Barry Ballinger is a doctoral candidate of architecture at the University of Kansas. He recently finished fieldwork in Ankara, Turkey as Fulbright Student Researcher. He has a decade of wide ranging design experience in diverse projects including hospitals, hotels, and educational facilities, and has worked in several states in the US including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. His research focuses on culture and behaviour in the built environment, more specifically on informal settlements, urbanism, and the physical dimensions of contentious politics.
Ana Lopes is a PhD student, developing a thesis titled “Military Architecture of Portuguese Origin in the Arabian Peninsula: the Fortifications in Muscat (16th and 17th centuries)” at the School of Architecture/University of Minho (EAUM). She holds a bachelor’s degree (2006) and a master’s degree (2009) from the EAUM where she has been a guest lecturer. She integrates the SpaceR research group at the Landscapes, Heritage and Territory Lab (Lab2PT). Her main research interests is the architecture produced by the Portuguese Maritime Expansion between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Daniel Duarte Pereira is an architect, currently developing his PhD at the School of Architecture of University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, where he has worked as an invited assistant and research assistant. Besides his academic work, he has collaborated in the production of architectural books as an editor, final artist, and map designer. He is also co-founder of the NGO Space Transcribers, designing socially-engaged projects related to architecture, city, and territory.
Inês Lourenço Graça holds a master in architecture (University of Minho, 2016) and has been developing her PhD in architectural culture at the same institution, since 2018. She has previously worked at the Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, in Switzerland, and at the University of Minho School of Architecture Study Centre as an intern architect and a researcher. Her current interests are related to the history of architecture and heritage intervention.
Fernando P. Ferreira is an architect and creative researcher based in London, whose practice relies on the interaction between activism, art/urban and gender research, and critical socio-spatial practices. Ferreira is co-founder of Space Transcribers, a non profit international organisation and an interdisciplinary network of architects, urbanists and artists, that questions the contemporary built environment in terms of its representation and collective imaginary. Currently, Ferreira is a PhD candidate in the Architectural Design Program at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London, United Kingdom.
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