António Manuel Gorgel Couto Pinto

Degree: PhD in Design (FAUL)
Scientific Area: Design
Affiliation:  IADE / Universidade Europeia
Category: Professor Auxiliar

ORCID: 0000-0002-4176-9495
CIÊNCIA ID : 9911-31F8-3B8F
Languages: Portuguese, English
Research Interests:
social design, participatory design, community-based art and design.

Born in Porto, lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

He is a designer, visual artist and educator who has maintained a participatory art and design practice with different communities since 2005. He is an assistant professor at IADE, Faculty of Design, Technology and Communication, European University; Course Coordinator of the Global Design BA; and integrated researcher at UNIDCOM/IADE, from the same institution. He also frequently collaborates with CHAIA (Centre for Art History and Artistic Research, University of Évora) and CIAUD (Centre for Research in Architecture Urbanism and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon). He has participated in several international conferences and peer-reviewed publications. He has a PhD in Design, with a thesis defended in 2019, at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon; a Masters' degree in Multimedia Art (2012), with a dissertation defended at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon; a degree in Visual Arts - Sculpture (2005), at School of the Arts, in Évora; and a degree in Design (1997), at ESAD - Matosinhos School of Arts and Design. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the international conference Cross Media Arts - Social Arts and Transdisciplinarity (2016) and of a book with the same title (2018). In the context of his academic missions, he has participated, as an artist and teacher, in the Scholars Residency programme, at the McNally School of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, in Singapore (2019). He was a member of the Scientific Comiteee of the Porto Design Biennale 2021 — Peripheral Perspectives Friday Colloquia, within which he coedited one of the Alter— editions, titled "Alter—Production: Shaping Together a Common Ground". Among the exhibitions in which he participated stands out the show "Strategies of Belonging. A Social Art Practice", which resulted from an artist residency at the Iowa Ceramic Center and Glass Studio, with a later exhibition at CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, USA (2019), as well as the exhibition "In The Middle - On the Edge: Contemporary Portuguese Art", at Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, USA (2008). His main interest is to question social, economic and ecological issues through a transdisciplinary and participatory artistic practice with vulnerable communities.



Gorgel Pinto, A.; Reaes Pinto, P. "Alter-territory, alter-production, co-creativity.". In ALTER—Production. Shaping together a common ground., editado por A. Gorgel Pinto & P. Reaes Pinto, 11-17. Porto, Matosinhos, Portugal: ESAD – IDEA, 2021.

Gorgel Pinto, A.; Reaes Pinto, P. "Searching for sustainable alternatives and socio-cultural innovation through participatory art and design.". In Tradition and Innovation, 337-342. London, Reino Unido: Taylor&Francis, 2021.

Gorgel Pinto, A. "Emancipation and creativity atlas: Participatory art and design, the societal image.". DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2 1 (2021): 54-68.


Gorgel Pinto, A. "Emancipation and Creativity Atlas: The Societal Image of Three Disenfranchised Neighborhoods in Lisbon". The International Journal of the Image 10 3 (2019): 1-9.

Pinto, P. R.; Gorgel Pinto, A.; Simões Rodrigues, P.; Djassi, F. "Mapping the Skills of Migrants for Developing Social Innovation, Art, and Design Workshops". The International Journal of Design in Society 13 4 (2019): 19-28.



PhD co-supervision of Alakesh Dhibar (IADE) and Aoni Zhang (FAUL). Master supervision of Maria e Sousa Bemposta (IADE), among other master supervisions that started in 2021.


UpStart-Workshops (LISBOA-06-4234-FSE-000103).
The project started in 2019, funded by the European Social Fund. It is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation (FAK), in partnership with the University of Évora (UÉ) and promoted by the Portugal Social Innovation program. This is a synergy between the Center for Art History and Artistic Research, of UÉ, through its research line in Social Arts and Design, together with FAK.

Shifting Ground (CHAIA-UÉ/AVD-PROJ4/2019).
The project started in 2019, funded by the Center for Art History and Artistic Research of UÉ, as well as the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Arts Council and Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust. The project is based on the development of workshops and other co-creative artistic activities with immigrants and refugees in collaboration with the artist and professor emeritus at the University of Mount Mercy Jane Gilmor.