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The Northern Culture Regional Directorate is the regional representative of the Portguese Ministery of Culture in the Northen region, caring for monuments, museums and cultural preservation and promotion.
The Museum D. Diogo de Sousa and the Monastery of Tibães are under its management. 

Museum D. Diogo de Sousa

The D. Diogo de Sousa Museum is located in Braga, Portugal, in the exact location of the former Roman city.
The Museum was founded in 1918 and moved to the new building in 2007. The new building was designed to accomodate some of the archeological remains that can be visited as part of the museum exhibition.
Its collection mostly comprises items from excavations that took place in Braga with a vast chronological and cultural period, from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. The museum has one of the major Portuguese conservation laboratories (wood, ceramics, metal and stone archaeological materials, among others).

Monastery of Tibães

The São Martinho de Tibães Monastery, ancient Mother House of the Portuguese Benedictine Congregation, is located at 6 kilometres north-west of Braga.
The project and works for the restoration of the Monastery of Tibães came in three phases, from 1994-2009.

In the heart of Minho, the Municipality of Braga is located in a transitional region between the east and west. In it’s surroundings you may find mountains, forests, grand valleys, plains and agricultural fields but also industrial areas.
The foundation of Braga dates back to the Roman occupation, called Bracara Augusta was then one of the main cities of the Iberian Peninsula.
Traditionally Braga was known for its importance in religious matters, the Cathedral being one of the most ancient and powerful of the Iberia. The number of churches and chapels, mainly dating from the Baroque and Neoclassical periods, and the existence of a major Catholic Seminary made Braga acquire the surname of “city of the priests”.
Since the last quarter of the 20th century, however, the foundation of the University of Minho with its headquarters in Braga changed the shape of the city. It became more cosmopolitan, with a significant number of young people coming and going as the semesters start and finish.
Today Braga is one of the major cities of the country and one of the best to live in, with a resident population of circa 200.000 inhabitants.

The IHRU, Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation, is a public institute of special regime and participatory management, integrated in the indirect administration of the State, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets.
Among its main attributions, in the implementation of the policy defined by the Government for the areas of housing and urban rehabilitation, there is a markedly economic-financial aspect and with repercussions in the scope of the performance of its mission and attributions.

The Northern Regional Section of the Order of Architects, with its headquarters in Porto, includes some 6,000 architects, covering the territorial area corresponding to the Districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, Bragança, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda and Coimbra.

The OERN - Order of Engineers The North Region is one of the five regions of the Order of Engineers (OE) - a professional public association founded with the mission to regulate and discipline the exercise of the profession of Engineer. OERN has territorial jurisdiction of the districts of Braga, Bragança, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Porto where its headquarters is located.
At the national level, the Order of Engineers has about 44 thousand members (of whom 2 thousand are trainees), which are distributed by 12 specialized schools. OE, among other functions, is responsible for assigning the title of Engineer and regulating the exercise of the profession; Defend the interests, rights and prerogatives of Engineers, protecting their title and profession; Defend the social function, dignity and prestige of the profession, enhance their professional qualification and foster the development of Engineering teaching.

With the goal to preserve the existing heritage and to promote the contemporary earth architecture, Centro da Terra Association comes forward as a converging and meeting point for all those who study, practice, implement, research and stand by the construction techniques and materials used on earth architecture.
The gathering and sharing of knowledge and experiences will allow us to improve and develop the rehabilitation of traditional earth construction techniques and the adaptation to the current requirements of comfort and safety.
The CdT Association intends to bring together professionals and enthusiasts on this field, so to preserve, regulate and achieve the best and most viable way of returning effectively a tradition that resists to disappear.

The main goal of the reVer project is the study of the principles of sustainability that are present in the Portuguese vernacular architecture and the exploration of new ways of integrating this knowledge into contemporary construction.
This project aims to contribute to the development of knowledge through the systematic and quantitative study of the performance of vernacular buildings in Portugal. In this sense, it aims to create a knowledge database on the various techniques of vernacular construction in Portugal, which includes the contribution of these to the improvement of life cycle performance of the building at the level of three dimensions of sustainable development: environment, society and economy.