Graduate Architecture

Rui Morais e Castro

PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture

Rui Castro is completing his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Weitzman School of Design. His research explores the history of architecture after World War II, and its intersection with politics, the visual, performance and screen arts. His research is particularly focused on the role of spatial and aesthetic practices in the construction of a participated public sphere.

In his doctoral dissertation -- “Transgressive Transparency. Dan Graham, Art/Architecture, and the Public in the Long 1970s” -- Rui examines the work of the American artist Dan Graham from 1964 to the two-way mirror-glass pavilions Graham began producing in the late-1970s. Rui observes the disciplinary, cultural, and political conditions that motivated Graham to adopt this form of public art that persists in the border of art and architecture for the last 40 years.

Rui is an architect who has practiced in Spain and Portugal. His work has been prized, published, and presented in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Italy, and the USA. He holds a Bachelors in Architecture, a Masters in Planning and Design of the Urban Environment from the University of Porto (Magna Cum Laude), and an Advanced Studies Diploma in Architecture from Madrid Polytechnic University. He taught Design Studio and Architecture History and Theory at U.L. Porto, at the Madrid Polytechnic University, at U.C.J.C. Madrid, and at the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a guest critic in European and US schools.

His doctoral project was awarded the Grant for Doctoral Studies from the Portuguese Ministry of Education Science and Technology Foundation, the Canadian Center for Architecture Collection Research Grant, and the Salvatori Award from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Italian Studies.

In 2019-2020 Rui is a University of Pennsylvania CTL Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellency, and is organizing at the Weitzman School of Design seven workshops on the topic "Teaching For and From Diversity."