Filipe Afonso is an Oporto based architect and researcher. In 2006 he founded Arquitectos Anónimos®, an architectural studio that organizes an opened space stimulating the work as a kind of an individual supplanting, reacting in the contemporary Portuguese context of the exaggerated weight of authorship “individuality”. In this sense Filipe has been developing a methodology for his architectural practice based on advanced computation as a strategy to design possible architectures, trying to focus more on processes that in the individual genius.
Filipe Afonso holds a Master of Architecture from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona-Spain) in 2009 within the theme “Programming Architecture”, a research on the articulation of emerging material systems for architecture, exploring novel design methodology and performances based on computation and bio-computation. Filipe also studied through international programs promoted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin.
His understanding of architectural practice as a problem of engineering material organization focuses his research on the development of an integral and coherent design approach at the intersection of architecture, sustainability, engineering and computation in the endeavor to develop generative systems applied to his architectural production under Arquitectos Anónimos studio.
He worked independently from 2001 to 2006 and, among other projects, he has designed and built the Cultural Centre of Ílhavo. He is an award-winning architect and educator.
He has taken part to several exhibitions, lectures and workshops and has been published widely. Recently he was an assistant professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has taught design studios and master classes from 2010 to the present days at the School of Arts and Design, ESAD (Porto), Lusophone University of Humanities Technologies (Lisbon), Universidade Lusofona Porto and at University Innsbruck, Institut fur Gestaltung. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in Portugal, Austria, Australia, Netherland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, United States, South Korea and China.
Afonso, F. et al (2016). Cork matters: towards new applications of cork agglomerates in architecture and product design. In Fifty years later: Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design & Practice. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association. Adelaide: The University of Adelaide, School of Architecture and Built Environment.
Afonso, F. & Jedenov, K. (2016). Tactics developed in times of economic crisis applied in design studios. In Research Based Education. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the International Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators. London: The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
Afonso, F. & Jedenov, K. (2016). Urban Species. In Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 10th EAAE-ARCC International Conference on Architectural Research. Lisbon: Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon and Portuguese Foundation for the Science and Technology.
Afonso, F. & Jedenov, K. (2015). Coding Randomness: accepting unpredictability in modular systems through the use of computation. In Living and Learning: research for a better built environment. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, School of Design.
Afonso, F., Azenha, M. & Gomes, C. (2014). Aplicação de algoritmos generativos e estratégias de otimização de formas na conceção estrutural (application of generative algorithms and form-optimization strategies in the conception of engineering strutures). Paper presented at the 5th Meeting of Structural Engineering Portugal (5 Jornadas Portuguesa de Engenharia de Estruturas), organized by LNEC, 16 pgs. Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.11.26.
Afonso, F. (2011). Genetic Weapons. In Bridges, Math, Art. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Bridges International Conference. Coimbra: The University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Afonso, F. & Jedenov, K. Crisis as the new normal: Preparing architecture students for uncertainty in social, economic and ecological dynamics. Journal article in Charrette: the Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators. Charrette 4(1) Spring 2017.
Principal Investigator at the project Potentials for the design of an agglomerated cork non-standard modular façade system applied to high-rise construction . Direct Grant from Faculty of Social Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2016. Project Number - SS15869) sponsored by CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants) during the period 2016-05-01 to 2017-05-01.
Principal Investigator at the project Cork Matters: Towards New Applications of Cork Agglomerates in Architecture Industry in Hong Kong . Direct Grant from Faculty of Social Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2015. Project Number - SS15465 sponsored by Research Committee's One-off Funding for Direct Grants during the period 2015-09-14 to 2016-03-11.
Co-Investigator at the project UrbanCrete: Reinforced concrete with non metallic fibers for application in Urban Furniture . ISISE Institute, Minho University, Portugal. Financed by European Union: Project Number - 2013 / 030367. Main Tasks (not exclusive): Development of Urban furniture design according to optimization and higher performance strategies. Development of Digital Technologies and Generative Design & Performance in Structural Engineering.
Co-Investigator at the project Nuspa: agglomerated cork applications in industrial design. GRANORTE Cork Industries, Porto, Portugal. Financed by Granorte Cork Industries. Main Tasks (not exclusive): Computational design and programing of parametric design objects. This project was awarded with:
2015, Winner of APCOR prize in Innovation on Cork Industry . Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte. Computational design by Filipe Afonso.
2015, Winner of iF Design Award . Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte. For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized the world over as a label of design excellence. The iF logo is an internationally established symbol identifying outstanding achievements in design.
2015, Winner of Green Good Design award . Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte. This is the seventh year of this very specialized edition of the original GOOD DESIGN™ program, which was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann.