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José Nuno Beirão

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Researcher since: 2012

Portuguese, lives in Lisbon. Degree in Architecture, 1989 from the Faculty of Architecture, TU Lisbon. Worked at Gonçalo Byrne and João Pedro Falcão de Campos offices. In 1998 founded the architecture firm Bquadrado architects together with Miguel Braz. His architectural practice can be viewed in the website www.bquadrado.com . Master degree in Urban Design in 2005, at ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, and completed his PhD in Urban Design at TU Delft, Netherlands, in 2012. The theme of his dissertation is the development of design patterns for the establishment of computational platforms for urban design. In his thesis "CItyMaker: Designing for Urban Design Grammars" the acronym CIM stands for City Information Modeling stressing the emphasis of information support in urban design.

His current research interests focus on the use of parametric systems and geographic databases to investigate the following concepts: (1) measuring parameters of urbanity and morphological studies, (2) development of urban design evolutionary systems, (3) customizable systems for social housing including actions at urban plan level, (4) developing strategies for the Portuguese dispersed territories, (5) design and digital fabrication (6) game based participatory systems. He is currently the coordinator of the Design and Computation Group at FA-ULisboa (http://dcg.fa.ulisboa.pt/). Beirão is also a shape grammar specialist and has published several papers on the above topics in renowned international journals.

This CV does not include a detailed architectural practice CV. Please report to www.bquadrado.com for this purpose.

 

Research project:
MEASURING URBANITY (2) - Densities and urban performance of extensive urban fabrics
SIMFOR2040

ORCID: 0000-0003-4743-6082

Curriculum Vitae

 

Publications

Master Thesis

Beirão, J. N. (2005) Gramáticas Urbanas: por uma metodologia de desenho urbano flexível. (Urban Grammars: towards an urban designmethodology). Master thesis on Urban Design, ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal.

PhD Thesis

Beirão, J. N. (October, 16th, 2012). CityMaker: Designing Grammars for Urban Design. PhD Dissertation. Delft, The Netherlands: Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology.
http://abe.tudelft.nl/issue/view/beirao

 

Books as Editor

Duarte, J.P., e J. N. Beirão (eds.) Customizing Mass Housing: a studio experiment. Centro Editorial da Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, 2003.

This publication reports on the results of the design studios conducted during the academic year 2001-2002.


Books Chapters

Beirão, José Nuno; André Chaszar and Ljiljana Čavić (2015 ), Analysis and Classification of Public Spaces Using Convex and Solid-Void Models, in Future City Architecture for Optimal Living, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Beirão, J.; Arrobas, P. (2014), City Information Modelling: spatial planning and design with CAD and GIS – a workshop experiment, in Cavallo, R., Komossa, S., Marzot, N. , Berghauser Pont, M., Kuijper, J., New Urban Configurations, IOS Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61499-366-0, pag. 645-651.

Arrobas, P.; Beirão, J. (2014), Interactive parametric design: dynamic generation of alternatives for planning complex urban environments, in Cavallo, R., Komossa, S., Marzot, N. , Berghauser Pont, M., Kuijper, J., New Urban Configurations, IOS Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-61499-366-0, pag. 652-658.

Stouffs, R., Beirão, J. N., and Duarte, J. P. (2012). Sortal Grammars for Urban Design. In S. Müller Arisona, P. Wonka, G. Aschwanden, & J. Halatsch (Eds.), Digital Urban Modeling and Simulation. Communications inComputer and Information Science (CCIS) (Vol. 242). Springer BerlinHeidelberg.

Duarte, J. P., Beirão, J. N., Montenegro, N., and Gil, J. (2012). City Induction: formulating, generating, and evaluating urban plans. In S. Müller Arisona, P. Wonka, G. Aschwanden, & J. Halatsch (Eds.), Digital Urban Modeling and Simulation. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) (Vol. 242). Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P. (2009). Urban Design with Patterns and Shape Rules. In E. Stolk, & M. Brömmelstroet (Eds.), Model Town - Using Urban Simulation in New Town Planning (ch. 9, pp. 148-165). Almere, The Netherlands: New Town Institute.

 

Journal papers

Beirão, José Nuno, and Anastasia Koltsova. 2015. “The Effects of Territorial Depth on the Liveliness of Streets.” Nexus Network Journal, Architecture and Mathematics, Volume 17, Number 1, pp. 73-102, doi:10.1007/s00004-014-0233-5.

