Emilio Da Cruz Brandao

Artistic Teacher, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Division Urban Design and Planning

For the last 9 years Emilio has been a lecturer at Chalmers School of Architecture. At Chalmers he was the director of the Master’s Programme Architecture and Planning Beyond Sustainability (MPDSD) between 2016-2022, where he has had the roles of examiner, supervisor and teacher of several courses, design studios and master theses.

Both his research and teaching are on topics of urban pedagogies for social sustainability and inclusion, community resilience and collaborative practices. He has expertise in design activism, co-creation, participation and design and built processes and methodologies involving multiple stakeholders. He works in contexts highly challenged by socio-economic segregation, urban poverty, diverse urban inequalities and injustices, both locally and internationally, and built on several years of experience from architectural practice, action-based pedagogy in higher education and engagement in NGOs such as Architecture Sans Frontières (both the International and the Swedish organizations). In 2021, he has received the prestigious Pedagogy Prize at Chalmers University of Technology.
Emilio has also been involved in different collaborative and research projects such as the ESF-project (European Social Fund) Lärandets Torg in Hammarkullen, Gothenburg (2014-2017) and the research project Stitching the city: From micro-data to macro-views.

Since September 2022, he is also a PhD student at KTH School of Architecture (Stockholm), within the JPI-Urban Europe project CoNECT (Collective Networks for Everyday Community Resilience and Ecological Transition), where his research focuses on “Community Pedagogies for Resilience Beyond Crisis”.
Artistic Teacher, Chalmers Pedagogical Prize 2021​​

Examiner and supervisor in master’s theses within MPDSD and MPARC, within the masters thesis direction
Design Activism Beyond Borders

Teaches in the following master’s courses:

Design & Planning for Social Inclusion
Beyond Sustainability
Reality Studio
Dare to build, architects
Sustainable Development and the Design Professions​​

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