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Dr Godofredo Pereira


  • Architect and researcher Dr Godofredo Pereira is a Senior Tutor and Course Leader on MA Environmental Architecture and ADS7 Ecologies of Existence in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. 

  • Biography

  • Godofredo Enes Pereira is an architect whose work is centred on environments, ecologies and collective politics. His doctoral research titled ‘The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics’ investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources, focusing on Venezuelan petropolitics and environmental conflicts in the Atacama Desert in Chile.  He is a member of Forensic Architecture where he lead the Atacama Desert project and was part of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene curriculum & campus, a pedagogical and research project that brings together experts from natural sciences, humanities and the arts to discuss the consequences of climate change to planetary architecture.

    Most recently his work has appeared in Anthropocene curriculum (‘Anomalous Alliances’, 2017); Volume (‘The Project of a Collective Line’, 2016), Architectural Theory Review ('The Semiopragmatics of Architectural Enunciation’, 2016); (‘The Underground Frontier’, 2015), Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth (’Geoforensics: Underground Conflicts in the Atacama Desert’, Sternberg Press, 2014). He edited the book Savage Objects (INCM, 2012) and was the curator of the exhibition Object / Project for the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, 2016, and Objectology for the European Capital of Culture, 2012. 

    He joined the RCA in 2015 to run ADS7 with Platon Issaias, a studio focused on  ecologies of living and designing architecture as a collective political practice. 

    At the RCA he leads the Architecture and Social Movements Research group examining the practical, conceptual and disciplinary questions that social movements present to architecture, and which has recently launched a partnership with Barcelona en Comú (Barcelona in Common). 

    A graduate from the School of Architecture of University of Porto (FAUP), he holds an M.Arch from The Bartlett School of Architecture. Prior to joining the RCA, he taught across the M.Arch Urban Design and GAD programmes at Bartlett School of Architecture.

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  • External collaborations

  • Godofredo is a research member of Forensic Architecture, at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the principal researcher of the Atacama Desert Project: a geo-forensic investigation of environmental and territorial transformations in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Working together with local lawyers and activists he has produced films and cartographies, as well as technical and theoretical research in support of local indigenous communities. This work has been exhibited at the Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon (2013); in Dhaka at the Goethe Institute (2013); and in the HKW in Berlin, as part of the Forensis exhibition (2014).

    Godofredo is a collaborator on the Anthropocene project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), in Berlin. He was an instructor at the Anthropocene Curriculum & Campus in 2014 and in 2016.

    He was also part of the research team for the Unrest Project focusing on the expansion of special economic zones across the world, and in particular on Casiguran in the Philippines. 

    Godofredo was the co-editor of Detritos – Journal of Art and Theory between 2007–2011.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Exhibitions
    (2016) ‘Object / Project’, Lisbon Architecture Trienale, Presídio da Trafaria, Almada.
    (2015) ‘Axiomatics’, Social Glitch, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna.
    (2014) ‘Geoforensics of the Atacama Desert’, Forensic Architecture, HKW, Berlin.
    (2013) ‘Copper Desert’, Goethe Institute, Dhaka.
    (2011) ‘Terror do Objecto. Movimentos do material ao imaterial: artefactos, coisas, fetiches, monumentos, labirintos, relíquias, estátuas, ossos’ (The terror of the object. Movements from the material to the immaterial), Atelier Real, Lisbon.
    (2011) ‘The New City Reader: A Newspaper of Public Space’ curated by Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis/Network Architecture Lab, New Museum, New York. (with the Centre for Research Architecture) 
    (2010) ‘Object-text’ for the exhibition Antena 4 – Embankment #7, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Galeria Municipal Passos do Conselho, Torres Vedras. (with Susana Caló)
    (2009) ‘Canterel's Living Room’, Faculdade de Arquitectura de Guimarães, University of Minho (EAUM).
    (2009) ‘Writing Machine’, El Globo de Juan, Velha-a-branca, Braga.

    Curatorial Projects
    (2016) Curator of ‘Object-Project: The Constituent Dimension of Architecture’ exhibition and seminars at the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.
    (2015) Convenor of ‘Nature and Nation’ seminar with Marco Armiero, Emilio Distretti and Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
    (2015) Convenor of ‘Autonomy-Automation’ seminar with Luciana Parisi, Matteo Pasquinelli, Peg Rawes, Sara Franceschelli and Claudia Pasquero, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
    (2015) Convenor of ‘Cybernetic Ethos’ seminar with Andrew Pickering and Adam Jasper, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
    (2014) Convenor of ‘Conflicting Territories’ seminar with Etienne Turpin, Jane Rendell and Nafeez Ahmed, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
    (2012) Curator of ‘Objectology’, seminar, book and exhibition, Objects, Practices and Territories at European Capital of Culture, Guimarães. Participants included Eyal Weizman, Susan Schuppli, Jonathan Saldanha, Adrian Lahoud, Charles Heller, Gerald Nestler and Ayesha Hamed.
    (2011) Co-Curator of ‘Terror of the Object’ exhibition at GHOST/Atelier Real, Lisbon, 2011.

