Susana Ventura is an architect graduated from Coimbra University (darq – FCTUC, 2003), researcher in Theory of Architecture and Aesthetics (Philosophy) at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), writer and curator for architecture and contemporary art, based in Lisbon. Currently, she is developing a postdoctoral research project Towards an intensive architecture: how to compose sensations in architecture, for which she was awarded the Fernando Távora Prize, in 2014.
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, 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).
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 of Lisbon (MAAT). Recently, she curated The House of Democracy: between Space and Power, for Casa da Arquitectura (House for Architecture) in Matosinhos, and The Sommer Pavilion in the Garden, for the Municipality of Cascais.
She was a member of the editorial team of Jornal Arquitectos (JA) of the Portuguese Architects Association (2016-2019), and is 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.