CV (English)

Frederico Duarte


2008-2010 Design Criticism MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York
1997-2002 Degree in Communication Design (5-year undergraduate degree) at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon


University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts Since Oct. ’11
Guest lecturer (part-time) in the Communication Design and New Media Master and Communication Design Undergraduate programmes. Courses include: Design History and Criticism, Contemporary Design Studies, Material Culture.

ESAD Caldas da Rainha Since Oct. ’10
Guest lecturer (part-time) in the Product Design Master and Industrial Design Undergraduate Programme. Courses include several transdisciplinary seminars, Design Theory and Criticism, Material Culture.

Parsons the New School of Design Jan/Mai’10
Recitation leader (part-time) for the course Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century, taught by Susan Yelavich

Daylife Jan.’07/Feb.’08
Part of global cover editor team, with editors in Bangkok, Lisbon, Salt Lake City and Boston, of New York-based online news aggregator.

Experimentadesign Sept.’03/Nov.’06
Full-time position as part of 2003 and 2005 teams of Experimentadesign – Lisbon’s design biennale. Responsibilities included production, communication and curatorial departments of the Lisbon Design Biennale and other exhibitions and projects, both in Portugal and abroad.

Fabrica Nov.’04/Jul.’05
Full-time grant holder at Fabrica, Benetton’s Communication Research Centre in Treviso, Italy (Visual Communication Department). Took part in several institutional, editorial and commercial projects.

Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur Feb./Jul.’03
6-month internship at Leo Burnett Advertising Kuala Lumpur’s graphic design department.


Projecto Sociedade since Jan. ’13
Co-curator (with Nuno Faria) of Projecto Sociedade, a 2-year programme of exhibitions and public events for Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Portugal’s 112-year old National Arts Society, revolving around the institutions three main areas: visual arts, architecture and design.

The Place of Design and Fashion in North Africa May ’12
Curator of an Observatory, a one-day seminar about design and fashion in North Africa for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Next Future Program.

Timeless 2009
Co-curator (with Pedrita) of the Portuguese section of one of ExperimentaDesign2009’s main exhibitions.

Fabrico Próprio since 2006
Curatorial and creative direction (with Pedrita) of a book, international launch series, workshop and exhibition on the design of semi-industrial Portuguese confectionery. 1st edition: 2008. 2nd edition: 2012

Inspired Lisbon by Bombay Sapphire 2008
Curation and production (with Carla Cardoso and Namalimba Coelho) of a 5-day event in Lisbon dedicated to design, creativity and curiosity

Freespeech 2007-2009
Graphic identity and collaboration with the organising team (Pedrita and Pedro Teixeira de Melo) for young creative professionals talk programme.

Voyager’05: Supply and Demand 2005
Curation of the graphic design section of the 2005 tour (Strasbourg, Prague, Funchal) of the Voyager exhibition/installation

Made in Macau 2005
Project selection for exhibition presented at ExperimentaDesign2005.

(P) Design de Portugal 1990-2005 2004/2005
Assistant Curator (Curator: Guta Moura Guedes) of the industrial and product design section of the (P) exhibition of contemporary Portuguese architecture and design, with presentations in Milan (Triennale, Dec. 2004 – Jan. 2005) and Lisboa (ExperimentaDesign, Sep. – Nov. 2005)

Design Grátis 2001/2002
Created and organized (with Susana Carvalho) exhibition of printed material (magazines, postcards, flyers, etc.) brought from travels and ERASMUS residencies by the students at FBAUL.


Mediações – Mensagens 2007
Participation in the sound installation (curated by José Bártolo) made up of messages left on a cellphone by 20 Portuguese designers, with a satirical critique of Álvaro Siza’s role in Portuguese design


Designing Brazil beyond the Cup, Manchester Football Museum/Metropolitan University, Apr.’14

Portuguese design – an empty slogan?, designtransfer, Universität der Kunste Berlin, Nov. ’13

O Fabrico do Fabrico Próprio, ESDI, Rio de Janeiro, 29 May 2013
A presentation of the Fabrico Próprio to students of ESDI, Latin America’s oldest design school. With Pedro Ferreira and Rita João  (Pedrita).

