About

“One of the great values of Open House is that it allows the building owners, volunteers and all who participate to make it their own, forging a commitment between all involved. In this sense, Open House provides an incredible opportunity for all of us to say something about our own city, now and into the future. I look forward to Open House Macau joining our network and beginning an international conversation as well as a local one.”

Victoria Thornton, OBE, Founder Open House Worldwide

The event

Explore, experience, talk, think Macau. Throughout the weekend of November 10-11, Macau hosts the first and only Open House initiative to be held in Asia. Open House Macau will get you beyond the walls of 50 insightful buildings and offer free visits, showcasing untold architecture for all to experience. Dozens of opportunities to talk, think about and celebrate the city!

OHM is an architecture festival by and for the city of Macau. Thanks to a collective taskforce and the engagement of our sponsors, building owners, architects and volunteers, private and public buildings that aren’t usually accessible will open their doors. The untold architectural history of Macau uncovered! Dare to take a peek?

In 2017, Open House conducted an Impact Study that aimed at assessing how it contributes to the international shift toward greater public participation in city design. Open House believes environment professionals have a major role at addressing the cities’ challenges and shaping a future where people’s voices become audible to decision makers, ultimately assuring cities remain vibrant and livable places of inspiration and aspiration. Open House empowers people, creating a sense of civic pride, and active citizenship by enabling visitors to understand they can have a greater stake in the future of their city, and by operating at a local scale.

The event is curated and organized by CURB - Center for Architecture and Urbanism, partnering with renowned Open House Worldwide.

“High quality buildings and public spaces are inseparable from the viable development and enhancement of an urban environment. The Open House is an opportunity that allows the public to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements about architecture.”

Victoria Thornton, OBE, Founder Open House Worldwide

About us

CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism is a non-profit organization established in Macau in 2014, as a think tank on the future of cities and their architecture. CURB’s mission is to promote research, education, production and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of architecture, urbanism, design and urban culture.

CURB develops and supports projects that serve the interests of the community, establishing itself as an exchange platform between the academia, the civil society, and government institutions, through research studies, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, competitions, and other initiatives. The Center works both on a regional level – Macau, Pearl River Delta and China – and on an international level – particularly in Asia and Portuguese-speaking countries –, taking local issues to a global audience.

CURB is an Associate Partner in the World Urban Campaign (WUC), part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and a Member of the Open House Worldwide Family.

Team

Curator
Nuno Soares
Creative Director
Filipa Simões
Coordinators
Nuno Soares
Filipa Simões
Research
Andreia Soares
Ana Catarina Oliveira
Tiago Patatas (Coordinator)
Production and Communication Coordinator
Ponte 9 • Clara Antunes
Fundraising
Tiago Patatas
Production Assistant
Hermana Heong
Communication and Press Relations Assistants
Ponte 9 • Mafalda Santos
Ponte 9 • Teresa Cruz
Design
WhyDesign
Website
Letra Studio
Nuno Soares
Nuno Soares
CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism
Curator and Coordinator

Architect and Urban planner based in Macau since 2003, Ar. Nuno Soares spreads his practice through architectural design, teaching and research.

He studied in Lisbon and Milan having graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning by the Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, with a Post-graduation in Architectural Theory, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Urbanism, and currently a PhD candidate in Urbanism, writing his thesis about the phenomena of urban space appropriation in Macau.

Senior Lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a frequent speaker and juror internationally. He founded and directs the Macau based CURB - Center for Architecture and Urbanism.

Currently the Vice President, Zone C, of ARCASIA, he’s a Member of the Board of Directors of the Architects Association of Macau, the Coordinator of the Cities and Territories Working Group of the Congress of Portuguese Speaking Architects (CIALP), a Member of the UIA Education Commission and of the UNESCO-UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education.

As principal of his own office URBAN PRACTICE, he develops projects ranging from the urban scale, to architecture and design, both in Macau and abroad. Winner of the competition for design and curatorship of the Macau Pavilion at the 2013 SZHK Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen) and selected to participate at 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture with the installation “The Added Layer” in the Macau pavilion.

Filipa Simões
Filipa Simões
WHY DESIGN and PONTE 9 – Creative Platform
Creative Director and Coordinator

I’m the founder and creative director of WhyDesign, as well as director of Ponte 9 – Creative Platform. Hand in hand with my creative work as a designer and educational work as a visiting teacher at Universidade de São José, I’ve grown to develop a decisive interest in cities, food, books and other graphical depictions of live. I’m passionate about Macau. It is where I grew as a professional, and my life course is nowadays inseparately linked to this very particular city.

Clara Antunes
Clara Antunes
PONTE 9 – Creative Platform
Production and Communication Coordinator

After completing a Degree in Architecture, I’ve worked as an arts manager and communications director in several Portuguese dance and theatre companies, as well as cultural Festivals. Hazard brought me to Macau to work at Ponte 9 under INOV internships’ program. Newbie to the city, I’m astonished by the glaring buildings and sophisticated interiors that pop out of every other corner and by the contrasting patrimony in decline. I’m thrilled to find out more about the different cultural mindset that builds up the unique cultural landscape of Macau and be part of the first Open House in Asia. Looking forward to meeting you at any of our amazing curator picks!

Tiago Patatas
Tiago Patatas
CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism
Research and Fundraising

I am urbanist and researcher based in Hong Kong and Macau. I often operate on the nexus between research and practice, and I have previously worked in addressing the cultural landscape heritage in Asia, and closing the gap between academic knowledge and urban planning practice in Europe, among other topics. As a researcher at CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism, I am lucky enough to be able to further pursue research in close dialogue with Macao’s community.

Throughout the years, Macau has been generating societal and spatial narratives by bridging Eastern and Western traditions in a unique manner. From an urban point of view, Macau’s centuries-long development has been assembling complex systems of co-habitation, and unique endeavors to deal with its extremely high-density challenges. In many ways, it is the perfect urban setting for the inaugural Open House edition in Asia. And I look forward to contributing to showcase the outstanding architectural heritage of Macau — both the emblematic built environment and its unique hidden gems.

Catarina Oliveira
Catarina Oliveira
CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism
Research

My name is Catarina, I am an architect and I’m currently working as a researcher at CURB - Center for Architecture and Urbanism. My adventurous spirit and curiosity brought me all across the world to Macau, in an attempt to discover new ways of life, new cultures, opportunities and fresh methods of practice in the field of architecture.

I love visiting new places and roaming around cities gazing at their buildings and architectural heritage, so to be able to work in a project that gathers all of that into one event open to everyone that shares my enthusiasm is something absolutely exciting. I’m thrilled to be a part of the first edition of the Open House in Asia, and hope you’ll join me in this discovery through Macau.

Andreia Soares
Andreia Soares
CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism
Research

I’m an environmental engineer based in Macau. Currently, I am a researcher at CURB - Center for Architecture and Urbanism, with collaborations in the production of publications, events and seminars in Macau.

My main interests focus on urban planning, as a tool to transform cities into livable and resilient places. As a global event, Open House is the kind of event that can drive this transformation letting people to know their city and buildings in detail, providing a closer relation between the public and their city. I just can’t wait to explore these unique Macau buildings with all of you.

Hermana Heong
Hermana Heong
Production Assistant

I was born in Macau and have lived here ever since. Since completing my Design graduation at Universidade de São José, I’ve been working at WhyDesign. I care deeply about all things beautiful, and my city is no exception. Looking forward to share Macau with all OHM visitors!

Mafalda Santos
Mafalda Santos
PONTE 9 – Creative Platform
Communication and Press Relations Assistant

I am a Public Relations officer with a Degree in Public Relations and Business Communication by Lisbon’s ESCS. I took part of the MTW (Media Training Worldwide) Portugal and have volunteered in events such as TED.X Lisbon (2016) and the Italian Film Festival in Lisbon (2013). Here I am in Macau, where I have been meeting new people who inspire me to know more about the city’s culture. What can I say: I’m fascinated! It’s a pleasure to be a part of Open House Macau’s team and to discover this emblematic city. Though my hometown is 10.000km away from, my soul is fully here. Shall we discover Macau?

Teresa Cruz
Teresa Cruz
PONTE 9 – Creative Platform
Communication and Press Relations Assistant

With a degree in Business Communication from ISCEM in Lisbon, Teresa Cruz is a Communication professional who is used to build the bridge between Portugal and Macau since she was a child.

Contributing collaborator in the Press area, Teresa Cruz was part of several international projects curated by CURB, namely the installation “MACAU REFRAMED: The City, Its People and Their Trace” and the collateral exhibition “SHAPED BY USE: Individual Designs Reshaping the City” – both projects integrated within 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture in Shenzhen. She is currently a member of Ponte 9 Communication team.

Partners

PONTE 9 – Creative Platform is a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural cluster for creative industries housing a set of complementary companies in the areas of design, architecture, urban planning, fabrication, video production and events promotion. Our home stands in a pier building between the river and the city, equipped with a gallery space, a multifunctional area for conferences, lectures, and workshops, offices, co-working area, rooftop, and a fabrication lab for prototyping and product design manufacturing. It was created to provide an inspiring and synergetic ecosystem for startups and young professionals from the creative industries. PONTE 9 promotes its own diverse and inclusive program of activities from exhibitions, to conferences, lectures, workshops and hosts events and initiatives from the residents and partner institutions in Macau and abroad.

PONTE 9 community includes: CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism, Urban Practice, WhyDesign and LadyBug Media Production.

The University of Saint Joseph offers a wide range of programmes across different fields of knowledge. The government of Macao accredits all our programs, and our graduates have been able to pursue careers and further studies with prestigious local and international institutions.

Open House Worldwide is one of the most important global institutions for the promotion of architecture. It conveys a simple but powerful concept: to invite everyone to explore and debate the value of a well-designed built environment, entirely for free.

The very first Open House architecture festival was held in London in 1992, founded and since then led by Victoria Thornton. It generated great interest and excitement and soon became popular all over the world. Nowadays, Open House Worldwide includes 40 cities in 4 continents, a network united by a common goal: to involve the public in discussions about the quality of architecture and the built environment, while providing tools for people to understand and learn about their city’s buildings and sites through direct first-hand experience.