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The architect's role in interdisciplinary teams of social work in the social housing field

Grant number: 20/01908-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2021
Effective date (End): June 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism
Principal Investigator:Maria Camila Loffredo D'Ottaviano
Grantee:Renata Thais Antonialli
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research aims to study the Social Work (SW) in the Social Housing Provision field, more specifically the architect's role on this process. Usually, the SW is developed by social workers or sociologists, but other professionals can also have a significant participation on it. It is important to investigate how this interdisciplinarity can improve the experience for the benefited families. It also helps to consolidate SW's major contribution on Housing Provision for a low-income population.The objective of this research is to identify the limits, potentialities and the scope of the architect's practice in this context. Furthermore, this study proposes to analyze how the relation between the technical team and the families interferes on the architectural project and on the future sustainability of the building. To do so, it is necessary to follow up closely part of the Social Work's process in case studies and to monitor the professionals' experiences in the area. For further comparison, three different scenarios are approached: public sector, through experiences of the Municipal Secretary of Housing (SEHAB-PMSP) and the Metropolitan Housing Company of São Paulo (COHAB-SP); private sector, represented by a management company hired by the state to perform this service in an outsourced way; and technical support, with a project in the terms of the Minha Casa Minha Vida-Entidades Program as case study. Therefore, the research will analyze on-going and recent processes, together with all their stages of execution.

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