Rita Ochoa


Tomar, 1973. International PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration (University of Barcelona, 2011) with a grant from the Science and Technology Foundation, Portugal; MsC. in Urban Design (University of Barcelona, 2008); Post-Graduation in City Qualification (Portuguese Catholic University, 2003); Degree in Architecture (Technical University of Lisbon, 1997).

Scientific coordinator of CIAUD Research Center at UBI and member of the research group URBinLAB Urbanism & Territorial Dynamics. Associated researcher at Polis Research Centre (Cr Polis-University of Barcelona).

Her work has emphasised interdisciplinarity, and more recently has focused on temporary uses and sharing practices as a design tool to encourage more adaptable cities, by coordinating the exploratory project "Intermittent City. Temporary Uses and Sharing Practices to support an Adaptive Urban Space" (funding FCT (ref. 2022.01558.PTDC) and Embryo Projects CIAUD.ULisboa).

Author of several national and international publications. Lecturer and speaker in Portugal, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Netherlands, England, Slovakia and Brazil.

Rita is also Assistant Professor at University of Beira Interior (since 2006), where she teaches Design Studio in the MsC. in Architecture. At UBI, she implemented the research line "Architectures of (inter)Action", by developing numerous design experiences in teamwork with local communities, and in partnerships with public and private institutions, resulting in pedagogical publications, public Exhibitions and packs of projects to be applied in real situations.

Co-founder of MA (Women in Architecture) and R3iAP (Research Network in Public Art). Co-founder and editor of Branca (Journal of Architecture, University of Beira Interior).