LWC International Referent for Portugal, Madeira Archipelago and UK

Duarte SANTO | Architect, Landscape and Urban Designer| LWC-IRP+UK
Architect, Landscape and Urban Designer, Curator, Lecturer and Researcher with a focus on Architecture, Landscape and Tourism, Duarte is an islander fascinated by both physical and imaginary spaces. He believes in comprehensive approaches to design and pursues the exploration of tools for reflection and intervention on spatial, social and cultural dimensions of reality. Together with a solid academic background, he has developed a strong practice, with almost 20 years experience in commercial and residential buildings, Public Space projects and masterplanning schemes as well as community engagement through arts. He has authored many projects, collaborated with international practices like Allies and Morrison and OMA and engaged with artists to create and/or curate artistic projects. He is Graduate in Oporto School of Architecture and Post Graduate in Planning and Design of the Urban Environment; he also holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Duarte is developing his doctoral research on Land, Sea and tourism in (small) islands, with a focus on the Atlantic, and teaches Architectural Design at the University of Westminster and a Design Studio in the Masters in Urban Design at Cardiff University. Engaged with broader forms of artistic expression and knowledge production, he curated “A2V- at two velocities: gazes and expression of the contemporary landscape of Madeira”. Currently he is coordinator of the III INSULA International Colloquium: Beyond Nature/Artifice, the Landscape Research Group at CIERL_University of Madeira, Guest-Editor for a themed section “Peripheral Discourses of Modernity” on Urban Island Studies. He is Founder, Executive Director and Editor of TRANSLOCAL – a project started in 2017 in Madeira island, to promote the dialogue between local and global contemporary urban cultures. He is LWC International Referent for Portugal and Madeira Archipelago since the Program’s foundation in 2016