Čavić, Ljiljana, and José Nuno Beirão. (2014) "KOMPLEKSNOST IN MERLJIVOST LASTNOSTI TER KATEGORIJ ODPRTIH JAVNIH PROSTOROV." “OPEN PUBLIC SPACE ATTRIBUTES AND CATEGORIES – COMPLEXITY AND MEASURABILITY”, Arhitektura, raziskave Architecture, Research : 2014/2, pp. 15-24.

Mendes, LT, Celani, G and Beirão JN, (2014), “Meta-PREVI Grammar”, International Journal of Architectural Computing,  issue 4, volume 12, pp. 459-476

Beirão, JN (2014), “Gramáticas genéricas para o domínio da cidade e urbanismo”, Revista de Morfologia Urbana, Perspetivas, Volume 2, N. 1, pp. 44-46.

Beirão J., Duarte J., Stouffs R., Bekkering H., (2012), "Designing with urban induction patterns: a methodological approach" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 39(4) 665 – 682

Montenegro, N., Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P.(2012). Describing and locating public open spaces in urban planning, in International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology, Volume 19 Number 2 (2012) ISSN 1630- 7267, pp. 91-104.

Gil, J., Beirão, J. N., Montenegro, N., and Duarte, J. P. (2012). On the discovery of urban typologies: Data mining the multi-dimensional morphology of urban areas, in Urban Morphology. 16, 1, April, 2012, pp. 27- 40.

Beirão, J. N., Duarte, J. P., & Stouffs, R. (2011). Creating generic grammars from specific grammars: towards flexible urban design. Nexus Network Journal, vol. 13, no. 1, April 2011, pp. 73-111.

Duarte, J. P., & Beirão, J. N. (2011). Towards a methodology for flexible urban design: designing with urban patterns and shape grammars, in Environment and Planning B: planning and design, vol. 38 (5) 2011, pp.879-902.

Beirão, J., Duarte, J., Montenegro, N., & Gil, J. (2010, May). Monitoring urban design through generative design support tools: a generative grammar for praia, in M. Matalasov (Ed.) AMIT - Architecture and Modern Information Technologies, vol, 2 (11), May 2010.

 

Conference Papers

Klerk, R.& Beirão, José. 2016. Ontologies and shapes grammars: A relational Overview towards semantic design systems. IN: spatial reasoning and ontologies.pág.34-44.

José Nuno Beirão, Letícia Mendes and Gabriela Celani (2014) CItyMaker Workshop - An Urban Design Studio to experience the dynamic interaction between design exploration and data flow on density-based indicators, Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion - Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 10-12 September 2014, pp. 33-41 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?ecaade2014_184

Beirão, José Nuno; André Chaszar and Ljiljana Cavic (2014 ) Convex- and Solid-Void Models for Analysis and Classification of Public Spaces, Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2014) / Kyoto 14-16 May 2014, pp. 253–262 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?caadria2014_170

Teixeira Mendes, Leticia; José Nuno Beirão; Gabriela Celani (2013) Meta- PREVI: Uma Meta-Gramática para a Geração de Habitação de Interesse Social [Meta-PREVI: A Meta-Grammar for the Generation of Social Housing], SIGraDi 2013 [Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics - ISBN: 978-956-7051-86-1] Chile - Valparaíso 20 - 22 November 2013, pp. 217 - 222 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?sigradi2013_313

Beirão, José and Arrobas, Pedro (2013) Interactive Urban Parametric Design, Stouffs, Rudi and Sariyildiz, Sevil (eds.), Computation and Performance – Proceedings of the 31st eCAADe Conference – Volume 1, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, 18-20 September 2013, pp. 291-299 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?ecaade2013_212

Mendes, Leticia Teixeira; Beirão, José Nuno; Duarte, José Pinto and Celani, Gabriela (2013) A Bottom-Up Social Housing System Described with Shape Grammars, Stouffs, Rudi and Sariyildiz, Sevil (eds.), Computation and Performance – Proceedings of the 31st eCAADe Conference – Volume 2, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, 18-20 September 2013, pp. 705-714 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?ecaade2013_139

Barros, Pedro; Beirão, José and Duarte, José Pinto (2013) The Language of Mozambican Slums, Stouffs, Rudi and Sariyildiz, Sevil (eds.), Computation and Performance – Proceedings of the 31st eCAADe Conference – Volume 2, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, 18-20 September 2013, pp. 715-724 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?ecaade2013_214

Chaszar, André and José Nuno Beirão (2013) Feature Recognition and Clustering for Urban Modelling – Exploration and Analysis in GIS and CAD, Open Systems: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2013) / Singapore 15-18 May 2013, pp. 601-610 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?caadria2013_220

