Ana Rosa Chagas Cavalcanti is an architect and urban planner.

She was born in Brazil, Maceio but She spent her first years of life in France where her father received his doctorate.

She studied architecture and urban planning at UFAL, the Federal University of Alagoas (2004-2009). She graduated with academic excellence in 2009 with the thesis “Dos calejados pés os passos dos filhos de mãe lagoa: a produção do espaço a partir dos ritos de sururu na Favela Sururu de Capote (The steps of the sons of Mother Lagoon: the production of space from the fishing of sururu in the favela sururu du capote”). Her thesis was worth a nomination to the “Opera Prima”, the prize for the best graduation thesis in Brazil.

After the master, She worked at Bijari (2010) and at Triptyque Architecture (2011) in São Paulo, Brazil. In the following two years She lived in Paris (France) and Rome (Italy) , where She received a joint master of second level between La Sapienza University and ENSA, Paris-Val-de-Seine in “Management of complex architecture projects”. In Italy, she was also awarded the first prize in the architectural competition “72HUA” (Terni, 2012). Two years later She would be selected for the “Biennial of Public Spaces” of Rome, 2015.

In 2013, She moved to Germany, where She researched at the department of urban design at the university of Hamburg.

In 2014 She decided to come back to her life mission: to improve the living conditions of unprivileged people. She then continued the in-field research in Brazilian favelas started in 2009. In 2014 She decided to live in the Favela do Telegrafo, Alagoas, to investigate the spatial influence of the socio-economic practices emplaced by residents of informal settlements. In the same year She was selected to participate to the “UCL Cities Methodologies”, where She introduced for the first time two embryonic ideas of what it would be later the core of her pedagogical contribution in academia: the “School of Architecture in the Favela” and the “Pattern language of self construction”. With the findings collected in brazilian favelas since 2009 and the related interpretation, She participated to and won the grant “Science withous Borders” from CAPES and the Ministry of Brazilian education, in order to accomplish a doctorate aimed at contributing to better housing policies and practices in Brazil.

From 2019 Ana Rosa is a Doctor in Architecture and Urban Planning (Ph.D.). She is bringing an unprecedented finding in academia: “Labour shapes, plans and governs space in informal settlements” (from the article Work, slums and informal settlements traditions: architecture in the favela do telegrafo, 2017). During the doctorate, She received several acknowledgements from the academic and societal community. Only to cite some, in 2015 She was awarded with a fellowship from IJURR “Authors meet critics 2015” . In the same year She received the fellowship “Whonungsfrage” by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Columbia Buel centre. In 2017 She received a grant for promising emerging scholars in the field of dangerous landscape from the Volkswagen foundation and Leibniz University Hannover.  

Ana Rosa lives in Delft where She met her husband. She loves the Netherlands and all the places where She had the luck to live. She speaks five languages but in her mind and hearth She only thinks the universal language of human rights, declined through the language of space.