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CAEE Welcomes New Faculty Member Francisca Aroso Pinto de Oliveira

Francisca Aroso Pinto de Oliveira is the department's new Assistant Professor of Practice.

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August 27, 2020

Francisca Aroso joined the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austinas an Assistant Professor of Practice this summer to develop the new ARE 217 course that will be offered to all CE and ARE majors.

Dr. Aroso is an architect with expertise in Digital Design and Fabrication, Parametric Design, and Biomimetics. She holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and The Open University (OU) in London. She has a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona, and a B.A. in Architecture from ESAP, Porto. At CAEE, Aroso will be teaching Computer Aided Design and Graphics.

Having worked at the FabLab BCN and the AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab, Francisca was also part of the curatorial team of “FULL PRINT 3D’” at the DHUB Design Museum in Barcelona. She is a registered architect in Portugal, and has been a lecturer at UT’s School of Architecture since 2014, where she has been recognized with 2018-19 SOA Commencement Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Aroso was also the founder of m|use a custom-made jewelry company, and worked with multiple architecture firms in Portugal, Spain and the United States.

Arso said “I am interested in exploring the conceptual and material opportunities that emerge from the use of digital design and fabrication technologies for the design and production of architecture. I am inspired by nature through the study of Biomimetics and its application to the design process, as well as investigating the way in which technology (CNC machines and rapid prototyping techniques) influences the way in which one conceives, thinks, and builds architecture.”