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João Alves da Cunha got his degree in Architecture of Urban and Territorial Planning from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon - FAUL (1998), where he also concluded, in 2003, his Masters Degree in Rehabilitation of Architecture and Urban Centres; and, in 2014, his PhD Degree in Architecture with a specialization in Architecture - Theory and History, with the Thesis on 'MRAR - The Religious Art Renewal Movement and the Golden Years of Religious Architecture in Portugal in the 20th century', a work honoured by FAUL with the Professor Manuel Tainha Prize, corresponding to the best PhD thesis in Architecture in 2013-2014. Integrated researcher at the Centre of Religious History Studies (Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa) - Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP-CEHR); and a member of the Project "Encyclopedia of Religious History - online" and of the Working Group "Religious Differentiation: Theologies and Sociabilities" at UCP-CEHR. Main areas of interest: History; Architecture; Urban and Territorial Planning; Cultural Heritage; Religious Architecture; Territorial development.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, O MRAR e os anos de ouro da arquitetura religiosa em Portugal no século XX - A ação do Movimento de Renovação da Arte Religiosa nas décadas de 1950 e 1960, University of Lisbon

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014


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