Filipe Afonso is an Oporto based architect and researcher. Between 2001 and 2006 Filipe Afonso co-founded Arquitectos Anonimos®, an award winning architecture studio with built work recognized internationally. In 2014 started Anonymous Architects HK Limited, the studio’s branch operating in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. 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. He worked independently from 2001 and, among other projects, he has designed and built the Cultural Centre of Ílhavo. He is an award-winning architect and educator.
Filipe Afonso holds a Master of Architecture from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona-Spain) in 2009 with the topic “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.
Currently is a Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Guangzhou University in China. Prior to this appointment he was 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.
Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, 2014-2017)
Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Design, ESAD (Portugal, 2011-2013)
Assistant Professor at Lusophone University of Humanities Technologies (Portugal, 2010-2013)
Assistant Professor at Universidade Lusofona Porto (Portugal, 2012-2013)
Guest Professor at University Innsbruck, Institut fur Gestaltung (Austria, 2013)
Guest Professor at Ulsan University, School of Architecture (South Korea, 2013)
Digital Architectural Design – Computational Design (Graduate)
Architectural Design 5 (Undergraduate)
Architectural Design 4 (Undergraduate)
Landscape Design (Undergraduate)
1.Rethinking Historical Prototypes using Computational Methods, awarded by Guangzhou University. 2019.
2.Potentials for the design of an agglomerated cork non-standard modular façade system applied to high-rise construction, awarded by Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2016.
3.Cork Matters: Towards New Applications of Cork Agglomerates in Architecture Industry in Hong Kong, awarded by Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2015.
1.2019 National Prize at the Portuguese European Enterprise Awards, awarded by Portuguese Agency for Innovation and Competitiveness.
2.2016 German Design Awards (shortlisted). Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte.
3.2015 Winner of iF Design Award. Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte.
4.2015 Winner of Green Good Design award. Co-authorship with Simple Forms Design Studio and Granorte.
1.Kunming Clubhouse and Hotel. 2018 (Concept and design). Main responsibilities: Project concept and design; Location: China / Kunming, Yunnan Province; Client: TonWell - Shenzhen. Direct Commission.
2.Tiandeng School Pavilion. 2018 (Concept and design). Main responsibilities: Project concept and design; Location: China / Tiandeng, Nanning; Client: Tiandeng local government. Direct Commission.
3.Maoming Eco Village. 2018 (Concept and design). Main responsibilities: Project concept and design; Location: China / Maoming, Guangdong Province; Client: Guangzhou City Design Institute. Direct Commission.
4.Film “LIGHT”, Urban Screening series, Organized by the Australian Institute of Architects. Scientific Field: Arts, Architecture; Additional references: The Urban Screening is a public video exhibition that debuted at the Perth Cultural Centre Screen during Architecture Week WA 2014 and expanded to other Australian cities through the Australian Institute of Architects’ Emerging Architects and Graduate Network. “Light” – is a short on the effects of excessive artificial light conditions in Hong Kong.
5.Film “Guangzhou Places”, Urban Screening series, Organized by the Australian Institute of Architects. Scientific Field: Arts, Architecture; Additional references: Drawing Resilience is a joint research collaboration between University of Western Australia and Guangzhou University.
1.Afonso, F. (2019). Potential for the design of an energy saving facade system using agglomerated cork: implications in subtropical climates. In 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Structures (ICSBS 2019), CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.
2.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.
3.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.
4.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.
5.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.