Rui van Zeller de Klerk Mota


Researcher since: 2015

Rui de Klerk holds a MSc degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon (FAUL) since 2012 and is currently a PhD Candidate in Design and Computation applied to Architecture at the same Faculty, with a research on Semantic Design Systems with a FCT Doctoral Grant (SFRH/BD/131386/2017).

From June 2016 until August 2017, he was a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD), at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, integrating the research project “Measuring Urbanity: densities and urban performance of extensive urban fabrics. The Portuguese case” (CIAUD_BI_09/ EAT/04008), with an FCT/MEC grant.

From April 2015 to May 2016 he integrated the research project “TECTON 3D – Digital Mockup: Touching the 3rd dimension” (PTDC/EEI-SII/3154/2012) with an FCT grant, working on the development of an application for procedural modelling in immersive
virtual reality environments.

During 2013, he worked as a research intern in the project “O Lugar da Villa Renascentista na Arquitectura Portuguesa” coordinated by Professor Amílcar de Gil e Pires (FAUL).

He is also a practicing architect and worked at EMBAIXADA Arquitectura (2013-2014) and Esfera de Imagens (2014-2015), collaborating in the development of national and international projects – from which we can highlight the Honorable Mention in the competition for the new Library of Setúbal and requalification of José Afonso Square (EMBAIXADA arquitectura, 2013).


Research Project: Onto-Grammars: from description to design


Curriculum Vitae




Klerk, Rui de and Beirão, José Nuno, (accepted for publication) 2017. CIM-St - A Parametric Design System for Street Cross Sections. In Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer.

Klerk, Rui de, 2016. A Quinta das Torres - Interpretação e Análise Geométrica da sua Arquitectura. In "O Lugar da Villa Renascentista na Arquitetura Portuguesa: Investigação da Arquitetura da Quinta de Recreio dos Séculos XVI e XVII e sua Contextualização Paisagística e Cultural”. Lisboa: Caleidoscópio - Edição e Artes Gráficas, SA, pp. 233-246. ISBN 978-989-658-377-4.


Klerk, R. de; Duarte, A. M.; Medeiros, D. P.; Duarte, J. P.; Jorge, J.; Lopes, D. S. (under second review cycle). Usability Studies on Building Early Stage Architectural Models in Virtual Reality, Automation in Construction.




Klerk, Rui de and Beirão, José (2016), Ontologies and Shape Grammars - A Relational Overview Towards Semantic Design Systems, Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 305-314.

Mateus, D.; Sousa, M.; Klerk, R. de; Gama, S.; Jorge, J.; Duarte, J. P., 2015. From Tekton to Tekne - going back to the classical roots of architecture using virtual reality, Martens, B, Wurzer, G, Grasl T, Lorenz, WE and Schaffranek, R (eds.), Real Time - Proceedings of the 33rd eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 16-18 September 2015, pp. 107-116.

15-12-2017 Updated