Maria Neto is an architect, professor, and researcher. She has a PhD in Architecture, a
postgraduate study in Development of Human Settlements in the Third World (ICHaB-ETSAM)
and professional training in Humanitarian Shelter Coordination (IFRC/UNCHR/Oxford Brookes
University). Her primary interests lie at the intersection of architecture and urban planning with
humanitarian action and refugee studies. At DECA-UBI Maria has taught architectural design
and theory and has been a researcher at CEAU-FAUP and ICHaB-ETSAM since 2013. Her
research has been supported by FCT, she was the recipient of Prémio Távora 2016
with Invisible cities of Dadaab and was invited speaker by the Portuguese Official
Representation at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
During her research, Maria integrated field teams in Kenya and England, for the UNHCR and
BRC, in refugee support.
Currently she collaborates with the Portuguese Institute for Housing and Urban Renewal (IHRU)
on the “Housing to Habitat Program”, under the New Generation of Housing Policies (RCM n.º
50-A/2018, of May 2).