Pôr o design no seu lugar (putting design in its place, a talk/provocation for the first National Design Student Convention), ENED, Coimbra Apr.’12

A Gente Transforma 2012: Histórias do Design (a lecture on social design in Brazil), Latin America Today Summer Course, CIES-ISCTE, Lisbon, Sept.’12

O Design Nosso de Cada Dia (Our daily design, a talk about my Summer of 2011 newspaper column) Super Pecha Kucha Night Lisbon #12, Oct. ‘11

‘Factor Favela’, Next Future Observatory, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Nov. ’11

Tools (a lecture about me) Ciclo de Conversas Design + Multimédia, Science Museum, University of Coimbra, April 12 2011

Sombreros de frutas o innovación frugal? Los desafíos contemporáneos del diseño brasileño. Simposio Internacional “Los BRICs. Brasil, potencia emergente” Centro de Estudos Brasileños, Universidade de Salamanca, April 7-8 2011

The added values of human resources in Brazilian product and furniture design Brazil: the Cultural Contemporary Conference, Royal College of Art, London January 21 2011

Uma Cidade ideal está por vir (An Ideal City is not yet) Revela 2010 (Design Festival), Recife, 8-12 November 2010

A Felicidade está à venda? (Is Happiness for Sale?) Lecture about design and happiness as part of the Próximo Futuro research workshop on Happiness, 4-5 November 2010

Beyond the Fruit Hat: Brazilian Product and Furniture Design Today, Global Issues in Design and Visuality in the 21st Century: Culture Lecture Series, Parsons the New School of Design, New York city, October 29th 2010.

Alvorada: How Social Change Is Shaping Brazilian Design and Creating Brazil’s Own Design Model
Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference, SVA Theater, New York, April 30th 2010
A 10-minute presentation on my MFA thesis.

Stop & Think Open Talk, ExperimentaDesign 2009, Mercado de Santa Clara, Lisbon, Sept. 13th ’09
Agent Provocateur in a discussion, hosted by Portuguese curator Delfim Sardo, about Design and Media. The other speakers were Max Bruinsma, Anniina Koivu, Walter Bettens and Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Criticism matters for European Creativity, European Parliament Plenary Hall, Brussels, April 21st 2009
A 4-minute talk delivered at the European Union’s Committee of the Regions Quarterly Plenary Session, in the context of the Forum on ‘
Europe’s Creative Regions and Cities‘, for which I was selected to attend as one of 100 Young European Talents.

Fabrico Próprio Pecha Kucha Lisbon #4, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, April 22nd 2008
A second, 6m40s-long presentation on the achievements, obstacles and adventures of the Fabrico Próprio project.

E Agora? (And Now What?) ESEIG – Politécnico do Porto, Vila do Conde, April 24th 2007
A lecture about my work as a graphic designer, writer and curator to college students at ESEIG’s design course.

Fabrico Próprio Pecha Kucha Lisbon #1, Teatro Cinearte, Lisbon, May 21st 2007
The first, 6m40s-long public presentation of the Fabrico Próprio project.

WORKSHOPS Leading/Teaching

Semi-Industrial, IED – Instituto Europeo di Design Madrid, 10-14 Feb. ’14
A one-week workshop on food and design, co-lead with Pedro Ferreira (Pedrita)

CRITICAL: Lisbon Lisbon Architecture Triennial, Lisbon, Jul. 16/21 ‘12
An international one-week architecture writing workshop for architecture students. Co-curated with Becky Quintal and Lex Bratishenko

Day Camp: “Putting Architecture in its Place”, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Jul. 12/16 ’10
A one-week architecture writing workshop for teenagers. With Becky Quintal

Design Journalism workshop, Cape Town, Feb. 23/26, 2008
Facillitator in the Susan Yelavich-lead workshop with an international team of editors, journalists and writers including Marcus Fairs and Julie Lasky.

WRITING Periodical Publications

Marselha Redescoberta, Projeto Design, September 2013
Paredes brancas, povo mudo?,  Lisboa Capital República Popular, April 2013
Uma nova vida para a caixa de jóias da Europa, Público Fugas, Março 2013

Redesenhar o Quotidiano, Revista 2, Público, Dezembro 2012
Maravilhosa História, Revista Estudos Avançados da Universidade de São Paulo, Dezembro 2012
Arquitetura e artesania na terra de Aalto, Projeto Design, Outubro 2012
Ir a Utö e voltar, Fugas, Público, Setembro 2012
Helsínquia é uma cidade que projecta o inesperado, Fugas, Público, Setembro 2012
Sticking It to the Man, Print, April 2012
A Gente Transforma a Várzea Queimada, Pública, Público, February 2012

Design Parade 6 in Hyères, Disegno, Público, October 2011
Placas de classificação hoteleira, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Face Portuguesa do Euro, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Embalagem Pastéis de Belém, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
UMM Alter II, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Netboard, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
ColorADD, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Capas da Revista UP, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Carcaça, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Oleão, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Capas da colecção “Uma Aventura”, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Logótipo do Ministério da Cultura, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Genérico do Jornal da Noite, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Caixas Automáticas Multibanco, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Garrafas CoMet, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
1/4 Vigor, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Milhões de Festa, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
Cartão de Cidadão, Pública, Público, Summer 2011
O Fator Favela, Projeto Design, June 2011
Império Ace, Vida & Viagens, January 2011
Small world, big family, Items, Spring 2011
A material world, Design Indaba Magazine, May 2011

