Title: Director, Professor of Architecture
Company: The Pennsylvania State University
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
Jose Pinto Duarte, PhD, Director and Professor of Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.
With more than 30 years of professional experience, Dr. Duarte has been the director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing at the Pennsylvania State University since 2015, also serving as a professor of architecture and landscape architecture for the school since 2016. Prior to obtaining his current roles, he served as a full professor with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon from 2006 to 2015, having been an assistant professor since 2002 and a lecturer since 2000. Since 2013, Dr. Duarte has also served as a researcher with the Research Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD).
Dr. Duarte has also held a number of positions with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including as a visiting scientist in the Design Lab of the Department of Architecture in 2009, a lecturer in the department of architecture from 1999 to 2000, a teaching assistant from 1997 to 1999, and a research assistant in 1992. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Duarte has extensive experience in the field, including as a research trainee with the National Laboratory Civil Engineering Laboratory from 1990 to 1993, and as an architect with the Carolos S. Lameiro Office in 1990 and the Manuel Tainha Office from 1988 to 1991. Earlier in his career, he was a trainee with Santa-Rita Arquitectos from 1987 to 1988 and with the Pardal Monteiro Office in 1987.
Dr. Duarte was inspired to enter the architectural field from an early age, having always held an interest in it as well as a love for science. In addition, he learned that his country had a housing crisis that further led to his thinking of ways to build affordable homes. He began his career as a student at the University of Lisbon, receiving a degree in architecture in 1987. After obtaining hands-on experience in the field, he traveled to the United States to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing a Master of Science in architecture studies and design inquiry in 1993 and a Doctor of Philosophy in architecture, design and computation in 2001. Returning to Portugal, he completed additional coursework in habilitation in architecture with the University of Lisbon in 2008. Dr. Duarte is a certified architect by the Portuguese Architects Association.
Attributing his success to his teachers and the influence of his father who always pushed him to excel, Dr. Duarte has been recognized throughout his career for his contributions. Having received Second Prize in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Mars 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, he also received the First Prize Scientific Award in the Field of Architecture from University of Lisbon, having previously won Honorable Mention in the same category from the school.
The CAAD Futures Foundation Conference recognized Dr. Duarte with a Best Paper Award, and the Foundation for Science and Technology gave him the Best PhD Thesis Publication Award at the Competition for the Publication of Scientific Texts, also naming him a PhD Scholar with the PRAXIS XXI Program from 1996 to 2000. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation gave him a Best PhD Thesis Publication Award, MIT gave him a Hyzen Award, and he was named a Master Scholar of the Science Program in Science and Technology by the Junta National Investigation. An honoree of the Portuguese-American Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Dr. Duarte was a Fulbright Scholar with the Portuguese-American Cultural Commission and a grantee of the Institute of International Education, Inc., and the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Duarte intends to continue his research and focus his interests on having a greater impact on society. He is particularly proud of his work with NASA, as he has always dreamed of designing homes for use on other planets. In his free time, Dr. Duarte enjoys working out, enjoying nature, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and reading.
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