This year the program is taking place in Lajes, one of the three municipalities in the Pico Island, within the Portuguese archipelago of Azores, in July 6th – 19th.

The application and registration proccess is already open.

Local traditional urbanism, architecture and building details will be studied in order to create a preservation and new traditional building manual for the area and, based on it, to design upgrade proposals for different public places of the town. Participants will have the chance to share ideas and work together with faculty and students from many nationalities in order to develop those proposals. Experts in local vernacular architecture and building techniques will be lecturing on diverse related topics. There will be trips around this region and some building sites will be visited too.

The registration fee, which includes tuition, accommodation, meals and transportation during the two weeks of the Summer School (travels from Lisbon to Azores and from Azores to Lisbon too), is 340 euros (the real cost of this course is 2100€ per participant, but, thanks to the support of the R.H.Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, the Fundación Ekaba and the Municipality of Lajes, the participation fee is 340€)

This year, the Fundação Serra Henrriques offers 8 grants covering the registration fee (340€) for students of Portuguese Universities. Mina and Alireza Sagharchi offer two grants (340€) to international participants.

Those interested in participating must fill in the application form or send an email before April 17th to: We are developing a selection process among all candidates and several places will be reserved for the students of the participating universities.


The Summer School is organized by INTBAU and the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, thanks to Kalam, INTBAU Portugal, the Fundaçao Serra Henriques and Alireza & Mina Sagharchi, and the collaboration of the Government of Azores, specially the Department of Culture, the Lajes do Pico Town Hall, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y la Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio (España), la Escola Superior Gallaecia y el Insituto Universitário de Lisboa ISCTE-IUL (Portugal), las escuelas de arquitectura de la University of Miami, la University of Notre Dame y el Benedictine Collegue (EEUU) y el Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional (CIAT).

Faculty and organising team will be José Baganha (INTBAU Portugal), Aritz Díez Oronoz (Universidad del País Vasco), Duany ( University of Notre Dame), Alejandro García Hermida (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | INTBAU España), Guillermo Gil Fernández (INTBAU España), Rebeca Gómez-Gordo Villa (INTBAU España), Imanol Iparraguirre Barbero (Universidad del País Vasco), Martínez (University of Miami), Christopher C. Miller (Benedictine Collegue), Jorge Santos Silva (INTBAU Portugal) y Lucien Steil (University of Buckingham).

Numerous guest will lecture: Mónica Alcindor (Escola Superior Gallaecia), Fernando Aranda (Fundación Ekaba), Alexandre Castro Gamelas (INTBAU Portugal), Manuel Francisco Costa Júnior (Museu do Pico), Igor Espínola de França (Universidade das Açores), Leopoldo Gil Cornet (INTBAU España), Mónica Goulart, Jaime de Hoz Onrubia (Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio-CIAT), José Maia, Rafael Manzano Martos, Telma Ribeiro (INTBAU Portugal), Manuel Paulino Soares Ribeiro da Costa (Parque Natural do Pico), Harriet Wennberg (INTBAU), Carol Wyant (Pathfinder Consulting) and many other guests.