Céline Felício Veríssimo


Céline holds a doctorate degree from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit - University College London (2012). She has research, teaching and practice experience in Architecture, Urbanism and Landscaping. In 1999 and 2000, she trained at the architecture offices of Ken Yeang at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Shigeru Ban in Tokyo (Japan). Céline Veríssimo is an architect by ARCA / ETAC (1996), obtained her Master's degree in Architecture by the University of Chiba, Japan (2001). From 1996 to 2010 she worked as an architect, researcher and teacher in the areas of Urban Political Ecology and Environment, Society and Architecture in the cities of Oslo, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Coimbra, Dondo and Maputo. He completed her PhD in Development Planning (2012) by Bartlett DPU-UCL, about the political dimension of the challenges of cities, environmental impacts, socio-spatial inequalities and environmental racism, starting with the Outdoor Domestic Space, specifically in the peripheral and irregular urban context of Mozambique. Veríssimo understands that the dynamic complexity of urban systems is processed metabolically and is based on the power relations between the political, economic, social and environmental factors underlying the dialectical process of transformation in nature under the system of capitalist-colonial-patriarchal domination. Thus, it relates the historical evolution of the political economy of cities with other variables, such as: popular self-organization of spaces, fragmented spatial evolution of cities, urban environmental problems, urban poverty and peri-urban environmental degradation, to demonstrate how debates about architecture and the city need to overcome the hegemony of western modernity in order to provide more inclusive and effective ways of responding to these challenges. She taught at the ARCA-ETAC Architecture Graduation Course, at PARQ_EUVG - both in Coimbra, at the Architecture Department of the Catholic University of Portugal in Viseu and was a researcher at the Center for African Studies, University of Porto. She was Visiting Professor in 2014 and since 2015, Adjunct Professor in the Architecture and Urbanism Graduation Course and in the Postgraduate Program in Public Policy and Development (PPGPPD) of the Federal University for Latin American Integration - UNILA, and was elected coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Center of Territory, Architecture and Design - CITAD / ILATIT (2017-2019) articulating the needs of the academic community of the Architecture and Urbanism and Geography degrees with the higher administration and academic levels of UNILA (infrastructure, academic flow, hiring needs) teachers, student selection process, among other tasks in conjunction with teaching, research and extension). Since 2016, she has been vice-leader of MALOCA Research Group of Multidisciplinary Studies in Urbanism and Architecture of the South, which works on seeking answers to local communities' challenges, focused on the context of teaching, habits of living and building, public policies and human rights, from a decolonial perspective, with an emphasis on Latin America and the global South. She also collaborates with the research group ¡DALE! Decolonize Latin America and Its Spaces. Currently, she develops a post-doctoral internship under the supervision of Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal.