The Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Pará (PPGAU-UFPA) was recommended by CAPES in 2010 in masters at the 117th meeting of Conselho Técnico Científico da Educação Superior – CTC-ES, held on April 28th and 29th, 2010.
The academic activities at PPGAU-UFPA effectively started on September 15th, 2010. This is the first graduate studies program in Architecture and Urbanism in the North of Brazil – a region which has a historic demand for qualification – considering the first undergraduate degree in architecture was offered by UFPA and has existed since 1964. In addition, it is remarkable to mention that all professors (architects and urban planners) integrating the program obtained their professional qualification in other regions or countries, or even locally in other areas of knowledge.
The PPGAU-UFPA offers one single area of concentration called "Analysis and conception of the built environment in the Amazon" and two research lines:
• Line 01: Architecture, city design and environmental performance;
• Line 02: Constructive Technologies, conservation and restoration;
The mission of PPGAU- UFPA is to change and improve the current scenario of the region, hitherto, deprived of a strictu sensu program in Architecture and Urbanism that involves the interfaces of technology and humanities, by means of coordinated actions of the areas: Architecture and Urbanism, Engineering, Geosciences, History and Anthropology. Such connection of knowledge areas is both reflected in the program's research lines and in the multidisciplinary composition of its teaching staff, mostly formed by architects, historians, anthropologists, physicists, engineers and geologists, doctors in Architecture, Architecture and Urbanism, Mechanical Engineering, Power Systems, Geosciences, History and Anthropology.
The main objective of PPGAU is to enable the researcher to reach a critical understanding of the production of Amazonian built space by approaching: sound theoretical and methodological discussions and science and technology backgrounds as proposed in its three research lines.