Rui Almeida

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Rui Almeida
Rui Almeida
Rui Almeida

Rui Goulart de Almeida is a committed architect and designer, specializing in cultural identity and sustainability. Originally from Portugal, he relocated to Rhode Island in 2012 and has been teaching at RISD since 2013. Studied Architectural Engineering Technology at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island, acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, has a Master’s Degree in History of Art – Urbanism and Architecture, XV-XVIII Centuries, from the College of Human and Social Sciences, New University of Lisbon in Portugal, and is undergoing his PHD in the same University and area of study. A member of the OA – Order of Architects of Portugal, since 1989, he has been teaching since 1992 in a wide variety of school types, grade levels and subject matters, such as visual arts, graphic design, design theory and history of art, and most recently, interior architecture at RISD’s INTAR. Aside from a long career of public service in architecture and design since 1986, working for various government entities, such as the Presidency of the Government of the Azores, the Regional Secretary of Economy, Regional Directory of Tourism and Environment, City Hall of Ponta Delgada and the Regional Secretary of Social Housing, in the Azores, Portugal, Rui Almeida has maintained a freelance career since 1982, with projects and buildings in almost all of the nine islands of the Azores, Lisbon and the United States. Rui Goulart de Almeida has had his work widely exhibited, namely at BCC – Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, and Micaelense Cultural and Congress Centre, Azores, Portugal, and published in the magazines Architeti, Architecture and Life and Atlantida, among many other local and national magazines and newspapers, including a column he wrote during eight years centered on issues of architectural history, theory, identity and human dwelling and environment. His Master’s Degree thesis, “Landscape and Territory in the Island of Sao Miguel – XV to XVIII century”, finished in 2008, was published in book form in 2012 by the Presidency of the Government of the Azores, considered a vital work for the understanding of the history of art and identity of the Azores. His book can be found at the Regional Secretary of Culture, in the Azores, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, New University of Lisbon, and the National Library of Portugal, among many other regional and national libraries, cultural centers and organizations. Academic research/ areas of interest Rui Goulart de Almeida’s has a long standing interest in matters of cultural identity and sustainability regarding architectural environment and human dwelling, as well as graphic and industrial design, which he practices for many years, having his own furniture line. As far back as his work in social housing, his research and inquiry (academic and through his practice) has centered on architectural tradition, history (vernacular and erudite) and cultural and artistic innovation, in the hope to restore the vital role of architecture in human development and dwelling, firmly believing in “architecture for all”. He considers his architecture as “Clean, simple, and honest – anchored on tradition and history, designed for the future”. Currently researching and working on his PHD thesis in the areas of architectural and cultural identity and the relationship between architecture and landscape and its metamorphosis through time and space, studying the whole of the Azorean Archipelago, spanning once more over three hundred years of architectural history, from the XV-XVIII centuries, in his long quest to find and define the Genius Loci of his birthplace, the Azores.