London Met alumnus shortlisted for RIBA President’s research award

Dr Paulo Moreira has been shortlisted for his study on urban development in Angola and how architects can work in complex urban environments

Date: 17 October 2019

London Met alumnus Dr Paulo Moreira has been shortlisted for the RIBA President's Research Award for his study entitled: ‘Investigating Urban Conflict and Reciprocity Between Chicala and Luanda, Angola’.

At the heart of Paulo’s research is an investigation of the reciprocal relationship between the city of Luanda, capital of Angola, and one of its central informal neighbourhoods, Chicala. The particular geographical location of Chicala, along with its integrity and specific development, made the neighbourhood vulnerable to colonial invasions, and more recently to aggressive urbanism and large-scale masterplans.

The President’s Awards for Research celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment and have again attracted interest from around the globe, with entries from China to Peru.  

Paulo joined The Cass School of Architecture’s PhD programme in February 2010 and submitted his thesis in September 2016. He is now an architect and lecturer based in Porto and Lisbon, Portugal. 


Picture: Part of Chicala demolished, with a new master-plan in the background ©Nadia Righele