Senior Lecturer

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa is an international architect born in Porto - Portugal, registered within the Architects Registration Board, chartered in the Royal Institute of British Architects and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Doctor of Architecture, degree earned at University Lusiada of Porto, that has its architecture roots in the “Porto School of Architecture” - the internationally recognised architecture teaching theory.

He has been practicing and teaching in different countries such as Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan or South Korea. Before joining Falmouth University, he was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University in Dubai, in the UAE and an Assistant Professor of Architecture (tenure-track) at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, in Taiwan.

Several master architects have influenced his output. They include Álvaro Siza in Portugal, Spain’s Alberto Campo Baeza, England's John Pawson, Switzerland’s Peter Zumthor and the Japanese architect Shinichi Ogawa.

Tiago sees Architecture not only as a means to fulfilling the needs of a specific program brief but to produce work in harmony with the surrounding environment, in order to achieve the essence of architecture through the materiality of a timeless building.

External Links

Tiago Costa staff profile

Contact details

Qualifications

Qualifications

Year Qualification Awarding body
2018 Doctor of Architecture University Lusiada of Porto
2008 Master of Architecture University Lusiada of Porto
2005 Bachelor of Architecture University Lusiada of Porto

Honors and awards

Year Description
2021

Bio-Architecture Formosana + Tiago Costa (1st Place)
Huashan 2.0 Architectural Design Competition for a Cultural Building in Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan.
34.5 million pounds

2021

Bio-Architecture Formosana + Tiago Costa (1st Place)
Keelung Interpretation Center Architectural Design Competition for a Cultural Building in Keelung, Taiwan.
3.5 million pounds

2009

João Álvaro Rocha Architects (1st Place), design team collaborator
Sanjotec Architectural Design Competition in São João da Madeira, Portugal.
5 million pounds

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Architecture Design
Architecture Theory
Architecture and Film

Research Topics

  • Architecture Design
  • Architecture Theory
  • Architecture and Film

Research Outputs

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting

Prof. Shen-Guan Shih

New Taiwanese Dollar Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST) Topological Interlocking for mortar-free masonry building system: Optimising for sustainability and mass production 650000 2022 2021

Events

Research Students

Previous student supervision

68 BArch students thesis’ at the American University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE.

9 MArch students thesis' at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Number of research students supervised to completion

9

Research degrees examined

I have examined 14 MArch students at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Number of research degree examinations

14

Teaching

Areas of teaching

  • Architecture

Courses taught

  • Architecture BA(Hons)
  • Architecture MArch

Professional Engagement

Social, community and cultural engagement

Speaker at the Taipei Building Show 2020, with a talk entitled “Topological Interlocking: from natural stone to artificial stone” in Taipei, Taiwan, 2020.

Design Workshop and Seminars at the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, South Korea, 2019.

Session Chair at the conference on Innovative Low-Carbon and Green Buildings in Subtropical area (ILCGBS) in Taipei, Taiwan, 2018.

Speaker at TEDx RIT Dubai, with a talk entitled "How a brat student can become a university professor" in Dubai, UAE, 2017.

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Registered member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Advisory Board Member for the College of Architecture and Design at Al Ghurair University (AGU)

Board Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) - Middle East (2015-2018)