Beirão, J. N. (2012), Minha Casa Minha Vida – a critical perspective; possible alternatives and improvements. Proceedings of the SiGraDi 2012 Conference, 14-16th November, Fortaleza, Brasil. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/ works/Show?_id=sigradi2012_145&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J.; Arrobas, P. (2012), City Information Modelling: spatial planning and design with CAD and GIS – a workshop experiment, ISUF Conference, TU Delft, 16-19th, October, 2012, the Netherlands.http://www.newurbanconfigurations.nl/

Arrobas, P.; Beirão, J. (2012), Interactive parametric design: dynamic generation of alternatives for planning complex urban environments, ISUF Conference, TU Delft, 16-19th, October, 2012, the Netherlands. http://www.newurbanconfigurations.nl/

Beirão, J ; Arrobas, P ; Duarte, J. (2012) Parametric Urban Design: Joining morphology and urban indicators in a single interactive model, Achten, Henri; Pavlicek, Jiri; Hulin, Jaroslav; Matejdan, Dana (eds.), Digital Physicality - Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1 / ISBN 978-9-4912070-2-0, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture (Czech Republic) 12-14 September 2012, pp.167-175 http://cumincad.scix.net/cgi-bin/works/Show?ecaade2012_130

Beirão, J. N., Montenegro, N., Arrobas, P. (2012), City Information Modelling: parametric urban models including design support data, PNUM 2012, Portuguese Network of Urban Morphology, ISCTE, Lisboa, pp. 1122- 1134. http://repositorio-iul.iscte.pt/handle/10071/3633

Beirão, J. N., Nourian, P., & Walderveen, B. (2011). Parametric ‘Route Structure’ Generation and Analysis: An interactive design system application for urban design. In Norbert Roozenburg, Lin-Lin Chen and Pieter Jan Stappers (eds), Proceedings of IASDR2011, 4th World Conference on Design Research, October 31 - November 4, 2011. TUDelft, 2011. ISBN 978-94-6190-718-9. http://www.iasdr2011.org/?id=2

Beirão, J. N., Nourian, P., & Mashoodi, B. (2011). Parametric urban design: An interactive sketching system for shaping neighbourhoods. Proceedings of the 29th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe – eCAADe 2011, (pp. 225-234). Ljubljana, Slovenia. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/ works/Show?_id=ecaade2011_050&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Montenegro, N., Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P. (2011). Public Space Patterns: towards a CIM standard for urban public space. Proceedings of the 29th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe – eCAADe 2011,, (pp. 79-86). Ljubljana, Slovenia. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2011_070&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Celani, G., Duarte, J. P., Beirão, J. N., & Vaz, C. (2011). Optimizing the “characteristic structure”: Combining shape grammars and genetic algorithms to generate urban patterns. Proceedings of the 29th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe – eCAADe 2011, (pp. 491-500). Ljubljana, Slovenia. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2011_108&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Montenegro, N., Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P. (2011). Public Space Patterns: Modeling the language of urban space. In G. Carrara, A. Fioravanti, & A. Trento (Ed.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Advances in Design Sciences and Technology , on Connecting Brains Shaping the World. Part V – Ontology, BIM and IFC Representations. Rome, Italy. http://www.dau.uniroma1.it/europia13/paper.html

Gil, J., Beirão, J. N., Montenegro, N., & Duarte, J. P. (2010). Assessing Computational Tools for Urban Design: Towards a “city information model”. Proceedings of the 28th eCAADe Conference Proceedings – eCAADe 2010, (pp. 361-369). ETH Zurich, Switzerland. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2010_021&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beirao&hits=10

Beirão, J., Mendes, G., Duarte, J. P., & Stouffs, R. (2010). Implementing a Generative Urban Design Model: Grammar-based design patterns for urban design. Proceedings of the 28th eCAADe Conference Proceedings, (pp. 265-274). ETH Zurich, Switzerland. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2010_084&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beirao&hits=10

Gil, J., Montenegro, N., Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P. (2010). On the Discovery of Urban Typologies. In Pinho, P. and Oliveira, V (Eds.), Bringing City Form Back Into Planning, Proceedings of the CITTA 3rd Annual Conference on Planning Research, (pp. 163-176). Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal. http://citta.fe.up.pt/events/citta-3rd-annual-conference-on-planningresearch

