Filipa Simões is a designer and educator based in Macau since 2004. She graduated in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Joseph. She is currently a PhD Student in Design at the School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon.
With over ten years of experience as a professor of Design, Filipa is the Programme Supervisor of the Bachelor of Design and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). As a design educator, she aims to enable students to develop projects that contribute to their community’s quality of life.
She founded Whydesign in 2005, a design studio that explores the communication design potential of each project across different areas, from editorial design to visual identity, spatial branding, exhibition design, and web design. Her works have won several awards and have been published and exhibited internationally. Filipa is also the director of Ponte 9 Creative Platform, a synergetic ecosystem for creative industries startups located in the heart of Macau’s Inner Harbour with offices, a fabrication lab, and a multifunctional space for exhibitions and conferences.
Filipa’s research is centred on Design Thinking, Urban Culture, and Community Engagement, with a focus on the visualisation of urban conditions in Macau. She has led or participated in several research and applied research initiatives, such as Industrial Materials Recycling in Macao, Macau Digital Mapping, and Macau Villages. Her editorial design work of over 22 years in Lisbon, Macau, China, and Japan is reflected in her drive to disseminate research through the publication of books.
She is the co-founder of CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism (CURB), a non-profit organization that promotes the production and dissemination of knowledge in architecture, urbanism and urban culture. As part of her work at CURB, she was the art director and co-curator of projects exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Architecture Biennale in 2013 and 2015, the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale in 2017, and Open House Macau in 2018.
Simões, F. (Ed.). (2023). Guide to Street Art in Macau. CURB Center for Architecture and Urbanism. ISBN 978-99981-927-2-0.
Soares, N.; Simões, F. (2017). Macao Shaped by Use – Formalizing the Vernacular Customization of the City. In Choi, H. & Pai, H. (ed.) Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 (pp. 66-67). Actar Publishers. ISBN 978-1-945150-66-1.