Born in Lisbon (1965), he received a M.Arch from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (1988), a MBA from the University of Edinburgh (1991), Ph.D from ETH in Zürich (2000), and was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, in New York. He published extensively on architectural theory and criticism in leading magazines and was a member of the editorial board of Daidalos (Berlin). He was visiting faculty at the University Minnesota and visiting critic at the University Texas at Austin and Northeastern University. He served as president and member of various juries including the national awards of Portugal (Secil U) and Bulgaria. He curated the Prototypo Seminar in Architecture (Porto 2001) and the International Seminar of the 1st Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007). Between 2005 and 2010, served as member of the board of the Portuguese Order of Architects. In Graz, in 2003, he was appointed a member of the European Cultural Parliament, in which he served until 2011. In recent years, Paulo has been interested in the tourism and leisure industry and has worked extensively both in hotel and resort design, as well as writing and lecturing on the subject.