Beirão, J. N., Montenegro, N., Gil, J., Duarte, J. P., & Stouffs, R. (2009). The city as a street system: A street description for a city ontology. SIGraDi 2009 - Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, (pp. 132-134). Sao Paulo, Brazil. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=sigradi2009_821&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Gil, J., Montenegro, N., Beirão, J. N., & Duarte, J. P. (2009). On the Discovery of Urban Typologies: Data Mining the Multi-dimensional Character of Neighbourhoods. In B. Colakoglu, & G. Cagdas (Ed.), Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe - eCAADe 2009, (pp. 269-278). Istanbul, Turkey. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2009_148&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J., Duarte, J., Gil, J., and Montenegro, N., 2009, Monitoring urban design through generative design support tools: a generative grammar for Praia, Proceedings of APDR Congress, Cidade da Praia, Cabo Verde. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=4c44&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J., Duarte, J. and Stouffs, R., 2009a, Grammars of Designs and Grammars for Designing – Grammar based patterns for urban design, Proceedings of CAAD Futures’09 Conference, Montreal, Canada. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=cf2009_890&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J., Duarte, J. and Stouffs, R., 2009b, A Grammar for Praia: derivations on urban grid grammars, Proceedings of the 27th eCAADe Conference, 2009, Istanbul. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2009_124&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J., Duarte, J. and Stouffs, R., 2008, Structuring a Generative Model for Urban Design: Linking GIS to Shape Grammars, Architecture in Computro - 26th eCAADe Conference Proceedings, Antwerpen, pp. 929-938. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=ecaade2008_055&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12

Beirão, J.N., Duarte, J.P., 2005, Urban Grammars: Towards Flexible Urban Design, in Proceedings of the 23rd Conference on Education in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2005, Lisbon, Portugal. http://cumincad.scix.net/cgibin/works/Show?_id=2005_491&sort=DEFAULT&search=Beir%e3o&hits=12


Other publications on research work

Entrevista em arqa. Arquitectura e Arte, 106, Processos Digitais, mar/abr 2013, pp. 34-35. ISSN: 1647-077X

Beirão J., 2011, Generative tools for flexible urban design, Atlantis, magazine by Polis: Urban Form, TUDelft, Delft, 22.2, August 2011, pp.39-41.

Interviewed by the Architecture periodic Arq./A on theme Parametric Urban Design, April 2013, 106.

Was responsible for the section on Interior Architecture on the Architecture periodic Arquitectura e Vida, between 2005 and 2007.


Lectures or presentations (by invitation)

Beirão, J. N. (2013). City Information Modeling – o CIM em CItyMaker: análise, síntese e avaliação em projecto urbano. Fluxo de informação no processo de decisão em desenho urbano (2nd Seminar: Formal and semiformal methods in Architecture). ESAP, Porto, May, 22nd, 2013.

Invited lecturer – From shape grammars to parametric design: strategies for dealing with urban and architectural complexity. March, 22nd , 2013 at ISCTE, Lisboa.

Beirão, J. N. (2012). From shape grammars to parametric design: strategies for dealing with urban and architectural complexity. Invited Keynote at SiGraDi 2012, Fortaleza, Brasil.

Beirão, J.N. (2012). Design patterns for parametric urban design: joining calculations and geometry. Presentation at the Measuring Urbanity Seminar, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, May 7th- 12th, 2012.

Beirão, J. N. (2011). Parametric Urban design: ferramentas para projecto urbano. Seminário Métodos formais e semi-formais em Arquitectura (Seminar: Formal and semi-formal methods in Architecture). ESAP, Porto.

Invited lecturer – Lunch meetings: Parametric Urban Design - Interactive tools for supporting urban design decision making, May, 12th 2011, at OTB, TUDelft.

Invited lecturer – Parametric Urban Design - Interactive tools for supporting urban design decision making, April, 5th 2011, at ISCTE, Lisboa.

Invited lecturer – Strengths and opportunities for shape grammar approaches to urban design / the generation module for City Induction. November, 23rd 2009, at UniCamp, Campinas, Brasil. Lecture available online at: http://www.cameraweb.unicamp.br/midia=0500001

Invited lecturer by the Faculty of Architecture, Catholic University of Viseu, Portugal. Lecture entitled “Customized Architecture and Urban Design”. April, 27th, 2009.

Invited lecturer by the Faculty of Architecture, TUDelft. Lecture entitled: “Customised Architectural and Urban Design”. April, 12th, 2007, at TUDelft. Invited lecturer for the II International New Town Seminar, Almere, The Netherlands - 11-12, October, 2007. Lecture entitled: Urban Design with Patterns and Shape Rules. http://www.newtowninstitute.org/files/u8/summariesB.pdf

Presentation of personal architectural and urban design work – integrated in a set of conferences called ‘A Prat(ic)a da Casa’ (House Practice), FAUTL, May, 2005.

 

Updated 21/12/2017