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Paula Morais

Lecturer (Teaching) in Urban Design and Planning

Paula Morais is presently a Lecturer (teaching) in Urban Design and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL where she co-founded and coordinated the China Planning Research Group (CPRG); and previously a Research Officer at the London School of Economics (LSE) for the EU-FP7 URBACHINA research project looking at sustainable urbanisation in China. 

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Paula's main research interests are urban design, history and transformation in the Chinese and European contexts, with a special attention to Macau. She is also a board member of the Portuguese Council for Refugees (CPR) and of the Architects Sans Frontières Portugal. Trained originally as an architect by FAUP at the University of Porto Paula worked for several years in practice: e.g. Santiago Calatrava (Paris) and Frederico Valsassina (Lisbon), and had her own practice with partner Bernardo Falcão de Azevedo.

Research Focus and Interests - urban form; sustainable urbanisation; urban history; public space; research methods.


From - Portugal (born in Maputo, Mozambique)

Favourite Place - Lisbon; Rio de Janeiro; Leal Senado Square and Lou Lim Ioc Garden in Macau; Oporto seafront

FUN FACT: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things, what would they be? 

Coffee, toothbrush, and aspirin.