Joanna Hecker
freelance writer, researcher, editor & translator; associate creative director, Studio Astolfi; responsible for international fundraising at Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

An American immigrant to Portugal, Hecker has previously lived and worked in Toronto, New York, São Paulo, Rome and London. She earned her PhD in the history of art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, with a specialization in sixteenth-century Italian and Iberian art and architectural theory, drawings and prints. She has taught undergraduate courses in art history at New York University, the University of Toronto, and Purchase College (SUNY); her research took place primarily in the archives at San Lorenzo de El Escorial (outside of Madrid, Spain), the Warburg Institute and the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum (London, UK), as well as the Vatican Apostolic Library and Secret Archives in Vatican City (Rome, Italy).

She is presently responsible for international partnerships and fundraising at the Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, and is associate creative director at the Lisbon art, architecture and design firm Studio Astolfi. She is also a freelance writer, researcher, editor, and translator. Hecker’s interests in issues of patronage, funding for the arts, architecture, and art and architecture as ‘investments’ (cultural and otherwise), reach from the Renaissance into the present day and inform her professional work, research and writing.


Wednesday 16 November, 18.30 Zé dos Bois Gallery, Rua da Barroca, 59 1200-047 Lisboa (Bairro Alto), Portugal
Arts Attacks: How can we defend culture?