COFAC is the entity legally responsible for the administration of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), the largest non-public University in Portugal, and other 21 Higher Education Institutions, both in Portugal and in other Portuguese speaking countries. The University name comes from the word “Lusofonia” which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background. C OFAC and ULHT assume themselves as the leading institutions responsible for the development of this geographical and cultural space with more than 200 million inhabitants. ULHT is an equal opportunities University, currently with a student body of more than 11.000 students and 1500 academic staff members, 40% of which hold a PhD degree. C overing a wide range of areas of knowledge stretching across the arts, science, health, sport, law, education, and social sciences, the University is structured around 18 Faculties, Schools, Institutes or Departments. ULHT offers a variety of high quality courses: 47 undergraduate Degrees, 62 Master Degrees, 8 PhD’s programs and several vocational and continuous training courses accordingly with the life-learning development paradigm. The University accommodates several research units financed under FC T, and actively promotes the creation and transference of knowledge and competences. More than 50 research projects are under development involving partnerships with several other research organizations.
The COFAC organised the European Workshop on Waterfront Urban Design (EWWUD) since 2010, an Intensive Program sponsored by Life Learning Program Erasmus. The workshop methodology elaborated in the workshop series is directly relevant to e-FIADE intensive workshop setting. Pedro Garcia, PhD, Architect Senior Architect at Ressano Garcia Arquitectos. For the last years he has been researching the transformation of port cities and waterfront regeneration receiving a Masters and a PhD degree on the subject. In his office in Lisbon, theory and practice are combined in projects of architecture, urban design and participation in international competitions. He started teaching at U.C. Berkeley, since 1997 to the present teaches in Lisbon at Universidade Lusófona and is a visiting teacher at International Workshops. Since 2010 is the coordinator of the European Workshop on Waterfront Urban Design. Awarded with Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia grants. Has published widely in books, magazines and international conferences . In 2010 received the Pancho Guedes Architecture Award. Main articles he published in specialized communication centers, seminars and workshops are: • C.S.& M.V. “Teaching and experimenting with architectural design, Thessaloniki-Greece, Vol35”, 2007 • Educating Architects towards Innovative Architecture, “Juxtaposition, How Kandinsky may help Design Arquitecture”, May 2010 • EAAE “Conservation and Transformation “, May 2011 • Planning Perspectives, volume 23, issue 1, 2008 “The role of the port authority and the municipality in port transformation: Barcelona, San Francisco and Lisbon, Planning Perspectives”, January 2008