    Edited Books
    Savage Objects, INCM, Lisboa, 2012. Edited book with contributions by Michael Taussig, Eyal Weizman, Graham Harman and Reza Negarestani, amongst others.

    Book Chapters
    ‘Objecto-Projecto’, in The Form of Form, Edited by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, Lars Muller Publishers, 2017.
    ‘Geoforensics: Underground Conflicts in the Atacama Desert’ in Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth, Berlin: Sternberg Press, March 2014.
    ‘Underground: Venezuela’s Territorial Fetishism’, in Savage Objects, ed. Godofredo Pereira, Lisbon: INCM, 2012.
    ‘Vandalism Not Art’, in (Dis)Locations: Exile, Topology, Relocation, University of Porto, Faculty of Arts, Gabinete Editorial, 2011.

    ‘From the Hospital to the City’, in London Journal of Critical Thought (LJCT), Volume 2, May 2017. (with Susana Caló) 
     ‘Anomalous Alliances: Nature and Politics in the Yasuní Proposal’, in Axiomatic EarthAnthropocene Curriculum & Campus, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2017.
    ‘The Semio-Pragmatics of Architecture’, in Architectural Theory Review, Vol. 21, Issue 1, 2017. (with Susana Caló) 
    ‘Architectural Devices’, Architecture Conversations. e-flux architecture, January 2017.
    'The Project of a Collective Line’, Volume 47, April 2016.
    ‘The Underground Frontier’,, Issue 4.4/2015: 4.
    ‘Feitiço, Arquitectura e Território’, Revista Lugar Comum 43, Brazil, March 2014.
    ‘Expert Report on Contamination of Salar Talabre’, submitted to SEA Chile, environmental approval, September 2013. (with Alonso Barros) 
    ‘Territorial Evidence’, London: Forensic Architecture Press, 2013.
    ‘Objectos, Práticas, Territórios’, ArqA: Arquitectura e Arte 104, November–December 2012.
    ‘Spaces of Negotiation’, Oris: casopis za arhitekturu i kulturu = magazine for architecture and culture, Zagreb: Arhitekst, 75, 2012.
    ‘Dead Commodities’, Cabinet 43, August 2011.
    ‘Profanation and Vandalism’, Revista Punkto 1, October 2010.
    ‘The Sacred Body of the State’, OpenDemocracy, September 2010.
    ‘Universal Catastrophe — Roundtable On Terrorism’ with Eyal Weizman, Godofredo Pereira, Paulo Tavares, Tina Di Carlo and Yazan Khalili, Revista Detritos 4, 2010.
    ‘Uma certa dose de delírio’ (A certain amount of delirium), Projecta Futuro, January 2010.
    ‘A Magnificência do Falhanço, Do Delírio à Morte’ (Magnificence of Failure, from Delirium to Death), Revista Detritos. Revista de Arte e Ensaio 3, July 2009.
    ‘Da Sustentabilidade à Ecologia Radical’ (From sustainability to radical ecology), in Revista Detritos. Revista de Arte e Ensaio 2, November 2008.
    ‘Arquitectura das Máquinas de Guerra’ (Architecture of War Machines), Revista Detritos. Revista de Arte e Ensaio 1, Porto, May 2008.
    ‘A Patafisica do Absurdo’ (‘Pataphysics of the Absurd), Revista Detritos. Revista de Arte e Ensaio 1, May 2008.
    ‘Delírios de Poder’ (Deliriums of Power), in Colecção Opúsculos, Porto: Dafne Editora, 2007.

    Catalogue Essays/ Art Publications
    ‘Traces of the Image’ in BES Photo Catalogue, Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, 2011. (with Susana Caló)
    ‘Archive of the Invented Real. On the functioning of the editorial machine’, in Antena 04, Serralves Foundation, 2010. (with Susana Caló) 
    Reprint-Real Time, Paulo Mendes exhibition, Porto, Galeria Nuno Centeno, 2010.
    Photography. Modes of Use, ed. Delfim Sardo, Documenta, Lisbon, 2015.

    Selected Presentations

    ‘Environmental Architecture’, at TU Delft.
    ‘Ecologies of Existence’, at Hybrid Ecologies, Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, February.

    ‘Object / Project’, at Contagion – Lisbon Architecture Trienalle, Lisbon.
    'Ecologies of Existence', Ecologies and Practices of the Common, Tenderpixel Gallery, London.
    'A Fronteira Subterrânea' (Underground Frontier), Escola Superior Artística do Porto.
    'Territorial Evidence', Axiomatic Earth Seminar, Anthropocene Curriculum & Campus, House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin.

