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Nature has a long history projecting.

Millions of years of experience enabled the development

of a complex system of symbiosis.The symbiosis were structural

to the research proposed by Paulo Parra in his doctoral thesis,

which gave rise to “Symbiotic Design”.


These concerns have been present in its path

as researcher, teacher, collector and designer.

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Paulo Parra has a multifaceted career as a designer, teacher and collector. Developed activities as curator, museologist, lecturer and researcher, with projects in the areas of Product Design and Transport, Architecture Design, Museum Studies, Communication and Strategic Design and Interface. 


As Professor, he is Director of the Department of Industrial Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Lisbon by which has a PhD in Design, and was also Coordinator of Design in other institutions of higher education, including the University of Évora, ESAD Matosinhos and IADE in Lisbon. 


Guest Designer of the NCS / Neumeister Design, was founder of ExMachina Group and Paulo Parra Design. Consultant for the Design and Sustainability at INETI, INEGI and SusDesign, he coordinated teams that developed Strategic Design and Industrial Product for companies as Vista Alegre, Silampos, MVP, Zenite, Icel, Herdmar, SPAL and Leitão & Irmão. Designed the barrels support for Adega Mayor, projected by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and was invited for the project "Art on Chairs" to design a chair for the President of the European Commission.

His products have been awarded with "Best Of IF" prize from the Hanover Fair in Germany, the Biennial "Design for Europe" in Belgium and Osaka Biennial in Japan. Was also awarded in innovation in Design by the Portuguese companies Vista Alegre, Oliva and Sonae, and internationally by the Italian Arflex, the Korean LG Electronics and Japanese Sony. 


Since 1988 has regularly published books and articles on design and constituted a collection of Industrial Design entitled "Icons and Design Classics", with over 3000 international objects and 500 Portuguese.

He also directed the Museum of Design - MADE. 


Integrated exhibitions in several countries in Europe, Asia and America and was also represented in Zaragoza International Exhibition 2008 by official invitation of the Portugal’s Pavilion.

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