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“Architecture is always about communication. But what does it have to say?”

Research profile

Sergio M. Figueiredo is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Architectural History and Theory in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include history of arts and architecture, as well as architecture museums and exhibitions. His research focuses on architectural institutions and how they operate within architectural culture. His group, the Curatorial Research Collective, brings research and education together to further our understanding of how architecture communicates to a broad audience, commonly using architectural exhibitions both as a research object and as an output platform for scholarship. 

Sergio is the coordinator for AUDE’s research seminars and the chair of the unit’s Research committee. An important part of his work focuses on developing students’ research skills, both on quantitative and qualitative methods, from archival work to algorithmic analysis. Currently, he is developing a large research project titled ‘The Taxonomy of Architectural Exhibitions’ in which both are combined to examine how architecture has been communicated through exhibitions (and perceived by the general public) over the past 30 years. Effectively, this research project identifies the constituent elements of a large number of exhibitions and reflects on the instruments, methods and practices that have continuously shaped the public exhibition of architecture.

Academic background

Sergio M. Figueiredo obtained his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 2014 as a Fulbright scholar, with a thesis on the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), on which he has also published a book entitled “The NAi Effect: Creating Architecture Culture". He holds an MSc in Architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and an MSc in Architecture and Urbanism from the Technical University of Lisbon.

Sergio is often a guest speaker and writes for a wide selection of journals. He has also acted as guest editor for the journal OASE for a special issue on architecture museums. Sergio also regularly contributes to a significant number of public seminars and events, including the Dutch Design Week and the ‘Dag van de Architectuur’ (Day of Architecture). He also organizes a variety of public workshops and conferences, most recently acting as chair for the international conference ‘Smartness? Between Discourse and Practice’ and as a session chair for the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

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Netherlands Architecture Institute Arts & Humanities
Eindhoven Arts & Humanities
History of Architecture Arts & Humanities
Aesthetics Arts & Humanities
Imagery Arts & Humanities
Museum Architecture Arts & Humanities
Urbanism Arts & Humanities
Brick Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2004 2019

The NAi effect: creating architecture culture

Figueiredo, S. M., 25 Nov 2016, Rotterdam: NAI010. 368 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

Netherlands Architecture Institute
Museum of Architecture
Cultural Institutions

Architecture and the Smart City

De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (ed.), Krishnamurthy, S. (ed.) & Schröder, T. (ed.), 6 Nov 2019, London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 260 p. (Critiques : Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

Smart meters
Smart city

The function of aesthetics in architecture education: TU/e in the 1970s

Figueiredo, S. M., Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic


Framing Heerlen

De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. M., Jun 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionPopular

Everyday Life
Change Perception

Activities 2009 2019

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 108th Annual Meeting

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Contributor)
Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceProfessional

A Brief History of Archives in the Architecture Museum

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Speaker)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Beyond the Cover: Representations in Media

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Organiser)
26 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Social and Cultural Geography (Journal)

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific


Student theses

A cyclist's perception

Author: Smits, L., 31 Dec 2014

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2), Mens, E. (Supervisor 2) & Schevers, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Algorithms for exploration of architectural design spaces

Author: Hoogers, J., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Haverkort, H. (Supervisor 1) & De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Antiquity lives

Author: Kampers, I., 31 Dec 2014

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), Mens, E. (Supervisor 2), Schevers, J. (Supervisor 2) & De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Artistiek Museum Arnhem: een route door de kunst door de eeuwen heen

Author: Franssen, A., 28 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Bekkering, J. (Supervisor 1), Mens, E. (Supervisor 2), Schevers, J. (Supervisor 2) & De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Austrian pavilion La Biennale di Venezia

Author: Creemers, S., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schevers, J. (Supervisor 2) & De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master