Sociedade Portuguesa de Estudos de História de Construção

spechThe Portuguese Society for the Study of the History of Construction - SPEHC - is a non-profit association with a scientific vocation, created with the aim of promoting and disseminating studies on the history of construction and building cultures, with special emphasis on the case of Portugal and the territories of Portuguese influence. The SPEHC is a non-profit association with a scientific vocation, created with the aim of promoting and disseminating studies on the history of construction and building cultures, with particular emphasis on the case of Portugal and the territories of Portuguese influence.
This field of research studies the way construction was carried out in a given historical period and in a given region, integrating in this analysis the extraction, transformation and application of materials, as well as the techniques and machinery used, but also the mechanisms of knowledge transfer between the different agents of the construction processes. At the same time, it requires the study of the economic and social organization of the communities involved in the construction processes and other transdisciplinary research focused on cultural and territorial transformations.
Construction history is an autonomous discipline whose study in Portugal is still recent. The first conference on construction history held in Portugal was organized by the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, in February 2010, with the theme Alignments and Foundations. The meeting included an inaugural lecture by Professor Santiago Huerta, President of the Sociedad Española de Historia de la Construcción. In December of the same year, the 1st International Conference on the History of Construction was held, organized by the Transdisciplinary Research Center "Culture, Space and Memory" and the History Department of the University of Minho. Three other similar conferences followed in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The second conference of the history of construction in Portugal - with the theme Consolidation of a discipline - took place in Lisbon in November 2015, hosted by the Research Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Design of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and was the first event that was supported by the SPEHC. In September 2016, SPEHC also supported the 2nd International Congress of Luso-Brazilian Construction History (2CIHCLB), under the theme of Shared Cultures organized by the Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Porto (CEAU-UP).
In 2021, from July 12 to 16, SPEHC organized with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, the Seventh International Congress of Construction History (7ICCH) with the theme of History of Construction Cultures.

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MASCARENHAS MATEUS João 

Grade: President of the Management Board
Institution: SPECH

Expertise: history of construction in Portugal (XIX-XX centuries) 
Latest publications:
- MASCARENHAS MATEUS João, "Construction History and the History of Construction Cultures: Between Architecture and Engineering in Portugal", Buildings, 10-4, 2020.
- MASCARENHAS MATEUS João, "Portugal Builds, uma plataforma digital para a historia da construçao em Portugal nos séculos XIXe XX", Estudos Historicos (Rio de Janeiro), 33-69, 2020.
- MASCARENHAS MATEUS João, PIRES
Ana Paula (eds.), History of Construction Cultures Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH 2021), July 12-16, 2021, Lisbon, Portugal, Volume 1. Open Access at. Leiden, Netherlands: CRC Press/Balkema & Routledge. 2021.


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