    ‘Architectural Enunciation’, This Thing Called Theory, Leeds Beckett University. (with Susana Caló) 
    ‘Radical Ecologies’, What is at Play in Environmental Design?, Westminster University London.
    ‘Jarry, an unknown precursor to Guattari’, AlienTalk, The BarberShop Summer School, Lisbon.
    ‘Surface Symptoms’, Visuality, Materiality and Mining Symposium, School of Humanities, University of Brighton.
    ‘Underground Frontier’, Nature and Nation, The Bartlett School of Architecture University College London.
    ‘Underground Frontier’, Conflict Territories, Red Tape 4b, Royal College Arts.
    ‘Territorial Calculations’, MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, Goldsmiths, University of London.

    ‘Material Classification’, Geo-politics, Anthropocene Curriculum, Haus Der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
    ‘Zones of Plunder’ (Skype presentation), Unrest, Casiguran, Philippines.
    ‘Atacama Desert Project’, Forensis, Showroom, London.
    ‘Inverted Pyramid’, Dialogue 2, March UD, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
    ‘Territorial Calculations’, MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, Goldsmiths, University of London.

    ‘Forensics in the Anthropocene’, Forensis Exhibition, HKW, Berlin, March 2014.
    ‘Radical Ecology’, Preston School of Architecture, UCLan.
    ‘Underground Fetishism’, Preston School of Architecture, UCLan.
    ‘Fetishism and Territory’ (keynote speaker), Objects in Crisis conference, Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon.
    ‘The Most Deadly Symptom’, Earthly Poison, The Cockpit Theatre, London, 2013.
    ‘Territorial Constitutionalism’, Devil’s Advocate seminar, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London
    ‘Territorial Evidence’, MA Research Architecture Seminar, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London,.
    ‘Militarization of Nature’, 5th Geneva Convention seminar, LSE/Goldsmiths, University of London.

    ‘Ecology and Geo-Architecture’, Social and Political Movements and Spatial Production in Ibero-America seminar, European Capital of Culture.
    ‘Venezuela’s Territorial Fetishism’, Objects, Practices and Territories, Guimarães.

    ‘Terrorismos. Motins. A destruição no espaço público’ (Terrorism. Riots. Destruction in the public space), talk at Gesto, Porto.
    ‘Re-writing Post-modernism’, talk at FAUC, Coimbra.
    ‘Magnificent Failure’, talk at Torneio Escada, Picote.
    ‘War Machine: the principles behind Detritos’, lecture at Atelier Real, Lisbon.
    ‘Archive and Memory’, lecture at the Museology Master’s Programme, FLUP.
    ‘Urban Destruction’, roundtable with Pedro Bandeira and Àlvaro Domingues, for the launch of Revista Punkto 2.
    ‘Bones and Remains’, Forensic Aesthetics, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste,
Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.
    ‘Terror/terrorism’, introduction to the event Terror/terrorism, Porto.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • (2014) Best Young Portuguese Architect’, Prémios Novos, Culturgest, Lisboa.
    (2014) Honourable Mention, Think Space Competition section ‘Environment’, with the project ‘The Great South American Pipeline: A Commons Protection Zone’ (Jury Keller Easterling), Zagreb.
    (2012) Book and Symposium Grant, Capital European of Culture.
    (2005) Residency Grant, Atelier Real, Lisbon.
    (2009) Doctoral Fellowship, first place, Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), Portugal.
    (2004) Distinction, Best Final Thesis of 2004, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto (FAUP).
    (2001–2002) Erasmus Grant, Politecnico di Milano and University of Porto.

Selected work


Research interests

Godofredo’s current research is focused on three main lines of enquiry. 


Current and recent research

Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Resource Extraction 2012 –
Underground Frontier looks at environmental disputes and geo-architecture in areas of resource extraction, with a focus on Venezuela, Chile and Nigeria. It is the subject of a book proposal under development, and of a series of published papers and lectures.

Architecture and Social Movements 2016 –
Architecture and Social Movements examines the practical, conceptual and disciplinary questions that social movements present to architecture and environmental design. This research has led to an exhibition and international seminar on architecture and social movements ‘Object-Project’ (Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2016), and the event ‘Architecture and Transformative Politics’ co-organized with the Birckbeck School of Law. Currently preparing the application to a large grant in partnership with Barcelona en Comú.

Collective Equipments 2017 –
Collaborative research focusing on the work of the interdisciplinary research centre CERFI (1969-1978), looking at the intersections of institutional analysis, urbanism and the role of ‘collective equipments’ for thinking modes of living and the city. Write-up stage of funding applications will take place in July 2017. Planned outcomes include a large-scale exhibition, a book and a seminar series.


Research students