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Porto: Sport and Culture | Spring 2004

International Conference and Chapter Meeting

Sport and Culture | 13-17 May 2004

The City

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, lies on the north bank of the Rio Douro. Connected to the south bank by several bridges, notably the Dona Maria Pia Railway Bridge by Gustave Eiffel (1886), the city is comprised of several distinct quarters. 

Houses with colorful painted or tiled facades define the narrow twisting streets of the quarter Ribeira. This riverside neighborhood bustles with the daytime energy of working people, supplanted by lively tascas and restaurants at night. 

The district around the Cathedral, full of monuments to past achievements, has busy streets lined with layered-cake houses, crowded together and concealing a maze of small alleys within. The Cordoaria quarter, with steep streets and interesting shops, is populated with students. 

Broad avenues lined with banks and outdoor cafés characterize the Central e Baixa quarter, the civic center of the city. The Baixa is home to a two-tiered covered market, in operation daily. The Boavista is the arterial route in and out of the city past blocks of apartments and hotels. 

The Conference

The AIA Continental Europe Spring Conference in Porto is being organized by Pedro Balonas, Int'l. Assoc. AIA. His program will reveal the diverse and dynamic atmosphere of picturesque and historic Porto. 

Visits are organized to works by renowned local and national architects as well as to unique buildings completed by less recognized offices. The program also offers exciting culinary and cultural experiences. 

A one day extension will be offered for the Monday following the conference, consisting of a cruise on the Douro River.

Highlights by Era

Baroque: Palácio do Freixo by Nicolau Nasoni

16th century Romanticism: Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange)

Late 18th century Neo-Classicism: Cais da Alfândega (Customs House) and the Cadeia da Relação (former Court of Appeals Gaol)

Modernism: Casa de Serralves — completed in 1940 by Charles Siclis and Marques da Silva

Contemporary Architecture

Continuing Education

Conference participation provides AIA members up to 13 continuing education credits (LU's). Additional learning units (3) are available in the one day extension, yielding a total of 16 LU's for the conference. All of the LU's will qualify for HSW.


The Conference Hotel is the Pestana Porto. Twenty rooms are being made available for conference attendees at a rate of €104,00 (single) and €113,00 (double). Prices include a "Welcome to Porto" (presumably a glass of Port!), breakfast, buffet, taxes and services.

List of additional Porto hotels

Conference Costs


The early registration fee for this conference is €350 for AIA/CE members and guests as applicable.

The non-member fee is €495.

The optional River Douro extension is an additional €85.

See the registration form for details. The early registration deadline is 26 March 2004.

Registration fees after that date are €450 for members and €595 for non-members.

Fees include all education programs and meals as indicated. Attendees must reserve hotel space by contacting the hotel directly.


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