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Nelson Mota is Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology. He holds a professional degree in Architecture (1998) and an advanced master on Architecture, Territory and Memory (2006) from the Department of Architecture at University of Coimbra (Portugal) and a PhD (2014) from Delft University of Technology. His doctoral dissertation “An Archaeology of the Ordinary. Rethinking the Architecture of Dwelling from CIAM to Siza” explores the relationship between vernacular social and spatial practices and the architecture of dwelling. Nelson is a founding partner of the architectural office comoco arquitectos, winner of the Portuguese National Prize for Architecture in Wood in 2013. He is the author of the book A Arquitectura do Quotidiano (The Architecture of the Everyday), published in 2010, and co-editor of Footprint #17: The ‘Bread & Butter’ of Architecture: Investigating Everyday Practices, published in 2015, Joelho #8: Ideas and Practices for the European City, published in 2017, and Footprint #24: The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn, published in 2019. He is a regular architecture critic for C3 Magazine, and has published scholarly articles focused on housing issues and vernacular architecture in journals such as The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of ArchitectureVolumeDASHOASEFootprint, and Site Magazine. He member of the editorial board of the DASH book series and the academic journal Footprint.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • NA Architecture
  • Housing
  • Dwelling
  • Architecture
  • Vernacular
  • Modernism


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