The opportunity to attend the Advanced Practices PhD (formerly Curatorial/Knowledge) program is a transformative experience to both professional development, in my case as a research curator and editor engaged with architecture and space, and to the birth of possible academic careers, in my case it permitted to start a career as a guest professor and as a post-doctoral researcher.
It took me seven years to complete the program, and I can proudly state that its demanding theoretical framework, the high level discussions with the academic staff at Goldsmiths and its many international guests, along with the many itineraries and meetings in cultural venues in Europe, have prepared us for different outcomes, projects, and even different career opportunities (whether in formal institutions or in creating new organizations).
Today my main occupations are as a Guest Auxiliary Professor at the University of Porto, combined with a full time position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the New University of Lisbon, both in Portugal. I am a work group leader at the European Forum for Advanced Practices, a platform gathering around 140 researchers from 36 different countries. In 2016 I opened my first permanent exhibition (and coordinated the teams that set it), the House of Memory of Guimarães, mixing history, anthropology, art, literature, and several forms of crafts and traditional metiers.
To attend Advanced Practices program, I have benefited of a four year full time scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Sciences and Technologies (FCT) and would not be able to complete it without their economic support.