significant glass dimensions require larger tempering furnaces, smooth operability and technical performances impose precision and higher quality standards, often more demanding than defined by international glass processing norms. To keep up with new challenges, panoramah! verticalized its industrial activity and integrated glass transformation in 2011. Continuously investing in its transformation capacity ever since, it became one of the largest glass transformers in Europe with a 9-metre furnace and the ability to process double- and triple-glazed units up to 29 sqm. This capacity has proved critical in different processes, mainly as glass progressively absorbs new functions, admits irregular and curved shapes or assumes various aesthetic requirements. panoramah! is currently the only manufacturer of minimalist windows in the world that processes and manufactures the main components of its systems, having full control and accountability over the entire process. From design to manufacture and installation, we answer for the complete system, both glass and aluminium. We streamlined glass transformation, adaptation to the system and transportation to the job site, rendering an apparently risky and complex procedure into an everyday job. Furthermore, with built experience in over 60 different countries and a strong network of more than 50 certified specialized partners, panoramah! is effectively present throughout the globe. Supported by our team, this network is composed by fully experienced technicians that ensure a constant presence at all stages, from glazing consulting to installation and long-term maintenance.

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Volcalis – Isolamentos Minerais, S.A. a Portuguese company owned by the Preceram Group, is dedicated to the production of mineral wool through an absolutely innovative and unique production process in Portugal. Volcalis offers a wide range of high quality and ecological solutions to the market, contributing to the comfort and thermal and acoustic efficiency of the buildings, by using the best raw materials and the highest technologies with great efficiency and rigor. This product of growing demand in the construction sector comes to increase the wide range of solutions offered by the Preceram Group companies and, more directly, to complement the gypsum board systems of Gyptec Ibérica. The Volcalis factory is located in the center of Portugal and has easy access to maritime, rail and road networks. It is close to the port of Aveiro, which allows the shipment of large quantities of mineral wool all over the world.

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