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Técnico alumna wins the Iberian Prize on Traditional Architecture Research

The award recognises doctoral and master's theses of exceptional quality, carried out in Portuguese and Spanish universities.

The Técnico alumna Mafalda Pacheco won, ex-aequo, the 5th edition of the Iberian Prize on Traditional Architecture Research, for her PhD dissertation entitled “Fuzeta: um núcleo urbano piscatório singular”,  under the supervision of professor João Vieira Caldas, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geo-resources (DECivil).

The award is delivered twice a year since 2010 by Fundação Convento da Orada (Portugal), Fundación Antonio Font de Bedoya (Spain), Fundación Cultural del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de León (Spain), and Ordem dos Arquitectos (Portugal), which promote the preservation of the traditional heritage of the Iberian Peninsula. The prize, in the amount of €3000 euros, recognises doctoral theses and master’s dissertations carried out in Portuguese and Spanish universities.

The 5th edition of the Iberian Prize has received 25 applications, of which 23 were considered eligible, according to the criteria stipulated in prize regulation. Mafalda Pacheco and Ignacio Cabodevilla Artieda were the winners, ex-aequo, among 5 finalists.

The jury considered that the 2 award winning works “complemented each other although in different areas”. According to the jury, Mafalda Pacheco’s work “stood out for a broad and in-depth study on traditional heritage in Fuzeta, which is in danger of disappearing”.

Mafalda Pacheco graduated in 2004, got her master’s degree in 2009 and her PhD in Architecture in 2018 from Instituto Superior Técnico. She was PhD scholar at CERIS and currently she is a researcher at the Centre for the Humanities (CHAM- FSCH), Universidade Nova de Lisboa and University of the Azores. She has conducted research on different fields, such as the History of Urbanism, Architecture, Traditional Construction in Portugal and in the Mediterranean and she has published some works on these topics.