Embarrassment and disappointment in São Paulo, Architecture Review (UK), January 2010
É Proibido Proibir! Artecapital (PT), January 20th 2010
Brazilian Design Biennial 2010, icon, December 2010
Drawer, Artecapital, September 2010
Ecobrilho, Casa Vogue, November 2010

10 razões para voltar a Montreal, Visão Vida & Viagens, December 2009
Big in Brazil, Design Indaba Magazine, 1st Quarter 2009
5 de São Paulo, Visão Estilo & Design, October 2009
Flight of the imagination, Eye #73, October 2009
Speed Limits, icon, August 2009 (distinguished with a frieze Writers’ Prize high recommendation)
Crafter Words, Design Indaba Magazine, 1st Quarter 2009

Aprender com a Pastelaria Semi-Industrial Portuguesa, Artecapital, December 2008
Freedom and Restraint, Cluster (IT), August 2008
A House for Mrs Jonkers, Design Indaba Magazine (ZA), 2nd Quarter 2008
Copenhaga – Manual de mudança, Vida & Viagens (PT), July 2008
Uma Casa para Mrs. Jonkers, Público (PT), March 21st 2008
Roger Ball, Caçador de Cabeças Chinesas, Público (PT), February 8th 2008
O Design da Inquietação, Público (PT), January 18th 2008

“La Crème de la Crème” da Pastelaria Fina, Blue Design #3, November 2007
As Leis da Atracção, Público (PT), November 11th 2007
Ler nas Entrelinhas com os R2, Público (PT), November 23rd 2007
Estratégias de Sobrevivência, Público (PT), October 19th 2007
Para Além das Aparências, Público (PT), October 5th 2007
A Rainha dos “Crafts”, Público (PT), September 21st 2007
Beleza Doméstica, Público (PT), August 17th 2007
Os trabalhos de Alda Tomás, Público (PT), August 3rd 2007
Ouçam o que Elas Dizem, Público (PT), July 11th 2007
Essenciais e acessórios, Público (PT), July 3rd 2007
Foi você que pediu um João Machado?, Público (PT), July 13th 2007
Experimental Jetset, Público (PT), June 23rd 2007
O Peso das Coisas da Boca do Lobo, Público (PT), May 11th 2007
O Futuro Projectado por Jacques Tati, Público (PT), April 4th 2007
O Equilibrista, Público (PT), March 30th 2007
O Design Glocal, Público (PT), March 14th 2007
O Burocrático Dever de Informar, Público (PT), February 2nd 2007

Design ’06, icon #42, December 2006
The State of Things, icon #37, July 2006
Meriç Kara’s B-sides, icon #36, June 2006
Nata Family, icon #40, October 2006
The cake of all cakes. No, really., Sugo #3, April 2006

WRITING – Other Publications

Áreas Cinzentas (Grey Areas), a conversation on social design with Vera Sacchetti in the book “Portugal e África: Melhor Cooperação, Melhor Desenvolvimento”, ACEP

MUDE (Lisbon Design and Fashion Museum) Catalogue:
Short texts on eleven design items the collection for the museum’s inaugural catalogue.
[Sum]One: exercícios de apropriação: Essay for an installation by Miguel Rios Design
Phaidon Graphic Design Compendium: Eighteen entries in this forthcoming graphic design encyclopedia edited by Kerry William Purcell.

Fabrico Próprio:the Design of Semi-Industrial Portuguese Confectionery with Pedrita
European Design Week Report: 2008 of the European Design Week and Conference (Stockholm).
Jarra Factory: A text on Czech designer Milan Pekar’s Factory Vase for a bombay Sapphire Advertorial

Queremos Novos Tipos: a short essay on the typeface Dax for MUDE’s website
European Design Awards Reports: 2007 European Design Awards and Conference (Athens).
ED Awards Erik Spiekermann Interview: an interview with the first ED Hall of Fame laureate.

Portuguese design trail: a collaboration with Max Fraser and ICEP, Portugal’s Foreign Trade Office, for a guide published by icon magazine for a promotion of Portuguese design in London: contribution with a text onPortuguese contemporary design and a short guide to Lisbon.

Colors Research, interviews and writing of article on the historic centre of Genoa, Italy, and its social/urban transformations for the 64th, ”Lust” issue of COLORS magazine. With David Neustein and Davide Balliano


Paula Rhodes Award SVA’s Top Class of 2010
Gulbenkian/FLAD scholarship
SVA Design Criticism MFA Departmentscholarship

Frieze Writer’s Prize: review of the exhibition “Speed Limits” was one of 8 highly recommended reviews in a total of over 300 entries.

Luce nel Buio with Chiara Ternullo and Pedro Teixeira de Melo
First prize in the international architecture competition “Luce nel Buio”, part of the AnimaRoma award (jury headed by Massimilliano Fuksas), awarded by the Rome City Hall.


Portuguese Native speaker
English Speaks fluently
French, Spanish, Italian Medium/good knowledge
German Elementary/Medium knowledge

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