Research Group on Design for the Territory is a group integrated into the Pole of Castelo Branco, from the Design Center of the CIAUD (Center for Research in Architecture, Urban Design, and Design) of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon.

The Research Group on Design for the Territory integrates members with different formations, understanding the multidisciplinarity of the research developed as a factor of differentiation and a guarantor of results for the processes.

The scope of action of the Group covers the different areas of design, but also other disciplines and complementary areas of study, in a logic of valorization of territories, identity, society and the environment. 

Research Topics

The Research Group on Design for the Territory has as primary objective the development of applied research projects, with a methodological focus in the triad Territory, Design, and Process, promoting and valuing Culture, Material and immaterial Patrimony, Identity, Sustainability and the society.

The Group develops research that is geared towards the enhancement of territory and innovation through design, whether concerning a geographical place or through the methodology or processes applied to the projects, using research in design and research for design practice


RETHINK – Research Group on Design for the Territory

Coordinator: João Vasco Matos Neves


Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas
do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco

Campus da Talagueira, Avenida do Empresário
6000 Castelo Branco, Portugal