This past year I explored and worked on new approaches and methodologies of architectural education in a community context, through a cycle of fun Family Architecture Workshops; as well as developing Community Engagement Strategies in order to create an architectural awareness of Chester's city centre.
I have also designed and delivered architectural workshops in schools (from primary schools up to colleges) where each workshop was connected with the current curriculum, tying together formal and informal education. Somehow influenced by the social distancing measures imposed by the government this year.
I have decided that this project should take a step forward and to make this project available to everyone online.
My name is Neuza Morais, I am a mom, architect, and community educator enthusiast.
I studied architecture at University Lusiada in Lisbon, where I became interested in the correlations between music and architecture which later tied together in my Master degree dissertation “Architecture and Music: Reason and Metaphor” a reflection on the role of music in architecture, analysing how it could be used by the architect in his practice and design process.
In 2019 started my MA in Chester University - Creative Practices in Education - where I have been exploring and working on new approaches and methodologies of architectural education in a community context.
In September 2019 received the Storyhouse Sponsorship Award where I have put worked in the Cultural Education and Research Department putting in practice all concepts explored in the MA. During this academic year, I developed and delivered a cycle of Family Architecture Workshops; I have worked on a Community Engagement Project as well as designed and delivered Architectural Workshops in Schools (in primary schools and colleges) where each workshop is connected with current curriculum, tying together formal and informal education.
In June 2020 was nominated by the Department of Children and Education Services of the University of Chester to receive the Susan M Chance award - Innovation in Education 2020