Graduated in Architecture (1998), Master in Urban Planning and Design (2002) and PhD in Architecture (2013), with a PhD thesis that focus on the Morphologies of Contemporary City.
Since 1996 she has collaborated in several architectural and urban projects and contributed in the elaboration of several plans. Since 2003 she teaches at Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto (FAUP).
Currently she is Assistant Professor at FAUP, where she is the coordinator of the study profile Dynamics and Urban Forms of the PhD Programme in Architecture and she is the head of the course Projecto 5 – urban design studio – of the Integrated Master in Architecture. She also collaborates in the course Urban Project Studio of the Master in Spatial Planning and Urban Project (from FAUP and Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto). The teaching activity, particularly the one related with practical exercises in the scope of the referred courses, workshops, and summer schools, is being used as an opportunity to deepen the relations with the municipalities of Porto Metropolitan Area and with experts of several areas of knowledge, bridging the gap between university / students and professionals.
She is also the coordinator of the research group Morphologies and Dynamics of the Territory of the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (MDT-CEAU-FAUP), having participated in several research and consultancy projects. Among them stand out the Regional Plans for the North and Centre of Portugal, which led to an applied-research project, requested by the Regional Coordination and Development Commission of the North of Portugal (CCDR-N), aimed at the definition of orientations for the territorial cohesion of the North-western region of Portugal. This project paid special attention to post-crisis context and low-density areas, addressing critical planning and management issues and specific forms of territorial occupation that are usually less studied. It is also worth noticing her participation in the on-going research project “Mapping Public Housing: A critical review of the State-subsidized residential architecture in Portugal (1910-1974)”, funded by FCT (Portuguese foundation that supports cutting-edge research projects) and based at CEAU-FAUP.