Teaching and Supervisory Staff | Docentes e Orientadores

Heitor Alvelos
Course Director, PhD Design (U.Porto).
A PhD from the Department of Design of the Royal College of Art (2003) and Master in Visual Communication (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1992), Heitor Alvelos has pioneered the implementation of Design Research in Portugal, both as member of the Scientific Board for Humanities and Social Sciences of the National Foundation for Science and Technology, and as Director of ID+ (Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture) on behalf of the University of Porto.
Since 2006 Heitor has been developing R&D within the UTAustin-Portugal Program for Digital Media, where he served as Outreach Director (2010-2014), and where he curates the FuturePlaces Medialab for Citizenship since 2008.
Heitor ran the trans-disciplinary, college-wide Drawing Studio of the Royal College of Art from 1999 to 2001, and has lectured in academic contexts in four continents since 2001.
His research interests currently gravitate towards the lexical implications of social media, the ecology of perception, and cultural criminology.

Júlio Dolbeth
Deputy Course Director, PhD Design (U.Porto).
PhD in Illustration, U.Porto, 2014: “Convergências entre ilustração contemporânea em Portugal e património popular português”. Design Professor at U.Porto, member of ID+, co-owner of illustration Gallery Dama Aflita.


Fátima São Simão
Fátima São Simão is Executive Coordinator for UPTEC PINC, the Creative Industries Centre of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park (UPTEC), currently supporting the development of over 30 creative start-ups, from Architecture to Design, Audiovisual and Communication.
Fátima is also the Executive Manager of futureplaces – Digital Media and Local Cultures, the UTAustin-Portugal Colab Digital Media hub for creative citizenship. and a Board member of the Design Department at the School of Arts of U.Porto. Additionally, Fátima is currently engaged with CEdUP (the University’s Entrepreneurship Club), Moving Cause, Sem Palco and Riot Films.
Fátima was born in Porto, where she studied at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. She has also lived in Italy and in the UK, where she completed her MA in Cultural Policy and Management, at City University of London.


Joana Quental
Course Director, PhD Design (U.Aveiro).
Joana Quental is a designer, illustrator and lecturer at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). She graduated in Communication Design and master in Multimedia Arts. In 2009 she concluded her PhD with the thesis “Illustration as a process and design thinking. Authorship and interpretation”. In 1997 she received a Honourable Mention in the National Competition of Children’s Illustration sponsored by IBBY and IPLB.



Helena Barbosa
Deputy Course Director, PhD Design (U.Aveiro).
Helena Barbosa’s research focuses on the History of Portuguese Design and Portuguese material culture, particularly in regards to posters. Helena coordinates the contents of a virtual online poster museum (30,000 specimens), currently under development at U.Aveiro. She is a member of ID+ and an editorial board member of “The Poster” (Intellect). Helena is also a member of the scientific board of  “Eme: experimental illustration & design” (Editorial – Universitat de València).


Adriano Rangel
A PhD in Image Design from the University of Porto (2009), Adriano Rangel is current Head of the Design Department and Course Director for MA Image Design at the School of Arts of the University of Porto. He is a member of the Scientific Board for U.Porto’s Ph.D degree in Art and Design, a Researcher at ID+, Institute of Research in Design, Media and Culture, and a lecturer at U.Porto’s School of Arts and School of Engineering.

Pedro L. Granja
b. 1970, Porto, Portugal. His high school studies took place in Porto, Portugal, and São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Porto (UP) in 1993 and obtained his PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2001 as a result of studies carried out at INEB Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (UP) and INSERM U.1026 BIOTIS (University of Bordeaux, France). He carried out post-doctoral studies at INEB, was visiting scientist at the University of Michigan (USA, 2004) and Invited Professor at the University Paris 13 (France, 2009). He is presently Scientific Coordinator of INEB, Deputy Coordinator of the Host Interaction and Response Program at i3S Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Invited Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of UP (FEUP), and Affiliated Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS, Faculty of Medicine). His research interests lie at the intersection between materials science, biology and medicine, namely on the development of biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His main research focus is on the molecular design of biofunctional hydrogels as artificial 3D extracellular matrices by mimicking some of its key natural features. He received the 2006 Jean Leray Award by the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) and is internationally reputed as founder (1998) and Editor-in-Chief of the Biomaterials Network (Biomat.net), and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biomatter. He serves as expert for several national and international funding agencies, organizations and companies. So far he has authored more than 63 articles in international journals, 2 books, 10 book chapters, 2 patents and presented over 140 invited lectures worldwide. At present he has an h-index of 25 (Google Scholar) and his publications have been cited almost 2000 times.


Bruno Giesteira
PhD in Design by the University of Porto (FCT scholarship until 2010), and Master in Design, materials and product management at the University of Aveiro. BA in Communication Design at ESAD.
Researcher at Fraunhofer AICOS, developing industry-based HCI projects in information and communication technologies.
His primary research field is Human-Computer Interaction.


Cristina Farinha
Cristina Farinha received her PhD at the University Porto and HKU Utrecht School of the Arts (Netherlands) in 2012: “Bound to Mobility – The building up of a performing arts community in the EU”. Her research and work interests originated in general issues on migrations and labour markets before concentrating on social status of artists and afterwards on cultural, educational and social policies spanning the local, regional level and European arenas.
Cristina is the former Executive Director of ADDICT – Agency for the Development of Culture and Creative Industries (Portugal). She is also a consultant in the field of educational, cultural and social policies from local to European level. Cristina lectures and develops research on artistic labour markets: employment issues and social status. Her current work concentrates on the conditions of mobility for performing artists in Europe.


