phiIn 2015, researchers from two Portuguese Research Units – CIAUD (Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design/University of Lisbon) and CHAM (Centre for Humanities/ NOVA FCSH) started a joint project aiming to bring together researchers from different fields of investigation in order to, in a multidisciplinary scenario, find common grounds to increase the dialogue among the scientific community.

PHI (Φ), the golden proportion, with its vast variety of meanings throughout human knowledge and creations, encompasses the main objective of this project: to foster the dialogue among the different forms of looking at the universe and all it contains, either known or just perceived. In other words, through different methods of researching, communicating knowledge, creating artefacts - be it in the fields of the natural sciences, arts, architecture, or the wide field of the humanities - , achieving a golden proportion, an equilibrium built upon ever-changing paradigms is the focus of the project.

To achieve PHI we annually challenge researchers from all over the world to overcome limits and frontiers, either physical or theoretical, to build bridges and demolish walls, to engage in a multidisciplinary exchange of ideas that promote both knowledge and the acceptance and understanding of the Other.

The International Multidisciplinary Congress takes place every year, at the beginning of October in different locations, according to the ever-increasing partnerships established with international academic and cultural institutions.

Since 2016, the PHI project received the approval of Taylor & Francis who publishes the outcome of the Congresses: books that joins the researchers’ papers accepted after rigorous evaluation process: all full papers are subject to double-blind peer review, language evaluation, and integration in the appropriated sections.



2015 – Proportion, (dis)Harmony and identity – (March 19th to 21st) Museu Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal. WebsitePT | EN
2016 – Utopia(s); Worlds and frontiers of the Imaginary – (October 20th to 22nd) Museu Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal. WebsitePT | EN
2017 – Progress(es); Theories and Practices – (October 4th to 7th) POLIBA, Bari, Italy. WebsitePT | EN
2018 – Modernity; Frontiers and Revolutions – (October 3rd to 6th) S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal. WebsitePT | EN
2019 – Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy – (October 07th to 09th) Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France. WebsitePT | EN
2020 – Tradition and Innovation – Faculty of Architecture- Universidade do Porto Oporto, Portugal, October 8th-10th. WebsitePT | EN
2021 – Creating through Mind and Emotions – Faculty of Architecture - Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal (October 4th to 6th) Website PT | EN
2022 - Time and Space -(October 06th to 08th) Faculty of Architecture - Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal Website PT | EN


2023 – Creation Transformation and Metamorphosis-Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura- Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain; CFP (full papers): October 1st, 2022 to January 31st, 2023

FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES (Provisional Themes, dates of Congress and Submission of full papers)

2024 –Heritage and Legacy- Venue To be disclosed (October) - Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities, Radom, Poland, (October); CFP (full papers): October 1st, 2024 to January 31st, 2025.

THE CHAM - Centre for the Humanities – Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade dos Açores and Faculdade de Arquitetura of Universidade de Lisboa welcome all colleagues and Universities to join us to exchange information and ideas.


PHI Conference Committee