João was born in Lisbon in 1963 and holds a PhD in Modern Architecture and Restoration from the University of Valladolid in Spain where he is finalising his PhD in Architecture. He graduated in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in 1988 and has practiced since specialising in national monuments and public buildings. He has been teaching architecture as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lusíada University in Porto from 1997 to the present and similarly at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal from 2002 to 2008. He was commissioner together with Inês Moreira at the Open House Porto in 2018. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Development of the Historic Centre of Porto between 2000 and 2002. He chaired the Northern Regional Assembly of the Portuguese Association of Architects and Architectural Institution from 1996 to 1998. He is the author of various essays included in the following books, Ricardo Vieira de Melo – Habitar, in 2004, and Living in Porto — Floret Arquitectura, in 2020. He is the author and scientific editor of Guia de Arquitectura do Porto 1942|2017, edited by A+A Books in 2018.