Francisco Providência
Coimbra 1961. Graduated in Communication Design at FBAUP (1985), at which date he opened his own office.
He worked as Design and Photography professor at FBAUP (1985-86), of Drawing at FAUP (1985-97) and is working as professor at the DECA of the University of Aveiro (since 1997), where he runs the Master in Design and works as a researcher at the ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture).

He received the National Design Awards (CPD 1990) and Red Dot (2009). He is also a consultant for  CPD.

João Mota
João A. Mota holds a PhD degree in Design from University of Aveiro (advisor: James S. Ackerman – Harvard University; co-advisor João Cabral – University of Aveiro), a Masters degree in Visual Studies (photography) at the Visual Studies Workshop – State University of New York, and a Fine Arts degree (painting) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon. He taught design courses at NYU (New York University 1995), GSD (Graduate School of Design – Harvard University 1995 – 2000), UA (University of Aveiro part time 1996 -2000), since 2000 teaches fulltime at UA. Current research interests cross: Strategic Design (deep programmatic changes / knowledge transfer); Art Criticism.



José Maria Lopes
PhD in Drawing (U.Porto, 2009), on the subject of the Drawing of the Body in Portugal. Currently he teaches and conducts research at the School of Architecture of the University of Porto, developing content on the subjects of Drawing, Human Figure and Spatial Representation, and directing the Student Accreditation Office. Member of I2ADS Research Institute since 2011. As a musician-catalyst, José Maria has participated in the FuturePlaces Digital Media Festival since 2008, and as a visual artist he has exhibited since 1984.


José Meirinhos
Full Professor of Philosophy at the School of Humanities of the University of Porto. Director and Scientific coordinator of Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto.

Pedro Cardoso
Pedro Cardoso is a designer and researcher at ID+, Research Institute on Design, Media and Culture. He has a PhD on Art and Design, a MA on Image Design and a BA on Communication Design. He pursues studies on video games in the context of new media and interaction design, developing experimental work in this scope. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Design at the University of Porto, Portugal. http://www.pcardoso.tumblr.com


Miguel Carvalhais
Communication designer and musician. PhD in art and design by the University of Porto. Director of the BA program in communication design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Co-founder and manager of the Crónica media-label. Member of the @c project.



Pedro Carvalho de Almeida
Graduated in communication design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, earned a masters degree in Design, Materials and Product Management from the University of Aveiro, and a PhD from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. His doctoral research project was funded by FCT and concerns Brand Archives as a design response to the globalization of visual identity. The main case study addressed today’s symbolic and cultural significance of the Portuguese iconic brand Sanjo (1933–1996).
As a communication designer he specialized in visual identity, ethnographic research, visual analysis, mind-mapping, and decoding/deconstruction of brand identities. Previous work includes the design of the symbol and identity guidelines for Metro do Porto, as well as design projects for Escritório de Design, Sonae, Cifial, Portuguese Design Centre, Central Saint Martins Research, and for independent record labels such as Mulher Avestruz, Phonica and Resista Records.
He is assistant professor at the Communication and Arts Department, University of Aveiro, and was associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Teaching covers strategic design, design management, product semantics, visual research methodologies, and contextual studies. At present he is member of ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture, and knowledge transfer associate funded by AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) at Central Saint Martins.
Current research interests address the rescuing, recovery and exploration of Portuguese heritage brand identities. In recent years he has been developing brand archaeology as a methodological system combining ethnographic research and design methods, aimed at the rediscovery and cultural dissemination of locally specific brands. His research has been presented and published in international design conferences, exhibitions and doctoral seminars in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, UK and in the USA.

Rui Mendonça
PhD U.Porto (2008), on the subject of Poster Design in Porto, Portugal. Member of ID+, Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture.

Susana Barreto
Susana Barreto is a design researcher and educator focusing on the cultural implications of visual communication, visual methodologies and visual ethics. Susana joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto where she is Associate Director of the International PhD program in Design along with her teaching role in the same program. Susana teaches visual design methods and narratives and has written and lectured widely on cross-cultural design and the visual ethical implications of globalizing graphic communication.
Susana holds a PhD (2008) and PostDoc (2010) from Central Saint Martins and
an MA in Information Design (1996) from De Montfort University.


Teresa Franqueira
Teresa Franqueira is a designer and holds a PhD in Design. As designer she has participated in several national and international exhibitions and developed interior design projects and projects for the portuguese glass industry. She teaches at Universidade de Aveiro since 2001 and she has developed her PhD research at the Politecinco di Milano in the Research Unit “Design and Innovation for Sustainability” under Prof. Ezio Manzini’s supervision.

She is senior researcher at the ID+ and coordinator of the ID+ DESIS Lab, a member of the international DESIS Network – Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability. Her research interests are focussed in themes related to service design and social innovations, and alternative scenarios towards more sustainable economic and social models. Within this scope she has written and published papers and participated in several international conferences. She won the ICEP Glass Award, held a scholarship at the FCT and received the João Branco Internacional Award for the Best Paper in the 8Th EAD Conference in Aberdeen. She has been invited as keynote speaker and to take part in several workshops, namely through scenario building and identification of possible solutions to be used in specific projects of creative places (Italy, Portugal, Sweden and UK).



Vasco Branco
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Interaction Design), 1997, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal. Director (U.Aveiro) of the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture [ID+].
Currently he is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Arts of the University of Aveiro where he was one of the first responsible for developing the area of Design (bachelor, masters and PhD).
He was member of the evaluation panel for Portuguese PhD grants (FCT) in Architecture, Urbanism and Design and belongs to the review team of the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) in the area of design.
Represents the University of Aveiro as vice president of ADDICT (Agency for the Development of Creative Industries). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Design and member of the Editorial Advisory board of some international magazines in the area of Design (The Design Journal,The ‘Radical’ Designist: Journal of Design Culture, DISEÑO + I).