Lisbon Old Town - Alfama
"We liked that the focus of the tour was the history. We got to see many of the less-crowded parts of the area, and learn about how [it] developed."
Miradouro das Portas do Sol and the Lisbon Cathedral
Take Aways from our Lisbon Old Town Tour
Bert is an architect and writer, and holds an MA in architectural engineering and cultural sciences. Born in Belgium, in the past decade he has lived and worked in architectural consultancy, writing and academia in Amsterdam, Beijing, and Shanghai and that before relocating to Lisbon in 2018. He is the co-director of "MovingCities", an independent research organization investigating the role that architecture and urbanism play in shaping the contemporary city. Bert has been living in China from 2006 to 2018, and has a great understanding of Lisbon's historic, cultural, Jewish and architectural past and present, an interest he has been developing since his first visit to the city in 2003.
Hugo Maia is an Architect and Social Psychologist living and working in Lisbon. He is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture and History at the University of Tokyo. He received his MA and BA in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture in Lisbon and also holds a BA in Psychology from the Higher Institute of Applied Psychology in Lisbon. His quest on Architecture is mainly focus on the understanding of the city built environment and the possibility it offers to its inhabitants, supported therefore on a grounded historical, cultural, social and architectonic analyses of the city. His understanding and investigation of Lisbon is both related to an affective relation with the city spaces as to a built understanding of the place from an architectural and psychological perspective. Hugo focus on the search of a relation between built and un-built; old and new; space and place; construction and memory, humanity and culture. He is interest on the complexity of the elements that define the understanding of the place, allowing the definition of an image of the city that supports it's shared understanding.
Patrícia Brum is a Portuguese archaeologist who also holds a Master's degree in Museum Studies. She focused her thesis on the museum planning of the Roman collection of Tróia (Portugal), the archaeological site she has been working on for the past decade. She has also worked at Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros (an archaeological site in downtown Lisbon) and at the Science Museum. Currently living in Lisbon, her favorite part of the city is its magical light.
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