Susana Ventura (Coimbra, 1978) is an architect, curator and postdoctoral researcher in Theory of Architecture and Aesthetics (Philosophy) based in Lisbon. Currently, she is developing a postdoctoral research project Towards an intensive architecture: how to compose sensations in architecture, at The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). Within this project, she was awarded the Fernando Távora Prize in 2014, comprising an expedition to Japan, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Norway.
She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Nova University Lisbon (FCSH-UNL, 2013), under scientific supervision of José Gil, a renown philosopher (close to Deleuze), with the thesis Architecture's Body without Organs, which included research residences at the architecture studios of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), Lacaton & Vassal (Paris) and Peter Zumthor (Haldenstein), and for which she has received a four-year Ph.D. grant provided by FCT, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2007-2011). She is also an architect graduated from Coimbra University (darq – FCTUC, 2003).
In 2014, she integrated the Official Portuguese Representation at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2017, she curated (with Pedro Gadanho and João Laia) Utopia / Dystopia for the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology in Lisbon (MAAT). Recently, she curated The House of Democracy: between Space and Power, for Casa da Arquitectura (House for Architecture) in Matosinhos. She is a member of the current editorial team of Jornal Arquitectos (JA) of the Portuguese Architects Association (2016-2018) and a regular collaborator of Contemporânea, a Portuguese magazine about contemporary art. She has been lecturing in several national and international Universities and publishing in specialised magazines.