Helena Barranha graduated in Architecture, holds a Master’s Degree in Management of Cultural Heritage and a PhD in Architecture, for which she submitted a thesis on Contemporary Art Museums in Portugal (Universidade do Porto, 2008). She is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH-UNL), where she teaches Museum Architecture and Museography. She is also a Researcher at IHA - Institute for Art History, FCSH-UNL (Museum Studies Group).
She was Director of the National Museum of Contemporay Art – Museu do Chiado, in Lisbon, between 2009 and 2012, and responsible for the unplace project (http://unplace.org/), between 2014 and 1015.
Her professional and research activities focus on architectural heritage, contemporary art museums and digital art exhibitions, and she has published widely on these topics both in Portugal and abroad.
She is a member of Access Culture and ICOM-Portugal.