University of Minho
School of Architecture

João Cabeleira is an architect and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Minho (EAUM), being responsible for the courses of Geometry and Seminar 1C (History and Ucronia). Currently he is the vice-president of the architecture school, president of the school pedagogical council, coordinator of the group SpaceR_Lab2PT and a member of the EAUM scientific council. He holds a degree in Architecture (2002) and a Master’s degree in Methodologies of Intervention upon the Architectural Heritage (2006), both granted by the Architecture Faculty of the University of Porto (FAUP). He concluded his PhD, at EAUM (2015) with a dissertation entitled “Imaginary Architecture: Real and Illusory Space in the Portuguese Baroque”.  In relation to his pedagogical and research activity, he has organized exhibitions, workshops, participated in the organizing committee and scientific committees, presented communications  at national and international conferences and published in national and international journals. Currently he is involved in the research group on Architecture and Urbanism of the ProChild CoLAB – a Portuguese nationwide consortium with a transdisciplinary approach dedicated to combatting poverty and social exclusion in children from 0 to 10 years old.

Publications (selection):

Barros, M.J.; Faria, M.; Tavares, J. (2017). “Pincelando a música… projeto em uníssono” in Revista CEI nº110 (Janeiro/Abril 2017).

Cabeleira, J (2010) Por entre Jogos geométricos no processo de projecto. In À Procura de Renovações de Estratégias e de Narrativas sobre Educação Artística. Porto: GESTO Cooperativa Cultural, CRL, 2010. p.29-37.

Cabeleira, J (2011) Inácio Vieira: Optics and Perspective. Instruments towards a sensitive space. In: Nexus Network Journal, Architecture and Mathematics. Turim: Kim Williams Books, Birkhäuser, Vol. 13. Nº. 2, 2011. p.315-335

Cabeleira, J (2011)Experiencing architecture through baroque image: Gonçalves Sena, painted architecture as architectural space. In: The International Journal of the Image. Champaign, Illinois, USA: Common Ground Publishing LLC, Vol. I, 2011. p.119-134.

Cabeleira, J (2012)Optical architecture. Interplay between perspective and space design. In: Nexus Ph.D. Day Relations between Architecture and Mathematics. Milan: McGraw-Hill, 2012. p.137-142

Cabeleira, J (2015) Codificar o Infinito. Concepção gráfica e arquitectónica do cosmos. In: Cadernos Mateus DOC VII I– Infinito. Vila Real: Instituto Internacional Casa de Mateus, 2015. p.101-116.

Cabeleira, J.; Xavier, J. (2016) Projecting Quadratura image. Euclidean propositions and common practices at painter’s workshop. In: Nexus Network Journal, Architecture and Mathematics. Turim: Kim Williams Books, Birkhäuser, Vol. 18. Nº. 2, 2016. p. 651-668.

Xavier, J.; Cabeleira, J. (2016) Scenography. Theoretical speculation and practical application through perspective teaching in Portuguese Jesuit colleges.” In AA.VV. Prospettive Architettoniche. Conservazione digitale, divulgazione e studio. Roma: Sapienza universitá editrice, Volume II, Tomo I, 2016. p.119-134.

University courses and seminars:


Architectural History II

Seminar 1C_ History & Ucronia

Research Laboratory