Dr Pedro D'Alpoim Guedes

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
p.guedes@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69081

Overview

Pedro’s career has covered research, teaching and architectural practice as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations with designers in other fields.

Guedes’ current research focuses on colonial architectures illuminated by a global perspective founded on cultural exchange. Pedro’s research has been published in Architectural History, Fabrications, Architectural Research Quarterly, ARQ (Chile), Architectural Theory Review as well as in specialist conference proceedings.

His PhD explored invention and innovation in the introduction of iron in buildings of the nineteenth century. Part of this work focused on colonial enterprise and the establishment of worldwide networks for the exploitation of resources and trade.

Pedro’s experience in Architectural education includes many years as Unit Master and director of Technical Studies at the Architectural Association in London and as Course Leader in Architecture and Interior Design at the Royal College of Art. In addition to academic appointments in the UK, Australia and for short periods in the USA, where he taught as Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis, Pedro has also lectured and participated in reviews in architectural schools in Britain, Ireland, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, USA, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Japan.

As a practicing architect, Pedro was co-founder of Berman & Guedes Architects, a practice that continues to flourish in the UK, based in Oxford. In 1985, Guedes was invited to join the international multi-disciplinary practice, Pentagram Design as an Associate Partner.

Pedro’s design work and drawings have been exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy, and Art Net in London and Louisiana Museum in Denmark. He has collaborated in numerous architectural competitions and has had projects published in Architectural Review, Architectural Design, A&U, Japan Architect, Residence, Maison & Jardin, Building Design, A Plus, 02 Pages, El Croquis, Louisiana Revy, Zoom – Revista de la imagen.

Pedro continues practice in the design of exhibitions and collaborations with colleagues internationally. Most recently he curated and designed a major architectural exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal. He was invited to join an interdisciplinary team by the award winning Johannesburg practice, Peter Rich Architects to develop an ethical tourism Master Plan for heritage rich Aksum in Ethiopia.

Research Interests

  • Colonial Architectures
    Pedro’s current research explores interactions between cultures in the development of building forms and settlements, since the end of the 15th century, when European merchants, conquerors, missionaries and settlers began to establish trading emporia, enclaves and colonies in Africa, Asia and the Americas. For this work, Pedro brings to this study fluency in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, first-hand knowledge of Southern and East Africa, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia and familiarity with archives in former colonial outposts as well as those in in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain and France.
  • Transformation of Ideas into Artefacts
    The underlying investigation in his PhD research continues to inform some of Pedro’s research focusing on how invention and innovation in design and making augment the vocabulary of architecture.
  • Ideas and their Representation
    This curiosity has guided Pedro’s interest in communicating ideas through curating and designing exhibitions at several scales and in tune with different contexts. Through Design Research, the implications of different approaches, tested in projects, proposals and actual exhibitions can be evaluated. This interest has also enhanced his teaching where he has focused on the problem of capturing the essence of ideas through their representation in various media where clarity of content takes precedence over surface effects and seductive facile dexterity.
  • Global Infrastructures of Connectivity
    Part of Pedro’s PhD research was an investigation of the development of worldwide networks of trade dependent on the new technologies of the nineteenth century which linked areas of production and extraction with continental and overseas markets via telegraphs, railroads and steamship lines. These networks consolidated colonial enterprise and stimulated the development of informal empires of dependence. These developments demanded new types building processing and storing commodities on an unprecedented scale. New technologies of automation of production, bulk handling and refrigeration played their part creating new architectures. In parallel, new urban infrastructures supplying water, drainage, gas, electricity, public transport and other services transformed cities, facilitated their growth beyond anything previously possible. Strands of this research will inform his work in Colonial Architectures and have the potential for tightly focused further research.

Research Impacts

Guedes’ work on exhibitions has been recognized internationally through his appointment as a Curatorial Fellow by the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon at the Centro Cultural de Belem, where he curated, designed the exhibition and edited the 300 page catalogue of Pancho Guedes – Vitruvius Mozambicanus. This large-scale installation brought together architectural drawings, photographs, models, paintings and sculpture in a show targeted at a wider public than is normally attracted to exhibitions of architectural work. The exhibition had over 48,000 visitors and received favourable reports in Portuguese and European print and broadcast media.

Pedro finds applying similar skillsets in radically different contexts to be intellectually rewarding. His contribution to the ethical tourism master plan for Aksum was well received by stakeholders in Ethiopia and continues to be downloaded by Africans from several countries with similar material circumstances as well as by others interested in communicating tangible and intangible cultural material.

Guedes is committed to publishing his conventional academic research and making it freely and fully available through UQ e-space.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • DipArch, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge
  • Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Publications

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). Becoming the Other. In: Disclosing Southeast Asia’s Built Environment across the Colonial and Postcolonial World. SEAARC Symposium, Singapore, (). 5-7 January 2017.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). The shape of hurricanes: Lieutenant Colonel Reid’s morphology of cyclonic weather system. In: Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture - iNTA 2017, 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference. International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference, Gainesville, FL, United States, (). 1-3 December 2017.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). Ubique: supporting Britain’s Imperial project through military engineering journals. In: International Congress Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press, promoted by the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-PE). International Congress Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press, Lisboa, Portugal, (). 22-25 May 2017.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Guedes, Pedro (2011). Network structures - precedents. In Brett Steele and Francisco González de Canales (Ed.), Net works: an atlas of connective and distributive intelligence in architecture (pp. 52-62) London, United Kingdom: Architectural Association Publications.

