Born in Coimbra in 1960, José Baganha studied at Porto University (FA-UP) and at Lisbon Technical University (FA-UTL), where he concluded a degree in Architecture in 1984. He obtained his doctoral degree in the Basque Country University (UPV) in 2012. He is managing partner of José Baganha & Arquitectos Associados, Lda and between 2002-2012 taught at the Faculty of Architecture at the Catholic University in Viseu and Lisbon. He is member of the International College of Traditional Practitioners (ICTP) part of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU). He is a member of various other international institutions directioned for the defense, support and practice of traditional architecture and urbanism.
José Baganha founded the Portuguese chapter of INTBAU in 2014 and he is also member and co-founder of the Council for European Urbanism (C.E.U.). He has been recently nominated coordinator of the “Heritage College” of the Portuguese “Ordem dos Arquitectos”. He is guest lecturer in seminars at several institutions such as the Universities of Ferrara, Bologna and Florence in Italy and of the Rome Study Center of the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He is the author of numerous articles and books on architecture and urbanism. In his career as an architect he has been awarded with prizes such as an honourable mention at the contest for the “Centro Cultural de Belém” in Lisbon and the “Prix Européen Pour la Reconstruction de la Ville”/ 2011 of the “Foundation Philippe Rotthier”, Bruxelles, with his work “Casa do Médico de São Rafael”, in Sines and the “Premio Rafael Manzano in 2017, for his work on vernacular architecture of the southern province of Portugal, the Alentejo.