João Borges da Cunha holds a PhD in Culture Studies from the Catholic University of Portugal (2014) and a degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon (1997). His doctoral thesis, Representation, immersion and interiors: Cultures of Space in To the Lighthouse and Buddenbrooks, envisages a reading of two paradigmatic novels according to the concept of spatial turn.  

His research interests include representations of space, place and architecture in the literature, theories of space, material culture and Modernity.

In 2003, he was awarded the Branquinho da Fonseca Expresso/ Gulbenkian Award, under the category of young-adults fiction, for his novel “Amor de Miraflores” (Lisboa: Quetzal, 2004).


- Cunha, João Borges da, Lourenço, Jorge Fazenda (ed.) (2011), Corpo Arquitectura Poema, Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim.

- Cunha, João Borges da (2013), «The Bernhardian Cachectonica: figures of architectural discomfort and distress in Thomas Bernhard’s fiction», in Gadanho, Pedro, Oliveira, Susana (Ed.), Once Upon a Place: Architecture & Fiction, Lisboa: Caleidoscópio; pp. 169-175.