  • Guedes, P. (1979). Building Materials. In Guedes, P. (Ed.), The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architecture and Technological Change (pp. ---) London: Macmillan.

  • Guedes, P. (1979). ‘Tools, techniques and fixings’. In Guedes, P. (Ed.), The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architecture and Technological Change (pp. ---) London: Macmillan.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). Becoming the Other. In: Disclosing Southeast Asia’s Built Environment across the Colonial and Postcolonial World. SEAARC Symposium, Singapore, (). 5-7 January 2017.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). The shape of hurricanes: Lieutenant Colonel Reid’s morphology of cyclonic weather system. In: Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture - iNTA 2017, 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference. International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference, Gainesville, FL, United States, (). 1-3 December 2017.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2017). Ubique: supporting Britain’s Imperial project through military engineering journals. In: International Congress Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press, promoted by the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-PE). International Congress Politics and Culture in Colonial Periodical Press, Lisboa, Portugal, (). 22-25 May 2017.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2016). Deep shade in Australia: adapting the verandah to public buildings. In: Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the European Architectural History Network, (EAHN). International Conference of the European Architectural History Network, (EAHN), Dublin, Ireland, (257-271). 2-4 June 2016.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2016). Reconstructing the past to satisfy the present: fictional heritage in the USA, Peru, Brazil, South Africa & Malaysia. In: Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, HERITAGE 2016, 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Lisbon, Portugal, (1769-1778). 12 – 15 July 2016.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2015). Ecstasies of global reach: Catholic missionary building and settlements before 1750. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (231-242). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2014). At bustling edges of Empire: colonial cities founded on trade, extractions and administration before 1700. In: Paul Sanders, Mirko Guaralda and Linda Carroli, Urban Form at the Edge: Proceedings from ISUF 2013. International Seminar on Urban Form, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (8-21). 17-20 July 2013.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2014). Infrastructures for the Spice Trade: factories and fortified enclaves on the shores of the Indian Ocean and Far East. In: Christoph Schnoor, Translation: The 31st Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (703-714). 2-5 July 2014.

  • Guedes, Pedro and Lewcock, Ronald B. (2012). Portuguese architectural adaptations to the architectures of the East and their legacy. In: FAU / USP, Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa. Espaços Narrados - a construção dos múltiplos territórios da língua portuguesa, São Paulo, SP, Brasil, (594-613). 29 October - 1 November 2012.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2011). Firm foundations or shaky ground? Unraveling tangled threads of attribution. In: Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, Audience: The 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-27). 7-10 July 2011.

  • Guedes, P. D. (2006). Contesting accepted narratives of the 1851 Crystal Palace. In: T. McMinn, J. Stephens and S. Basson, Proceedings [of the] Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand XXIII Annual Conference 2006 : SAHANZ 2006 : Contested Terrains. SAHANZ 2006: The 23rd annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, W.A., (207-213). 29 September - 2 October 2006.

  • Guedes, P. and Jamieson, P. (2005). Exchanging ideas: Extending the repertoire of learning space out of doors. In: Kathi Holt-Damant and Paul Sanders, AASA 2005: Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. AASA 2005: Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Drawing Together: Convergent Practises in Architectural Education, Brisbane, Australia, (not found-not found). 28-30 September 2005.

  • Guedes, P. (2005). William Vose Pickett’s celebration of an imagined architecture - The failure of invention without representation. In: Andrew Leach and Gill Matthewson, Celebration: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, 24-27 September 2005. Celebration: The 22nd annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, (147-153). 24-27 September 2005.

  • Guedes, P. D. (2004). Limitless habitation: A revolution and dwelling in Meiji, Japan. In: Harriet Edquist and Helene Frichot, Limits: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Limits: The 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Australia, (193-202). 26-29 September 2004.

  • Guedes, P. D. (2003). What, Architecture? Not Architecture! Iron's last stand in the arena of Architectural legitimacy. In: M. Gusheh and N. Stead, PROGRESS : The 20th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. The 20th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, New South Wales, (139-145). 3-5 October, 2003.

  • Guedes, Pedro (2002). The iron duke’s West Indian barracks. In: J. P. Macarthur and A. Moulis, Additions to architectural history : Nineteenth annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Additions to Architectural History, XIXth Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Australia, (72-94). 4-7 October 2002.

  • Guedes, Pedro P.D. (2000). Unwanted Cargo: pRe-fabricating Toowoomba station. In: Andrew Leach and Emina Petrovic, Formulation Fabrication - The Architecture of History: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Wellington, New Zealand, (). 13-17 Nov, 2000.

  • Guedes, Pedro (1998). Corrugated Iron: H. R. Palmer, his milieu and the material before Galvanisation. In: Julie Willis, Philip Goad and Andrew Hutson, FIRM(ness) commodity DE-light?: questioning the canons: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Conference of The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne. Fifteenth Annual Conference of The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, (). 1998.

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