Researcher biography

Dr Pedro D'Alpoim Guedes's career has covered research, teaching and architectural practice as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations with designers in other fields. His PhD explored invention and innovation in the introduction of iron in buildings of the nineteenth century. Part of this work focused on colonial enterprise and the establishment of worldwide networks for the exploitation of resources and trade.

Pedro's current research focuses on colonial architectures illuminated by a global perspective founded on cultural exchange. His research has been published in Architectural History, Fabrications, Architectural Research Quarterly, ARQ (Chile), Architectural Theory Review as well as in specialist conference proceedings.

Pedro's experience in Architectural education includes many years as Unit Master and director of Technical Studies at the Architectural Association in London and as Course Leader in Architecture and Interior Design at the Royal College of Art. In addition to academic appointments in the UK, Australia and for short periods in the USA, where he taught as Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis, Pedro has also lectured and participated in reviews in architectural schools in Britain, Ireland, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, USA, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Japan.

As a practicing architect, Pedro was co-founder of Berman & Guedes Architects, a practice that continues to flourish in the UK, based in Oxford. In 1985, Pedro was invited to join the international multi-disciplinary practice, Pentagram Design as an Associate Partner.

Pedro's design work and drawings have been exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy, and Art Net in London and Louisiana Museum in Denmark. He has collaborated in numerous architectural competitions and has had projects published in Architectural Review, Architectural Design, A&U, Japan Architect, Residence, Maison & Jardin, Building Design, A Plus, 02 Pages, El Croquis, Louisiana Revy, Zoom – Revista de la imagen.

Pedro continues practice in the design of exhibitions and collaborations with colleagues internationally. Most recently he curated and designed a major architectural exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal. He was invited to join an interdisciplinary team by the award winning Johannesburg practice, Peter Rich Architects to develop an ethical tourism Master Plan for heritage rich Aksum in Ethiopia.


  • Member, European Architectural History Network
  • Member, Iinternational Network of Tropical Architecture
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand